Oasis World Market is a grocery store in Blacksburg that stocks food and drinks (incuding beer and sake) from all over the world, including countries such as India, Turkey, Japan, and Thailand, as well as many European nations. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg's large university, has students and professors from countries all over the world, and Oasis tries to stock as many items from their home countries as possible. If you want vanilla ice cream, then go to Kroger across the street. However, if you want durian, green tea or lychee ice cream, then Oasis is the store for you.
What to buy: Our favorite items from Oasis are their Turkish cookies, Japanese marble soda, Indonesian tea candies, and their beers from all over Europe.
If knitting is your hobby (like Lisa), the Mosaic Yarn Shop is the store that you need to visit in Blacksburg. Mosaic has a wide variety of yarns and other knitting supplies, and its friendly staff is willing to spend time giving you advice on what to buy and how to improve your knitting technique.
Mosaic gained some positive publicity when it organized a nationwide effort to knit blankets for the families of the victims of the April 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.