When it comes to the holidays, take a break from the crowds and lines at major shopping centers and relax for a moment in Elizabeth City, which offers a change of pace. Our independent shops offer one-of-a-kind finds and friendly shop keepers will brighten your holidays. Supporting local businesses is a great way to embrace the spirit of the season! Visit our shopping guide for a complete list of stores in the area.
Here is a quick gift guide to get you started:
Sweet coastal keepsake. Give a handcrafted glass ornament from Museum of the Albemarle’s gift shop. This is a great Christmas keepsake and most of these ornaments are around $20. For more information, visit the gift shop or call 252-331-4026.
We love these turquoise pieces. At Eclectic Jewelry, shoppers will find new, estate, and handcrafted jewelry treasures. And if you can’t find something that fits your style, bring your own design to life by working with the shop owner Maria George to create your dream piece. Jewelry is Maria’s passion and she strives to help each customer find the perfect piece within all budgets.
Give a one-of-a-kind gift this holiday. Find several unique, handcrafted items at Arts of the Albemarle. This arts council features jewelry, pottery, paintings and wood pieces from regional artists. You’ll find holiday gifts that are truly works of art.
Elizabeth City has so many interesting stories! For the history buff on your list, stop by Page after Page bookstore. This store’s regional section is filled with books showcasing the Albemarle region’s history and way of life. And while in the downtown area, visit Footprint Christian Resource & Unique Gifts, another independent bookseller that offers wonderful holiday items.
These will make the perfect stocking stuffer. For the person with a sweet tooth on your Christmas list, consider these chocolate-dipped pretzels from The Shoppes at Kenyon Bailey. The Shoppes features more than 40 different vendors and you’ll find holiday decorations with a country feel. If you need to refuel, grab a bite to eat at Golden Roots Cafe which is located within The Shoppes. Yum!
Christina Rehklau, Director of the CVB, left the corporate world about five years ago to persuade others to take more vacation time by working in tourism. Christina is a recent northern transplant from Ohio, so she’s still working on her Carolinian accent. To her, every day in the Albemarle region presents a new adventure and something to be explored. Follow her explorations of the area on Twitter at @CLRehklau or Instagram at @crehklau.