Are you planning on visiting Helen, Georgia, in the near future? If so, you may want to consider patronizing some of the area’s great shops. In my experience, there are several stores located in the Helen area that shouldn’t be missed. Some of the stores carry interesting gift items. Other stores are just plan odd. Here’s a brief look at a few of my favorites:
Goats on the Roof
In my opinion, Goats on the Roof is one of Helen’s oddities that is well worth a visit. The store’s roof really does have goats grazing on it. I like the store because it reminds me of the Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik in Wisconsin. Once visitors can get past staring at the goats, they’ll find homemade goodies inside the store. One of my favorites is the fudge. It tastes good and is reasonably priced. The store opens daily year round.
The Gourd Place
The Gourd Place is another facility that I would recommend visiting. It is a museum that features an onsite gourd shop. The gourd shop has interesting pieces of pottery that resemble natural gourds. That’s what makes the pieces so unique. Personally, I like the open luminaries because of their originality and how they reflect light. The store and museum typically opens year round. Hours of operation vary throughout the year.
If you want to purchase items that have a distinct, old world feel, I’d recommend stopping by Lindenhaus Imports. It sells an array of clocks that I find fascinating. Some of my favorites are the chalet cuckoo clocks and the Howard Miller clocks. Other items available for purchase include nesting dolls, trinket boxes and trolls. I have to say though, I didn’t like the trolls. I found them to be a bit on the creepy side. The store’s hours of operation vary.
The Artisans Market
I have found that The Artisans Market is an excellent place to go if you want to purchase essential oils and seasonings. They sell essential oils that are often hard to find in other shops. Among them are organic oregano oil, organic lemongrass oil and red thyme oil. On average, each bottle of essential oil will lighten your wallet by about $8. The array of seasonings on offer is also impressive. For example, visitors are apt to encounter black truffle sea salt, tangerine cane sugar and Asian pumpkin breading. The store’s hours of operation are subject to change throughout the year.
Tim’s Wooden Toys
Last but not least, I’d suggest that visitors stop by Tim’s Wooden Toys. I like the store because it carries toys made the old fashioned way. Seeing the toys also makes me feel nostalgic. Items visitors are likely to encounter at the store are wooden toy trains, ping pong shooters, marshmallow guns, yo-yos and triangle challenges. Prices for the handcrafted toys tend to start at $3. The store generally opens daily, year round.
Source: Personal Experience
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