Sidewalk Shopping Is Going Strong In Elkin

Surry County, North Carolina

Before shopping became about computer clicks and delivery trucks, shopping meant strolling down the sidewalk, peeking in windows and discussing with shopkeepers exactly what you’re looking to purchase. Shopping was an experience.

Downtown Elkin revives those days of retail therapy with eclectic boutiques and curated shops offering personalized service. Spend a day on Main Street in the Blue Ridge foothills, and you’ll understand the benefits of small-town commerce.

Scot and Janie Slusarick recently opened Honeysuckle Home at 109 W. Main Street. This is the second location for the home decor and gift shop.

The first location is in Davidson near the Slusaricks’ home, so when their landlord suggested Elkin as a second location, the couple originally said no. It was too far.

But their adventurous spirit won out, and the Slusaricks hosted a pop-up shop as a trial run during the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival in September.

“So many people came in on that Saturday and said, ‘Welcome to the neighborhood. We’re so thankful you’re here,’” Scot Slusarick says. “We really appreciate the sense of community.”

The shop now occupies the former pharmacy building, which has been recently renovated.

Offerings include furniture, home decor accents such as lamps and wreaths, and gifts for men and women. Honeysuckle Home is also a retailer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

“We want to find a niche that isn’t being served and fill it,” Slusarick says. “If our shop brings more people downtown and neighboring shops benefit, then that’s great.”

Within its first year in business, The Wisdom Table has become Elkin’s go-to spot for North Carolina wine and craft beer.

With more than 100 wines available for purchase, the downtown store strives to educate people about local wine and suggest pairings. Customers can sample a flight, enjoy a glass or purchase bottles to go.

Owner and sommelier Jeremy Stamps is a trusted resource when you need a wine to pair with Thanksgiving dinner or want to try a new label from the Yadkin Valley.

“What’s really fun with North Carolina wine is the constant experimentation,” Stamps says. “Seeing how everyone cracks the code to growing grapes and making wine in North Carolina is pretty neat.”

The November Room is part boutique, part art studio and part wine bar. Shop among the large selection of locally made items, such as jewelry, soap, mugs, teas and more. Sign up to create something yourself with one of the painting classes. The seasonally themed classes are open to all ages. 

If there’s an outdoorsman on your shopping list, American Aquatic has the goods. The shop stocks hats, clothing and gear to get you out on the trail or water.

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