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 art.

“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-
it-yourself classes.

Surrey Center

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.

Vintage Ooollee

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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