Shopping Excursions

Many of our guests explore our area for the varied settings, nature activities, and events. We also see many travelers adding extra time to browse and shop, especially this time of year. Downtown and other shopping areas, nearby eateries, and places to tour can easily fill a day trip itinerary.

Visit this month for a few shopping experiences that will leave you feeling relaxed rather than rushed. Local arts and crafts, handmade items, and gift-wrapping are available for the pre-Black Friday frenzy. Soaps, wreaths, jewelry, toys, scarves, candles, cards, aprons, towels, books, handbags, apparel, and a mix of other locally made items will be available for the gift-giving season.

Mistletoe Magic (November 10) is an annual shopping event held at Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park. Enjoy the fall color as you drive to the location and maybe stop at Good Times Cafe for some comfort food on your way home. Mistletoe Magic coordinators Teresa Miracle (yep, that’s really her name) and Wanda Crawley invite you to shop, eat (hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, fries, homemade pies, and more), and explore the venue (great meeting site for an upcoming function too) as a one-day marketplace for holiday gifts.

The Holiday Bazaar (November 16), hosted by Paperbacks Plus! and historic downtown Siler City, is in its first year and kicks off the Third Friday ArtWalk in the evening. Quilted and crocheted items, pottery, old-fashioned candy, gourmet foods including local cheesecakes, books, jams, jellies, and a myriad of other unique items will be available to buy. Enjoy good food, free beer tastings, and free gift-wrapping.

Sometimes, we travel and pick up a souvenir or two and this month, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for that as well as a festive shopping destination for local and unique gifts. Additional resources for local gifts include our Pinterest boards, the 3/50 Project, Small Business Saturday (some of our visitor-related businesses are participating),and our annual holiday gift guide (see last year’s issue).