Whatever occasion you’re celebrating, here’s where to find some of our favorite locally crafted goods for each special person on your list.
Jennifer Cashel of Created Beautifully makes handmade jewelry inspired by nature from her home studio in Concord (check out @createdbeautifullyshop on Instagram to get a glimpse inside). Her delicate nest and pea pod necklaces make the perfect gifts for moms.
This locally owned and operated screen printing company has an artistic edge. Shop online and find unique designs featuring Concord and North Carolina. DaVinTee also offers everything from custom t-shirts, stickers, signage, embroidery and more.
With a goal of showcasing talented local craftspeople, Hive has an array of homegrown goods including candles, natural beauty products, jewelry, t-shirts, throw pillows and more. Gift an experience and attend one of their art workshops or classes.
Lewie & Berg
Mistie Doren curates local goods inside her independent boutique. Her signature creation is an adorable crochet octopus that kids will love to cuddle. Lewie and Berg Littles offers everything from bonnets and teething toys to clothing, but you’ll find great gifts for the grown-ups on your list here too.
From furniture to food items, offerings from 14 vendors at this recently opened marketplace are 100% Carolina made. Located on Main Street in North Kannapolis, Nostalgia Hollow brings a little slice of that cozy, hometown feeling just in time for the holidays.
Ritchie Hill Bakery
Nothing else tastes quite as good as 100 years of hometown family tradition. Claiming a mighty nice blend of cheddar and spice, cheese straws from Ritchie Hill are baked fresh in small batches every day. You can find them in specialty stores around the area or order online.
Rocky River Vineyards
This family-owned vineyard produces some of the sweetest award-winning wine in North Carolina. Make this a go-to gift option or share a bottle and create new memories to treasure. The tasting room in Midland, NC is an ideal setting to pick up your favorites and stroll through the gorgeous grounds.
Sam Bass Store
Sam Bass captures the colorful intensity or racing. Take home works from the First Officially-Licensed Artist of NASCAR from the online Sam Bass Store including posters, prints and artist’s proofs. Sam’s signature style and awe-inspiring illustrations also bring life to die cast cars and more.
Cindy Sheppard has been making shoes for over a decade and was honored as a winner of Our State Magazine’s 2018 Made in NC Awards. From popular Mary Janes and strappy sandals to adorable booties for babies, shop handmade footwear and more at her workshop in Downtown Concord.
Southern Grace Distilleries
Housed inside a former prison, the award-winning liquor is as unforgettable as the setting. SGD’s signature spirit, Sun Dog 130 Corn Whiskey, is a gift that will spark stories of moonshining history. Or, treat the recipient to a bottle of Conviction small-batch bourbon and a booze-soaked cigar.
The Bead Lady
Find the perfect amount of sparkle and stones, and string them together for adornments all your own. Kathleen Reeder preserves fresh or dried flowers, transforming them into wearable beads. Stop in and explore a wonderland of beads, then cross the street for more local finds at Union Street Market.
The Galleries Gift Shop
The Galleries Gift Shop is located on the ground level of the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse and features unique handcrafted items by local artists and artisans. Shop for the perfect gift or treasure, including jewelry, pottery, stationery, ornaments, wooden items, prints and so much more.
For more local shopping inspiration read “Neighborhood Goods” on page 13 of the Cabarrus County Destination & Motorsports Guide.