MADE IN SEVIERVILLE: 2019 GIFT GUIDE
Come to Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains for your holiday shopping and leave with sacks full of local goods.
It’s the holiday season again and, whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, you know the drill: Time to make your list and check it twice.
Topped with dazzling Winterfest lights, Sevierville, Tennessee is a holiday shopper’s dream. Whether you’re a big spender or thrifty, this mountain town has oodles of gifts beyond the traditional to astonish the ones you love.
Sevierville is loaded with stores from outlet malls to one-of-a-kind boutiques, so whether you have just a day to shop or plan to spend a weekend or longer hunting for just-right items for everyone on your list, we’ve got you covered.
These retailers can’t be found anywhere else and stock a wide range of items made right here in Sevierville.
This working apple orchard boasts a general store, cider room and cider bar, apple pie kitchen, ice cream parlor, and candy factory. “This is the only place you can buy our products, which we make right here,” says Kevin Kilpatrick, manager and son of the founders.
The general store, located inside the original barn that was built in 1910, is packed with nostalgic goodies and scrumptious treats. Several varietals of fresh apples are for sale from early September to January. Apple cider is available year round, as are the popular fried apple pies, apple butter, apple wood smoked hams and bacon, plus a wide range of apple- and Smoky Mountain-themed items from baking mixes to wall hangings. Old-timey sweets are handmade on century-old equipment at the Candy Factory. The Apple Barn Winery pours free tastings of its apple and fruit wines so you can enjoy a treat while shopping for goodies to wrap as gifts.
The “world’s largest knife showplace” operates under the motto “if it cuts, we carry it.” Step into the 108,000-square-foot showroom and prepare to be wowed.
Just about every kind of knife and sharp edge you can imagine as well as some you never knew existed are in stock, including collectible and antique knives, hunting and camping knives, kitchen and tactical knives, swords, hatchets, axes, museum-quality cutlery, plus fantasy, movie and superhero blades. Knives get top billing here, but an eclectic mix of kitchen gadgets is also available plus the Relic Room stocks treasures from ancient to current times from around the world.
The store’s mind-boggling selection includes knives hand forged from high carbon steel by Robby Bowman in his Iron Mountain Metal Craft shop in nearby Pigeon Forge. Bowman, who was a two-time contestant and fan favorite on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire,” makes one-of-a-kind knives from railroad spikes and horseshoes.
Framed and unframed watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings and prints by Robert A. Tino, who has worked as an artist since the 1980s, are available at his namesake gallery.
Inspired by the Smoky Mountains, the artist is best known for his landscapes, some of which showcase barns or houses in the Sevierville area. Capturing nature’s beauty from animals to waterfalls, landscapes to seasons, the art is available in a range of sizes and prices, from note cards to original canvases. The artist will also do custom commissioned works.
The Gallery is open for business Mondays through Saturdays throughout the year and also hosts several special events that offer extended shopping hours, price discounts, and more.
“The Planet’s Number One Hot Shop” produces more than 1,000 products in several categories including hot sauce, salsa, barbecue sauce, jellies, pickles, dips, seasonings and more. All of Pepper Palace’s award-winning products are hand-crafted at its Sevierville headquarters in small batches using all-natural ingredients.
New products include Smokin’ Southern Hot Sauce, Most Excellent Cocktail Sauce Ever!, Peach Fusion Hot Sauce, and Sweet Bourbon Rub, among others. Tastings are offered at sample bars in all retail outlets nationwide, but only the Sevierville headquarters offers a behind-the-scenes tour to see all stages of production, from measuring fresh ingredients to hand-bottling goods. Give the gift of travel to spice lovers on your list and bring them to visit the new test kitchen in Sevierville, which will offer a glimpse into the product development process as well as a taste of new products not yet available in stores.
Sevier Distilling Company. Yenoh (honey spelled backwards) is the delicious result of Master Distiller Chris Yett’s drive to create a unique product. Yenoh is the top seller and most unique offering, but Yett also produces moonshine, vodka, tequila, rum, and gin.
Many more bottled gift options also offer a taste of Sevierville: Hillside Winery produces sparkling and Italian-style wines made using Tennessee grapes and ranging from dry to sweet, white to red. Apple Barn Winery offers sweet dessert wines and a separate hard cider room, the Apple Barn Cider House, that serves up freshly made hard cider on tap. Old Tennessee Distilling Co. produces an assortment of corn whiskey, rum, rye, flavored moonshine, vodka and limited edition bourbon. Tennessee Legend produces flavorful moonshine, whiskey, vodka and cream liqueurs. Wyile Cider hand-crafts 18 different hard ciders using fresh Appalachian Mountain-grown apples.
Any time of year, Sevierville, Tennessee is a shopping haven. From outlets to boutiques, retail shelves stock a wide range of goods from Apple computers to zig zag scissors. Come find what you need and want.