Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about shopping at independent retailers, art galleries, craft fairs, coop and specialty markets, wine and bottle shops all around the Triangle.
Some stretch the boundaries of the Triangle to its furthest point, all the way to Moore County where one finds the Sandhills communities of Pinehurst, Aberdeen and Southern Pines. In the 1920’s, Southern Pines grew rapidly as a center of commerce and resort living. Today, a unique array of boutiques and shops can be found in the downtown center, along and just off Broad Street. My visit confirmed that the drive from the Triangle to Southern Pines is well worth the travel to while away a few hours browsing shops and exploring downtown.
There are so many shops I loved spending time in, and a diverse selection too. If you visit the area I’d recommend a first stop at the sweet coffee shop and art boutique Swank so you can sip your latte and try to decide which hand-crafted item you’d like to take home. Another shop to visit is Green Goods, a eco-friendly shop that sells everything from housewares to clothing for the family. Looking for more interesting items? Mockingbird has just what you need to feather your nest, including a few more items that would make wonderful gifts. One shop I didn’t spend enough time perusing was Gulley’s Garden Center, which is more than just a typical garden supply store – there’s an antique shop, military museum and Christmas cottage on site too.
I’m a sucker for a good cheese shop and there’s one of the best cheese shops around in Southern Pines. Southern Whey is well stocked with a variety of artisan cheeses, cured meats and other carefully curated foodstuffs (and if you’re a bit hungry, they’ll make a really great sandwich you can take to the nearby park for a little impromptu picnic). Need something to go with the cheese? Well, there’s a great wine selection at The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room. Maybe you prefer beer beverages. If so you’ll find Southern Pines Growler Company in downtown or you could venture a bit outside of downtown proper to the newly opened Southern Pines Brewing Co. Either way, there are abundant sources for local food and beverages in Southern Pines.
If you’re looking, you can find independent shops scattered around most any town, including Southern Pines. I’ve created a Google Map that includes some of my favorite independent retailers in the Southern Pines area and you can find it here. Did I miss one of your favorites? If so, let me know in the comments. In the meantime, make sure you save the map link to your mobile device of choice for quick reference when you’re out shopping in the area.