Being in the Mountain State to promote my 100 Things to Do in West Virginia Before You Die book has been an eye-opener. I’ve discovered some of the most adorable boutiques and truly the best shopping in West Virginia. I am bundling it all up in a nice little post to share with you where you, too, can find the best shopping in West Virginia.
Get ready; let’s hit the retail trail through Almost Heaven, West Virginia.
Shopping in West Virginia Table of Contents
Fun Fact: Many shops on this list also made the “100 Things to Do in West Virginia Before You Die” book, co-written by myself and Angie Richards. You can purchase the book from Reedy Press at this link.
Kin Ship Goods, 617 Tennessee Ave, Charleston
My favorite West Virginia goods shop has expanded to a bigger location in Elk City on Charleston’s west side. Find kitschy t-shirts, coffee table books, stickers, puzzles, and unique gifts at Kin Ship Goods that scream Appalachia and West Virginia icons. Remember something for Fluffy and Fido.
Kin Ship is closed Sunday.
Blue Magnolia, 610 N Eisenhower Dr, Beckley
This ritzy shop on Eisenhower Drive has trendy and fun clothing and country western threads that easily mimic any Nashville boutique. They also have a fine selection of bachelorette apparel — lots of bling and swing.
I appreciate that Blue Magnolia offers many of the items in the store on the website, which is only sometimes the case. Kudos for uber-friendly customer service, too. They are closed Sunday and Monday.
Three Beckley places made my list for the best shopping in West Virginia; hooray for Raleigh County.
Bent River Trading Company, 3464 Northwestern Turnpike, Capon Bridge
My first book signing in Hampshire County was at Bent River Trading Company. I loved this find, chock full of local artisans’ handiwork. The selection ranged from hand creams and food products to furniture, planters, and jewelry. It seriously had the best choice of most of the posts in this article.
Room after room, the aesthetically pleasing venue captured my attention. And get this; you’ll find a Saturday farmers market outside during summer. Expect exotic vegetables, herbs, and innovative farmer types who can answer your questions and suggest how to use the things they sell. Color me impressed.
Lost Appalachia Trading Co., 171 N Court St, Fayetteville
The first shop you run into when driving into Fayetteville is a doozie. Here, at Lost Appalachia Trading Co., you’ll find an arsenal of fabulous clothing, West Virginia souvenirs, and mementos, plus a bunch of stuff you only knew you needed once you saw it. I loved the vintage suitcase and wide selection of tees, coffee mugs, and stickers.
I popped into the shop on a day when the talented owner’s mother was working and had a lovely conversation with her about the artwork, Fayetteville, and WV tourism. I hope you get to say hello to her, too.
Farmhouse Studio, 2675 Slanesville Pike, Points
This amazing spot was another stop on my book signing tour in Hampshire County. Driving through the country, one wouldn’t expect to see the over-the-top charming farmhouse amid fields of green, cattle, and blue skies. As soon as I saw the professionally done signs, patriotic decorations, and inviting porch, I knew I was in for a treat.
Inside Farmhouse Studio is one of the best-curated collections, maybe in West Virginia. It is easily one of the best shopping in West Virginia addresses. Room after room, and over two floors, were gourmet foods, t-shirts of all types, jewelry, books, wines, home decor, and oh so much more. My husband loved this one as much as I did.
Check their website for events, like wine tastings and book signings. And I need to mention that you will LOVE the sweet owner.
Everything Fiesta, 52 Skidmore Lane, Sutton
Discounted Fiestaware dishes? Of course! Who can say no to that offer? Find big bargains on Fiesta Factory Direct overstocks, seconds, and such at Everything Fiesta in Flatwoods, West Virginia, at the Flatwoods Outlet.
The inventory at this shop includes everything Fiesta you can think of — plates, cups, bakeware, gadgets, drinkware, and more.
Fun Facts: Since 1871, this dinnerware has been made in Newell, West Virginia. You’ll find the newest discount location at the Hartville Market in the Canton, Ohio area.
The Red Caboose, 210 11th St, Suite 15, Huntington
Found in the darling red caboose train car at Heritage Station, which doubles as the Cabell-Huntington CVB (old B & O Railroad Station), is a shop by the same name. Red Caboose Regional Artisan Center has bath & body products, stickers, books, and unique Appalachian gift items.
A few of their name-brand items you’ll be in awe of are Wild & Wonderful, A Taste of West Virginia, Kin Ship Goods, Loving WV, and Amanda Hooser Illustration (the best stickers available!).
Alderson’s Store, 203 S Monroe St, Anderson
Few businesses can claim to be over 100 years old (136, to be exact) in West Virginia, but here is one fine example. Alderson’s Store is a fourth-generation family-owned and operated department store since 1887.
The spectrum of merchandise here includes peace items, lip glosses, stylish ladies’ clothing, signed books, and super cool shoes. Unfortunately, this shop is only open on Friday and Saturday, but hopefully you can catch it.
Mountain Laurel Country Store, 400 4th St, Sutton
The Mountain Laurel Country Store is one of the staples of downtown Sutton. I think of it as the gatekeeper of information, food (Main Street Coffee), shopping, and even handmade crafts and decor from 90+ artisans and craftsmen across West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The hot dogs in the restaurant look amazing! And please note they are closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The West Virginia Bigfoot Museum is also located inside this shop, another item mentioned in our 100 Things to Do in West Virginia Before You Die book.
Out of the Ashes, 102 E Maple Ave, Fayetteville
A darling shop on a side street in downtown Fayetteville is Out of the Ashes, found on a side street, not the main drag. Find stylish ladies’ apparel, children’s clothing, gifts, unique West Virginia items, and accessories in this classy and elegant space.
Out of the Ashes is closed Sunday and Monday.
The Hobbit Hole, 100 S Court St, Fayetteville
The Hobbit Hole is a treasure trove down a few steps in Fayetteville, shopping in West Virginia’s finest. Located by Cathedral Cafe, this longtime staple has provided shoppers with antiques and treasures for quite a few years. The shop is small, but mighty.
I’d been looking to start a collection for my granddaughter for two years. I had perused dozens of antique shops around the country and walked right into the Hobbit Hole and found a piece. Upon inquiry, I learned the owner had more in her car. Score one for me!
J&J’s, 19946 Midland Trail, Ansted
I stumbled upon this place as I drove through Ansted on my way to Fayetteville. The town of Ansted has really been spruced up, so it is no surprise that local shops have sprung up, too. J&J’s is a cutesy shop that draws you in with a gorgeous salt-water taffy and penny candy display in old-fashioned baskets.
Other things to shop for are mugs and tumblers, West Virginia souvenirs, children’s toys and games, and homemade fudge. I loved the WV cutting boards and Cherry Creek Lane coloring sheets.
The White House on Main, 205 E Main St, Romney
White House on Main is a beautiful offering in an old house on, you guessed it, Main Street. As you roll through town, you’ll probably see the darling house and decorated front porch. Be sure to stop! Inside is a two-story treasure trove of gifts, women’s clothing, branded t-shirts, souvenirs, accessories, and much more.
Park & Madison Boutique, 486 Suncrest Towne Centre Dr, Morgantown
This darling Morgantown shop is one of my favorites for ladies’ clothing and accessories. The Park & Madison Boutique displays will draw you in and leave you wanting everything you see. I know because I’ve been there, and it had that effect on me.
Of course, the fashions are for a younger demographic than myself, but that didn’t stop me from adoring every outfit I saw and wanting the matching accessories to go with it.
O’Hurley’s General Store, 205 E Washington St, Shepherdstown
When you visit the eastern Panhandle, it would be a shame to pass up O’Hurley’s General Store in Shepherdstown. Inside is an arsenal of old and new gift items, emphasizing gourmet, hand-crafted, and one-of-a-kind. We found retro toys for our granddaughter and fashions that we get all sorts of compliments on from days gone by.
I loved the knick-knacks and original art pieces, but the hardware, smell-good stuff, and seasonal items were right up there. Prepare to be here for at least an hour examining the goods.
Berdine’s 5 & Dime, 106 North Court St, Harrisville
Berdine’s 5 & Dime is a tremendous variety store in Harrisville, West Virginia. It is the oldest store in the state, circa 1908, and chock full of coolness. From the vintage candies and toys to the soaps, body products, games, puzzles, and jewelry, I could have quickly dropped several hundred bucks here.
I did show some restraint and only bought some goodies for my granddaughter, and surprise since it was my first purchase, I got a complimentary goodie bag. The owner was so friendly, making everyone in the store feel like family. There is a portion in the back of Berdine’s for antiques. You won’t want to miss them!
Indie Sparrow Boutique, 610 N Eisenhower Dr, Beckley
Indie Sparrow Boutique is another Beckley shop you will want to take advantage of. This shop has been serving the needs of Raleigh County for more than a decade. It is full of beautiful ladies’ apparel, accessories, and jewelry. And it is worth noting that the clothing offered here is great quality, not just fashionable.
Tamarack Marketplace, One Tamarack Pl, Beckley
The shop that needs no introduction to West Virginians, and is visited by thousands annually, is Tamarack. This unique building houses West Virginia artisan pieces and artwork, from locally authored books to gourmet foods and hand-blown glassware to fine art and paintings.
Where else can you shop for treasures of this magnitude, all while using the restrooms, grabbing a high-quality meal or snacks, shopping at the Greenbrier Resort boutique, buying your souvenirs, and admiring art inside and outside the building?
Tamarack is truly a one-stop shop. It is open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.
Yarid’s, 885 Washington St, West Lewisburg and 1005 Bridge Rd, Charleston
I would gladly put Yarid’s up against any upscale shoe store in America, and it would win. The selection is fantastic, top of the line, and the brands of shoes, purses, and accessories offered are top-notch.
You’ll find Yarid’s in Charleston, Lewisburg, and at the Greenbrier Resort.
Some brands they feature are On Running, Silent D, Eileen Fisher, Hammitt, and Birkenstock. Check for the periodic sales —they are fantastic and often half-price!
Brandi’s Emporium, 73 Olde Main Plaza, St. Albans
A place I was excited to find is Brandi’s Emporium at Olde Main Plaza. Brandi is charming and can help you find what you want. Her shop is busting at the seams with “stuff”; if you take the time to look through it, you’ll find things you’ve probably wanted for ages. I know I did!
Brandi’s also has a vast Avon inventory in the back of the store amidst the antiques and collectibles. Stop in and have a look!
Ella and Co, 250 State Hwy 32, Thomas
A darling little home goods store you will check out is Ella and Co in the strip of commerce in Thomas. The whole street has a welcoming vibe. Ella and Co’s inspirational items and decor further make you feel welcome and wanted. Check out the carefully curated vintage goods, or speak with them about their event and wedding planning services.
Farmhouse Market Finds, 119 Highlawn Dr, Ripley
Imagine my surprise when I walked into the huge farmhouse in Ripley, WV, where I was met by a cheerful staff and multiple displays of super high-end gourmet food products. I knew I was in for a treat right away!
I was right. As I wandered from room to room and on multiple floors, I was in awe of the fantastic displays of goods. The staging is excellent at Farmhouse Market Finds, and I loved the wide variety and things for all tastes. You won’t leave this one empty-handed…I’m willing to bet on that.
Corner Boutique, 227 Main St, Spencer
Spencer’s Corner Boutique is a cute little shop with scads of merchandise. You’ll find trendy ladies’ apparel in all sizes, shapes, and colors and for all price ranges. I loved the huge inventory of Simply Southern merch and the seasonal items.
On a day when everything else seemed closed in the town of Spencer, thankfully, this one gave my friend and me something to see and do during our visit there.
The Snowshoe Hare, 598 Cass Rd, Slaty Fork
The Snowshoe Hare is actually a specialty coffee shop on the way to Snowshoe Resort. I stopped in for the souvenirs and t-shirt selection. They have a considerable amount of WV and WVU choices.
Open daily at 8 AM, you will find some of the best t-shirt designs in the area at reasonable prices. You’ll also enjoy live music at the shop, a bonus as you browse the goods, including candles, jewelry, mugs, dishes, and gourmet foods.
Inspired Chaos, 47 Independence St, Berkeley Springs
Inspired Chaos is a thought-provoking, feel-good shop great for browsing when traveling West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. They have many great product lines, all housed in a gorgeous two-story Victorian home. The merch includes local and regional creators and popular brand names you’ll instantly recognize.
This shop is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Crown Florals & Gifts, 1933 Ohio Ave, Parkersburg
I was visiting Parkersburg when a tourism partner took me into this store. I told him I was writing about shopping in West Virginia, and he knew exactly what to show me. Crown Florals & Gifts should never be mistaken for a flower shop, which is what I thought when I first heard the name. I would have been so bummed to have missed it, and I hope you don’t, either.
Inside this shop is a sprawling display of home decor, accessories, kitchen items, flags, foods, clothing, seasonal items, books, and nearly everything you can think of. Of course, they also have fresh greenery planters, a massive selection of fresh-cut flowers, and even silks.
Consider letting Crown Florals make up a fruit or gift basket for sending sympathy or celebratory gifts, something they do well.
The store is as impressive on the outside as on the inside.
Iris & Indie Boutique, 3475 B Teays Valley Rd, Hurricane
Shopping in Hurricane, WV? Yes, and really good shopping at that. I found some fabulous pieces at Iris & Indie Boutique, recommended by a friend. From jeans to sweatshirts, purses, and costume jewelry, you won’t lack great things to purchase in this shop.
On a personal note, I had a four-month visit to West Virginia this summer, but the warm temperatures took a long time to get there. I was freezing to death, being from the Mojave Desert of Nevada. I found the most darling pastel “Desert Vibes” sweatshirt at Iris & Indie. It was meant for me to stop here.
Berkeley Springs Antique Mall, 7 Fairfax St, Berkeley Springs
Oh, Berkeley Springs…you really know how to do the antique mall scene. I discovered the Berkeley Springs Antique Mall when researching our book, “100 Things to Do in West Virginia Before You Die”, and probably haven’t found one that can compete with the plentiful offerings since.
If you are an antique lover, you will fall into this rabbit hole. If you avoid antique shops because they are “junky” and stuff is everywhere without rhyme or reason, give this one a chance. The inventory is so well organized and labeled; best of all, there is room to move around and step out of the aisles in the individual spaces.
Mulberry Lane Country Store, 4009 Emerson Ave, Parkersburg
Wow! Parkersburg really impressed me with its excellent store selection. Mulberry Lane Country Store was another that I found in the “wow factor.” The shop holds dozens of displays full of great items ranging from cookbooks and swimsuit coverups to gourmet candies and housewares. The list of goods is probably in the thousands, but the Christmas items were my favorite.
Mulberry Lane Country Store has exceptional seasonal and collectible items, tucked away in nooks and crannies everywhere. I’m sure the store is totally different at all times of the year, keeping customers coming back for more.
Edith’s Health and Specialty Store, 1035 E Washington St, Lewisburg
I’ve been shopping at this original shop for over two decades. Edith’s boasts, “We provide our customers with the foods, supplements, and personal-care products needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.” You’ll find beauty products, vitamins, healthy juices, cereals, and a fine collection of teas within these walls.
Dandelion Boutique, 44 Main St, Webster Springs
One of my favorite most recent finds I’ve learned about is Dandelion Boutique, a women’s clothing store carrying sizes XS to 3X. No matter what the rage, jumpsuits, denim, summer sandals…they’ve got it all. Check out their TikTok page to see new merch and get outfit ideas.
Dandelion Boutique also has a tanning bed, should you need a jump start on your beach tan. They are closed on Sundays.
The Purple Onion, 800 Smith St, Charleston
From Amish foods to bulk beans and gourmet jams and jellies, the Purple Onion at Capitol Market is where I could quickly drop thousands of dollars in minutes. I don’t know where a better food option exists in all of West Virginia, including fresh fruits and veggies.
The Purple Onion has all my favorite brands — Stonewall Kitchens, Uncle Bunk’s, Republic of Joy teas, Terrapin Ridge Farms, and the list goes on and on. Purple Onion also makes soups, salads, and lunches daily and custom gift baskets.
Cutting Room Boutique, 709 Beechurst Ave # 26, Morgantown
Inside Seneca Center in Morgantown is a two-story space dedicated to shopping, dining, biking, sewing, and learning about West Virginia’s unique glass industry. A store that stood out to me was Cutting Room Boutique, a high-end ladies’ store with classic and trendy fashions ranging from date night to vacation threads and office attire.
There is so much to choose from, and the staff is super helpful. Pop in and see for yourself, and remember to make Seneca Center your go-to place for rainy-day fun, too.
Creative Procrastinations And Whimsical Necessities, 132 E German St, Shepherdstown
My favorite eclectic shop in the Mountain State is Creative Procrastinations and Whimsical Necessities. Even though the name is super long, the shop is small and full of funky, whimsical, thought-provoking, and radical gifts. You’ll be entertained by the inventory and find many great items to purchase.
Stickers, hair claws, sassy socks, stationery, fairy garden items, nail art, and jewelry are just some of the things you’ll be digging into in this fun shop.