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Top finds under $25 — shop local edition

With the biggest shopping week of the year scheduled for next week, The Southern Scoop reached out to local businesses to create a guide to shopping local that won’t break the bank. Small businesses have struggled to keep their doors open through the COVID19 pandemic, so shopping locally this holiday season is more important than ever. Here are just a few of the incredible steals you can find at our locally owned businesses. 

1) A Novel Escape 

A Novel Escape is a locally owned book store that has been serving the Franklin community for the last 13 years. A Novel Escape features the largest selection of used books in western North Carolina. In addition to over 20,000 books, you will also find a robust children’s section, puzzles, DVD movies, audiobooks on CD, and vintage collectible books. Located at 1781 Georgia Road, Franklin NC. 

Unique playing cards – I have Shakespeare, Friends, Game Of Thrones, and Rocks & Minerals, from $4.99-11.99

Book lights (3 different types) – from $3.99-7.99

Bookmarks! $2.95-3.99

Candles and Soy Wax Melts in bookish themes – $4:99-7.99

High quality stickers that are funny, snarky, and/or lovely – $2.50

A Novel Escape has all kinds of books ranging in price from $3.00 – $10, and can order any book a customer needs that they don’t have in stock!

A Novel Escapes’ top picks for under $25: The Friends playing cards ($9.99) and their selection of stickers ($2.50).

Gift certificates are a great option! Beginning on Nov 27 (Black Friday), they are offering a gift with the purchase of any gift certificate $25 and over.

 

 

 

2) Blush Boutique 

The Blush Boutique, located on Main Street in Franklin, is a women’s lifestyle boutique offering a seasonally, curated collection of unique fashion and accessories. 

Set of 3 bud vases -$20

Cait & Co. bath bombs- $9

MerSea Chalet Cozy socks- $22

Voluspa Candles -$18

Botanical frame -$20

Made Market Co. matches- $19

 

 

3) Yonder Community Market

The Yonder Community market is located at 151 Hillcrest Avenue in Franklin and grew out of the thriving, locally sourced, farm-to-table cafe, Yonder. The market has a huge selection of local foods and homemade goods. All products have ben through fully selected with a focus on quality and nourishment. 

Georgia Olive Oil (Lakeland, GA) – $15.39 – Pure Georgia Arbequina oil is only available in limited quantities each harvest season. This oil is 100% Georgia grown, EVOO. Its Green and buttery with a fruity finish.

Willa’s Pumpkin Spice Shortbread (Nashville, TN) – $7.70 – Willa’s Shortbread Bites have all the rich, buttery flavor of original shortbread cookies but with they’re added seasonal Pumpkin Spice blend.

Appalachai! Chai Tea Concentrate (Black Mountain, NC) – $11.50 – 32 ounce bottle of Asheville’s favorite Chai Tea. Enjoy it so many ways: over ice with cream, as a cocktail, make your own “Dirty Chai” or enjoy smothering a ham for the Holidays.

J + J’s Hot Sauce (Douglasville, GA) – $7.50 – An Edwards family recipe. The Hot Sauce was a Yonder staple. Delicious on anything!

Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon Red Pepper + Peach Jam (Waynesville, NC) – $9.00 – Fresh Western Carolina peaches, flame roasted red bell pepper and jalapeño combine for a savory spread with sweet, tart and a bit of heat.

Yonder’s Top Picks under $25:

Farm2Cocktail Peach + Lavender Shrub (Tiger, GA) – $13.99 – Small batch shrubs for using as a cocktail/mocktail mixer, salad dressings, and more.

Wehrloom Chamomile Infused Honey (Robbinsville, NC) – $8.00 – Wehrloom chamomile infused honey is a combination of their local Appalachian mountain honey mixed with organic dried chamomile flowers. Given time the honey takes on a delicate floral hint of the chamomile flavor for a wonderful spin on an already nearly perfect product.

Cafe Campesino Maty’s Blend Coffee (Americus, GA) – $15.75 – A fair trade, organic blend from coffees from Latin America and Africa. This is a well-balanced coffee with a fruity flavor and aroma, medium body, and low acidity. It’s an easy-to-drink coffee that’s great for multiple cups throughout the day.

Spicewalla Everything Bagel Spice Blend (Asheville, NC) – $9.53 – The freshest spices you can buy. Ground to order for us. This blend isn’t just for bagels anymore! Add a crunchy, savory kick to your favorite salads and dips. Sprinkle over roasted veggies or grilled tuna steaks to step up your dinner game.

Big Spoon Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Butter (Durham, NC) – $13.95 – Their Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Butter blends freshly milled, fresh-roasted heirloom Mission variety almonds with stone-ground organic dark chocolate from TCHO, cocoa nibs from Videri Chocolate Factory, raw wildflower honey, and a touch of Jacobsen sea salt to create a toasty, luscious dark chocolate almond butter with the perfect amount of crunch.

4) Ruby City Gems & Minerals 

Ruby City Gems has been serving the WNC community for over 60 years Located at 130 East Main Street in Franklin, Ruby City features a unique collection of precious stones, gems, minerals, jewelry, and specially crafted gifts. 

Crystal Companion Book – $22.99

Amethyst Flower Pin – $19.95

Eternal Treasure Incense Set – $16.95

Diffuser Necklace & Oil Set – $24.00

Soapstone Box – $8.25

 

Patchouli Incense Set – $20.95

Amethyst Flower Pin – $19.95

Whiskey Stones – $9.95

Siffuser Necklace & Oil – $24.00

Earth Science Kit (Crystals) – $19.95

 

Ruby City’s Top Picks under $25:

 

Soapstone Box – $8.25

Diffuser  Necklace & Oil – $24.00

Whiskey Stones – $9.95

Onyx Coasters – $24.97

Patchouli Incense Set – $20.95

 

Patchouli Incense Set – $20.95

Amethyst Flower Pin – $19.95

Dyed Quartz Pin – $9.95

The Crystal Companion (Book) – $22.99

 

 

5) Sweet Magnolias Boutique 

Located in Dillsboro, Sweet Magnolias has worked to create an inventory with the price point and interests of locals in mind. Located at 472 Haywood Road in Sylva, the idea of Sweet Magnolias Boutique cane from a stay-at-home mom, that loves fashion and helping others look their best. 

Lace Tunic $20 Small-2XL. Locally Made Jewelry: Earrings- $15 Necklace-$18
Tassel Necklaces- $16
C.C Beanies & Headwraps. New colors in all the time! Beanies – $12 Headwraps- $16

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