Shopping the big box stores on Black Friday and shopping small at local retailers are as different as day and night. Lynchburg is home to countless small businesses, many located in Downtown Lynchburg. The Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association supports local businesses and Lynchburg’s local economy.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, a day set aside to shop at your favorite local retailers. From boutiques and specialty stores to gift shops, clothing stores, restaurants and museums, keep your money in your town by shopping local.
You’ll find one of a kind, unique gifts in Lynchburg stores. Make it your goal to visit at least one store in Lynchburg and take the pledge to shop small this holiday season.
The Lynchburg Downtown Deals Facebook page is a great place to find holiday specials. Accents Flags & Gifts, Shay’s Unique Gifts, Enchanted Antiques, Flavored Flavors, 5th Street Art House and other local businesses invite you to come and shop.
You’ll find something for everyone on your list as you browse in stores that are owned and operated by your friends and neighbors. Check out these local favorites and shop small in Lynchburg on Small Business Saturday and all through the year.
Christmas decor fills the store at Accents Flags & Gifts, located at 1716 Main Street. In addition to a wide variety of full-sized and garden flags, you’ll find many home decor items, cheese ball and dip mixes, candles, scented sprays, fragrance oils, sports gifts, monogrammed gifts, baby gifts, pet gifts, wind chimes, garden decor, military decor and more.
Lynchburg Community Market is located at 1219 Main Street. In addition to the permanent stores, you’ll find lots of gifts in the Heritage Crafters Gallery and Artist’s Alley inside the market. Visit the market on the four Saturdays after Thanksgiving for Mistletoe Market with additional vendors and crafters outside.
Downtown Lynchburg store windows are festive and bright, bringing Christmas cheer to all. Walk inside the stores and you’ll find local friends and neighbors willing to help you find just the right gift.
Check out these retailers and boutique shops in Downtown Lynchburg this holiday season:
Lynchburg Visitor Center, 216 12th Street
Gladiola Girls, 1220 Main Street
Pastiche at Main, 811 Main Street
Studio Eleven, 1105 Main Street
Scene 3, 1107 Main Street
High Peak Sportswear, 924 Main Street
Shay’s Unique Gifts, 1102 Commerce Street
Buzzard’s Roost, 718 Commerce Street
The Art Box, 422 12th Street
Scarlett’s Main Street Antique Mall and Gallery, 1025 Main Street
Bikes Unlimited, 1312 Jefferson Street
Oxide Pottery, 1337 Main Street
The Beeswax Candle Company, 109 13th Street
Lynchburg small business owners take time to get to know their customers. Unlike the big box stores, you are more than just another customer when you shop small in Lynchburg.
Small business owners in Lynchburg support local schools, events and activities. Lynchburg’s small business owners support one another and network together through member organizations including Lynch’s Landing, Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association and the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce.
For a great selection of books for children, teens and adults; teacher resources; educational toys and games for all ages, head to Givens Books & Little Dickens, located at 2236 Lakeside Drive. At Givens, you’ll find LEGO, Keva and Lincoln Logs building sets, Frozen playsets, Playmobil sets and figures, Fisher Price toys, kitchen sets, princesses, robotics and science kits, dolls and dollhouses, dress-up, stuffed animals, puzzles, games, art and craft sets. In addition to many popular brands, you’ll find a variety of items you can’t buy in the big box stores.
Just a short drive from Givens, stop in at the Farm Basket, located at 2008 Langhorne Road. At Lynchburg’s original gift shop, you’ll find gourmet food gifts, unique home and kitchen accessories and more.
You’ll find made in Virginia products at Farm Basket, Basket Case on Old Forest Road, Aylor’s Farm and Garden on Route 221 in Forest and Anderson’s Country Market in Madison Heights as well as at Lynchburg Community Market.
Drive across town and visit the shops at Boonsboro Shopping Center, located at at 4925 Boonsboro Road. You’ll find a variety of local specialty stores, including Charmed in the ’03, Silver Thistle, Bloom by Doyle’s, Outdoor Trails, Pheasant’s Eye and others.
Boonsboro Road becomes Rivermont Avenue near Virginia Baptist Hospital. Check out this pair of local stores, located side-by-side on Rivermont Avenue.
Magnolia Foods, 2476 Rivermont Avenue, offers a large selection of gourmet foods, wines and craft beers, specialty ingredients, and kitchen gadgets, also a great place for lunch.
Riverside Runners, 2301 Rivermont Avenue, is the store of choice for runners on your list. Riverside Runners times many of the local running events and supports the running community with fun runs and Lynchburg Road Runners Club events.
Lynchburg’s and Central Virginia’s rich history can be found at the gift shops at Point of Honor, Old City Cemetery, Historic Sandusky and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.
Dine at Lynchburg restaurants while you’re shopping. Market at Main, Westside Deli and Main Street Eatery are among my favorites but there are so many great choices, you’ll want to pick a different restaurant each day.
If you’re looking for gifts to suit every taste, you will find great gifts in Lynchburg. Check at your favorite local stores for deals or enjoy a day of shop-hopping from place to place with friends.