The day of romance, kisses, hugs, and most importantly presents is right around the corner: tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Let’s face it, most of us probably still don’t have a present picked out for our loved ones. We are all busy with classes, it’s hard to make time to the mall to find something special. But time hasn’t run out yet! Don’t settle for a quick run to Wegmans to get  boxed chocolate and flowers. We know there is a time crunch and the clock is ticking. Luckily for you, there is a store right in Global Village where you can get unique, cool, and meaningful presents.

I sat down with Wendy to see what Shop One is all about.

What is Shop One?

Shop One is a store for RIT-made arts, crafts and designs. The majority of the work in the store was made by someone affiliated with RIT. Most of the items are made by alum, but there is some student and staff created items as well.

“People often wonder ‘Why is all this stuff here?’, but it is because these artists have an RIT connection.” We try to have some fun choices here that are affordable for students to buy for themselves, their family members or their friends.”

Why do you think it is important to get unique gifts for Valentine’s Day?

“I think the first thing to do is to come in and explore. You might find something you haven’t even thought of. Each thing in here is personal, a lot of items are handmade. It isn’t that commercial mindset that often is a part of this holiday. There is such a wide variety of approaches at Shop One. If you want to give someone a gift, you think about why you like that person and why they are unique and you kind of want to acknowledge that in your present and it is a great way to show them that you appreciate them. If you go to a commercial store, there is a lot of stuff that is manufactured overseas and you might find something that is inexpensive, but doesn’t have the same feeling.”


What do you have in the store that you think could be great presents?

“We have these student made knitted hats, and the price is pretty good. We have these cool little zip pouches that you cankeep your ID in, and they’re hand made! We have a good selection of cards and Valentine’s Day cards. I think these are cool, we have these origami earrings. We have music boxes, those are really cool. We have some interesting stretch bracelets. We have higher end jewelry, of course, but many times student’s are looking for something a bit more affordable. A lot of the jewelry we have lies in a twenty to thirty dollar range, which isn’t too bad. Those are just some of the things student’s could buy, but I encourage everyone to come in an look to see if there is something that fits the person they are looking for!”


Check out this special deal Shop One is offering for Valentines Day:


The best part of buying your Valentine’s Day gifts at Shop One? They’ll wrap it for you. Head over to Shop One ASAP to find the perfect gift for your loved one.

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