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Opportunities for shopping in the Smoky Mountains are endless. Between outlet malls, downtown shops and locally owned stores, you have days of retail therapy ahead of you. But one possibility you definitely shouldn’t miss out on is Gatlinburg shopping at The Village. Tucked into a nook downtown, The Village is a picturesque collection of quaint stores and eateries that are a must for anyone looking for great shopping – and then some. A winding brick path takes you through a unique selection of boutiques, clothiers, eateries and galleries with plenty of bench space for resting and enjoying the scene along the way.
While all 27 stores are definitely worth a visit – or two! – we’ve chosen five to give you a quick tour of below:
The Donut Friar
5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
If you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up, the sweet scents and tastes of freshly-fried donuts and coffee from The Donut Friar are exactly what you’re looking for. The staff arrives long before the donut and coffee shop opens at 5 a.m., but you’d never know it; the smiles and warm greetings extended as you walk in are always genuine, making The Donut Friar a pleasant and delicious way to get your day of Gatlinburg shopping at The Village started.
The Day Hiker
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Two of the most popular things to do in Gatlinburg are shopping and hiking. Because of this, The Day Hiker takes the practicality cake. This outdoor equipment store is a great place for vacationers looking prepare before exploring the surrounding mountain scenery. The shop carries everything from hiking staffs and hydration systems to daypacks and picnic supplies, making it the perfect stop no matter how intense your excursions ahead may be.
Coffee and Company
Sun. – Thurs. – 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri. – Sat – 7:30 a.m to 8/9 p.m.
Being the oldest roasting coffee shop in Gatlinburg is Coffee and Company’s claim to fame – that and their delicious coffee, of course. Serving high-quality roasted blends, including several seasonal blends and flavor options, Coffee and Company is a definite stop. There are even decaf options for afternoon sipping that won’t lead to a sleepless night.
Mon. – Sat. – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun. – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Since 1983, Alewine Pottery in Gatlinburg has been shaping ceramic wares that are both beautiful and functional. From sugar bowls to oil lamps, each Alewine piece is one of a kind and marked by the inspiration of the Smoky Mountains. Vibrant colors and foliage impressions make these pieces both intriguing and beautiful. The pottery store is definitely worth browsing, whether you’re searching for gifts for friends or a treasure of your own with bit of Gatlinburg etched into it.
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant and The Cheese Cupboard
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In 1969, The Cheese Cupboard opened as the area’s premier cheese shop, selling cheeses, condiments, crackers and chocolates from as far away as Germany and Switzerland. Since then, Hofbrauhaus Restaurant has moved in upstairs, making this part cheese store, part German pub shop one of the most delicious stops of Gatlinburg shopping at The Village. Stop into The Cheese Cupboard for an old-fashioned Kosher dill pickle alongside Hofbrauhaus Restaurant’s Super Reuben – they’re local favorites.
Be sure to browse all 27 stores at The Village in Gatlinburg. We’re certain you’ll enjoy every one of them. To learn about all of them, you can visit their official website here: http://www.thevillageshops.com/.
Tips for Spending the Day at The Village in Gatlinburg
- Keep the sunscreen and sunglasses handy. Especially if it’s summertime and the rays are beating down extra hard. A hat wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.
- Wear the right shoes. Aching feet will stop your tracks of getting the retail therapy you deserve.
- Put comfort over style. There are bonus points for pulling off both, though.
- Don’t forget the camera. In addition to great shopping and dining, The Village offers several photo opportunities throughout its brick pathways and fountains.
- Bring a tote bag. There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself with several goodies as you make your way through The Village. A tote bag can help consolidate the load and make your trek easier.
Are you looking for more places to shop in Gatlinburg? Click here to browse through all of the great places to check out while you’re on vacation!