Holiday Shopping in a Small Town: Shopping Local

November 26, 2016

Happy Post-Thanksgiving! Our Thursday was spent visiting our families, eating two big meals, and being thankful for great family members who recognize that our dogs are our children and go where we go. My grandmother even allowed the dogs in her house, much to the amazement of my parents, aunts, and uncles. My grandmother was even sneakily sneaking them food – just proving that the great-granddogs are the obviously the favourites in the family.

After Thanksgiving, we headed down to our usual out-of-the-city getaway of Rabun County, Georgia. Black Friday in a small town is always different than in a city – the two big stores in Clayton are the Walmart and the Home Depot, so I think most people head towards Atlanta if they need to do major shopping. Personally, there is nothing I need or want so badly that I am willing to wake up early or sacrifice my Thursday evening waiting in lines with other blood-thirsty shoppers. But I get that it’s a thing people do.

Instead, I checked my e-mail for deals from some small online retailers I like, and checked to see if anything on any of my wishlists were on sale. I was able to nab some items off our baby registry from small online businesses that will add some unique touches to the baby’s room.

After sleeping in until the glorious time of 8:30am (Thanks Sasha!), we headed into Clayton to grab some coffee and watch downtown transform for Christmas.

We also did shopping, popping in at the Wander North Georgia brick-and-morter store that opened last weekend. Wander North Georgia is a social site that highlights great hiking and lifestyle activities in the North Georgia mountains. The creators live in Lakemont, very close to our home in Tiger, and we love their enthusiasm for sharing the great parts of this region. Their new store looks amazing, and my favourite part is the hiking advice bar – you can talk to them about how far you want to go, level of difficulty with hiking, and distance desired and they’ll help you figure out a great adventure. They’ll even print out information on the hike for you so you don’t have to worry about pulling it up on your phone.

Below are some shots I took of the Wander North Georgia shop – I couldn’t handle how amazing it looked! (Click a photo to enlarge)

Their store is very welcoming, so if you’re in the Rabun Area I recommend stopping by to say hi and check out all of the other great stores in downtown Clayton. It is truly adorable, with some amazing antiques and specially curated items in many of the stores. We always find unique things for decorating our home, and have great conversations with those who live local, and just love the quieter pace of the area.

Emily’s list of favourite stores:
Main Street Gallery | 51 N Main St, Clayton, GA
Stekoa Creek Trading Company | 48 N Main St, Clayton, GA
Butler Galleries | 74 N Main St, Clayton, GA
The Treehouse Boutique | 112 N Main St, Clayton, GA
Cage-Free Boutique | 56 N Main St, Clayton, GA
Reeve’s Hardware | 16 S Main St, Clayton, GA
Indigo | 75 N Main St, Clayton, GA
Dogwood’s | 29 N Main St, Clayton, GA
Lulu & Tully’s | 11 N Main St, Clayton, GA
Personify | 8452 Old 441 S, Lakemont, GA

Emily’s list of favourite restaurants/bars: (all walking distance from downtown Clayton parking)
Fromage | delicious sandwiches, incredibly friendly staff, and decadent sweets. My latest obsession.
Clayton Pharmacy | milkshakes served at an old soda fountain.
White Birch Provisions | coffees, teas, and wifi.
The Laurel Bar @ The White Birch Inn | amazing cocktails in a leather-enriched bar. Prepare to feel fancy.
Fortify Kitchen and Bar | great cocktails, and an amazing upscale food selection.
Fortify Pi | pizza, brought to you by the guys who brought you Fortify.
Universal Joint | burgers, live music, and craft beer on tap, and more outdoor seating than indoor.
Clark’s on Main | sports bar with great food, nicer than you’d expect.

We’re working on our 2016 Holiday Gift Guides for Men, Women, and 4-legged adventure partners! We’re trying to keep a more small-business focus this year, but still having a hard time narrowing it down! What items are you coveting this holiday season?



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  • Reply Jess November 28, 2016 at 09:57

    I love your posts about Clayton! My dad lives in Hiawassee so we always drive through downtown Clayton on our way and it’s so cute. Maybe next time we’ll actually stop and walk around.

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