Handcrafted, locally-made – from art to accessories,
Augusta, Georgia, wraps up the perfect gift
Shop a collection of galleries, working art studios, specialty shops and tantalizing
eateries flourishing near the Savannah River in Augusta, Georgia, about two
hours from Atlanta or Greenville, off Interstate 20, and deck the halls while filling
bags with the best Southern gifts this holiday season.
Augusta Visitor Center
A surprising first stop, the Augusta Visitors Center should be top of list. Authentic
Augusta merchandise including Augusta hats, Augusta polo shirts, Augusta t-
shirts and more, plus Georgia-grown and -made edible gifts – like Georgia peanut
butter, Georgia honeys, Georgia jams and jellies, mean there’s something here for
everyone on your list.
Art on Broad
No visit to this unique shop is complete without meeting “Mason,” resident dog at
Art on Broad, who welcomes visitors with a wag of the tail — reminding guests
they’re in a city where hospitality is so ingrained even beloved pets are trained in
“The specialty of Art on Broad is to be a gallery for local and regional artists who
work in a variety of mediums. We represent over 70 artists and also offer custom
framing and art restoration. We have been in this location at 1028 Broad Street
since December 2001,” says owner Kristen Varn Tar who grew up in North
Augusta and whose husband moved to Augusta to work at the Morris Museum of
Art. “Downtown Augusta seemed to be the perfect place for a business to
showcase local artists. The historic downtown area, the creation of Artists’ Row in
1994, and the cultural events which are promoted here make it the only place my
husband and I would want to be.”
A feast for the senses, Art on Broad is filled with artistic selections from a variety
of individuals providing selections both interesting and visually
pleasing. Experienced staff are on hand to assist visitors in selecting a
masterpiece ideal for gifting.
Tire City Potters
Another unique Augusta find located Downtown in an old tire tank of an
automotive garage. Tire City Potters is a studio and gallery focusing on artisan
craft and fine art retail. Here, ceramics artisans specialize in making a variety of
high quality functional ceramics. For a personal and hands-on touch, visitors can
craft a piece of pottery. The store also offers various types of instruction and do-
At Surrey Center, peruse a variety of boutique shops carrying the latest trends in
accessories and apparel for women, men and children.
Stores like SOHO showcase a flair for fashion and can dress everyone from the
conservative type to the traditional soccer mom to the cool college gal in clothing
and accessories to maximize the individual. Owner Sean Horseman’s creativity
and zest for staying current has kept Augusta women of all ages, along with their
families, friends and Masters guests, dressed in the most current styles. Shoes of
Surrey keeps visitors in toe-tapping good looks while The Swank Co. boasts goods
from fabulous handbags to perfume. Don’t miss one of Surrey Center’s famous
Sidewalk Sales, which usually occur close to the holidays.
The Morris Museum of Art
A museum might not be the usual first stop on the holiday shopping list, but
maybe it should be. The Morris Museum of Art store showcases everything from
handcrafted wooden bowls made by Augusta artist David Welter to soy candles
and pashminas. Affordable rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings by local artists
sit alongside cufflinks and other items by Gogo Ferguson. Throughout the year,
the Morris store hosts trunk shows for various artists, providing the opportunity
for visitors to meet the artist in person.
Plan to visit during the annual Very Merry Morris Sunday: Currie Jewelry Trunk
Show, a Holiday Music at the Morris concert in the auditorium, Noon-5 p.m.,
concert at 2 p.m., December 6. Admission is free and there will be holiday-
inspired crafts and activities for kids.
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Tucked away in the winding halls of Sacred Heart Cultural Center, find The Gift
Shop of Sacred Heart, one of Augusta’s treasure shops for gifts, regional books
and artwork, and home accessories. Whether browsing the shelves of books about
Augusta’s past or purchasing a memorable collectible from the distinctive Sacred
Heart items, the shop delivers, along with a warm greeting from the staff and
volunteers. In November shop the Sacred Heart Gift Shop Holiday Open House
where homemade cakes, cookies, handmade ornaments and other holiday
goodies satisfy and free gift wrapping helps wrap up the holiday to-dos.
For a one-of-a-kind look Ooollee Bricker, owner at Vintage Ooollee, puts a
personal stamp on each shopper’s experience. An exclusive vintage store ranging
from 1970’s mini-skirts to 1920’s flapper dresses and more, this two-sided shop
offers one side strictly for purchasing vintage items and another side for costume
rental. Whether it’s the Bride of Frankenstein or Cleopatra, Ooollee can
customize your look.
If you go
Make plans to shop the popular Augusta Market, held every Saturday at 15 8th
Street, which turns into an Augusta Holiday Market on the River during
November and December.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Staci Cooper, 706.823.6604
Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau