Having been in Midland now for 17 months, I'm still so excited when I come across a new restaurant or store that I haven't been to yet. I'm still in explore mode in my new area--so imagine my level of excitement when I came across The Ivy Cottage while out shopping with my wife! We absolutely love it because it's got a section for everyone! Every holiday is on display with unique items to make your home warm, inviting, and friendly--and stylish with great items to commemorate and represent the season! About a mile and a half or so off Loop 250 on Big Spring Street in Midland--just past Wadley--there is a world of shopping fun that awaits!

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Of course, being a guy-my two favorite spots in the store were:

1. THE OUTDOOR SECTION

With awesome grill options, including utensils... outdoor furniture, and seasonings for cooking.

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2. THE MAN CAVE

With everything from clothing and accessory items for guys like belts, cuff links and tie clips--to shoes and much more!

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LOTS of items to check out for guys... You can spend your time here while your wife looks at the clothes and decor items.

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Guys--ya gotta stop in and check it out. And if you're trying to find something unique for a special guy for Christmas--this is your place!

Doesn't matter what you're shopping for--whether it's clothes:

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Or something to spice up your home decor for the holidays:

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Or just spice it up year-round:

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To say that there's a fantastic selection no matter what you're looking for is an UNDERSTATEMENT. I could spend an entire day in this store with my wife and about 3 months' worth of paychecks adding to our home's decor. If you've been there before, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, you've gotta check it out. I also love their sense of humor:

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Stop by and see what you think! It's definitely one of Midland's gems!

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