GIFT GUIDE: Where to shop in Cherokee

Looking for something special for your loved one this holiday? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few gifts from local Cherokee businesses that will surely be a hit.

Compiled by Erika Neldner, Jessica Lindley, Kayla Elder & Rebecca Johnston // Photography by Katherine Frye & Kathryn Ingall

House and Garden Boutique has specialty offerings for every home and garden design guru for the holidays. The store offers gifts, candles, soaps, jewelry, furniture and fashions for adults and children. The most popular gift item during Christmas is the Kissing Crystals, offered at a great price for those in the market for the modern-day crystal mistletoes to hang throughout the house.

Trapp Candle holiday fragrances including White Fir are hot items as well. Bundle up with vintage items including hats and gloves and take a peek at all the gift-giving offerings at House and Garden Boutique.

To make the holidays even easier, have them wrapped in the store. There are a variety of holiday offerings from handmade furniture to serving pieces for entertaining to redesign and interior services.

House and Garden Boutique
103 Bowles Drive, Woodstock
(678) 494-5800

Fashion Cupcake brings a tasteful twist to the traditional clothing store by offering up a variety of handcrafted wares and home décor items. Located in quaint downtown Woodstock, the boutique carries the latest styles for women.

Fashion Cupcake offers a variety of clothing items; accessories, such as belts and jewelry; candles, home décor items, such as pillows and decorative towels; wedding gifts; and children’s items. Shoes and monogramed coozies also are top sellers.

The boutique also has a website where customers can shop from the comfort of their homes. The website features a blog and a get-the-look guide.

Fashion Cupcake
8670 Main St., Suite 3,
(770) 891-8180

This winter, why not cuddle up with a good book? At Foxtale Book Shoppe, located in the heart of downtown Woodstock, customers can find a wide range of books, including signed first editions. Co-owner Ellen Ward, who opened the store in 2007 with Karen Schwettman and Jackie Tanase, describes Foxtale as carrying an eclectic inventory.

“There is a very unique nature here,” she said. “It is not like walking into a chain bookstore.”

Foxtale is known in the community for hosting book signing events with nationally recognized authors. In July 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz attended an event at the store. Foxtale has revolutionized gift-giving by grouping items in the store that would make the perfect gift.

Adult coloring books, Ward said, are all the rage right now. The store’s owners also are skilled in recommending books.

Foxtale Book Shoppe
105 East Main St.,
Suite 138, Woodstock
(770) 516-9989

Junk Drunk Jones, which opened in downtown Canton earlier this year, features vintage and vintage-inspired goods. Owner Stefanie Jones said the store has gifts for all budgets that start at only $5. It also carries items for men, women and children. Gift-givers can find vintage collectibles and toys, including tin toys and wind-up toys from the early 1900s to the 1970s. There are gifts perfect for man caves, including signage and barware.

Junk Drunk Jones carries vintage clothing and jewelry perfect for a holiday gift. It sells vintage jewelry the store has collected, as well as a specialty line made in Roswell for Junk Drunk Jones called Flair It. The store also carries Lindy Bop, a popular clothing line from Britain. Home décor for those who want a conversation piece can be found at Junk Drunk Jones, which has barbershop poles, 1940s and 1950s gas pumps, neon signs and other home items that date back to the 1960s-70s.

Junk Drunk Jones
175 W. Main St., Canton
(678) 951-8500

The Gifted Ferret is going into its fourth year of offering a unique shopping experience for those in the market for gifts, boutique wines, gourmet foods, décor and art for holiday gifts. Its specialties are Arthur Court dinnerware, Habersham Wax Pottery Vessels, fashion jewelry, gourmet wine infused popcorn, chocolates and Wicked Jack’s Tavern rum cakes, wine accessories, Forked Up art, Wild Women greeting cards and a wide variety of boutique wines.

Popular items, according to store owner Kevin Kino, include fresh roasted wine coffee produced by the owner and a partner in Marietta, handmade grand truffles out of Texas and a red chilled naturally sparkling Italian wine. Christmas is a big deal at The Gifted Ferret, Kino said, so stop by for gifts, a synchronized light show and Secret Santa Workshop mailbox come December.

The Gifted Ferret
1910 Eagle Drive
#400, Woodstock
(770) 693-5889

Longtime Canton business Key’s Jewelry has been serving Cherokee County and surrounding areas since 1951. Third generation business owner Doug Key said his store offers jewelry for every budget. Prices range from $20 to $10,000. The store carries everything from all major color stones to loose and mounted diamonds, as well as wedding sets and engagement rings. It also offers earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets perfect for any jewelry lover. Key said they also carry a nice selection of simple to elegant crosses.

Pandora is its biggest seller, and the jewelry store is a silver Pandora dealer. The store can order almost any Pandora charm that is not in stock. For those who want an original piece, Key’s also offers jewelry that is custom designed from scratch. Its newest collections are Endless and J.LO Jewelry by Endless. Key’s Jewelry also offers layaway for up to six months, as well as free gift wrapping with purchase.

Key’s Jewelry
230 E. Main St., Canton
(770) 479-4834

The key to gift-giving this holiday season is personalization, and Willows Gift Shoppe owner Donna Hacker said there is something for everyone at her Canton Marketplace location. The general gift shop carries baby items, wedding gifts, home décor, table-top items, jewelry, novelty pieces and even gifts for men. Hacker, who opened the store almost two years ago, said Willows Gift Shoppe offers embroidering services in-store and also will personal items such as jewelry, wine glasses, tumblers, key chains and coffee mugs.

“Personalization is huge,” she said. “Nothing makes a gift more special than a personalized gift.”

At Willows Gift Shoppe, Hacker said she offers quality products at a reasonable price. “I live here in Canton, and I love my customers because they come in and support me and my small business,” she said. “I hope my customers come back because they enjoy their shopping experience.” Find Willows Gift Shoppe on Facebook for information about the shop.

Willows Gift Shoppe
1810 Cumming Hwy, Suite 715, Canton
(770) 479-3301

An unusual place to shop for gifts is the Bennett History Museum Store at the Funk Heritage Center of Reinhardt University in Waleska. In addition to inexpensive souvenirs, shoppers will find some high-quality gifts. A nice selection of Native American art, unique jewelry, pottery made by local and regional artisans and CDs are stocked.

For the gardener, nature-themed T-shirts including “Think Outside” and “Georgia Dirt” shirts plus cards and coasters are available. Native American themed T-shirts are great gifts for both adults and children. Both boys and girls love jewelry like a bug, shark’s tooth or arrowhead necklace.

Girls enjoy the dainty heart necklaces and daisy bracelets, or order a name puzzle for that young child on the list. Know a rock collector? Purchase a collector box for treasures and unusual rocks or maybe a rock bag. The store stocks a variety of interesting books for adults and children. DVDs are sold including “The Southeastern Indians,” an award-winning film also shown in the museum theater.

There is no admission fee to just shop in the store. Find out more at

Funk Heritage Center Museum Store
7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska

The Sixes Pit Bike Shop is the place to shop for those who love to take to the trails and roads to bike. The shop has an assortment of mountain, road, urban and electric bicycles, which make great gifts for all ages. The shop has a large selection of children’s bicycles, the biggest seller of the holiday season.

The shop has gear and accessories to purchase as well, including helmets and phone mounts. In the winter, lights are the hot item for night riding, store owner Angel Rivera said.  Sixes Pit offers bicycle sales, repairs and rentals with same-day service. The most popular items in store are the Orbea bicycles.

The shop also sells brands including KTM, Kona, KHS, Depaula, Turner and Lynskey. Gift certificates are available to get someone started on a new bike for Christmas or to get a variety of accessories.

Sixes Pit Bike Shop
10511 Bells Ferry Road, Suite 400, Canton
(470) 765-6748


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