Buy local this holiday season!
As shoppers gear up for what’s sure to be a busy holiday season, be on the lookout for the “Buy Local, By Locals” signs around town.
Whether you were one of the 135 million Americans that shopped on Black Friday, or you prefer the Internet, shopping local not only keeps your tax dollars in your own community, but it also spurs economic development, ensures a diverse array of products for purchase, and supports your community’s unique sense of place.
Here is my guide for shopping in Middle Georgia this holiday season:
Head Over Heels Boutique
A shoe store offering a wide variety of styles at all price points, owned by Macon native Ashley Slocumb Pyron, HoH also carries fabulous jewelry and handbags. The staff is extremely helpful and I guarantee you will not leave empty handed! BONUS—HoH is now online at headoverheelsmacon.com.
4123 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210
Don’t let this thrift store fool you! Not only will you find one-of-a-kind clothing pieces for a sweet deal, your purchases support Daybreak, a resource center for homeless men and women in the Macon area.
464 1st Street, Macon, GA 31201
A local kitchen supply store, owned by a husband and wife team, Robinson Home has everything you need. You can make one stop and purchase everything on your Christmas list this year, including gift certificates and cooking classes.
470 1st St, Macon, GA 31201
Creter’s Hallmark Card Shop
More than just a card shop, Creter’s has been a staple of the historic Ingleside Village area for years. They carry Vera Bradley, bridal registries, baby gifts, jewelry, candles, ornaments, and items for all occasions.
2374 Ingleside Avenue, Macon, GA 31204
Jack & Milly
Find the latest styles at this fun boutique, a sister store to Macon’s Jack & Darcy. Men and women’s apparel as well as special gifts and stocking stuffers available.
112 S Wayne St, Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
Charmed Salon & Spa
A full service salon and spa, offering bareMinerals® products, along with their extensive line of services, including waxing and makeup application. Gifts certificates are sure to be well-received by those on your Christmas list!
126 S Wayne St, Milledgeville, GA 31061
Alleigh Kyle Boutique
AKB is known for its customer service and stocking the brands you want to see on the shelves. They have great sales and trendy items at reasonable prices. Perfect pieces for the young lady in your life.
250 W Clinton St, Gray, GA 31032
Old Clinton Bar-B-Q
I know this is a stretch in terms of holiday gift giving, but if you need a break during your all-day shopping spree or want to pick up a gift card for the meat-eater in your life, Old Clinton should be at the top of your list.
4214 Gray Hwy, Gray, GA 31032
The Painted Door Art Gallery
Looking for a unique and handmade gift for that special someone? Host a painting party or give your budding artist a set of art lessons. Original artwork is also on display and available for sale—a true working art gallery!
1752 Watson Blvd, Warner Robins, GA 31093
This bakery has been serving Middle Georgians for more than 60 years! They bake doughnuts, pastries, pies, and their famous finger nut cookie. My favorite—the petit fours! Visit this beloved shop for all of your holiday baking and giving needs.
Miller Hills Shopping Center, 1719 Watson Blvd, Warner Robins, GA 31088
Jack and Janes Clothing Boutique
Offering whimsical children’s clothing and personalization, Jack and Janes is a perfect stop for the littles.
150 S Houston Lake Rd #1000, Warner Robins, GA 31088
James Farmer offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, as well as beautiful interiors and furnishings. Farmer, a best-selling author, interior designer, cook and floral expert, is sure to have plenty of ideas for you and your home this holiday season.
936 Carroll St, Perry, GA 31069
The perfect place for your outdoorsman, Brannen’s can outfit you and your family for your next adventure. They sell everything from kayaks and clothing to fishing equipment and ammunition.
106 Fairview Drive, Perry, GA 31069
Other great stores to visit in Macon and surrounding areas:
Ashley Marie’s Boutique
The Barnes House
Bert Maxwell Furniture
Blair’s Discount Furniture
Golden Bough Bookstore
Henry’s of Bolingbroke
Jack & Darcy
Karats & Keepsakes Boutique
Payne Mill Village Antique Mall
The Pink Flamingo, A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store
Southern Flair Boutique
William’s Fun, Smart Toys
**check your local listings for a complete list of local boutiques and shops
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By Ashley Griffin, Director of Admissions