Hidden Hometown Gems: Woodstock & Canton

Written by Emily Anne Jackson

Hidden Gems Woodstock and Canton

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Sew Main Street/The Whole Nine Yarns
Located side by side, this duo offers one-stop shopping for all your fiber art needs. An upscale quilt shop, Sew Main Street is the product of owner Debi Light’s lifelong love of sewing and needle arts. A calendar full of sewing classes covers beginner ventures like A-line skirts and tote bags, how to unravel common sewing quandaries like working with laminates and illustrates advanced quilting techniques. If you aren’t looking to enroll, exploring a few of the floor-to-ceiling shelves of brightly-colored fabrics on your own is sure to inspire a new project.  8816 Main St., Woodstock, 678-401-6126, sewmainstreet.com

Next door, you’ll find top quality yarns, comprehensive classes, original patterns by local designers and comfy sofas to just sit and knit on at The Whole Nine Yarns. Avid knitters know that craft supply stores often lack really luxurious yarns. The large selection here includes fine cotton, warm wool and velvety cashmere. Stop by on a Monday night and you might even learn how to make your own yarn from unspun fibers. You can also book one-on-one instructional sessions or drop in during business hours with a quick question. Whatever you need assistance with, you can be sure they’ll go the Whole Nine Yarns.  8826 Main St., Woodstock, 678-494-5242, thewholenineyarns.com

The Painted Pig Tavern
Upscale pub meets local art gallery at this dining destination in Downtown Canton. Opened since January, the restaurant is identifiable by the signature swine that stands sentinel at its entrance. The lifesized fiber glass sculpture gets a fresh coat of paint from a different local artist each month — for instance, a leprechaun for St. Paddy’s Day, patriotic stars in July and whatever strikes Canton artist Amanda Pilcher’s fancy in August. Inside, you’ll find more local art on the walls of the renovated dining room. Enjoy new work every few months over pulled pot roast sandwiches, fried mac & cheese balls, or whatever seasonal items have popped up on the menu. You’ll also find live music on the weekends, open mic night on Tuesdays and a comedy club upstairs on Saturdays. Thirsty? Choose from a list of 20 craft beers on tap and 30 craft whiskeys.  190 E. Main St., Canton, 678-880-1714, paintedpigtavern.com

Tanglewood Farms
This charming property peeking out of the green hills of the North Georgia Mountains is the home of many…well, minis. Their meticulously maintained 10-acre Wild West Town houses more than 100 miniature farm animals. Miniature horses aren’t so uncommon, but have you ever seen mini sheep, mini cows, mini turkeys and even mini buffalo all living together in perfect, pint-sized harmony? Visitors are invited to feed and pet the animals, which are hand-raised by the owners to be gentle around people. The mini turkeys, for instance, lived in the house as hatchlings, so today they’re a very friendly flock. At night when the town clears out, the animals are allowed to stretch their legs (and wings), roaming the pastures and woods. Admission is $10 and each tour ends with the opportunity for a pony ride.  171 Tanglewood Drive, Canton, 770-667-6464, tanglewoodfarmminiatures.com

One Unique
That old saying about one person’s trash being someone else’s treasure? This place will make you a believer for sure. Nothing in the store is new, yet each piece of inventory has been given new life by owner June Peevy, who pours her passion for repurposing into all sorts of treasured “trash.” Here, you’ll find mirrors made out of tree limbs, tree roots transformed into candle holders, a coffee table crafted from foundry wheels, and oh, so much more, including works by local artists and crafters. You can also bring in your own outdated items for a little facelift— the One Unique team can paint or reupholster your furniture or create custom-made drapes, cushions and pillows. Look for artist markets and festivals in the yard behind the charming old home, or consider renting the space for your own special event.  6679 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton, 770-710-2626

Atlanta Vintage Guitars
Rock n’ roll buffs, guitar aficionados… ukulele experts? All are welcome at this musical establishment that’s been bringing vintage instruments to Atlanta and beyond for nearly two decades. Stringed instruments occupy a special place in Atlanta Vintage Guitars’, a.k.a. AVG’s, collective heart, but they’re happy to buy, sell, appraise or consign amps and effects pedals, too. Maybe you recently rocked a little too hard on your favorite instrument? AVG can repair almost any instrument or any piece of amp equipment. Last June, they expanded their store in order to host in-house private music lessons in guitar, bass, piano, drums and more. Whether you’re still learning your way around a G chord or ready for your professional debut, AVG’s teachers can help you harness your inner Hendrix.  9820 Highway 92, Woodstock, 770-433-1891, atlantavintageguitars.com

House & Garden Boutique
The House & Garden Boutique looks just like what its name suggests – a cute, little cottage tucked into a secret garden. The enchanting moniker, however, only begins to describe the collection of furniture, luxury goods, gifts and décor available at this hidden gem. The shop features many products from what the owner refers to as mom-trepreneurs. Hand painted wine glasses, pretty pillowcase dresses, burlap wreaths and handmade jewelry all fall into this enterprising category. Still, there’s no shortage of popular brands like Tervis Tumblers, Tyler Candles and John Wind Jewelry. In addition to purchasable home goods, the boutique houses its own interior design center where you can plan a room redesign, commission custom window treatments or even order some plantation shutters.  103 Bowles Dr., Woodstock, 678-494-5800, houseandgardenboutique.com

Sassy Paws Pet Boutique
Buried into the inside corner of a shopping center, you may need some assistance tracking down this boutique pet product supplier. Might we suggest enlisting the help of a bloodhound? Of course, once he’s sniffed it out, it might be hard to tear him away from this petite pet shop. The second you enter Sassy Paws you’ll be cheerfully greeted by a 7-inch tall Chihuahua named Pixie. The shop’s human owner, Robin, will then inform you that Pixie does, indeed, “run the place.” To your right you’ll see a table full of all-natural bakery pet treats including colorful cookies and mini birthday cakes. Unique leashes, collars, doggie beds and critter clothing line the walls of the store and a hearty reserve of organic pet food occupies the shelves in the back. Whether you have a Pomeranian princess or a Great Dane guardsman, you’re sure to find something special for your four-legged friend at Sassy Paws.  1105 Parkside Lane, Woodstock, 678-275-2126, sassypawspb.com

Tea Leaves & Thyme
You’re never too old (or too far from England) for a tea party. Tea Leaves & Thyme, Woodstock’s own traditional English tearoom, may resemble a typical Southern residence on the outside, but the interior is nearly indistinguishable from a quaint Victorian parlor. Pretty tea sets sit atop flowing floral tablecloths and sandwiches are served with nary a crust in sight. With more than 70 varieties of loose leaf tea and a dress-up closet full of vintage furs, shawls, hats and dresses, Tea Leaves & Thyme supplies all accoutrements required to party likes it’s 1899. We’re partial to fluffy satin gowns and feather-topped chapeaus ourselves.

A typical afternoon tea menu consists of three courses, scones, savories and sweets, and at Tea Leaves & Thyme, every course is handcrafted in house. If you’re looking for a full luncheon, quiches, croissants and salads can be prepared, but we appreciate the authenticity of the traditional service. There are services designed for kids and kids at heart, but they consider baby showers, bridal showers and birthday celebrations their specialties. Themed parties like the Princess Tea and the Mad Hatter Tea (complete with raspberry rabbit sandwiches!) are also perennial events. Once you’ve had your fill of sophisticated refreshments, stop by the gift shop where you can procure anything you need to brew a proper spot of tea before re-entering the modern world.  8990 Main St., Woodstock, 770-516-2609, tealeavesandthyme.com

Woodstock Market
Gone are the days of antiquing in dusty, disorganized warehouses and sifting through drab, dilapidated displays. The Woodstock Market carries a huge selection of all that is refabricated, rejuvenated and handmade … and you don’t need to dismantle the store to get to the good stuff.

It may look plain in its nondescript strip of retailers, but with a little love and a lot of visual merchandising magic, they’ve managed to make an inviting and intimate space. An extensive collection of consigned and otherwise salvaged wares beckons to seasoned pickers and amateurs alike. The store accommodates more than 125 different vendors. Walking amongst them is not unlike visiting a bevy of mini-boutiques.

Beautifully cared for antiques and creatively “rethunk junk” (neon-antlered taxidermy, anyone?) dominate the market’s inner sanctum while a complete courtyard of outdoor furniture awaits outside. Don’t let the formal dining sets, custom basement bars and carefully curated living room arrangements distract you from the market’s smaller hidden treasures, though. From a 1942 postcard to a 2013 statement necklace, trendy accessories mingle with forgotten talismans of the past at this gem.  5500 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, 770-517-7771

Hometown Highlights

Cupcakelicious is a locally owned gourmet bakery offering cupcakes, cakes, cupcake decorating and baking birthday parties, Mayfield ice cream and many other tasty treats. They use the finest ingredients to make their products fresh from “scratch,” creating the best quality and taste. Their second location at The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta is now open!  8654 Main St., Woodstock and The Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta • 678-cup-cake • cupcakelicious.net

Woodstock Parks and Recreation 
There is always something happening in Woodstock, including North Georgia’s best concert series! Find concert dates and details online, as well as a list of other holiday events. Be sure to visit the City of Woodstock’s newly opened Woofstock Dog Park on Dupree Road just west of Main Street.  770-517-6788 • woodstockparksandrec.com  770-517-6788 • woodstockconcertseries.com

Reliable Heating & Air 
Locally owned Reliable Heating & Air provides homes all over Atlanta with HVAC, heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical services. The near fl awless track record they have with thousands of customers will tell you they truly live up to the Reliable name.  11075 Hwy 92, Woodstock • 770-594-9969 reliableair.com

Mock’s Highway 20 Self Storage 
This locally owned business offers eight sizes of rental units, plus RV and boat parking. Customers enjoy 24-hour access, a coded gate, paved grounds, video surveillance, a security fence, month-to-month rental options, and free move-in truck with driver within a 10-mile radius.  Canton Hwy., Cumming, 770-889-1588 • mockstorage.com

Dress Up Boutique 
What first began as a chic little store in the sleepy little town of Dahlonega has grown up into fi ve locations, including one in Downtown Woodstock. Their goal is to offer customers the latest fashions at affordable prices, but they only order a few of each item, so get them while they’re hot!  425 Chambers St., Woodstock • 678-445-6300, shopdressup.com

Barrel & Barley Craft Beer Market 
Whether you’re a craft beer connoisseur or you wouldn’t know an IPA from an apple cider, Barrel and Barley has what you need. They take an educational approach to craft beer distribution, employing a knowledgeable staff of proud beer experts and providing pre-mixed six packs for amateur taste-testing purposes.  9010 Main St., Woodstock • 678-540-7245 barrelandbarley.com

  1. Allen08-01-2013

    What a great list!! Seems like this lists are usually 3-4 items that are pretty obvious, but this is a great mix of everything from cupcakes to beer! Nice work.