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Brick and Mortar Gives the Gift of Laughter to Friends and Family

Article by Joanna Tannenbaum

Photography by Philip Andrews Photography

Originally published in Midlothian Lifestyle

The holiday season is a time for loved ones to gather together and create wonderful memories. While some people enjoy the jolly festivities that the holidays bring, others may feel quite the opposite. Brighten up someone’s day with the gift of pure laughter. It’s easy to find just that at Brick and Mortar Mercantile in Carytown.

They may look like the traditional gift shop outside, but inside Brick and Mortar’s exclusive and edgy products set them apart from the rest. With most of their merchandise spinning around humor and jokes, the boutique houses a plethora of rare finds and local, American-made products that often leave customers chuckling. A quick look around and it’s obvious that they are not afraid to crack a joke or be a little naughty!

There’s something for everyone at Brick and Mortar. For that hard-to-buy-for friend, try a rude doormat or feelings jar. Secret Santa at work? Pick up a funny office desk plate or a personal problems mug. Bring a smile to your brother’s face with a swear bank or comical book. Dress up mom and dad’s home with some bold, upscale decor and candles. Even your aunt will appreciate a new tote bag adorned with a witty message. Browse through Brick and Mortar for just five minutes, and you will surely discover the perfect present for anyone… or even yourself! Such entertaining gifts leave a lasting impression on friends and family. They will always remember the laughter you shared while opening that special gift from Brick and Mortar.

In addition to delighting patrons in Carytown, Brick and Mortar have three other gift shops in Leesburg, Middleburg, and Frederick, MD. From browsing accessories crafted by local artists to painting pints and enjoying live music, customers can embrace all that Brick and Mortar has to offer at each of its four locations.

Select items can be purchased through their website. However, Brick and Mortar prefer their customers to shop in-store to experience their inspirational and entertaining atmosphere. “The online shopping surge made us focus our formats on entertainment experiences in stores. We felt there was a void in gifting retail establishments, with a focus on male products. We offer Etsy products, have a piano and birds for entertainment, and offer a beer once in a while to our customers,” says Ben Wegdam, owner of Brick and Mortar.

In addition to their wide selection of novelty gifts, Brick and Mortar hosts numerous events across the year. Fun experiences with friends and family are a wonderful alternative to physical gifts. Dance to live music from local musicians with your girlfriend, attend a Writers’ Talk to hear writers discuss their latest work with your book-loving sister, or paint a pint (and drink some too!) with your best friend. No matter the occasion, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable time. While window shopping for the holidays down Cary Street, be sure to stop in Brick and Mortar Mercantile for some genuine laughs and uncommon gifts.

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Fantastic Finds

A destination store for the person who wants to stand out from the rest, Brick and Mortar is a classic boutique that makes a statement of independence. Everyone is welcome and will find something special for themselves or somebody else. In addition to the local treasures, upscale products from national brands like Stetson, Filson, Pendleton, Blundstone, and Shinola are also available at Brick and Mortar. Come discover some of our favorites below!

Clayton and Crume Glass Flask with Leather Trim $152.00

Stetson Legendary Open Road Hat $215.00

Brackish Bowties; handcrafted in Charleston, SC $225.00

Blundstone Boots; wear everywhere life takes you $230.00

Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die by Chris Santella $27.50

Filson Original Briefcase from the FILSON Collection $350.00

Pendleton National Park Wool Throw $200.00

Pig & Hen Nautical Rope and Stainless-Steel Bracelets $99 - $119.00

On Tour Golf Bottle Opener $28