Leave the Mall, Shop Small

As you begin making and checking off does holiday wish list, you are going to want to be certain to check out the small town shops in Gaston County. Each not only have unique and beautiful products, but their owners are incredibly special, as well.

Victoria-Cole Gifts | Cherryville, NC

Victoria-Cole is one of my most recent times. The shop feels magical and whimsical the moment you walk through the door. The shop is nestled among the his stork buildings on Main Street in Cherryville. Like the other shops I have included here, what's to love most of all is that there is something for everyone. Candles, bath bombs, home Decor, you name it and Victoria-Cole has it for you. Victoria Cole on Facebook


115 Main Gift & Provisions | McAdenville, NC

115 Main is one of my new favorite spots. This adorable shop just recently opened its doors in the coziest space, right in the heart of Christmas town, USA. The vast variety of products they offer is truly amazing. Shop Boner, Mona Fore, has worked exceptionally hard to make certain her collection holds a little something for everyone. www.115maingifts.com


Hive Design | Gastonia, NC

Hive Design has become one of my most frequented shops. Owner, Merryman Cassels, has the best collection of stationary and gifts. The Hive is known for their sand blasting, but I don't believe there is anything they couldn't personalize for you. Their variety of products is perfect for anyone you may be shopping for this season, or you may even want to check it out if you're starting to think about your family Christmas cards. The Hive is what the buzz is all about! hivegastonia.com


AR Workshop | Belmont, NC

Have you considered a gift a little more personal for this holiday season? At Ryann Fairweather and Maureen Anders’ AR Workshop, you are able to give a beautiful, unique gift and best of all, you create and build it your self! Their workshops are fun, provide plenty of assistance in the event you are a little uncoordinated with power tools (like me) and you will walk away at the end with a gorgeous piece and the pride of knowing you created it yourself. www.arworkshop.com


Create In Us | Mount Holly, NC

Last, but certainly not least, Create In Us will always be one of my favorite shops. They create gorgeous wood cut outs in perfect script lettering to display on your wall. Perhaps the word "gather" in your dining room would fit nicely? They also sell an array of unique local products that are a must have! Whatever your shopping needs are this season, why not try shopping small first?


By Alexandra Love

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