Giving from the Heart in Knoxville
‘Tis the season to shop local and support Knoxville small business
Here at HMG, we believe the holiday season should be about giving back and giving thanks with gifts that come from the heart. And close to our heart is shopping local by supporting small businesses based right here in Knoxville. Here are a few of our favorite places to pick up unique gifts in 2019:
714 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902
Knoxville Soap, Candle & Gifts features over 40 local vendors that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. As a premier artisan gift shop specializing in locally handcrafted gifts and merchandise, they have one of Knoxville’s largest selections of handmade jewelry. Their soaps are all-natural, biodegradable, and handcrafted in Tennessee—and as an added bonus, complimentary gift wrapping if offered year-round.
112 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
Got an art lover in your life? Rala is an inventive retail space that provides a venue for modern goods and gifts made with love by artists from around the corner and across the world. Rala features original art, letterpress prints, and a unique and diverse collection of greeting cards along with contemporary jewelry and accessories, specializing in creative gifts for creative people.
5311 Clinton Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37912
For your zen friends, we recommend Little Sister’s Gifts. This one-stop hippy shop carries metaphysical supplies, crystals, sage and incense, fantasy, fairies, curiosities, teas, tye-dye shirts, and hemp jewelry. Owner Tia Long is known to go out of her way to help you find just what you’re looking for. And as an added bonus, Harb’s Pizza and Lost and Found Records are within walking distance.
22 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902
Locally-owned and operated for over 20 years in downtown Knoxville, Earth to Old City specializes in unique gifts from local vendors, as well as vendors from around the world! Choose from luxurious bath bombs and botanical body lotions to unique home décor and impressive 3D cards you’ll want to keep on display. Plus their collection of funny socks makes perfect stocking stuffers!
402 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902
More than just a store, Mast General has become a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. The original Mast General Store opened in 1883 in the rural community of Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Over the years, Mast has grown and expanded, taking over a historical landmark in Knoxville. Located in heart of Gay Street, Mast has been a vital part of our downtown community since 2006 and themselves carrying a little bit of everything. You’ll find fun gifts for the whole family at the Mast General Store.
Still need more local shopping ideas?
Check out the Knox News Blog: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/business/2019/12/04/shopping-made-easy-when-you-buy-knoxville-stores/4204882002/ And the Knoxville Mom’s Blog: https://knoxvillemoms.com/knoxville-holiday-shopping-guide/
Giving Back to the Community
Looking for other ways to give back to the community this holiday season? Consider a donation to a local non-profit in the name of a friend or family member. We highly recommend supporting The Wesley House. Wesley House was started in 1907 to provide care and support to the children of working parents. Today their programming focuses on two populations of greatest need within our community: children and senior citizens.
Follow the Shop Small Knoxville Retail Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/ShopSmallKnoxville to stay in the loop with local shopping finds for the 2019 holiday season, and be sure to share your favorites with us on Facebook or Instagram by tagging @hollimccraygroup. From our house to yours, we wish you peace and joy this holiday season!