Your Comprehensive Guide To Shopping In And Around Helen Georgia

Posted by Tom Telford on Fri, Jul 22, 2011

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One of the top activities individuals and families participate in when visiting Georgia Cabin Rentals is shopping. But, most visitors aren't just looking for any old shopping options, they are seeking specialty stores. Here are the top specialty shops located within the North Georgia region:

Shopping In Helen, Georgia

Hoping to come home from your north Georgia getaway with a truly special find?Shopping is always therapeutic, but somehow it's even better when you're on vacation. When you're surrounded by a different environment and are able to experience new and unique shops and specialty stores that you wouldn't be able to visit back at home, there's a spark of excitement.

Maybe you'll find the perfect piece to complete your collection, an amazing gift for your best friend, or something special for your sweetheart. You never know what you're going to come across when you're shopping in Helen, GA. So, if you're ready to shop 'til you drop and make the most of your time here in Georgia, you'll definitely want to check out our guide to finding some great stuff throughout your vacation experience.   

1. DJ Collectibles

Type: Sports Memorabilia

Address: 8610 North Main Street, Helen, Georgia

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If you've got a sports fan in your life, you'll definitely wan to make a stop here. This comprehensive collectibles shop is your one-stop visit for all things baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and Nascar. You'll find exciting memorabilia, including cards, autographs, and more. In addition to this, the story caries items for your favorite coin collector, and also offers other interesting antiques.

2. Glass Mountain Gallery

Type: Glass Art

Address: 257 Clayton Rd, Helen, GA 30545

Here's a shopping experience you won't soon forget! Imagine wowing your friends back at home with some truly gorgeous and one-of-a-kind glass bowls, vases, paperweights, and ornaments while being able to say that you actually watched as they were created! This fun and fabulous Helen gallery enables patrons to watch glassblowing demonstrations every Friday-Sunday during the months of September-December.

3. Discount Spirits of Helen

Type: Alcoholic Drinks

Address: 3113, 50 Yonah St, Helen, GA 30545

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After a full day of shopping, exploring, or embarking on crazy adventures in Helen, you deserve the opportunity to take a load off back at the cabin to enjoy a bonfire, a movie, or a soak in the hot tub. What better way to complete your relaxation than a refreshing drink? Be sure to get all the best deals by visiting Discount Sprits of Helen, which is located right next to Betty's Country Store. You'll find all of your favorite sprits and mixers so that you can relax and unwind in style.

4. Unicoi Outfittershelen ga shopping

Type: Fishing & Outdoor Supplies

Address: 7280 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545

If you love fishing, you're in the right place! Helen's Chattahoochee River is teaming with freshwater trout and trophy fish. Don't worry about hauling all of your gear. Visit Unicoi Outfitters to find everything you need for that big catch!

5. Nacooche Antique Mall

Type: Antique store

Address: 7091 S Main St., Helen Georgia 30545

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Looking to re-connect with memories from your past? Would you love to amaze your mother or grandmother with a treasured keepsake from long ago? Chances are that you'll find what you're looking for when you take a trip to the Nacoochee Antique Mall. This charming home has been converted into 3-stories of "wow"! You'll have a blast as you browse through the massive inventory of antiques and collectables. You're sure to fall in love wish something (if not everything!) during your visit. Be sure to say, "Hello" to the antique mall's pet cat before you leave!

6. The Pepper Palace

Type: Hot Sauces

Address: 21 River St suite a, Helen, GA 30545

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7. Tim's Wooden Toyshelen cabin rentals

Type: Toy Store

Address: 8635 N Main St #8, Helen, GA 30545

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One of the true mainstays of downtown Helen, loved by the locals as much as tourists, is Tim's Wooden Toys. This quaint little toy shop looks and feels like a Bavarian fairy tale come to life, full of hand-crafted miniature wonders that will still delight children of all ages.

Tim keeps the windows to his workshop open throughout the day, and members of the public are welcome to come watch him assembling his latest toys and puzzles. Timeless classics fill the shop - pop guns, toy cars and trucks, slingshots, intricate mind games, and more.

There's even an indoor shooting gallery, if you want to show off your precision rubber band targeting. And we promise, the adults are just as free as the children to play. Everyone's a babe in this toy land!

(Plus, virtually nothing you buy from Tim's will ever need batteries!)

8. Nora Mill Granary

Type: Country Store

Address: 7107 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545

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For a real tour of American culinary history, the Nora Mill Granary is a great example of how Helen brings the best of history to you, today!

The mill was founded in 1876, and despite ups and downs over the years, old Nora has been hard at work for most of that time. With genuine 1,500lb grindstones powered by a water trackway - rather than a vertical wheel - it's a true piece of Americana.

Today, the Nora Mill produces a wide range of corn- and wheat-based products based on time-honed recipes, used throughout the region. Tours offer you glimpses into these timeless techniques, and engineering that's as impressive today as when it was introduced in the 19th Century.

Then, in the Nora Mill Next Door Store, you've got your choice of a range of amazing locally-made foods, fresh from the grindstone. If you try a bag of genuine historically-crafted corn meal, there's just no comparing to pre-packaged store brands.

9. Betty's Country Store

Type: Fresh Produce & Groceries

Address: 18 Yonah St, Helen, GA 30545

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From the moment that you approach Betty's Country Store, you will feel that you have truly been transported to another place in time. The courtyard of the store is filled with large, comfortable benches and rocking chairs which rest underneath beautiful shade trees, welcoming visitors to sit down and stay awhile. There's a checkerboard ready for play and a vintage coke machine to add to the old time feel. 

The presentation of the store also adds to the old fashioned flavor. The shop is filled from floor to ceiling with culinary delights and vintage antiques, some in modern-day commercial cases while other can be found in authentic oak refrigerators. You will find barrels of special treats and snacks ranging form yogurt covered pretzels to trail mix and dried fruits. The store is also well stocked on fresh deli meats, cheeses, baked goods, and fresh brewed coffee. There is something for everyone here.

10. Fred's Famous Peanuts

Type: Snack Foods

Address: 17 Clayton Rd, Helen, GA 30545

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You haven't fully experienced northern Georgia until you have tried some of our boiled peanuts. Fred's Famous Peanuts has been serving up the finest of these boiled peanut recipes for 30 years.

In addition to a delightful selection of peanuts (including regular or Cajun style boiled or fried peanuts, peanut brittle and roasted peanuts), Fred's Famous Peanuts also sells a wide variety of crafts and other delightful foods. Here you can shop for homemade jellies, jams, preserves, pickled items, jerky, salsa, sauces, marinades, and much more. You may also enjoy taking some pictures with the life-size soft sculptures on site.

Nearby Shopping In Cleveland, Clarkesville, & Sautee, Georgia

1. Scarlett's Secret

Type: Gone With The Wind Collectibles & Memorabilia

Address: 1902 GA-17, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571

Distance from Helen, GA: 3.8 Miles, 6 Minutes

If you're looking for that "deep south" experience, look no further than Scarlett's Secret - a gorgeous 2-story plantation home situated right here in the heart of the Nachoochee Valley. You'll be able to enjoy looking that the gorgeous museum that's fully furnished in "Gone With the Wind" -style pieces before browsing the vintage shop. Here, you'll find all of your favorite "Gone With the Wind" collectibles, as well as other items designed after the Civil War era.

2. Amish Red Barn

Type: Arts & Crafts

Address: 6345 GA-17,Clarkesville, GA 30523

Distance from Helen, GA: 6.9 Miles, 10 Minutes

Remember your time in Helen forever when you spend an afternoon visiting the Amish Red Barn. Here you will find some of the most exquisite crafts, artwork, furniture, and so much more - all handcrafted by the hardworking Amish people who live in the area. Come curious, and leave with a family heirloom that's treasured in the years to come.

3. Mark of the Potter

Type: Contemporary Crafts

Address: 9982 GA-197, Clarkesville, GA 30523

Distance from Helen, GA: 13.6 Miles, 20 Minutes

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For a shopping experience that will appeal to the entire family, be sure to visit Mark of the Potter in Clarkesville, GA. Every weekend you can observe a local potter working the wheel outdoors!

4. The Gourd Place

Type: Unique museum and shop containing specialty gourd and pottery options

Address: 2319 Duncan Bridge Rd, Sautee, GA 30571

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 5.6 Miles, 8 Minutes

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5. Hickory Flat Pottery

Type: Pottery, Jewelry, & Stained Glasss

Address: 13664 U.S. 197 N, Clarkesville, GA 30523

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 12.7 Miles, 17 Minutes

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Distance from Helen, Georgia: Visitors to this location, located just a few miles North of Mark of the Potter, will find jewelry, stained glass, copper art and functional stoneware, located within a now working pottery studio. This unique space also has a unique history; it is a 116 year old roadside farmhouse, adding to its charm.

6. Pappy's Plaza

Type: Trading Post

Address: 50 Pappys Plaza, Blairsville, GA 30512

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 21 Miles, 35 Minutes

Atlanta, GA Shopping


1. Queen of Hearts

Type: Home to over 200 antique dealers!

Address:  670 N Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 60.2 Miles, 1 hour 12 Minutes

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2. Psycho Sisters

Type: Women’s Clothing

Address: 428 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 86.9 Miles, 1 hour 42 Minutes

This small sampling of excellent specialty shops located throughout the area, should give plenty of options to those taking advantage of North Georgia cabin rentals, any time of the year!

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