On any given day in the towns around the beautiful Smoky Mountains, visitors and locals are enjoying the vistas, the sites, the sounds, the attractions of the area and the shopping!
That’s right, Sevier County is known as much for its shopping opportunities – from unique local shops to international designer outlets – as it is the surrounding beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the area’s musical entertainment.
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are home to malls, outlets and hundreds of stores. Designer clothing and accessories, antiques, quirky locally owned shops, gift and souvenir stores, art, hand-made crafts, candles, preserves and specialty foods traditional to this mountain area.
“Along the parkway and the scenic Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Loop, you’ll find some of the most unusual and unique stores in America,” the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce says.
Let’s look at some of them so you can start planning your Smoky Mountain vacation! Maybe you’re even heading there this weekend – Memorial Day weekend. There are lots of deals to be found this weekend if shopping is on your mind.
Where to Go
The Gatlinburg Mountain Mall, dubbed as a “premier indoor shopping experience.”
Each shop has a unique theme such as hand-crafted candy and local foods, hand-made jewelry, custom-blended tobacco products, quilts, dolls, magic tricks, sports, clothing for your dog, collectible toys and locally made artwork.
Walk around the two indoor fountains, one of which is 30-feet tall. Check out the now-and-then photos as you stroll around the mall. The photos are of the general store that once stood on the same spot – Ogle’s General Store. The Ogle family still owns the Mall.
Check out all the merchants.
Mountain Mall is located at Traffic Light #6 across from Ripley’s Aquarium. 611 Parkway, Ste F15, Gatlinburg.
Nearby, a few steps off Gatlinburg’s bustling main street, is The Village. Here a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries and galleries make for a pleasant shopping experience.
Walk and shop through the quaint village of Old World-style buildings and brick paths. It’s like stepping back in time. The Village is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! Celebrate the anniversary at The Village June 1, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Check out letter art at The Best Gift Idea Ever. At Celtic Heritage, find fine gifts imported from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Shop for collectible art and hand-crafted frames at Lamplight Gallery. Need some PJs? Check out The Lazy One of Gatlinburg. God’s Corner is a locally owned Christian Bookstore. Other shops include Life is Good; The Day Hiker – for your adventures in the national park; The Candle Cottage; and The Honey Pot and Tervis, among many more.
When you get hungry, be sure to stop by the Donut Friar, the Cheese Cupboard and The Village Café and Creamery.
Located just past Traffic Light #6, The Village address is 634 Parkway, Gatlinburg.
Fun Smoky Mountain Shops Worth Visiting
Some unique names and shops are scattered throughout the area and worth finding or stopping into.
The Smoky Mountain Cat House is fun, relaxing spot for, well, cat lovers. Other curious shoppers also are welcome. Established in 1985. By Phil and Cheryl Anderson, the Cat House features items including jewelry, bags, potter beads, earrings and plush cat toys – “the things that make us and our cats happy.”
Ready to get your country on and pick up a pair of cowboy boots? Check out Stages West – Boots and Apparel. Family owned and operated in Pigeon Forge since 1995, Stages West has it’s only store in the Smoky Mountains. Located at 2765 Parkway, Pigeon Forge.
Take home a unique piece of Smoky Mountain art that also serves a functional role in your home at Carvers of the Smokies.
Here, artist and owner Johnny Watkins, creates one-of-a kind wood carved door trim, doors, mantles, bars, benches or anything else you can imagine. You work with Watkins to design your own. “All hand-carved originals designed by you.”
Carvers is located at 902 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge.
The shops on Wears Valley Road are part of the Glades Arts and Crafts Community. Check out our recent blog post about the Glades Arts And Crafts Community
Lumberjack Square – Formerly Walden’s Landing
The shops in this quaint, wide-sidewalk, bench-lined family-friendly center
are perfect for finding gifts. Smoky Mountain Popcorn Company for 141 gourmet popcorn. Sweet Peas, The Red Rocket, Gallery of Light.
There’s a movie theater too – The Forge Cinema.
You’ll also fine Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud – a high energy lumberjack show. Afterward, test your Jack skill at their Adventure Park!
Lumberjack Square is located at 2528 Parkway, Pigeon Forge.
In the mood to start your Christmas shopping or planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains for just that? Check out the Christmas and Candle Shop at the Apple Barn – where, by the way. you can also have one of the best meals of your trip.
Located on the serene and Instagram worthy banks of the Little Pigeon River, The Christmas and Candles Shop is directly off the parkway in Sevierville. Inside the 6,000-square-foot store, you are greeted by glittering lights, spectacularly decorated Christmas trees, holiday decorations and the wafting aroma of freshly poured candles.
Next door, at the Apple Barn and Cider Mill, shop for apple butters and jams; sauces and condiments; candy; mixes for muffins, fritters and cakes; along with some country charm in the form of home décor.
Just up the road, is Orvis, where you can find clothing and gear for many of your Smoky Mountain park adventures. You can also sign up for free Fly Fishing lessons to take advantages of the many lakes, streams and rivers in the area and the park.
The Island in Pigeon Forge is another great shopping destination. More than 60 unique shops.
While you’re there, sit, take in the sights, play, eat and shop. Sit in a sweet rocking chair and watch the dancing fountain – coordinated to music all day and night. Play! There’s The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and the Island Rope Course. You can pan for gold at Island Miner’s Gems and get lost and a little woozy in the Island Mirror Maze.
Among the interesting shops are:
Savannah Bee Company – honey tasting, honey accessories, honey lip balm – I bought a unique Mint Julep balm last time I was there.
Old Smoky Moon Shine – pick up some white lightning and accessories to take home and share with friends.
The Paula Deen Store – celebrity chef Paula Deen has a retail store and a restaurant at The Island. Butter anyone?
Farmhouse 9110 – made in the U.S. original home décor from signs to coffee mugs, reclaimed wood and farmhouse charm.
Build-a-Bear – you remember these. You make your own bear and even put its heart in as the final touch.
The Beef Jerky Outlet; Nourish Natural Bath Products – I bought a soothing lavender bath bomb that took all my cares away. Rock Candy Kitchen; Bodacioius Bags; Doc’s Magic Shop: Gotchel – unique children’s clothing; Heads Up Sports – a hat from every team and every fan; Patriot Peddler – all American made; The Sneaky Squirrel; The Monogram Boutique – just get married and want to show off those initials? Need a gift for a graduate? There’re also Puzzles, Timber Valley Rustic Furniture and a day’s worth of additional shops.
And if you’re at The island all day, you’re going to get hungry, and thirsty. Among the offerings are Paula Deen’s, Yee-Haw Brewing Company, Margaritaville, Mellow Mushroom, Timberwood Grill.
Find The Island at 131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge.
Huge Outlet Shopping
Last, but certainly not least as it’s the largest, shopping extravaganza is Tanger Outlets.
Tanger is a nationally known outlet mall enterprise based in Greensboro, NC. The Sevierville location is at 1645 Parkway.
Here, you’ll find hundreds of our favorite shops with sales and deals galore – kids, adults, men, women, shoes of all kinds! Coach, Christopher & Banks, Harry & David (I could live on their chocolate covered blueberries!), Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Pink by Victoria, Tommy Hilfiger. There’s a Disney Outlet, Eddie Bauer, Brooks Brothers, Columbia, The North Face, Under Armour – and so much more. Check out the list of shops.
There are plenty of food options too – at the outlet mall and nearby.
And let’s not forget about SALES! This is Memorial Day weekend after all and there’s a sale everywhere. Tanger also is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend Block party – painting party, balloon, entertainment and lots of deals. Check out current sales.
Plan Your Trip! Shop the Smokies!
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