Even though Scott County is not home to a huge shopping mall or district, you will find some truly unique local shopping gems.
Located in downtown Gate City, you’ll find Southern Collective, from handcrafted, “Clinch Mountain Crystals,” to one-of-a-kind handmade, quilted blankets, Southern Collective is Southwest Virginia’s premier merchant marketplace. The store features a unique blend of home goods, women’s and children’s clothing, a full line of Southwest Virginia based products and a welcoming atmosphere. Located at 165 W. Jackson St., the store is open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Watch both the store’s Facebook and Instagram pages for updated merchandise.
Make sure to stop in next door at Made by Hands Floral which is much more than a florist shop. The store offers a full line of Willow Tree figurines, plus beautifully crafted, themed silk floral arrangements, both seasonal and any occasion. You’ll find plenty of items to decorate both inside and outside your home, with an emphasis on exquisite design. Made by Hands is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat.
Across the street at 128 Jackson St., you will find Riverside Fabrics, which is more than a fabric store. While the store supplies the usual sewing items, including fabric, batting, thread, notions, it also features a large selection of primitive household items. The store also offers longarm quilting and embroidery services. Riverside Fabrics is open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown Gate City’s newest retail addition is Outside the Box, located at located at 185 W. Jackson Street. The store offers products at wholesale prices and carries mainly home goods, country quilts, Candleberry Candles, and new clothing. New products added weekly. Open Tue.-Fri., noon to 5 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Telephone number is 276-210-7918. The store is owned and operated by Willie, Tiffany and Brandon Gilliam and their daughter, Amber Miles.
Driving up Highway 71, you might drive right by the Mountainview Market, thinking it was just a local convenience store. Don’t let the exterior fool you, this is one of Scott County’s best shopping meccas. You can buy anything there, from milk to Ariat boots. The store specializes in Carhartt, Wrangler, Ariat, Rocky, Lacrosse, Danner, John Deere, DanPost, Durango, Walls, Hooey, Case Knives, and much more. Located at 903 Nickelsville Hwy., Gate City, the store is open daily from 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. For updated items, watch both the store’s Instagram feed and Facebook account. Make sure to stop in, grab a drink, and a new tee and pair of boots.
Located at 17212 US Hwy 23N, Duffield, Dirt Cheap Trading Post is a junker’s paradise. Driving from Gate City to Duffield, the vast variety of yard art is sure to catch your eye. From cupid to Sasquatch, you can find what you need in terms of cement decorations. Don’t just stay outside, but venture inside where you will find antique farm implements and housewares. The store is open Thurs.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Another hidden gem for treasures is the Daniel Boone Wilderness Road Interpretative Center, 317 Technology Trail, Duffield. This is a not the normal place where you would think to shop, but the gift store inside is filled with period pieces, similar to ones used during the time of Daniel Boone and his frontiersmen, plus a huge selection of books, local souvenirs and logo wear. It’s a great place to find an unusual gift for that person who has everything, and a perfect spot to shop for children’s stocking stuffers. The Center is currently open Fri.—Mon., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with free admission.
Located in Dungannon, almost to the Russell County line, Powers Mill Primitives is one the best shopping locations for primitive décor and women’s clothing, featuring Simply Southern clothing and children and women’s made in the USA brands. Powers Mill ships to all 50 states, and you can find many items on their Facebook page, Powers Mill Primitive. Check out the store’s website at http://www.powers-mill-primitive-boutique.myshopify.com One of the top sellers is the store’s old-fashion custom ground cornmeal, a taste that takes you back to the time when you could purchase cornmeal fresh from the mill. The store is located at 4710 Sinking Creek Hwy., Dungannon, and is open Mon-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fresh cornmeal can also be purchased at Heritage Virginia Mills, located at Heritage Square in Nickelsville, right across the street from Teddy’s Restaurant. The storefront is currently closed due to COVID, but you can go online at https://www.heritagevirginiamills.com, place your order and it will be ready for pick up. Heritage Mills features a wide variety of fresh ground baking products, including a few gluten-free varieties, and homemade granola worthy of repeat purchases.
While visiting Scott County, please stop in and visit these shops. I’m sure you will find a treasure or two, and don’t be surprised if you don’t make a new friend or two.