Greenville is full of eclectic, treasure-filled shops that feature fabulous handmade goods! My "Handmade in Greenville" shopping spree is the perfect way to spend a Saturday supporting local businesses, artisans, and craftspeople.
First Stop: The Village of West Greenville
Start off your Saturday at The Village Grind with a delicious cup of coffee or tea, and don’t pass up the chance to try a pastry! Baked at Greenville's own Bake Room (whose brick-and-mortar can be found at The Commons), the Morning Buns and Croissants are a don’t-miss treat.
Sit and enjoy your breakfast in the cozy plant-filled shop, or take your drinks on a leisurely walk through The Village - Greenville's art district. To your right as you leave The Village Grind, bright murals at Carol's Ice Cream next door and on the side of The Anchorage restaurant beg to be a photo backdrop. Be sure to stop by the Darin R Gehrke Ceramics shop between the murals. Or wander left from The Village Grind and check out the shops in The Saltbox and at 547 Perry. This direction also takes you toward Greenville’s mini Flatiron Building, which is filled with artist studios. Each artist sets their own schedule, but even if a studio isn't open you can still see their beautiful work through the windows.
If you’re up for a longer stroll, walk past the Flatiron Building to Art & Light Gallery at 16 Aiken Street. They’re open from 10-4 every Saturday (10-5 most other days) and feature rotating artist shows. It’s easy to pick out the gallery from surrounding houses thanks to the splashes of color on its side.
Second Stop: The Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail
Next, head to Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery. Not only is it a convenient stop for cyclists on the trail, it’s Greenville’s source for local food, drink, snacks, and more. You can shop for produce from local farmers and also find locally made gift items like soaps, candles, tea towels, and chocolate! Four Saturdays a year, you’ll also find them hosting the popular Swamp Rabbit Flea where you can meet the makers behind many of these goods.
Right beside the cafe is a play area for kids, and just next door is the Swamp Rabbit Bike Shoppe. If you’re up for an adventure, grab some water and snacks from the grocery, rent a bike, and hit the 22-mile-long trail.
Third Stop: Downtown
If you're spending any time in our lovely downtown area, The Mast General Store is a popular tourist stop that also stocks some local art. Just one block north, you’ll find Greenville’s new Make Made Jewelry studio, which features over a dozen jewelry artisans as well as bags and gift items. They’re open Tuesday - Saturday, from 10am - 5pm.
Final Stop: Stone's Point
On the edge of downtown Greenville, you’ll find The Landmark Project Flagship Store, which features a selection of travel and outdoor items alongside T-shirts that are designed and produced in Greenville. The shop also houses a Methodical Coffee location, where you can grab a coffee or milkshake for an afternoon treat.
If you’re visiting on a weekday, pop into Urban Digs next door where you’ll find plants and terrariums alongside handmade jewelry, children’s items, and art. It’s a lovely place to find unique handcrafted items. To wrap up your day, stop by The Community Tap for a drink. Depending on the time of day, you may even find a food truck out front ready to serve up dinner.
THAT Something Extra:
Handmade in The Village
If you're looking for even MORE handmade finds, check out one of the special events happening in The Village of West Greenville! From the village-wide First Fridays and food festivals, to guest artists and book signings at individual shops, there's always something to celebrate in this artisan community!