8 Must-Visit Local Shops for the Holidays
Main Street is decorated with lights on each lamp post, coffee shops are brewing up peppermint mochas, and Mariah Carey is belting out high notes on every radio station—it’s safe to say we are fully in the holiday season. As you bundle up to do some holiday shopping this year, it’s a good time to put focus on the heart and soul of our communities—local businesses. Shopping local not only supports small businesses but also adds a personal touch to your gift-giving. Here are eight fantastic places where you can shop local and find unique treasures for your loved ones this holiday season.
Chestnut Hill Candle Co.
Add a touch of warmth to your holiday celebrations by shopping for locally made candles. Chestnut Hill offers over 25 seasonal scents including Winter Cabin, Holiday Velvet, Spruceberry, and Gingerbread Buttercream. These clean burning soy candles bring the best fragrances into the homes of your loved ones.
Fiesta Tableware Company
For those who appreciate the art of American-made craftsmanship, the Fiesta Tableware Company’s Factory and Outlet store in Newell, WV is a must-visit. The store showcases the colorful pottery, and even has a second’s room for unbeatable deals. Our favorite design this time of year is the embossed snowflake plate, bringing a little extra festive spirit to your holiday dinners.
Market 86, nestled on Main Street in Weirton, WV, is a local home decor haven. Explore this cozy boutique filled with handpicked, clothing, decorations, and accessories. Shopping here makes it easy to find unique gifts for others, but it’ll be difficult to avoid picking up something for yourself, too!
The Top Shop & Summit Art Gallery
While we’re on the topic of local art, the Top of West Virginia Visitor’s Center has two great ways to shop this season. The Summit Gallery is located in the visitors center and features the work of several artists from the tri-state area. Their mediums range from watercolor to oils, and sculpture to photography. The visitors center also houses the Top Shop, which is a great one-stop spot to pick up handmade jewelry, farm-fresh maple syrup, locally made soap, and more. Each item is crafted with dedication and passion, making it a thoughtful and meaningful gift for someone special.
By the Barrel
Delight the fine wine and craft beer aficionados in your life by shopping at By the Barrel. This local specialty store offers over 200 beers sold in singles so that you can “Build Your Own 6 Pack”, as well as over 350 wine options. Give the gift of artisanal flavors while supporting a locally owned and operated business.
Moe’s on Main
Located in the heart of Follansbee, WV, Moe’s on Main has a wide variety of handmade and locally crafted gifts. From beautifully hand-painted ornaments and wreaths to freshly baked cookies, this shop showcases the talents of local artisans. Your holiday shopping here will not only yield one-of-a-kind items but also support the thriving arts community.
Cloud 9 Beauty Bar
For the beauty enthusiast on your list, consider gifting a service or gift card from Cloud 9. This day spa is a delightful place to relax with a facial or lash treatment, and even pick up a trendy outfit. The personalized services from knowledgeable staff are a great opportunity to help someone on your list unwind and treat themselves.
If you’re on the lookout for a festive twist on holiday shopping, Martha’s Gallery in downtown Wellsburg, WV is currently featuring the whimsical artwork of Michelle Mitchell. This carefully curated show runs through January 1, 2024. Pick up one of Michelle’s vibrantly crafted pieces for the funkiest friend or family member on your list, but be sure to call ahead as gallery hours are limited – (304)-737-0647.
This holiday season let’s make a conscious effort to support small businesses. Whether you’re seeking handmade crafts, vintage treasures, or gourmet delights, the shops of the Top of West Virginia provide a treasure trove of options for thoughtful and unique gifts. Embrace the spirit of giving by shopping local and making a positive impact on the businesses that make our communities thrive.