Shopping local is my mantra these days. Don’t get me wrong—I have plenty of boxes from Amazon and other places arriving almost daily at my house but since I am now living in a smaller community with not quite the same shopping experiences I have relied on Amazon a bit.
With that being said I have also really tried to shop local this year as much as possible. When we were thinking about what we wanted to do for some of the folks who make Chris’s job much easier we decided that a food gift basket was in order so off I went to The Proper Pot located at 36 W Main St., Brevard, North Carolina. (Click on any picture to enlarge.)I had already been in this fabulous store owned by Beth and Larry Canady and knew it was going to be the place I would be spending a lot of time and I was right. The shop has been open since 1994 and offers a huge variety of products ranging from cookware, wine and barware, gourmet food, gift baskets, and anything a kitchen could possibly need. There is seriously something new to discover each time and I loved the freedom to browse as along as I wanted.Beth and Larry were so gracious and when Larry asked me what I was looking for he took a lot of time “introducing” me to products that might be a good fit in the baskets that I was creating. They also have gift baskets already prepared and one of those was the perfect gift for another person on our list so I was happy to have that option already taken care of. I love the stories behind some of the items in the store and Larry and Beth choose items to showcase that are full of quality and unique as well which always makes me smile. There is nothing like a basket filled to the brim with amazingly different items that makes the perfect gift in my opinion. I definitely was able to fill my shopping list at The Proper Pot. My only regret is that I did not snap a picture of Larry and Beth but by the time I was ready to go they were busy taking care of customers.
Last year I was living in Iowa and did a lot of local shopping there. I love the feeling I get when I support a local business and I am building relationships with some of the local shop owners here in Brevard. It makes a huge difference to me to actually be able to “know” who I am supporting with my purchase and I look forward to shopping locally and finding new businesses to highlight here on It’s Just Life. Make sure you check out The Proper Pot by visiting their website here or their Facebook page here. They do not have online shopping but you can stop by their store Monday-Saturday: 9:30am-5:30pm. It would be worth a side trip to Brevard and while you are there let’s have lunch!