There’s something special about shopping for gifts during the holiday season – the anticipation of loved ones opening presents on Christmas morning; the look of surprise when your best friend unwraps his or her gift and realizes you got them exactly what they wanted. And while shopping for gifts online can be convenient, getting out and about in Downtown Blue Ridge makes the whole experience more enjoyable.
Here are 5 of the most popular shopping destinations in Blue Ridge for your holiday gift giving needs!
Tupelo Tea – Formed and operated by Tom and Donna Harper, Tupelo Tea is located in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge. Specializing in delectable loose tea and honey products. This is a fantastic place to shop for the caffeine fiend in your life, if you want to give them something else besides coffee to satisfy their desires. Try a few of their blends for yourself before choosing the right one as a gift. This is a shop you’ll definitely be coming back to!
Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company – Owned by Jaime and Lou Davis, the Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company epitomizes small-town shopping. Featuring boutique bird seed blends and unique gift ideas for the bird lover in your life. There’s plenty more than just bird seed to buy at the Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company, like hummingbird feeders and even instructional classes and interactive seminars that you or your family can participate in. The Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company is located a short walk away from Tupelo Tea, off of East Main Street in Downtown Blue Ridge.
Mercier on Main – A satellite store of the legendary Mercier Orchards, Mercier on Main operates as a café and also a gift shop, where they sell their famous hard ciders, fried pies, shirts, muffin mixes, apple cider donuts and so much more. If you’re looking for a sweet gift at a relatively inexpensive price, swing by Mercier on Main. Can’t settle on one or two gifts? Purchase a gift card and let your friend or family member do the choosing! Don’t forget to take a break from your shopping spree and re-charge your batteries with a delicious breakfast or quick sandwich at their café.
Folk Apothics – Offering small batch products grown, harvested, and created in the hills and hollers of Southern Appalachia, Folk Apothics has a number of different products that make great gifts. From organic CBD oil to balms and salves made from family recipes. There are also Yoga, Thai Bodywork and Massage services available. Folk Apothics is one of those places where you’re better off going inside than shopping online, and for that reason alone we’re adding them to this list!
Huck’s General Store – If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, you’ve found the perfect place! Located in Downtown Blue Ridge off East Main Street, Huck’s General Store is one of the most popular shops in town, especially during the holidays. Grab couple bottles of rare soda, delight in the huge selection of candy or check out their decorations and clothes. From homemade hand soaps to one-of-a-kind souvenirs, you’re sure to find something for that special someone this holiday season at Huck’s General Store.