BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- Fathers are notoriously difficult to buy for, which is why going local is often best. You're not only doing good by supporting area businesses, you're treating dad to something unique to Bergen County. What follows is a sampling of options. Feel free to add more ideas on our Facebook pages.
For the Liquor Aficionado: Englewood Wine Merchants has a nice bourbon sample from Jefferson Bourbon called the Wood Experiment Collection as well as a deep line of small batch bourbons. In the wine department, try the Brunello di Montalcino, a Tuscan wine that is drinking well right now. Treat Dad: 1 Engle St., Englewood, (201) 568-8820, www.englewoodwinemerchants.com/.
For the Biker: All the bike gear you need can be found at The Cosmic Wheel, a mom-and-pop shop in Ridgefield Park which prides itself on its personal service and expertise know-how. Expect brands like Cannondale, Trek, GT, Electra, Dahon, DK, Kink, We The People BMX, Ellsworth, Lynskey, and Jamis Bicycles. The bike shop also does repairs. Treat Dad: 184 Main St. Ridgefield Park, (201) 440-6655, www.cosmicwheel.com/.
For the Sentimental: Nothing beats a homemade gift and at Color Me Mine in Ridgewood, your kids can create a special mug, picture frame or plate, among other items. Treat Dad: 210 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, (201) 445-4898, www.ridgewood.colormemine.com/.
For the Fashionista: Society Men in Westwood is known for its up-to-the-minute fashions. They'll even do house-calls! Whether Dad likes footwear, belts or briefcases from Andrea Zori, swimwear fromTom & Teddy, sunglasses from Oliver Peoples or comfy sweats from R & R Surplus, Owner MaryAlice Farella is happy to help. Treat Dad: 256 Westwood Ave., Westwood, (201) 722-9300, www.SocietyMen.com/.
For the Nature Lover: What Dad doesn't want time with his kids? Spend the day exploring at the Tenafly Nature Center where there are more than seven miles of hiking trails as well as many natural areas for birding and wildlife watching. Treat Dad: 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, (201) 568-6093, www.tenaflynaturecenter.org/.
For the Cook: Give Dad a cooking class with Chef Lisa of Simple Earth Cuisine, a personal chef service. She caters (no pun intended) to Upper Bergen, basically north of Paramus and Fair Lawn. Treat Dad: (917) 696-1284, www.simpleearthcuisine.com/.
For the Sportsman: Autographed memorabilia, apparel and gifts -- in almost every sport imaginable -- can be found at family run J&S Sports Gallery in Franklin Lakes where jerseys, T-shirts, hats and jackets are always 20 percent off. You'll also find a ton of memorabilia and sports equipment at family-owned Buddy's Sports Corner in Paramus. Treat Dad: J&S Sports Gallery, 858 Franklin Ave, Franklin Lakes, (201) 485-7913, www.jssportsgallery.com/ or Buddy's Sports Store, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus, (201) 967-7727, www.sportscollectiblesbergencounty.com/.
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