7 Artisan Items You’ll Only Find in Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge is home to a community of makers, with ample opportunity to bring your mountain visit home with you. From home décor to wearables and everything in between, you’re sure to find something here that helps you remember your vacation.
Candles from Scents of Blue Ridge Candle Company
Scents of Blue Ridge is located on Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge. Their candles come in multiple scents and are in beautiful recycled glass jars. Their 100% soy, clean-burning candles emit fragrances like Fresh Cut Grass or Georgia Peach as well as lots of other wonderful scents.
Jewelry from Canoe
Rustic charm and contemporary sophistication epitomize the jewelry curated by Lynn Kemp, founder and artisan of Canoe. Beads, leather, stone and metals are carefully sourced and crafted into elegant necklaces, bracelets and earrings that will be cherished for a lifetime. Looking for something for the man in your life? Try the soaps, leather goods and gifts at their other shop, Oar.
Hard Cider from Mercier Orchards
You probably know Mercier Orchards because of their apples; they’ve been a Blue Ridge staple since 1943. Families gather from around the state for U-pick apples in the Fall, and for café delights and market essentials year-round. But do you know about their hard cider? They are the only apple orchard in Georgia that can say they grow, press, ferment and bottle their own product. The tasting room is currently closed, but you can still pop in for a six-pack or to purchase/refill your growler.
Fly Fishing Rods from Oyster Fly Rods
Bill and Shannen Oyster of Oyster Fly Rods provide everything needed for the ultimate fly-fishing experience. Bill is the only full-time bamboo fly rod maker in the world that hand engraves his own hardware, a rare and guarded art. He didn’t always engrave, but upon being commissioned to build President Carter’s rod, Bill learned the craft. Each rod (not including the engraving) takes about 50 hours to build, and his masterpieces start at $2,300 and range to upwards of $17,000.
Herbal Tea from Folk Apothic
Leveraging the instinctive wisdom of Appalachian medicine, cooking, wellness and joy, Folk Apothic offers organic herbs, teas, salves, extraction, ointments, supplies and coveted mountain knowledge. Come to see the orchard, hear the stories or move your body in a yoga class, but don’t leave without a mix of their home-blend herbal tea leaves.
Kudzu Creations from Pic n Vine
The famous blue line delineating Georgia and Tennessee runs smack through the shop here. Take hold of the “I walked the line” sign, one foot in each state, and have the owner snap a photo of your multi-state adventure. Melissa Winstead uses kudzu to create gorgeous baskets–and you can, too. Sign up for one of her workshops or take her mini class right on the spot where you can make a small basket for only $5.
Colorful Ceramics from Betty Wassmer
Nestled in Multitudes Gallery at 723 E. Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge, ceramicist Betty Wassmer creates one-of-a-kind clay art in her Fishbone Studio.
Featuring platters, large vase decorative pieces, functional pottery and an array of folk art creations, Betty has been crafting her work in Blue Ridge for almost 20 years. Her joyful use of colors and unique designs makes her work perfect for those looking for accent pieces, original folk art or sets of unusual dinner-ware.
Multitudes Gallery is also worth the visit, featuring art glass, funky tin decoratives, candles and jewelry.