To Try in 2019: Best Shopping in Leland

people window shoppingAs the seasons shift from summer to fall, most of us put those sunny outdoor days behind us and set our sights on the holidays... and all the entertaining and gift-giving that come along with them.


With its mix of upscale boutiques and eclectic stores, Leland is a great getaway for the savvy and adventurous shoppers alike looking for that perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece or unique Christmas present for a loved one.


Take Sandalwood Shoppes, for example. The co-op style business rents vendor space to local artisans and emerging entrepreneurs. What that means for shoppers is getting more than 50 stores in one convenient location - Harrington Square off Village Road.


Within Sandalwood, you'll find gourmet food, festive d├ęcor and table dressings for your holiday party, as well as plenty of "giftables" - from handmade jewelry, organic skincare and original art to hickory-shafted putters, one-of-a-kind coffee mugs and zany dog and cat clocks perfect for any pet lover. Be sure to stop by Mallowdoos to treat yourself to some handcrafted marshmallows.


Another great gift-giving spot in Leland is The Duchess & The Prince, which offers an assortment of clothing, handbags and jewelry you aren't likely to find many other places... all wrapped in boxes and tied in bows so beautiful the packaging is like a gift in itself. The shop also carries homemade and custom greeting cards for all occasions. If they don't have what you need, they'll make it for you!


Round out your afternoon at a locals' secret - Cape Fear Consignments. Behind its unassuming storefront lies a world of new and gently used upscale furniture, home accents and interior decorating ideas.


And if you time your trip right, be sure to visit Seaglass Salvage Market, open the third Friday - Sunday of each month. This indoor-outdoor market combo is great for those who love the thrill of the hunt, particularly since vendors rotate regularly. You're unlikely to see the same item twice!


So, avoid the malls and shopping centers and get off the beaten path this year by taking a quick trip to Leland. The best part is you'll be supporting small business owners and craftsman - a win-win if there ever was one!