Holiday Shopping & Food!

Holidays and food go together just like peas and carrots. I believe Forrest Gump may have said "something" along those lines.  If you're searching for holiday ideas, we have a few suggestions.

These happy reindeer were created by the witty and wonderful owners of downtown Marion's "Simply" bakery.  They're offering cookie decorating classes, check out their Facebook page for details.  Inside the shop, you'll find other goodies, decor, and natural products for your home and body.

Downtown Marion's 310 District includes Mr. Bob's Donuts, yes, he specializes in holiday treats too! Flavors on Main is offering seasonal specialty spices, teas, coffees, locally crafted cheeses, and more.  Ask about their gorgeous gift baskets!  Bruce's Fabulous Foods' chef Bruce Brown is known for his stupendous cheesecakes.  If you need some holiday meal assistance, call to place your cheesecake orders or ask about their party platters.

Special foods require specialty drinks.  In downtown Marion, visit Mica Town Brewing, Keeper's Cut Meadery, Refinery 13 and Spillway Bridge & Company.  You'll find gifts or all kinds, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, plus cool downtown merch inside each of these locally owned businesses.  

Find those one-of-a-kind crafts and artisan-made pieces when you stop by the McDowell Arts Council at 50 South Main Street.  Their Blue Ridge Artisan Show and Sale is open through December 24th.  Talk about offering a little something for everyone, take home hand-painted windows, textiles, jewelry, pottery, and much more.  With hundreds of choices, shopping was never so easy!  

The 310 District is home to Shucks Pearls.  Shucks has an interesting story, beginning with a potbelly pig.  That's right, just ask the owners!  Sorry to say, there are no pigs inside.  Only handcrafted, genuine pearl jewelry, locally created art, stained glass, textile art, and a few other surprises.

The Vintage Market, Killough's Music and Loan, Bill Griffith Jewelers, Second Chance Furniture, the Crooked Door Coffee Shop, and The Makery round out our downtown shopping choices.  The Makery is a fun experience!  Choose your favorite base, then build your custom wreath, home decor piece, or door hanger.  Store owner Heidi is an expert crafts-woman and is there to help.

Time for more food!  Pick up lunch or dinner at McDowell Local or Burrito Bros., on weekdays lunch is ready at Bruce's Fabulous Foods, and Crabby Abby is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday nights.  Take home dessert!  Artisan quality ice cream is ready to go from the folks at Artesana Ice Cream. Their ice cream is made with five or fewer all-natural ingredients, and flavors change with the seasons.  

Need more ideas of info?  Call us to chat and to request a copy of The 310 District brochure and map, our visitor guide and more.  888-233-6111

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