Quirkiest places for truly unique WV Gifts
Looking for some really, really unique gifts this holiday? Check out the wealth of quirky, curious and funky gift shops around West Virginia.
Whether you are looking for handcrafted artisan works, interesting foods or gifts with a historical flair, the shopkeepers of West Virginia are certain to set you up with the perfect purchase!
1. Tamarack, Beckley
Tamarack “Best of West Virginia” brings together high-quality, authentic West Virginia foods, crafts and art. An artisan jury hand-selects the featured pieces, so you can be sure everything here is top-quality. You can watch resident artisans at work in their in-house studios. Look for the prominent peaked red roof off of the Turnpike in Beckley and you won’t miss it!
Charleston – The West Virginia State Museum Shop is in the lobby of the Culture Center in Charleston, where you’ll find mostly small items, but also some WV handcrafts from the juried Tamarack artisans.
2. True Treats Historic Candy, Harpers Ferry
Step back in time at True Treats Historic Candy, where they celebrate the town’s rich history with candies from days gone by. Whether you are looking for early frontier sugar candy, or that elusive sweet treat from your childhood, you can find it here. Ask the friendly staff for their recommendations and be sure to read the stories and histories with each treat.
3. WV Marketplace, Charleston
Charleston’s local farmer’s market, the WV Marketplace in the Capitol Market building, carries only West Virginia-made products. From candles to jam, Fiesta ware and jewelry, this store has it all— even some exclusive finds you won’t see in regular marketplaces. Ask the staff to help you mix-and-match a gift basket for a truly wild and wonderful gift!
4. Bella the Corner Gourmet, Lewisburg
Stroll through the doors of Bella the Corner Gourmet and you will find everything from artisan foods to beautiful wood and pottery kitchenware. The shop changes their inventory weekly, so there is always something new and exciting on their shelves.
5. Real Mountain Moonshine, Hatfield McCoy Mountains
Looking for a tried-and-true West Virginia gift? Give a jar of authentic moonshine!
Both Mountain Mama Moonshine in Man and Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine in Gilbert sell this fabled spirit right from the heart of Hatfield and McCoy feud country. You can even get a taste Devil Anse’s own original recipe!
6. Old Stone House Gift Shop, Morgantown
This petite stone building, a historic landmark and the oldest stone dwelling in Monongalia County, is filled with unique and enchanting items. Some of the fan favorites are local artisan crafts, WVU student artworks, Ron Hinkle Glass and books by West Virginia authors. Plus, you’ll already need to stop in, because it’s the only place to get the Old Stone House’s signature spiced tea!
The shop is run by volunteers from the Service League of Morgantown, who donate the money back to the community.
What’s your quirkiest WV find?