Going Out of Business Sale at Luv and Other Gifts
189 Mass Ave., East Arlington

February 1 — Luv and Other Gifts, the nearly four-year-old artisan gallery and gift store, located at 189 Mass Ave. in East Arlington, will hold a liquidation sale beginning today and continuing through Tuesday, February 28, when they will close their doors for good.

Customers will receive 30% to 70% off everything in the store, from nature photography, watercolor prints of Boston, fine jewelry, accessories, woodwork and glassware. Furniture and fixtures will also be for sale.

Luv will host two fare-thee-well events as part of Capitol Square’s annual “Romancing the Square” community event on Saturday, February 11. “Yappy Hour” will take place from 2 to 3pm for well-behaved dogs and their owners to come by and say farewell to Nigel, the store’s shop dog, and enjoy some special Polkadog treats. And from 4 to 6pm human guests are invited to “do the hustle” at a 70s themed “Neighborhood Mixer and Disco.” Guests who dress the part will receive a free gift.

“I think I’ll miss Capitol Square’s community events the most,” says owner Diane Buxton. “They bring all of my favorite customers together and have resulted in some great friendships.”

Luv’s business hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For more information about Capitol Square community events, sign up for the newsletter at www.capitolsq.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capitolsq

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Nigel and Diane

Excerpt from a letter to Luv:

Dear Luv and Other Gifts,

I’m going to miss you. I’m going to miss the smile you bring to my face every day when I walk through your door to see all of the beauty and color and talent you hold. You were born after many years of longing, research, and visits to your inspirational counterpoint in California, Coop 28 in Los Feliz, CA. One day, the stars aligned, help appeared, and seed money became available. Your name came from a birthday card from my late mother that I have displayed in my home. It reads: “Daughter, you will never be alone in this world as long as there is love. And there is always love.”

And you have brought me so much love. Love for the Capitol Square neighborhood. Love for the neighboring businesses whose owners work so hard to make this little area of East Arlington into a community. But mostly you have brought me the love of many new friends who I will miss seeing on a daily basis. You brought me the space and time I needed to welcome Nigel into my life and into the lives of the many puppies in the neighborhood that we see so often. You gave me the space I needed to get to know myself better, to take a risk, to try my hardest, to hope for the best, to reach for a dream and to be my own boss.

East Arlington is a special place, with people who want to see independent shops succeed, that know it’s their regular support that will keep the chains away.

When I think too much about the end of this chapter, I only have to remember Trisha from Quebrada and things fall quickly into perspective. Life is short. Nothing is that important. There’s no such thing as perfection. And when you fall down, it’s getting back up that matters. You choose how to proceed. And Luv, I am not leaving you, because you are now part of me.



Muddy Ruckus

Luv and Other Gifts is located in the Capitol Square community of East Arlington, MA. Luv specializes in showcasing the work of local and national artists and features an eclectic mix of handmade and indie designs. Luv is also home to Puppy Luv — unique lines of treats, toys, leashes, beds, bowls and more, for your favorite furry friend.

Luv and Other Gifts
189 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA 02474

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15 Gifts for Under $25

Take your martini to the next level with one of these festive painted glasses…don’t mind if I do.
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Make a rainy day a little more bearable with a bright, easy-to-open umbrella. Perfect stocking stuffer!
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Every girl needs a ceramic dish for her jewelry at the end of the day…especially one so beautifully crafted! <3
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These little snowmen and angel ornaments are sure to win a premium spot on the tree. They’re so darn cute!
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SoapRocks are not only beautiful to look at, they’re mild enough for sensitive skin and are extra long lasting. Perfect for a grab bag gift.
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Treat your wine bottle to a little bling for the holidays.
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Remind them how much you care with stackable ceramic hearts, from the heart.
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Show your Boston pride with a locally made Boston Strong bangle.
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Picture frame ornaments are a great way to personalize your giving this season.
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These farm-to-table style mason jar candles come in delicious fragrance combinations, like ginger tea and honey or grapefruit and jasmine.
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These fair trade Tokoloshe candles are hand painted in Johannesburg, South Africa. Each candle sold changes a life. It provides employment, creative outlet for artisans, puts food on the table and dignifies life.
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These sweet hand-blown hummingbirds by Falmouth glass blower Isabel Green can live in the window or on the tree!
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SPRITZ THE BOWL BEFORE YOU GO AND NO ONE ELSE WILL EVER KNOW! Poo-pourri bathroom spray is perfect to keep in your purse for holiday parties, or give to that special guy in your life. ;-)
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Who can resist these fair-trade beaded bracelets? Made by village women in Nepal, proceeds go to help their families. “I honor the spirit and light that is in you and in me.” $12 each or 3 for $30 – Come and get ‘em!
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Nature photog Patrick Zephyr. Um, yeah, enough said.

Why should humans get all the gifts? We now carry dog gifts!

We’re now carrying Puppy Luv items for dogs!
Luv and Other Gifts’ Puppy Luv items include custom dog bowls by a local artist, who will take your dog’s photo and create a beautifully painted ceramic dog bowl with the likeness of your pup front and center.
Never buy another dog bed again after you select the perfect color, pattern, and style of the award-winning, hypoallergenic, machine washable, P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle And You) bed for your furry family member.

And don’t forget to honor your puppy’s playful side with a colorful, durable, squeaky toy with 2% of purchase price going towards the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).