‘Tis the Season for gifts and shopping; you know what they say: it’s better to give than to receive. Many of JoCo’s downtown areas have locally-owned stores great for finding that perfect gift for everyone on your list. You don’t want to miss Smithfield, which has had a boom in retail establishments over the last year. Whether for Shop Small Saturday on November 26th, or throughout the season as you make your list and check it twice, be sure to stroll and shop Historic Downtown Smithfield.
Find all sorts of items and friendly shop owners ready to help you find the perfect gift - lovingly curated and sometimes even artisanally made. Many of the businesses listed below will be open for Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday with events and specials. Not a traditional post-Thanksgiving shopper? Not a problem, you’ve got plenty of time in December to check each of these places out.
Still trying to figure out what to get the person who has everything? We all have at least one on our list. What could be better than the gift of an experience? Grab a gift card to the Howell Theatre or Amaze Room Escapes. Purchase tickets to the Ava Gardner Museum (they also have a gift shop) or give the gift of season tickets to the Neuse Little Theatre for the art lover in your life. There are so many possibilities in Downtown Smithfield to think outside the gift-giving box.
All that shopping can work up an appetite, and the good news is you don’t have to leave Downtown Smithfield to refuel during your shopping excursion. You’ll find quick bites and sit-down meals throughout downtown. Grab a coffee, grab a sub, or enjoy everything from burgers to BBQ to pizza without getting back in your car. For a full list of restaurants in downtown go here.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you know they’re going to love what’s beneath the wrapping paper. Even better? Knowing that you purchased it from a small business owner! Have a holiday shopping experience in Historic Downtown Smithfield this season. Make a day out of it! Take someone special with you!
And don’t forget to come back in the new year; there’s something to discover during every season. Be sure to visit downtownsmithfield.com for more information and to see downtown events as they are added to the calendar in 2023 - there’s so much to look forward to!