Your Guide to Shopping in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

January 9, 2018

Shopaholics looking for a Gatlinburg souvenir or two should head to these top stores and spots.

When you visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the walkable nature of the town lends itself to plenty of things to do. One of those things happens to be shopping. Shopping in Gatlinburg ranges from unique crafts made by local artists to kitschy souvenirs. From the Mountain Mall to the Great Smoky Mountains Art Loop, Gatlinburg offers a wide selection of places to shop.

The Parkway

Up and down the Parkway of Downtown Gatlinburg you’ll find everything from clock shops to t-shirt stores to rustic décor boutiques. Many of the stores you’ll find in Gatlinburg are exclusive to the area, as well.

Watch as craftsmen create custom-made wood art at Mountain Woodcarvers and Workshop before browsing through a selection of over 1,000 hot sauces at All Sauced Up and Pepper Palace.  At The Day Hiker, you can stock up on any of your outdoor gear needs. If you can’t leave Gatlinburg without bringing home a gift for your furry friend, visit Paws N Claws Pet Fashion.

Want to take home something sweet? The Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen is bursting with sugary treats to satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooths. Those who want to add a bit of the Smoky Mountains to their home should check out The Maples Tree, The Honey Pot, and Wood Signs of Gatlinburg. Best of all, all of these shops are located on an easy to walk, downtown stroll so you can easily visit all of the shops in Gatlinburg.

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Mountain Mall

While shopping in Gatlinburg and strolling down the Parkway, you’ll find the Mountain Mall. This indoor shopping center boasts 36 unique stores to explore. A few top stores include:

  • Aunt Mahalia’s Candies
  • Native Fashions
  • New York Pizza & Pasta
  • Cowboy Way
  • Cosmic Comet Arcade
  • Cruisin the Past
  • Candlelight Memories

If you’re an avid shopper, plan to spend quite some time exploring the Mountain Mall while shopping in Gatlinburg.

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The Village Shops

The Village Shops is one of my favorite places to go shopping in Gatlinburg. The charming center has an inviting old-world charm that’s hard to resist.

Here, you will find a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothing stores set in a quaint European village atmosphere. Stores mentioned earlier such as Pepper Palace and The Honey Pot are also located at The Village Shops.

If you work up an appetite during your shopping, I recommend stopping by The Donut Friar.  Sweet treats like pastries, cinnamon bread, and donuts, as well as beverages like lattes and cappuccinos, will give you the sugar rush you need to power on!

Other intriguing shops to browse include:

Browse through the handmade arts and crafts in Gatlinburg.

The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community

Off the Parkway, you’ll find the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. You easily reach the Great Smoky Arts area by taking the Gatlinburg Trolley, which costs only $1.

Once you’re there, you can discover authentic arts and crafts from Tennessee artisans. Using techniques that have been around for centuries and passed down from generation to generation, the craftspeople of this community create quilts, candles, pottery, wood crafts, leatherworks, stained glass and more. Plus, other hidden gems are located along the trail such as campgrounds and eateries.

One of the most unique items I’ve ever bought came from the Alewine Pottery. The handmade pitcher is glazed with earth tones and has leaf embellishments. It always reminds me of the wonderful vacations I’ve had in the Smokies.

While visiting the iconic arts and crafts community, visit these artisan shops:

  • B&T Woodworking
  • Country Cobbler
  • Glades Soda Fountain
  • Highland Craft Gallery
  • Licklog Hollow Baskets
  • Quilters Corner Cafe
  • Smokies’ Edge

You can’t go shopping in Gatlinburg without visiting the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. It’s impossible to go home without a new piece of art or handmade craft!

Shopping in Gatlinburg: A Timeless Smoky Mountain Activity

From meticulously handmade works of art to tantalizing sweets and treats, shopping in Gatlinburg is a must.

Which Gatlinburg shops are your favorite?

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