We shared our final batch of Flashback picks yesterday. Today and tomorrow we’ll be spotlighting more retailers, online and brick-and-mortar, and then for our final four days next week, I might just ramp up things a bit and have five suggestions each day.
And then next Friday I’ll post The Master List and get ready for you folks to enjoy some surprises in the first full week of December.
But today, we have two online merch stores, and one great and diverse place in Dunbar, where you can find all sorts of wonderful gift ideas.
The World Famous Empty Glass Cafe
Merch store can be found HERE
This is where you can find T-shirts, hoodies, Beanies, ballcaps, stickers and more, all bearing the logo of The Empty Glass.
The Glass, as you may know if you’ve been reading PopCult for any length of time, is one of Charleston’s most venerated dive bar/performance venues.
The history of The Empty Glass is deep and impressive. World class musicians have graced its humble stage–Chuck Berry, Mojo Nixon, Bob Geldof, Tyler Childers, Ann Magnuson, NRBQ, and hundreds of other amazing performers. Following Mountain Stage, West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s internationally-broadcast live music show that happens about a block away, there is a jam session at the Glass, and a significant number of guests on Mountain Stage has showed up to keep the music going at the little holy temple on Elizabeth Street.
Many people have incredible memories of The Empty Glass (Heck, your humble blogger and his wife shared our first kiss there), and if you know somebody who’s had some of those memories, you can find a nice gift for them at their merch store.
Sierra Ferrell’s Store
Merch Store can be found HERE
One of the performers who has graced the stage at The Empty Glass is Sierra Ferrell. A Charleston native who has signed to Rounder Records and is a rising Country/Americana star who has performed all over the world.
I met Sierra over fifteen years ago when she was an impossibly young and gifted singer in town, and we featured her on the Radio Free Charleston video show a few times.
Since then she has gone on an incredible personal and musical journey, and has collaborated with some of the most respected musical artists in the world. She’s just announced next year’s Shoot For The Moon tour, and has released a new song, “Fox Hunt,” the cool animated video for which you can see here…
Eclectic Goods Market is a unique vintage and artisan mall located in Dunbar, WV. Their many vendors display a large selection of vintage finds, antiques, home decor, jewelry, artwork, clothing, and more. You can shop their curation of small West Virginia and Appalachia owned brands 5 days a week.
This is a great place to find everything from FiestaWare to comic books to vintage clothing, fair-trade goods, home-made soaps, vintage toys and more.
At this time of year they also have a terrific assortment of vintage and artisan Christmas ornaments and decorations.
If you want to be a vendor, you can find details at their website, but for our purposes, I’m suggesting that you go there in person and shop.
There are some great shops filled with great gift items, like Magpies’ Treasures, Gypsy Grace Boutique and other cool, funky shops, filled to the brim with great gift ideas.