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Holiday Gift Ideas In Roanoke That Support Local Business

Posted on November 9, 2017 | By Larry Landolt

Take a stroll along our charming downtown streets, and you’ll see small businesses doing the extraordinary: Giving Roanokers unique shopping and dining experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.

On Small Business Saturday — November 25 — shop small and local for the hard-to-buy-for, teachers, pastors, postal carriers, in-laws, karate instructors, and neighbors.   


A sweet tooth is easily satisfied in Roanoke.

You can’t go wrong with a store named chocolatepaper. The charming shop is chocked full of unique and fun gifts, one-of-a-kind greeting cards that put drug-store cards to shame, and fine papers. And then there’s the chocolate. Oh, the chocolate! Rows and rows of chocolates line the cases. It will take you some time to choose, so plan accordingly. 

Altus Chocolate has built a loyal following in the short time it’s been opened. Altus is micro-chocolate factory committed to ethical practices. They make their chocolate creations from superior cacao and pure ingredients. Here, you’ll learn about how chocolates are made. You’ll come away a chocolate snob. (We’re not saying that’s a bad thing 🙂

To the Market we go!

The Roanoke Farmer’s Market is more than an outdoor market. It’s part of our weekend routine. On any given Saturday, you’ll find fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. But in the weeks leading up to Christmas, you’ll find artisan gifts — from pure pine wreaths to adorn your front door to handmade jewelry to bread and cakes and pies to soaps and candles. If you’re shopping for the person who has everything, then the Market is where you’ll find something he or she won’t have — and will love.


We like our beer like our mountains, our trails, our rivers and our trains. The craft beers brewed in our local breweries reflect the flavors of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Starting with our region’s crystal clear water, every sip celebrates our region.

Deschutes Brewery – Tasting Room, Ballast Point, Big Lick Brewing, Soaring Ridge, Parkway Brewing, Twin Creeks Brewing, Chaos Mountain Brewing, Flying Mouse Brewery, Hammer & Forge Brewing, Starr Hill Pilot Brewery and our newest, Olde Salem Brewing (opening 11/21/17) offer gift certificates, six-packs, and growlers/crowlers.

Experiences! Adventures!

They say the best gifts aren’t things; they’re experiences. Luckily, we’re in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and our mountains, valleys, and rivers are filled with experiences.  

Like food? Then a gift certificate for a Downtown Roanoke Food and Cultural Tour. Like beer? A Craft Beer Tour does the trick. Like wine? The Blue Ridge Wine Tour is a must.  How about this adventure for fun – the Kayaking & Craft Brewery Tour?  More summer dates for this fun day of adventure and brews!  FYI – gift certificates for Tour Roanoke never expire!  

Like adventures? Roanoke Mountain Adventures offers cycling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking instructional tours, rentals, and shuttles to your favorite trails.

Underdog Bikes, Cardinal Bicycle, East Coasters Bike Shop, and Starlight Bikes keep you peddling along the greenways. Dangle a great gift in the form of a gift certificate to The River Rock, the ultimate rock-climbing experience in Roanoke.

And if you want to combine all of Roanoke’s passions, head over to Downshift for coffee, bikes, and beer. (Honestly, we may take up residence here.)

In 2017, shop local on Small Business Saturday and support Roanoke’s artisans, craftsmen, and retailers that give Roanoke its eclectic vibe.

Larry Landolt

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