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Shop small, shop local for wonderful holiday gifts!

We’re lucky to live in the Wilmington NC area, where we can shop small and local for holiday gifts that would be welcome by all the people on our shopping list. Everything from long burning, efficient soy candles to unique jewelry to hand-crafted pottery, glassware, paintings and sculpture is available in our locally owned and operated shops.
We’ve organized the shops geographically to make it easier to see and shop them all.

Downtown Wilmington


Beloved Boutique
  • 308 Nutt Street in The Cotton Exchange
  • Very affordable, fashionable women’s clothing and jewelry all hand-picked by the owner
  • 910.399.6059

Shop Beloved Boutique


The Scoop
  • 365 N Front Street in The Cotton Exchange
  • Perfect for holiday gifts, choose popcorn presented in a collectible tin and in a wonderful assortment of all-natural flavors
  • 910-399-4818

The Scoop


Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts
  • 307 North Front Street in The Cotton Exchange
  • A huge assortment of local, hand-made, one-of-a-kind art including pottery, sculpture, jewelry, scarves, and much more
  • 910.772-2980

port city pottery


Occasions…Just Write
  • 313 North Front Street in The Cotton Exchange
  • Everything in one place including a large assortment of greeting cards, journals, invitations, fine writing pens, Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer merchandise and much more
  • 910.343-9033

Occasions...Just Write


Two Sisters Bookery
  • 318 Nutt Street in The Cotton Exchange
  • A wonderful selection of books, calendars, unusual greeting cards and more. Books for readers of all ages
  • 910.762-4444

Two Sisters Bookery at The Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington NC


The Olive Shoppe
  • 331 North Front Street in The Cotton Exchange
  • This shop offers a superb selection of fine olive oils, balsamic vinegars, spreads, dips and stuffed olives. A great gift for any chef.
  • 855-200-6457
The Olive Shoppe in downtown Wilmington NC

The Olive Shoppe in downtown Wilmington NC has a flavorful variety of fine olive oils and vinegars.


Cape Fear Spice Merchants
  • 20 Market Street
  • An incredible selection of spices, spice rubs, mustards, peppers, coffee and teas from all around the world as well as a unique assortment of gifts
  • 910.772-2980
Cape Fear Spice Merchant

Choose from spices, spice rubs, mustards, peppers, coffee and teas.


Kilwin’s
  • 16 Market Street
  • An outstanding selection of chocolates, toffees, fudge and caramels are available at Wilmington’s wonderful shops for sweets and treats.
    910-772-1298
Kilwins chocolates and ice cream in downtown Wilmington NC

Kilwins chocolates and ice cream in downtown Wilmington NC


Candles Etc
  • 25 Market Street
  • A wide assortment of earth-friendly, soot-free candles featuring a huge variety of fragrances
    910-763-1703

Candles Etc in Historic Downtown Wilmington NC

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