This is as much a local custom or cultural encounter as a shopping tip. Roadside produce stands are a dying phenomenon in the US but this one seems to have fairly permanent status. The owners live in the house next to the stand and, when possible, sell some of the things they grow themselves. Unfortunately the drought this year means they will have no apples to sell in the fall. They have a variety of nuts, candies, honey, jams, etc. It is located about a mile north of Helen on the road to Uncoi State Park and Anna Ruby Falls. Worth a stop to chat with the lady who owns it if nothing else. Also they have an entertaining collection of signs and sayings to lend a chuckle. My favorite is "Missed my husband today, but my aim is getting better."
What to buy: If you are up for it, try a typical southern delicacy: boiled peanuts. Not my cup of tee, tht the natives love them.
Of course there has to be a shop here called Hansel and Gretel and this one is a delicious one, not to mention the wonderul aroma of chocolate which greets you at the door. My wife and I had to have some of the chocolate pecan fudge of course and our grandson loves pretzels covered with white chocolate. They were both delicious. Our timing was fortunate as we saw both being made while we were there. Nice to see things being made instead of just buying mass produced stuff. They make an amazing variety of candies and have a few available for sampling and of course you can get gift boxes of all sizes. I sampled some wonderful peanut brittle, bought our candy and ran. It could be addictive!
What to pay: Small quantities of candy are ot expensive but you could spend a fortune if you are a sweet addict.
downtown helen has scores of gift and souvenir shops. some offer cheap local souvenirs, local arts and crafts, and imported items from germany. shopping the various gift shops is a fun thing to do in downtown helen.
There has been a trading post/store/post office here since 1872 and it has had only 4 different owners! The front part of the store is more of a museum, nothing has been changed, and you can see old timey medicines and trinkets still on the shelves. An addition was put on to the back and all kinds of souvenirs and crafts are sold.
Helen, Georgia is a cute little Alpine-inspired town in the north Georgia mountains. You can buy gifts from all over the world here, but of course, the specialty of the house is anything German (including the food!). For a quick trip to Bavaria without the airfare, spend a day or two in Helen.
Jumpin Goat has a special drip method (that they will gladly talk to you about) which produces a very smooth roast coffee flavor for $2.50 a large cup. They also have gifts and coffee related items inside with beans for sale as well.
What to buy: coffee
What to pay: $2.50
Over 40 vendors inside this cute house right next door to the Habersham Winery so you can quench your thirst after shopping! Lots of furniture, gifts, crafts and more inside----lots of parking.
What to buy: antiques, crafts
What to pay: average
Nora Mill sits on a pretty creek across from the Habersham Winery and sells handmade flours, grits, pancake mixes, jellies and syrups, and lots more with gifts and crafts as well as cast iron bacon presses in the shape of a pig! We bought a few small jars of homemade jelly and some yellow grits---you can see them making it right there in the store, grinding fresh dried corn into meal or grits.
Pretty walk behind along the creek, and you can see the wheel house.
What to buy: Grits, flours, jellies
What to pay: Grits--$4.75
small jelly jar $2.95
Betty's started out (1973) as a small building on the corner, where we used to stop on the way to camping at Blue Hole near Brasstown Bald, for supplies such as eggs and bacon for the next days breakfast, and also for her famous carrot cake. (MMMMM) Now it's a huge grocery store with a deli in the back and gifts in the front area, and groceries in the middle. Got some readymade spaghetti and ceasar salads for dinner back at home.....Very recommended.
What to buy: groceries, deli
What to pay: good prices
Jolly's has been in this location for over 25 years selling distinctive toys from around the world---very much a hands-on toy store so bring all the kids in the family and enjoy this fun place...includes books, handmade wooden toys and much more.
What to buy: toys
What to pay: average
Glass artisans Phillip and Janine Shelby have hand blown and fused glass art and have glass blowing demonstrations...Open September thru December fridays thru sundays (and holiday mondays) from 10am to 5 pm.
What to buy: Glass art
What to pay: good prices
Now this is some good fudge, as soon as you walk in they give you samples which are wonderful. As you walk along the main street shops try turning into the small alleys you will find some neat shops to poke your head into, this being one of them. You can even watch them make the fudge while you order.
Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen hand a large variety of candy, fudge and much more. You will not leave this store without something. Just the smell will draw you in to take a look.
Beer, wine and liquor available (at least for now) monday through saturday. Sunday sales should be on the ballot this fall.....
What to buy: Wild Turkey 101
What to pay: $22