Top Shops to Support Local This Valentine’s Day
Take a drive along US Route 11 through Shenandoah County and you’ll see a flurry of locally owned shops, restaurants and other small businesses dotting the way. In fact, despite the pandemic, the towns of Strasburg, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mount Jackson and New Market have all seen new businesses open in the last twelve months. Whether you’re a foodie or accessory lover or you’re seeking out some new items to dress your home or yourself or a loved one, the small business owners of Shenandoah County are ready to serve and meet your needs.
Here is a list of shops and other great stops for gifts this Valentine’s Day and beyond:
Known for its eclectic and colorful murals, the Town of Strasburg is also home to some incredible antique and vintage shops including The Strasburg Emporium and Clementine Vintage.
One of the largest antique venues in Virginia, The Strasburg Emporium offers a number of vendors under one roof. Make an afternoon to scour the rooms for everything from furniture and housewares to jewelry, coins and records.
One of the advantages of shopping small is the outstanding customer service and Clementine Vintage is a shining example. Visitors will be greeted by the warm and bubbly owner herself who takes pride in not only offering unique vintage finds but an assortment of locally sourced goods like candles, jewelry, cards, food and more.
Feeling hungry, Strasburg offers a variety of local restaurants. Enjoy some authentic Mediterranean cuisine at Alforno or fresh tacos and other Mexican fare at El Jalapeno just next store. Have a beer lover on your shopping list? Box Office Brewery has a wide assortment of craft beers on tap for a Growler to go or treat someone to a gift card to come back another time.
Toms Brook may be one of the smallest towns in Virginia but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some great finds, especially when it comes to agriculturally sourced goods. Visitors to this area can find great vineyards, local art, plants and even local honey.
Natural Art Garden Center is the perfect stop for the plant-lover on your list and owner Lynne is sure to equip even those lacking a green thumb with everything they need to help their plants thrive.
Just a short drive off Main Street North Mountain Vineyards is one of the oldest vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley and offers a variety of wines, many of which pay a nod to their German heritage. Grab a bottle to go to pair with a Valentine’s day meal at home. Click here for a complete list of wineries in the County.
On top of the several long standing local shops and restaurants, Woodstock has seen a flurry of new locally owned shops open throughout 2020. Visitors to Woodstock can expect to find an assortment of gifts for the home, local art, antiques, jewelry, foods, craft beer and wine.
Virginia Farmhouse is a must stop for your foodie valentine. They offer a wide variety of Virginia sourced products including chocolates, jams, sauces and a huge selection of wines. But their offerings aren’t limited to food. Virginia Farmhouse also offers a great assortment of jewelry, art and knit wear.
Just next store is Travelers Treasures where you’ll find soaps, bath bombs, jewelry and a wide variety of unique and eclectic items. And Artisans Avenue across the stress is a must stop for craft lovers with their assortment of primitive designs, home decor, hand woven baskets and more. Afterwards, swing next door to Valley Flower Shop to pick up a bouquet of roses or other flowers for your loved one.
Looking to make something a little more personal for your valentine? Suzanne’s Studio is for you! Located on Court Street, Suzanne’s offers an assortment of paint your own pottery and other items like wooden signs.
Those looking for items for the home and unique and seasonal gifts will love Nate & Main. Their local artisan made napkins and aprons are a great gift for even novice chefs along with antiques, art , candles and one of a kind finds for the home.
Pop a few doors over to 7 East Gallery for some local art including paintings, pottery, jewelry and more before grabbing a bite to eat at the Woodstock Cafe. While there, be sure to browse The Pantry at 117. Located in the back of the restaurant, The Pantry rotates their product regularly to ensure fresh product throughout the year including fantastic baby gifts and food items.
Just north of town, Valley Treasures is another must stop for antique lovers. Similar to the Strasburg Emporium, Valley Treasures offers several vendors with an assortment ranging from fine furniture to toys and collectibles.
The Shenandoah Valley is known for the outdoors and outdoor lovers will love a gift from Murray’s Fly Shop in Edinburg ranging from everything you need for the fisherman on your list to even guided instruction and lessons.
Prefer to stay indoors and knit, book an appointment at the Little Yellow Farmhouse Studio to explore their extensive selection of yarns. They’re currently open only by appointment as a result of the pandemic but owner Joan is always happy to open her doors to help people find what they need.
History lovers can pop over to the Edinburg Mill for an assortment of local gifts and crafts. The Mill is also home to Heritage Mill Wines 1848 where you can stock up a wonderful selection of wines and chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth after a romantic meal.
Nothing shouts Valentine’s day like a gorgeous bouquet of fresh cut flowers and Main Street Flowers & Gifts has you covered for the perfect arrangement.
For those who prefer to be pampered, Wild Flower Wellness Spa offers massage and nail services and coffee enthusiasts will love a gift card from Curtain Call Cafe specializing in espresso drinks, shakes, smoothies and offering a variety of fresh baked treats and sandwiches daily.
You can’t drive through New Market without a stop at Jon Henry General Store. This store literally has EVERYTHING from fun and quirky socks to day to day grocery items. Stocked with puzzles and toys for kids of all ages, an assortment of unique and locally sourced foods and sweets, even hats and mittens to keep you warm on a nearby hike. Maybe the one thing you wont find there is a fresh brewed cup of locally roasted coffee but don’t worry because that’s right across the street at Jackson’s Corner Cafe.
Just down the road is the Buttercup, New Market’s newest boutique offering women’s clothing in a wide range of sizes (including plus) as well as accessories, jewelry and items for the home. If this shop doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day, we don’t know what does!
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