Part of the intrigue for vacationers, day-trippers and second home owners, who come to the North Georgia Mountains, is a desire for more than just the ordinary shopping trip; they want that warm and welcoming feeling that comes with quaint little shops that can be found off-the-beaten path. Sundance Gallery Gifts, located in the charming mountain town of Blairsville, GA, offers that sought for ambience.
Julie and Gary Willer bought the business site, across from the well-known landmark Alexander’s Store in 2013. Sundance Gallery Gifts is located in Union County on a road with long sweeping curves, and wide open views of mountains and pastures, close to Vogel State Park, Brasstown Bald (highest mountain in GA at 4784 ft.), the Appalachian Trail, Helton Creek Falls and many more areas of natural beauty.
From the time one steps onto the sitting porch at Sundance Gallery Gifts, charm is the experience that customers find. They feel hugged with wind chimes singing ”hello.” From the rustic folk-art exterior of the combination cabin-cottage gallery and the adjacent garden shed, to the wares sold inside, a cheerful environment is offered. Julie, whose ancestors moved to the Blairsville mountains in the early 1800’s, is the savvy proprietor, while hubby Gary works full-time in the nearby town of Young Harris. However, he keeps the maintenance done for the shop and property. Julie wisely designed the business to make it one to which customers want to return, so expect a warm welcome, along with a free warm drink. That friendliness includes the store dog, Gordy, whose sweet and shy personality also charms.
The works of American craftsmen and artisans is the focus at Sundance Gallery Gifts. Julie has created an amazing collection of made-by-American artisans, many of the items crafted within the North Georgia and North Carolina mountains. She notes, “Approximately 98% of the shop inventory comes from all over the United states. The other two percent of the inventory is imported, but I’m very selective about the imports chosen. Made in America is the emphasis and everything is unique and of good quality. Our biggest seller is pottery and all of it is made in the USA. I have more than 20 different potters featured from all over the USA. A favorite potter from Seagrove NC is one of our most collectible, high-end lines of pottery in a gorgeous glossy red glaze. All of the pottery featured in the shop is beautifully crafted and hand-thrown, and ranges from oversize soup mugs and mini omelet makers, to colorful decorative bowls and platters…and it’s all food safe, lead free, microwave, dishwasher and oven safe!”
Sundance Gallery Gifts second best-selling inventory is jewelry. Julie explains how the stunning, handcrafted jewelry takes advantage of everything from recycled copper and recycled glass made to look like “sea glass”, to painted silk on cuff bracelets. There is also beaded, hand-crocheted jewelry made in Blairsville, and fine handcrafted sterling silver jewelry.
In addition to the pottery and jewelry, woodworking crafts are sought after. “One of my favorite woodcrafters lives right here in Blairsville. He crafts some of the most beautiful segmented wooden bowls I’ve ever seen,” Julie compliments.
Julie points out that Sundance Galley Gifts also stocks USA made high-end wind chimes, tuned and crafted to make beautiful harmony. Hand-held thumb pianos are another popular item that Julie enthuses about, “They, too, are made in Blairsville.
“We have at least 15 local artists represented in the shop, but we have items from all over the USA. At least 20 different potters, approximately 20 jewelry makers, six woodcrafters, six glass artists, five painters, three metal artists, three soap makers, eight candle makers, four fabric crafters and so much more. It’s a small shop, with a large variety of merchandise but it’s not at all cluttered or confining”, Julie notes. Also, customers will find outstanding photography, home décor, delightful greeting cards and so much more such as gourd art, socks (oh, those cozy Solmate Socks), hats and other wearables — plus a large variety of soaps, candles and other good-smelling things Does it sound like a fun place? It is.
Get all of your Holiday shopping done in one stop! Sundance Gallery Gifts can also accommodate shoppers by shipping the purchases.
Sundance Gallery Gifts
4397 Town Creek School Road
Blairsville, GA 30512
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm
Phone: 706. 781. 3938