Tis the shopping season. Whether you’re looking for a gift for that difficult to please friend or something to wear to a holiday party for yourself, it is inevitable that you’ll probably be swiping some plastic very soon. And while in the midst of projects and exams it may be tempting to wait until you get home to do all your holiday shopping, you may be missing out on some of Champaign’s best local stores. Take Bella Mia (2227 S Neil St.). The small but classy store houses tons of awesome brands from upscale Trina Turk apparel to Michal Stars basics. Other favorites they carry include Juicy Couture and Tru Religion – one of the very few places in town to find these brands. Though located in a seemingly unexpected strip mall, the atmosphere of the story is relaxing and uncluttered even for the small size. Why not pick up a versatile Michael Stars tee for your best girl friend? Or, better yet, check out the awesome array of dresses Bella Mia carries and stand out from the crowd at a holiday party. At a loss for what to get mom? Check out Bella Home, the seriously amazing sister store that sells beautiful bedding, furniture and decor.
Hint: Though the items Bella Mia carries are of great quality, they can also be a bit pricey. Know how much you are willing to spend and check price tags – their items can range greatly in price from less than $50 to over $300.