Biltmore Estate Gift Shops: Get some nice souvenirs at Biltmore Estate
The shops at Biltmore Estate are a great stop for souvenirs. You can find anything you can think of, from the usual souvenirs to fine chocolates, art pieces and wines. It is really hard to choose what to get, so make sure you browse all the shops before buying something.
Cades Cove Visitor Center: Shop and help wildlife
Cades Cove visitor center is a great place to stop by and buy some souvenirs. Every dollar you spend here goes towards maintaining the grounds and feeding the wildlife. There is a decent variety of souvenirs here and you will feel great knowing that your money goes towards a good cause!
What to buy: T-shirts, books, book markers, fridge magnets, etc
Gatlinburg Elegance: Buying purses
Sold knock off purses, it was not special it is a rip off. These shops are run by foreigners, and they pushed by two daughters to buy purses. One daughter left in tears not even wanting the purse, the other daughters purse was torn up by the time we got back to our room. We took it back and of course they have a small sign that says all purchases are final. They did agree to exchange, but we were afraid for fear when we returned home it would tear up also. We did it but clearly not happy. Just want people to be aware of this.
Cartoons & Toys: #1 Stop for All Things Hello Kitty
This is a cute little shop filled to the brim with all sorts of toys. There are two floors and you can pick up some great sale stuff on the second level!
What to buy: The back right wall is STUFFED with all things Hello Kitty. Anything Hello Kitty you can imagine, they probably have it. In the past, I have picked up cell phones charms, mechanical pencils, stickers, and school planners. They also have plenty of cute erasers, gum, notebooks, purses, pencil cases, stuffed animals, and more.
What to pay: You know, the normal price for toys. Less than a buck for a few sticks of Hello Kitty gum, but you could shell out upward of $50 for some of the bags and luggage.
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Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Village: Something for everyone
Located at the beginning of the Arts & Crafts Community loop, this is a new retail development consisting of 25 businesses including art, crafts, clothing, gourmet coffee roaster, and an English Pub bar & grill.
The Pepper Palace: for the hot-sauce obsessed, there is a Palace...
Okay: those who know me, know that I am hot-sauce & pepper obsessed. I put pepper on everything. Tabasco sauce is just about the greatest invention, IMHO. I have partied with the Tabasco sales people; I have a Tabasco "play with your food" medallion hanging from my rearview mirror in my car. So, in Gatty, on our last day in town, when we went to the mall before we split town? We noted a very nice, very red, peppery little joint called The Pepper Palace.
It's run / owned by Tanya & Craig; they specialize in "all things hot". Conveniently enough, they are right across from a naughty lingerie store. Anyway; Tabasco's stuff is here, Frank's hot sauce is here, any type of small to big to mild to wild sauce; peppery paraphenalia (I bought Tabasco shoe laces for my ROLLERSKATES); pepper plates; ties; underwear; T-shirts; for those of us in the world who have worn down their stomach lining & burned off the foremost layer of skin in their esophagus, this place is for you.
They also have "18 and over" areas covered in drapes. Hot sauces of all shapes and sizes (and I DO MEAN ALL SHAPES... get it?) and all sizes (bigger IS better when it comes to hot sauce, baby!), interesting bottles for even more interesting-er sauce. mmm. So while the kids look at the G-rated bottles & read the names of sauces, you get to lift the curtains and see phallic-shaped bottles containing sauce that will "F- you on your first drop".
What to buy: Whether you buy the stuff to accompany your existing hot sauce hoard, or you buy new hot sauce to add to / mix with your existing hot sauce, just buy something. These people are Gods. Bland food sucks; they know this. Spicy stuff rules the mouth. Go ahead, play with your food; spice up your life a little bit. Everyone out there on this planet has at least ONE friend who is hot-sauce obsessed; that one person who you can stare at in utter awe and fear as you watch them eat a habanero without so much as a blink; the gal who loads so much pepper on her food it turns the plate black; the guy who will drink Scorned Woman hot sauce like it's a martini. Buy them something from this place & inform them there is a Palace of Peppers nestled in a very normal, Southern, sweet place called Gatlinburg.
Some items of interest:
Cheese & bean dips
dry spices for rubbing
really freaking hot pickles
Tabasco candy (Ever tried hot sauce mixed with chocolate?... to die for...)
pepper mills, to grind up that lovely little morsel
What to pay: $1.00 for small things; $100.00 if you are really obsessed.
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The Village: Great variety of items
The Village is on the Parkway in Gatlinburg and has a variety of shops. It is my favorite place to shop because of its architecture and quaintness. You can shop for gifts, candy, hiking gear or even donuts. The Donut Friar is a highly recommend place for early morning coffee and donuts!!!!! The picture posted is the courtyard decorated for christmas.
The Mountain Mall
The Mountain Mall across the street from the Village had a few nice shops. The best shops in the mall are The Gatlinburlier and the Pepper Palace but outside of that it is just more of the same old Gatlinburg.
27 in all: The Village again
The village has several unique shops the best being The Cheese Cupboard, Doughnut Friar, Jelly Jar, Christmas stores, and a Candy store that makes its own candy
along with several other unique stores.
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The Happy Hiker: An Outdoor Store Right Where You Need It
The Happy Hiker is a very fine outdoor store on the south edge of Gatlinburg, right next to the Great Smoky Mountains.
What to buy: Here you will find all kinds of hiking, camping, climbing and related outdoor supplies. Also they have a very good selection of maps and guide books for trails in the Smoky Mountains as well as nearby National Forests, field guides, videos, nature gifts, etc.
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Beneath the Smoke: Outdoor Prints that Will Take Your Breath Away
There are scores of junky shops in Gatlinburg and a handful of very fine ones. Beneath The Smoke is our favorite of all. It features the excellent outdoor and wildlife photography of Sevier County native Ken Jenkins. Jenkins is a nationally known naturalist, outdoor writer, publisher, lecturer and natural history photographer. His work has been published in 300 national journals including National Geographic, Cousteau, Backpacker, Southern Living and Audubon.
What to buy: Beneath the Smoke carries many fine gifts, works of art, books, etc. in addition to prints of Jenkin's photographs. It is a gallery that no one should miss seeing while they are in Gatlinburg.
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Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchens, Aunt Mahalias, etc: You're on Vacation. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth!
As you walk the strip in Gatlinburg you can't help but notice many shops that offer fresh homemade candy. The one pictured is Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchens where large taffy making machines in the window lure you inside for a sample.
Another is Aunt Matildas, since 1939, with two locations on the Parkway. These shops have glass enclosed kitchens where you can watch the tempting confections being made by hand. When I was a kid I loved the taffy. Today I've matured into a full-blown chocoholic and can't resist the creamy pecan fudge.
What to buy: Crunchy Brittle
What to pay: Tourist Prices
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Mountain Mall: Check out Mountain Mall in G'burg
The indoor mall that has it all. Over 45 unique shops in all. Shop in climate-controlled comfort. Something for everyone will be found here*
What to buy: Crafts, antiques, clothes, soveniers, regional memorabilia, you name it, they have it*
What to pay: some things a bit pricey, best to shop around to find the best deal there.
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Any t-shirt shop: A T-shirt for everyone
Gatlinburg has hundreds of stores ranging from the cheesy to the classy. Can't remember any specific names but on entering its easy to tell what kind of store each is. Many hours can be spent (or wasted if you prefer) looking at all the merchandise for sale.
What to buy: There was one store in The Village shopping area that sold nice home made candles. The Village as a whole is an upscale shopping area. Mountain Mall contains a store of just hot sauces. Be forewarned, the airconditioning is Mountain Mall is almost nonexistent. There is also a nice discount book store there and my hubby's favorite tobacco shop. Several stores sold only dog themed items. One store sells only objects that change color in the sunlight. And behind that store was a store that only sold socks. Several stores had henna tattoos for the slightly adventurous who are afraid to go for the real thing. If a person can't find a t-shirt here, than they are just too choosy. One store advertised up to size 8x t -shirts!
The Donut Friar: The Donut Friar
This shop is located in The Village Shopping area and has great coffee. I also enjoy the cappuccino's. They have donuts, pastries and breads.
What to buy: I like this shop for the coffee cups that you can buy.
What to pay: Average prices.
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