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Holiday Gift Ideas In Roanoke That Support Local Business

on November 22, 2018 | 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.

Chocolate! Sweets!

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. 

The Candy Store   at Center in the Square, is sure to cause sugarplums to dance in your head and offers a large variety of candy, perfect for stuffing stockings.

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.

Outside of the market, you’ll find more regional works, such as art and jewelry at The Treehouse Collaborative and Gypsypalooza, Too! and books written by local authors at the charming, indie, bookstore, Book No Further. 


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 BrewingHammer & Forge Brewing, Starr Hill Pilot BreweryOlde Salem Brewing, A Few Old Goats Brewing, and Three Notch’d Brewing offer gift certificates, six-packs, and growlers/crowlers. If you want to make your own, give Southern Hills Home Brew Supply a visit.   Also if you like mead be sure to visit Blacksnake Meadery – The Hive in the Wasena neighborhood.  

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 or Taste of Naples Experience are a hit! Like beer? A Brewery Hop-On Hop-Off  Tour does the trick.  FYI – gift certificates for Tour Roanoke never expire!  

Like adventures? Roanoke Mountain Adventures offers cycling, kayaking, paddle boarding, 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 2019, 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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