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Holiday Gift Ideas In Roanoke That Support Local Business

Posted on November 17, 2016 | By Larry Landolt

At Tour Roanoke, we’re all about showcasing fun and delicious local food, craft beer and wine. Plus sharing local lore and history and supporting small local businesses. We find that our guests enjoy the local flavor (pun intended) on our tours as well. We also know that Roanoke and our region has an enthusiastic Think Local and Support Local culture.. We find that our guests enjoy the local ShopSmallLogoflavor (pun intended) on our tours as well. We also know that Roanoke and our region has an enthusiastic Think Local and Support Local culture.

Here’s a list of holiday gift ideas that directly support our local economy, merchants, entrepreneurs and artisans.   In almost all instances Gift Certificates are available.


1. The Gift Of Local Music

Not only fabulous local musicians, but also local venues that showcase national acts, bolster Roanoke’s local economy. Our favorites include the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Jefferson Center , The Spot on Kirk and Martin’s Downtown.  Just a short drive to Rocky Mount finds a world-class venue,  The Harvester Performance Center which has transformed Rocky Mount, VA, into a cool little town!


2. The Gift Of Live Performances
Holiday Gift Ideas That Support Local Business, Mill Mountain Theatre

Many events, concerts, shows and festivals in the area are run by or support local non-profit organizations. Take in performances at the Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke Childrens Theatre, and Showtimers Community Theatre.  Don’t forget tickets or a gift card to the Grandin Theatre for a first run movie in the charming historic theatre or Big Lick Conspiracy, Roanoke’s improv comedy company guaranteed to make you laugh out loud!


3. The Gift Of A Group Adventure Tour
Holiday Gift Ideas That Support Local Business, Tour Roanoke Tours

Discover Roanoke like never before! Enjoy a Culinary Adventure Walking Tour of downtown on a Roanoke Food Tour. If craft beer captures your fancy, explore local breweries on the Roanoke Craft Beer Tour and go behind the scenes and discover why our local breweries are hopping. If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur then the Blue Ridge Wine Tours will take you on a guided tour to local farm wineries!  Want to go on a adventure tour? Then how about taking a Rock Climbing and Craft beer Tour or a Biking and Craft Beer Tour. Gift Certificates are available from Tour Roanoke for all tours and outings.


4. The Gift Of Local Craft Beer And Wine
Holiday Gift Ideas That Support Local Business, Elis Provisionis

Pick up a six-pack or growler at one of Roanoke’s many local craft breweries. In downtown Roanoke, visit Big Lick Brewing and Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery.  Visit Parkway Brewing in Salem, Flying Mouse Brewery in Troutville, or Twin Creeks Brewing in Vinton. Franklin County has two great breweries, Chaos Mountain Brewing, Sunken City Brewing and

For delicious local wine, you also have many choices. On the Wine Trail of Botetourt County there’s Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Virginia Mountain Vineyards and Blue Ridge Vineyard. In Bedford County, there’s the  Bedford County Wine Trail which includes White Rock Vineyards & Winery, Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery, and Peaks of Otter Winery. In Roanoke County you can visit Valhalla Vineyards and then make your way up Bent Mountain to reach AmRhein’s Wine Cellars.

If a trip to a local brewery or winery is not convenient, there are plenty of local craft beer and wine retailers that carry many of these local products and more. Check out Barrel Chest Beer & Wine, Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar, or Wine Gourmet.  Also highly recommend is Eli’s Provisions in downtown Roanoke. They specialize in Virginia food products as well as local wine and beer, and can even make custom gift baskets!


5. The Gift Of Pies, Cakes, Breads, And Food

Roanoke has more restaurants per capita than any city in Virginia. Roanokers love to eat out, and we’re blessed with a great local food scene. So, pick up a Gift Card from your favorite locally owned restaurant or perhaps live on the edge and get a Gift Card from one you’ve never visited before! Here are two lists of local eateries – the Roanoke Valley Visitors Bureau and TripAdvisor. Special mention goes out to three local restaurants that really emphasize local sourcing for their ingredients – Firefly Fare, Local Roots and River and Rail. When you consider holiday pies, cakes, desserts or artisan bread for your meals you can’t go wrong with local favorites like On The Rise Bakery  or Breadcraft.  For your sweet treats make sure to visit Bubblecake, Our Daily Bread Bakery, and Viva La Cupcake.


6. The Gift Of Outdoor Adventure


The Roanoke Valley continues to gain national prestige as an outdoor recreation Mecca, so join the fun or, at least think about gifts for those that do! Local bicycle retailers are plentiful and we recommend you consider Roanoke Mountain AdventuresUnderdog Bikes, Cardinal Bicycle or East Coasters Bike Shop. For your true cyclist visit Starlight Bikes. Roanoke also has great outfitters for kayaks and other recreational equipment, apparel and gear including Walkabout Outfitters, Fleet Feet Sports, and Back Country Ski & provides a great list of canoe, kayak and local guides for your convenience. For year round rock wall climbing, check out The River Rock, great for beginners and experienced adventurers alike.


7. The Gift Of Chocolates And Sweets
Holiday Gift Ideas That Support Local Business, chocolatepaper

Who doesn’t love great chocolate for the holidays? There are a number of great local chocolate retailers and chocolatiers in the Roanoke Valley. Check out chocolatepaper and Baylee’s Best Chocolates. Talk about eye candy and retro, be sure to visit downtown’s newest sweet spot, The Candy Store located in Center in the Square. Love fruit? Go to Edible Arrangements for something different and fun.


8. The Gift Of Local Attractions


There’s much to do and see right here in our backyard. Enjoy the Taubman Museum of Art, the O. Winston Link Museum, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the Mill Mountain Zoo and all the offerings at Center in the Square. There’s lots more to see and enjoy in our Roanoke Valley region. Check out this listing from the Roanoke Valley Visitors Bureau and buy a Gift Card from your favorite attraction.


9. The Gift Of Local Coffee


Red Rooster Coffee Roasters, headquartered in Floyd, VA, and Maddie’s Mountain Mud, located in New Castle, VA, are local specialty coffee roasters. Their coffee can be purchased online or at area retailers. As for coffee shops, fight the urge for a Starbucks fix and instead swing by Little Green Hive in downtown (where they serve and sell Red Rooster Coffee),  Sweet Donkey in South Roanoke (you might want to move in), Cups Coffee & Tea in Grandin Village or your favorite Mill Mountain Coffee location.


10. The Gift Of Black Dog Salvage

There’s a fairly good chance that for some of us our out of town friends and relatives couldn’t pinpoint Roanoke on a map.  BUT they may have a “relationship” with the staff of Black Dog Salvage because they’re huge fans of Salvage Dawgs.  If this is true for you, you need to check out the Black Dog Salvage online gift shop.


11. The Gift Of Local Arts And Crafts

The gift of art is especially fun and meaningful. The Roanoke Valley is blessed with extraordinary artistic talent. A few of favorite artists are Eric Fitzpatrick, Kenneth Stockton and Tracy Budd. There’s a great variety of art galleries in the area, especially in downtown. See this listing of studios and galleries and explore for yourself. If you’re looking for a gift for someone with a creative side be sure to check out The Studio School. For over 25 years they’ve provided exceptional art education for beginners and beyond. Local Paint Nights have become become popular too. What’s nice about these is they are often paired with wine and craft beer, now we can do that!  Google search “Paint Night Roanoke” or “Paint events Roanoke” for a list of these fun outings. If you’re looking for something for all ages, Glazed Bisque-It and Beads Indeed are fun too!

Larry Landolt

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