Lynchburg is well known and appreciated for its artisan and maker community, including the creative forces behind a variety of products ranging from handmade pasta and pottery to Bloody Mary mix and leather bags. We have compiled a list of places to find the most unique items and gifts made in Lynchburg.
Meanwhile Back on the Farm
Meanwhile Back on the Farm (2627 Old Forest Rd.) started in 2015 with a focus on bags and leather goods. Owners Heather and Bobby Harris have “maker roots” – Heather from making duffel bags at an early age to support her horseback riding hobby, and Bobby from his childhood years working in his father’s furniture factory.
Their business has grown from a garage-based production to a full line of accessories including purses, makeup bags, totes, and pouches created with quality organic vegetable-tanned leather and waxed canvas. They also carry hats, shirts, aprons, t-shirts, and wallets. Check out their quality products for sale at their Old Forest Road location or online.
Scene 3 Boardshop
Scene3 Boardshop (1107 Main Street) is in historic Downtown Lynchburg. The owner, Jeff Gray, is also the creative force behind scene3designs, an online shop offering handmade goods from recycled skateboards. His products include coasters, cable stops, laptop stands, pencil holders, wallets, and more.
T.C. Trotters Moose Mix
Long-time Lynchburg natives may remember T.C. Trotters restaurant, previously located at 2496 Rivermont Avenue (now Rivermont Pizza) for over 3 decades. Paul “Moose” Webster and Lonnie Hoade both worked at the restaurant, where Paul, the restaurant’s bar manager, was well known for his delicious Bloody Mary cocktails. It lives on through T.C. Trotter’s Moose Mix. Their flavorful mix is one of the best gifts made in Lynchburg and has been used to make gazpacho, chili, spaghetti sauce – even marinade for shrimp and seafood. Each bottle is manufactured by hand and has been described as being fresh with a flavorful kick, and spicy – not hot. Follow along on Facebook or Instagram and visit their shop located at 1213 A. Commerce St. in Downtown Lynchburg.
If you are looking for an absolute one-of-a-kind artistic creation, Oxide Pottery pieces are it – uniquely hand-made, and refreshingly original. The business is the shared work of artists Justin Rice and Chatham Monk for the last decade. Their work can also be found in other Lynchburg businesses, such as Starr Hill Brewery and Grey’s on Fifth. Keep up with the latest news and Oxide’s event schedule on Facebook & Instagram or shop their collection at 1337 Main St. in Downtown Lynchburg.
Scratch Pasta Co. shares its love for high-quality pasta made fresh from simple ingredients. This local business, founded by Chef Stephanie Fees, makes handmade pasta in small batches using local ingredients. Their sauce and pasta would be great for any Italian food lover and is one of the most delicious gifts made in Lynchburg. Scratch Pasta can be purchased online on their website or at shop locations around Lynchburg like the Lynchburg Community Market, Farm Basket, Gilded, Everyday Sommelier, and Health Nut.
Blue Mountain Barn
Blue Mountain Barn is a vintage DIY retail studio. They sell authentic vintage/ rustic home decor and unique one-of-a-kind handmade items, located inside of River Ridge mall.
Oshun Organics specializes in skincare and beauty products that are cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and dye-free. Oshun Organics is known for its soaps, shampoos, lotions, and essential oils. You can’t go wrong with products that are perfect for a little pampering and TLC. Find them at the Lynchburg Community Market where you can fall in love with the wonderful smells and sample lotions and soaps.
Little Paper Crane
Offering handmade jewelry, Little Paper Crane features beautiful delicate earrings, necklaces, and a selection of rings. Her pieces are perfect for that jewelry lover in your life. Products can also be found online and at Empire Fleet Vintage and Gilded in Downtown Lynchburg.
Located in Downtown Lynchburg, Spearman Artisanry brings you handcrafted, heirloom-quality clothing, jewelry, home goods and gifts from artisans both in the US and around the globe. All their clothing is either fair trade or made locally to ensure each piece matches their ethical and quality standards. Owner, Jannett Spearman, sources all of the items in the shop directly from artist. Her wire crochet jewelry won the “Made in VA” contest in 2021 for style and beauty.
Good Karma Tea Co.
Good Karma Tea was founded with the intention to help others live a more balanced life by curating and hand-blending premium organic loose-leaf tea. You can shop their teas online or in stores at Nomad Coffee, Health Nut Nutrition, and 5th St. Grind.
Grains of Sense
Specialty Coffee roasted fresh on site with a commitment to value the land and communities from which the coffee beans originate. Grains of Sense is a Certified member of TransFair USA, is Rain Forest Alliance Certified, Virginia’s Finest Certified, and makes it a practice to purchase coffees that are sustainably grown or direct-trade relationship varietals. Find them located in the Lynchburg Community Market.
County smoak rubs
County Smoak is a family-owned barbecue restaurant whose mission is to bring the tradition of “smoak” to the Lynchburg area, drawing inspiration from each of the great barbeque regions and our experiences while incorporating Virginia-sourced products as often as possible. County Smoak’s rubs are the perfect made-in-LYH product. You’re sure to have the best-tasting smoked meats in the city!
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