Shops In Helen, GA: Your Comprehensive Guide To Shopping

Posted by Tom Telford on Fri, Jul 22, 2011

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 an extraordinary find? Shopping is always therapeutic, but somehow it's even better when you're on vacation. There's a spark of excitement when you're surrounded by a different environment. You experience new and unique shops and specialty stores that you wouldn't visit back home.

Maybe you'll find the perfect piece to complete your collection, a fantastic 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, Georgia. So, are you ready to shop 'til you drop and make the most of your time here in Georgia? Start by checking out our guide to finding exceptional items during your vacation experience.  

1. DJ Collectibles

Type: Sports Memorabilia

Address: 8610 North Main Street, Helen, Georgia

If you've got a sports fan in your life, you definitely want 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 store carries items for your favorite coin collector, and also offers other exciting antiques.

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2. Glass Mountain Gallery

Type: Glass Art

Address: 257 Clayton Rd, Helen, Georgia 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 fabulous Helen gallery enables patrons to watch glassblowing demonstrations every Friday-Sunday during the months of September-December.

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, Georgia 30545

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After a full day of shopping, exploring, or crazy adventures in Helen, you deserve time back at the cabin where you can 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 Spirits of Helen, which is located right next to Betty's Country Store. You'll find all of your favorite spirits and mixers so that you can relax and unwind in style.

4. Unicoi Outfitters

Type: Fishing & Outdoor Supplies

Address: 7280 S Main St, Helen, Georgia 30545

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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. Nacoochee 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 collectibles. You're sure to fall in love with something (if not everything!) during your visit. Be sure to say "hello" to the antique mall's pet cat before you leave!

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6. The Pepper Palace

Type: Hot Sauces

Address: 21 River St., Suite A, Helen, Georgia 30545

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Pepper Palace picked a peck of pickled peppers. And what did they do with them?  If you love spicy, you will love this store. They offer all-natural, handcrafted, award-winning sauces, salsas, rubs, and mixers! Step in to test a fiery sample; you'll be glad you did! Take some home to share with friends!

7. Tim's Wooden Toys

Type: Toy Store

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

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One of the real 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 to 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!)

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8. Nora Mill Granary

Type: Country Store

Address: 7107 S Main St, Helen, Georgia 30545

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For a real tour of American culinary history, the Nora Mill Granary is an excellent 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 1,500 lb. grindstones powered by a water trackway - rather than a vertical wheel - it's an authentic piece of Americana.

Today, 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 pure historically-crafted cornmeal, there's just no comparing to pre-packaged store brands.

9. Betty's Country Store

Type: Fresh Produce & Groceries

Address: 18 Yonah St, Helen, Georgia 30545

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From the moment that you approach Betty's Country Store, you will feel that you have indeed 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 others can be found in authentic oak refrigerators. You will find barrels of special treats and snacks ranging from yogurt covered pretzels to trail mix and dried fruits. The store is also well-stocked with fresh deli meats, cheeses, baked goods, and freshly brewed coffee. There is something for everyone here.

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10. Fred's Famous Peanuts

Type: Snack Foods

Address: 17 Clayton Rd, Helen, Georgia 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 best-boiled peanut recipes for 30 years.

Fred's sells a selection of recipes including regular or Cajun style boiled or fried peanuts, peanut brittle, and roasted peanuts. He also offers 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.

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Nearby Shopping In Cleveland, Clarkesville, and Sautee, Georgia

1. Scarlett's Secret

Type: Gone With The Wind Collectibles & Memorabilia

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

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 3.8 Miles, 6 Minutes

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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 Nacoochee Valley. You'll enjoy viewing the magnificent 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. Also, they carry some lovely women's clothes.

2. Amish Red Barn

Type: Arts & Crafts

Address: 6345 GA-17, Clarkesville, Georgia 30523

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 6.9 Miles, 10 Minutes

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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, Georgia 30523

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 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, Georgia. 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, GeorgiaA 30571

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 5.6 Miles, 8 Minutes

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Started in 1976, this store has a plethora of gourd items that are old and new. Also, the Gourd Girls (the owners) use gourds as molds to create beautiful impressions stoneware. They have a free museum that portrays over 200 gourd artworks from all over the world.

5. Hickory Flat Pottery

Type: Pottery, Jewelry, & Stained Glass

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

Distance from Helen, Georgia: 12.7 Miles, 17 Minutes

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Visitors to this spot will find jewelry, stained glass, copper art, and functional stoneware. It's located just a few miles North of Mark of the Potter and situated within a working pottery studio. This unusual space has a unique history; it is a 116-year-old roadside farmhouse, adding to its charm.

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Atlanta, Georgia Shopping


1. Queen of Hearts

Type: Home to over 500 antique dealers!

Address:  670 N Main St, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

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

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Queen of Hearts is one of the largest antique booth malls in the state of Georgia. This location in Alpharetta is one of three, with the others located in Buford and Marietta. Here you'll find items old and new from A to Z. Check their site to get directions and hours!

2. Psycho Sisters

Type: Women’s Clothing

Address: 428 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

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

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Psycho Sisters has been around Atlanta for more than 25 years and is the Number One rated place to find vintage clothes for every era! Headed to a party and want authentic clothes for your costume? You will find it and more here. 

WRAPPING UP

This small sampling of excellent specialty shops located throughout the Helen and Atlanta area should give plenty of options to those taking advantage of north Georgia cabin rentals, any time of the year.

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