4 Small Businesses to Buy Unique Gifts in Hampton Roads

Dated: December 20 2023

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4 Places to Buy Unique Gifts in Hampton Roads

In this video, Kimberly Deane shares 4 of her favorite small businesses in the Hampton Roads area to buy unique gifts for the holidays.

Those four places are:

  • Jars of Dust (The Vibe District) Virginia Beach
  • Le Marche (Ghent) Norfolk
  • Selden Market (Downtown Norfolk)
  • A. Dodsons (Suffolk)

Jars of Dust: Pottery Delights in The Vibe District

First up is Jars of Dust, a pottery shop and ceramic studio near the oceanfront in The Vibe District. They offer pottery classes that can help you tap into your creativity and improve your mental health. A pottery class can provide an opportunity to learn a new skill, meet new people, and explore one’s creativity. It can also be a form of self-care, allowing people to take a break from their daily routine and focus on something that brings them joy and fulfillment. In addition to these benefits, taking a pottery class can be a unique and thoughtful gift that can add to a person’s life. 

The studio's intentional aesthetic and seasonal changes create a serene atmosphere. Explore handcrafted home goods like plates, mugs, and bowls, or snag a unique piece of jewelry. The Vibe District itself offers a year-round farmers market, great coffee, and delicious food.

Jars of Dust Shop

Le Marche: French Elegance in Ghent

Next on our journey is Le Marche in Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood—a French gift shop with a touch of individuality. From linens and candles to apparel and chocolates, Le Marche caters to those seeking unique finds. What sets it apart? They offer beautiful and thoughtful gift wrapping, making it my secret go-to spot. Ghent, with its unique shops, embodies a supportive community, and it's a refreshing change from the online retail giant.

While exploring the unique offerings at Le Marche, don't miss out on their selection of high-quality chocolates. Beyond being delightful treats, high-quality chocolate is known for its potential wellness benefits. Rich in antioxidants, it may contribute to improved heart health and stress reduction. So, indulging in a piece or two from Le Marche not only satisfies your sweet tooth but might also bring a touch of wellness to your day.

Le Marche Shop

Selden Market: Downtown Norfolk's Shopping Hub

For a one-stop shopping experience, look no further than the Selden Market in downtown Norfolk. With over 40 small businesses, it's a diverse hub where new ideas flourish. Open every day from 11-5, it's a treasure trove for gifts. Werther Leather Goods, one of our favorites, offers quality, functionality, and handmade craftsmanship. It's located in an urban setting with proximity to public transportation, bars, libraries, museums, and great eats.

Selden Market

A. Dodsons: Gift Wonderland in Suffolk

Our final stop is A. Dodsons, a charming gift shop on Bridge Road in Suffolk. With a turquoise house and a front porch, it offers a variety of unique and functional gifts. Whether you're shopping for a gardener, cheese lover, or wine enthusiast, A. Dodsons has you covered. The rural surroundings near the western branch neighborhoods and Bennetts Creek area add a different flavor to the shopping experience.

A. Dodsons Shop

Supporting Local and Finding Hidden Treasures

As we wrap up this holiday shopping journey, consider the impact of your choices on your well-being. Supporting local businesses not only boosts the local economy but also fosters a sense of community and connection. The act of finding hidden treasures in your own neighborhood can bring joy and a sense of discovery, contributing to a positive state of mind. Whether it's through unique gifts, delectable chocolates, or the simple pleasure of exploration, your choices can be a source of well-being for both you and your community.

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Lester Deane

Hey there, I'm Lester Deane, though everyone calls me Deane. I've been a Realtor in Hampton Roads for over 8 years, helping people design their lives using real estate – whether selling, buying, or....

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