We recently made a trip to the southwest tip of Virginia and someone suggested that we might want to visit the town of Floyd. That was certainly the best tip I've had all year. What a totally delightful spot. There's only one stop light in town, but they are loaded with wonderful shops of all varieties.
The general store has a great deli and you can see by the permanent stage in the back that they are ready at a moment's notice for any musicians who might stop in.
The other side of the street is home to a very high end art gallery, a lovely little clothing shop that features wool jackets (had to have one !)., and a co-op of local artists. All were open on a chilly Monday. There were many other stores, some were closed but I could see some interesting wood furniture in the one store.
Bell Gallery had an amazing selection of wonderful gift items, many locally made. We purchased a beautiful cherry stool by Phoenix Hardwoods. Excellent craftsmanship.
The store personnel were delightful and chatty about the area and we found ourselves falling in love with the "Republic of Floyd".
We'll be back because this town is a shining example of what small communities can do. This may not be a " storybook picturesque" village but it is so loaded with amazing shops that you can spent an entire day in a 2 block area.
Congrats to all who live there and keep the spirit of small town USA alive. Bonus: No Parking Meters.
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