Welcome to our Shop Local Holiday Guide! It’s that time of year. Lights are strung across rooftops, trees are springing up in living rooms and Christmas music is playing on all my favorite stations. Let’s not forget the neighbor’s 1,200 square foot blow-up Nativity scene that blocks my view of the road. I break out into a cold sweat each time I back out of my driveway, for fear of running over baby Jesus.
The beloved holiday is right around the corner. It takes me the longest time to get into the spirit each year. It’s not until I start my gift list and begin to shop that I feel that twinge of excitement.
Speaking of shopping, we’ve put together a holiday guide to make buying local easy. Greenville is home to thousands (that might be a slight exaggeration) of shops that are unique to our town. This is not a complete list of locally owned businesses, but hopefully it will get you started!
Urban Digs – If Christmas had a smell, it would be packaged and sold at Urban Digs. I cannot wait to visit again! This store is filled with ALL things Christmas. Stop in and pick out a gift for your holiday-lovin’ friend. Even the Grinch in your family will enjoy this stop. My favorite part? They gift wrap (phew!). 215 Wade Hampton Blvd., 29607.
Mast General Store – Clothes (there’s always a good sale), shoes, jewelry, hiking equipment, camping supplies… and that’s just on the main floor! Skip on down the steps to find rows of candy, toys and tons of other eclectic items. Can I give you a piece of advice? If you’re shopping with kiddos, begin your journey through the main entrance. Once they spot the candy/toy isle, you’re stuck. At least that’s what I’ve been told. 111 N. Main Street, 29601
Fox & Collins – Is there a candle lover on your list? If so, head over to The Village at West Greenville to Fox & Collins. You’ll find plenty of local, handmade items here- jewelry, art and much more! 1279 Pendleton St, 29611
Joe’s Place – Is there anything better than a house full of new and used books? Maybe a first edition of your favorite classic. Joe’s isn’t just a haven for book-lovers, there’s something for the art enthusiast and wine connoisseur too. Joe’s new location can be found at 2 Williams St., 29601.
Cook’s Station – This is a one-stop stop for the foodie in your life. Most of my time is not spent in a kitchen, but I could stay in this store for hours. In addition to the gourmet cookware and kitchen gadgets, they offer cooking classes to “provide you the chance to learn about cuisines from around the corner to around the world.” I think I hear another gift card calling. 659 S. Main St., 29601
P Squared – “A premier store for him, her and home.” P Squared is a fashionista’s dream world and definitely should land on your list of places to shop this season. Say hi to Pam and Paige for us! 100 E. Stone Avenue, 29609
Blossom – If you could see me, you would know that I am NOT Greenville’s fashion go-to girl, but I can run with shoes (pun intended.) Blossom is the place to grab a gift for your footwear-obsessed friend or family member. While you’re there, go ahead and pick up an accessory or five! 644 N. Main Street, Suite 2A, 29601
Plate 108 – What impressed me most about Plate 108 is the cooking classes and camps they offer for your mini kitchen co-pilot. Our family is trying to steer clear of the billions of toys that flood the living room on Christmas day. It’s the perfect gift idea!. 108 E. Poinsett Street in Greer, 29651
Kate Furman Jewelry & Studio – There is something for everyone at Kate Furman. Something for every budget too. The pieces are unique, eccentric and are waiting to be purchased for that special someone. Be sure to check out her neighbors at 547 Perry Artist Studios which also features Sunny Mullarkey Studio. 547 Perry Avenue, 29611
Holiday Pop Up Shop – Thursday – Sunday for the first three weekends in December, the Holiday Pop Up Shop brings you plenty of homemade holiday gift ideas. Art, home goods, children’s items, jewelry and more. Shopping for the person who has everything just got easier! Located at the Maker’s Collective, 3 McBeth St, 29611
The Toasty Farmer – Brewery 85 hosts this Winter Farmer’s Artisan Market each Saturday through March 10th. Come out from 11-2pm and support Greenville’s local food scene. Food trucks will provide exciting lunch and brunch menus while you shop.
601 South Tween – Formerly known as Betwixt, 601 South is a tween and teen boutique offering “chic, stylish, classy, trendy clothing for all girls ages 8 and up.” Forget the mall, let’s support the local business women under the yellow awning! 550 S. Main Street
Let’s head up to the town of Travelers Rest so I can introduce you to a couple of really cool places we think you should check out…
My Sister’s Store – The story behind this particular store is just as fascinating as the merchandise inside. That’s a story for another day. Antiques are sandwiched between old and new books along with jewelry and just about anything else you can think of. Look here before giving up on your search for the perfect gift. 104 S. Poinsett Hwy, Travelers Rest.
Homebody – Don’t blink while driving through TR or you’ll miss this gem. It’s located directly behind My Sister’s Store. You don’t have to leave the area to get your travel fix. Homebody specializes in “Japanese vintage home goods, as well as items from the Americas.” Greeting cards, candles and bracelets are three of the reasons you’ll find me here in the near future! Be sure to check out their Facebook, Instagram or website for extended holiday hours.
Happy Holidays & Shopping from #greenville360!