Shopping Guide— Home for the HolidaysNovember 18, 2016
Discover unusual and unexpected gifts in Marion County.
We’ve got quirky shops, boutiques and distilleries to make gift giving easy and enjoyable for everybody.
Old-time treasures- Sweet Memories Antique Mall has historical memorabilia, glassware, vintage toys, jewelry, glassware… pretty much everything! Surprise someone with a vintage children’s cupboard or drop-leaf table, or present them with a wooden dough bowl, softened with age. Arts & Antiques Marketplace is stuffed with finds from 90+ dealers, should definitely be on your itinerary, too.
Primitives– Crystal’s Custom Creations is a fantastic shabby-chic destination. Scout around for primitives, rugs, vintage whatnots and country furniture. You can even stay for lunch! Baby B’s BBQ Restaurant serves hickory-smoked pulled pork, ribs and tangy sandwiches.
Music & more– Pickers Paradise isn’t just an antique store, although it certainly has a colorful selection of vintage signs, stoneware and funky furniture. But the owner has an even larger stash of musical instruments. Shop around for Gibson, Taylor and Martin acoustic guitars, or check out the electrical Fenders and Yamahas. Picker’s even has amplifiers, mandolins and the odd dulcimer or 2.
Ceramics- At Mountain Creative, you get to decorate a ceramic sculpture, and your lucky friend gets a unique keepsake! Paint frames, mugs, piggy banks, animals and more. You can also take a lesson if you want to make your own present with clay.
Locally made gifts- Joe N’ Throw cafe’s gallery has locally made mugs and artwork, plus convenient gift baskets stuffed with West Virginia treats. Once you’ve picked up gifts, treat yourself to a latte and read a novel from the book selection. You can also grab lunch. Daily specials are bold and inventive, like warm beer-brat paninis, pickle soup and bacon-cheddar-cheeseburger quesadillas.
Crafting supplies– Sew Chic has plenty of crafts in its rafters! The eye-catching red barn is loaded with 3,500 bolts of fabric and tons of embroidery designs, books and thread. Sew Chic also has kits for bags, quilts and aprons.
Soothing spa treatments- Tuscan Sun Spa melts away tension in just 1 session! Masseuses offer treatments like 4-handed rubs, Etruscan hot stone therapy, Swedish massage and Aveda stress relief. They also have facials and sugar scrubs. And hey, it’s always good to try it out for yourself before you pick up a gift card for your friends!
A healthy boost- Health Naturally is the perfect antidote to the hectic holidays. Does your friend have Devil’s Claw capsules? What about flower essences or echinacea purpurea? Bee pollen, organic products, minerals and exotic Chinese medicinals are just some of the things you’ll find here. Rider Pharmacy, Gifts and Collectibles combines good-for-you cures with unexpected goodies: antiques, home decor, coffee and more!
Florals- Main Street Shoppes’ fresh greenery and dried wreaths make ideal gifts for your holiday hostess. Plus, the sight of bright flowers in late winter is always refreshing— and surprising. For houseplants, there’s Mountaineer Florist & Gifts. The dish gardens will perk anyone up. You can also shop around for fruit or candy gift baskets and natural soap.
Edible (& drinkable) gifts
Pepperoni rolls- Marion County is home to the original pepperoni roll, West Virginia’s state food. Country Club Bakery has been making them ever since the originals came from the oven in 1927. The recipe remains the same: sweet dough wrapped around seasoned pepperoni sticks. And they’ll ship ‘em anywhere in America, so you can share this state specialty with anyone who might be missing it. They’ll make everybody at your holiday gatherings merry, too!
Mountain moonshine & more- Heston Farm Winery and Pinchgut Hollow Distillery crafts brandy, whiskey and real mountain moonshine. Get original corn “white lightning” or something more exotic, like Honey Peach Moon. Take your pick of wines, from aged reds to dry whites. The owners have tasting sessions aplenty, so you can choose your gift with discernment.
Mead- Mountain Dragon Mazery pays homage to tradition with ancient honey wine.Try their small-batch infusions like wildflower, Black Cherry Red or Basswood Honey. Want something really unexpected? Cafe Monteverde Methglyn, a coffee-honey wine, adds a jolt of uplifting caffeine!
What Marion county gifts will you share this season?