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Feel Cozy With These Five Seasonal Comfort Items

September 11, 2020

Fall brings cooler weather, changing colors, and a whole lot of excitement. There's nothing quite like leaning into the coziness of the season with comfort items meant to help keep you relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed heading into a new season. From candles and art to baked goods and more, here are a few of our local favorites you can pick up in our Outside of Ordinary area.

Five Seasonal comfort items to buy in the greater champaign county area

Everyone's idea of cozy is a little different. For some, it's a warm blanket and a cup of hot tea. For others, it's a fresh smell in the air thanks to a favorite Fall scent. With a lot of great shopping options to choose from in our area, here are five ideas to help you get cozy as we head into Fall. 

soy candles for the Fall season

If you've seen candle companies leaning more towards soy-based products, then you're not alone. Soy candles are becoming popular thanks to their many benefits. For example, soy burns cleaner and produces as much as 90 percent less soot than paraffin, reducing the amount of indoor air pollution in your home. Country Chics in St. Joe has a new display of soy-based candles from Creek Candle Co. that are perfect for Fall and any concept of comfort you might have. Plus, while you're there, you can shop cozy fall decor to match.

change with the scenery and add color to your home with local art (from a local business)

Cinema Gallery isn't just a local business and gallery; they're also a place to buy work from local artists. When it comes to 2020, supporting local is everything. Likewise, adding some new color to your home to match the changing leaves is easy with their selection of works. This featured image is called “Reconfigured Four” by Kim Curtis. No matter what your home decor looks like, there's sure to be something for you at Cinema Gallery!

The Flavors of Fall from Arthur's homestead bakery shipped to you

We can't recommend getting out to The Great Pumpkin Patch and their Homestead Bakery enough. If the trip isn't possible for you, however, they ship their incredible bakery boxes straight to you! Filled with the flavors of fall, you get pumpkin cookies, fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, and more in a neatly organized package. If you get out to the farm this year, however, we highly recommend checking out their Cucurbit Market which opens September 19. This new offering will feature a huge variety of pumpkins, squash, gourds, and mums that you're accustomed to, and plenty of everything you need for the harvest season.

flowers to freshen up the home for autumn

We're lucky to have a number of amazing florists in the greater Champaign County area. Our local shops work hard year-round to provide us that spark of joy that comes from getting a fresh bouquet into our homes. This time of year is no exception as sunflowers, liatrus, hydrangea, mums, carnations, and more provide us the seasonal arrangements we love. One such shop is Monticello's Cabbage Rose Floral Market. Located in the historic downtown district, you can stop in the studio or order online for next-day delivery.

seasonal fashions that keep you cozy, comfy, and stylish

Lastly, it's not quite Fall until you find that new sweater or pair of boots to set the mood for a fashionable season ahead. Our local clothing retailers are killing it this year with fresh stock for all your favorite fall needs. Whether it's loungewear to curl up in at night or an outfit fit for the pumpkin patch, you're in good hands with our local retailers. Check out this flatlay from Fira Boutique, who's doing a great job helping shoppers transition their wardrobes for Fall in a sensible and affordable way.

What does a cozy comfort item look like for you? Tag us @visitchampaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to show us how you're shopping local for Fall. 

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