December 18, 2021

Where to shop local in North Alabama this holiday season

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With Christmas right around the corner, everyone’s got holiday gift shopping on their minds. Whether you’re hunting for the perfect something for your picky mother-in-law, school-age nieces and nephews, or that one friend who seems to have it all, there’s something to be said for picking a gift out in person rather than simply hitting “add to cart” on a website.

If you’re looking to shop local this holiday season, there are plenty of makers and artisans in Alabama selling everything from handmade soap and earrings to pottery, clothing, and more. Here are 8 places to shop local in North Alabama.

The Little Green Store and Gallery

This Huntsville specialty shop and art gallery was founded by 30-year Monte Sano resident Ana Byrne in 2014. Since then, Little Green Store has been a go-to spot for shoppers looking for unique gifts that can’t be purchased at your run-of-the-mill big box retailer. The shop offers a rotating array of gifts, art, jewelry, pottery, and glassware all made handmade by local and regional artists and artisans.

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University Pickers

You could spend hours getting lost in the aisles of University Pickers and still have more to see. The 12,000-suqare-foot marketplace in Huntsville houses a collective of more than 115 vendors specializing in furniture, home décor, vintage finds, and handmade goods. Owned by sisters who have a passion for picking, the shop’s booths are constantly changing with new styles and inventory added daily, so you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone on your nice list.

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Orbix Hot Glass

This small glass studio nestled in the mountains around Little River Canyon National Preserve is the life’s work of couple Cal and Christy Breed. Cal began studying and making glassware in the 1990s and opened Orbix Hot Glass with his wife in 2002. Since then, he’s honed and refined his craft to make one-of-a-kind works of art that combine function with form. Choose from a selection of centerpieces, pitchers, tumblers, ornaments, vases, bowls, wall hangings, and more.

(Orbix Hot Glass/Facebook)

U.G. White Mercantile

U.G. White started as a hardware and general store back in 1917 and has been serving the Athens community in one way or another ever since. Today, U.G. White is an all-in-one gift shop and general store carrying a huge selection of items that are perfect for gift giving. Advertising “provisions, dry goods, and gear,” find everything from kitchen knickknacks and specialty food products to custom-selected gift baskets, toys, and apparel.

(UG White/Facebook)

Billy Reid

This Southern fashion designer put Florence, Alabama on the map with his legendary next-level block parties known as Shindigs. For someone who’s been extra nice this year, treat them to a handcrafted wardrobe staple that’s all about modern classic design and quality meant to last a lifetime. A distinguished tweed button pullover for him or an elegant silk maxi dress for her are sure to make quite the impression on any fashionistas in your life.

(Billy Reid/Facebook)

Red Land Cotton

For anyone whose Christmas wish list includes self-care or a little home refresh, Red Land Cotton is the place to shop. The North Alabama company, situated on the foot of the Bankhead National Forest, is known for its line of American-made pure cotton bedding, bed sheets, and bath towels. The luxury linens are produced using cotton from the Yeagar family farm and feature an array of styles and designs to suit any taste.

(Red Land Cotton/Facebook)

South & Pine Home

This home and décor store in Madison celebrates the Southern home. After spending years buying, renovating, and decorating her own family’s home, as well as selling home décor and repurposed furniture, owner Meghann Delashaw decided to bring her passions together to create South & Pine Home. The store sells everything you need to make a house feel like home, from colorful throw pillows and deliciously scented candles to kitchenware, décor, and furniture. The store’s Tiny Pines section features baby and children’s goods ranging from clothing and accessories to toys, books, and gear.

(South & Pine/Facebook)

The Cottage Collective

Find 13 women-owned businesses under one roof at the Cottage Collective. Shop children’s and women’s clothing from store owner Beth McCormick’s Whimsy Wear and Three Daises lines. Pick up a custom arrangement from Beth Woody Floral and wood and vinyl home accents from Yellow Brick Road. Sina Roberts of the Painted Turtle uses furniture paint, waxes, and stencils to give new life to tired furniture, doors, and windows, creating unique art pieces.

Check out where to shop local in Birmingham and South Alabama.

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