It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Mercer County! But if you are anything like us, you might still have a few gifts left to buy. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a quick lineup of easy presents from some of our local businesses that anyone on your list will love.
The RailYard A restaurant gift card is the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite foodie. Show someone you care by treating them to “best burger in town” from The RailYard. “Our burgers are our best-selling menu item,” General Manager, Emma Cole, said. “We have five burgers on our menu as well as a ‘Burger of the Month’ that changes based on the season.” And rumor has it, the RailYard’s selection is expanding even more in 2021. So, give a gift card and give the restaurant connoisseur in your life an excuse to try out all of the tasty burgers. The RailYard is currently open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m on Fridays. On Saturdays, The RailYard is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner. Pickup and delivery is available. Food and gift cards can also be purchased online.
Blue Ridge Bee Company Give a gift that everyone will be buzzing about this year! Blue Ridge Bee Company, a beekeeping and honey operation in Mercer County, has unique items that make memorable presents. With 28 different types of honey (one even from Hawaii), there is a flavor for all tastes. Other popular picks at Blue Ridge Bee Company include specialty jams, jellies, sauces and pickles. If you are looking for a larger present, you can place an order for a custom gift basket which includes a little of everything. “One of my favorite holiday treats is eggnog ice cream,” co-owner Will Lambert said. “And it can also be purchased in the store this holiday season!” The storefront is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Curbside pickup and shipping are also available.
K&K Music K&K Music is a great place to find a great gift for the gamer in your life. From iconic arcade games and pinball to pool tables and jukeboxes, find top of the line items here. The shop also has stocking stuffers like pool cubes, countertop knick-knacks and desk ornaments. K&K Music is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Bronze Look If you have an antique lover on your list, look no further than The Bronze Look. Popular holiday items include 2020 Silver Eagles, gold coins and bullions, silver dollars and more. These meaningful tokens have inspired traditions for many families. For several years The Bronze Look partnered with Princeton Middle School for the “Tiger Bucks” program, which allowed students to earn bucks in exchange for coins. Now, The Bronze Look is trying to kickstart youth interest in coins and the history behind them. “If any young kid comes into the store, we give them a free Buffalo nickel,” owner Randolph Evans said. “It’s great to start a tradition for the kids this holiday season.” The Bronze Look’s main store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Limited hours are available by appointment only on Sundays. Curbside pickup is also offered. As for online purchases, you can shop through their website, eBay or Etsy account.
The Blue Spoon Cafe & Coffee Give the gift that keeps on giving — a gift card for the delicious seasonal fare from the Blue Spoon Cafe! Serving up specialty coffee, homemade doughnuts, sweet treats and other fresh, organic breakfast and lunch dishes, The Blue Spoon serves a full menu that anyone would enjoy! Besides gift cards, you could surprise your loved one with an experience. Reserve a spot at one of the Blue Spoon’s monthly brunch specials. The cafe is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m Monday through Friday and serves breakfast all day. Online ordering is available, as well as catering services and private dining accommodations.
Heart Strings Gifts & More Stop by the all-in-one gift and apparel store, Heart Strings Gifts and More in Bluefield for a present that will impress even the biggest fashionista. “Brighton jewelry and accessories are easily the all-time best sellers for us,” owner Lauren Crews said. But, Heart Strings offers other amazing gift options, too, including Nora Fleming dishware with interchangeable decorative minis and embroidery services which are offered on items sold in-store as well as items that customers bring in on their own. “For the ultimate gift, some customers go for one of our amazing Vera Bradley tote bags and add a monogram to enhance the personal touch!” Crews said. Heart Strings is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Customers can shop in-store and online via the boutique’s website and Facebook. Once you are finished with your shopping, celebrate with one of Crews’ favorite holiday traditions — Christmas lights! “We typically ride through Lotito Park for the Holiday of Lights.” Crews said. “Later at night, we ride through residential areas taking in everyone’s hard work and festive home displays.”
The Dragon Palace Whether you are looking for a post-shopping meal or an easy dinner before the holidays are here, grab delicious Chinese take-out from the Dragon Palace in Princeton. The Dragon Palace is open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Online and phone call ordering is available. Knock out your holiday shopping in Mercer County! Find a complete list of our local businesses here.
This post was last updated on December 21, 2020