My 4th of July celebrations started early with a morning trip into Old Town before we walked down to the Farmer's Market by the creek. There are several new businesses and the owners were so gracious I had to share. These shops are all located in the 1880's buildings that supported the train depot, coal mines, gins, and mills that flourished here for many decades.
La Reunion Coffee Shop, operated by Del and Robin Howell, will be my go-to spot once my son starts preschool in the fall. I plan on spending many a free hour nestled amongst the antique furnishings, and exposed brick and beams, noshing on their excellent coffee and delicious bistro food. The shop has a wonderful island plantation vibe perfect for reading Hemingway while sipping your favorite brew.
If La Reunion takes you back in time, Wildflower Wax Candle Studio and Boutique, brings you back to the present with fabulous candles, jewelry, unique gifts items, and vintage boots. The studio evokes that perfect blend of kitsch and cool, and best of all, the items are made by local artists. Want to be an artist? Make your own candles in the studio!
Cross the street to that little tin-roofed shotgun shack I fell in love with a few months back
and welcome Judy Ellington who operates The Monkey Basket. She puts together the best gift baskets and gift items. Judy is a familiar face here and we are lucky to have her back in town again.
Congrats and good luck to all of the owners, I am glad you are here!