Quite a fine selection of imported and domestic wines and beers, keg deals, and even occasional wine tastings. This place holds many memories of nights when we just felt like staying in and drinking, so we'd come here and choose a good bottle of wine or two and return to the apartment, not having to think about a designated driver for the evening. Many a time we'd stop here on the way to a picnic spot on the parkway to grab a bottle to accompany us.
What to buy: Discounted wines in the front section, gourmet cheeses, all your wine opening needs, and a sixer of good good beer.
What to pay: regular old prices, yet, cheaper in some cases than the grocery store.
Best deals at Tanger Outlets at Blowing Rock:
We were impressed by the prices at Tanger Outlet Mall of Washington, PA. So we decided to do some shopping in this mall in Blowing Rock too. Needless to mention, some of the best deals were to be had here in many branded stores. We shopped for gifts to be taken back to Canada.
Location: Highway 321 near Blowing Rock
Tele: (828) 295-4444
JC Penney, TJ Max and a store dedicated to branded products for North Carolinian Universities and especially for Appalachian State University became our major shopping venues.
Location: Highway 321 near Boone
Big K (K-Mart):
Big K was not that busy, but had superb sales on every item of purchase. We had much shopping done for jewelry, clothing and even groceries from here.
Mast General Store:
The Mast General Store in historic Valle Crucis is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This too became our focus of shopping for one hour.
Location: Valle Crucis, Tele: 828-262-0000
Department stores in the Boone Mall include Belk, JC Penney, Old Navy, Sears, and TJ Maxx. Other stores include Hallmark, Claires, GameStop, a bookstore, a shoe store, a sports store, etc. There is a total of about 40 stores on one level. Stop for lunch at Panera Bread and Restuarant or stop for an ice cream.
Open Monday -Saturday 10 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
For good deals, buy direct from the manufacturer at Tanger Outlets. Thirty stores including: Liz Claiborne, Nine West, Gap, Oshkosh, Calvin Klein, Izod, Polo Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, etc., etc. On top of the already great prices, you'll find even better deals during the seasonal sales. See a full listing of stores on the website.
Stop at the Tanger Shopper Services Office for coupon books and AAA discounts.
Enjoy the Parkway Cafe´ and also Kilwins Chocolate and Ice Cream.
Jan 1 - March 7: Monday -Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
March 8 - December 31: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Far be it from me to write this small shop in a strip mall as simply a throw back to the 60s era head-shop! They describe themselves this way on their card: "For almost 20 years EXPRESSIONS has been giving the world's greatest customers what they really want! Gag gifts, Body Jewelry, Smoking Accessories, Incense, Unique Gifts from Around the World, Sex Toys, Adult Novelties and movies. Blow-up Sheep and an amazing staff to make your shopping experience GREAT!"
So see?? It's not JUST a head shop. Thye ave porn too.
What to buy: 4:20 friends wet dream, let's leave it at that! Cool incense and interesting vases. Gag t-shirts and gift cards, too.
What to pay: Pretty good prices. Nothing that is going to break the bank. Look for items on sale, naturally.
This is a unique little shop, if you dig general store type places. There is a huge clothing section, camping gear, and the obligatory bulk old fashioned candy section for the kids, soda pop in an old timey fridge in the back, and creaky wooden floors. The store's original location was in Valle Crucis, NC but now it has expanded to 6 locations, one of them here in Boone.
What to buy: Candy and soda pop! and of course postcards, brochures and maps of the area are also available.