Just 21 miles south of The Oaks Victorian Inn on route 8 is the charming little town of Floyd. A couple of miles before you get to town stop at The Bread Basket, a Mennonite bakery and bulk foods store. They bake the best cinnamon swirl bread that you have ever tasted. It often appears on The Oaks breakfast menu as Cinnamon Apple Upside Down French Toast. Besides breads there are local honeys, bulk grains, jams, pickled goodies, bulk candy, farm fresh eggs etc. During the summer they sometimes have local produce available. Check out the snack foods too. I love the corn nuts and the roasted lightly salted peas. Bernie usually grabs some kind of candy.
Continue south on route 8 and on the left you’ll see Harvest Moon Foods . At Harvest Moon Foods they believe in a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet. The Harvest Moon carries over 50 selections of imports and microbreweries. They support over 30 local producers neighbor to neighbor carrying their fresh eggs, meats, roasted coffee, fresh bread, herbs, produce, cheese, honey, baked goods, wine, pasta sauces and even dog treats. A lot of products are offered in bulk so you can buy by the pound. The Harvest Moon carries over 200 herbs, spices, teas, and spice blends, a great number of which are organic. They have bulk beans, honey, syrup, oil, granola, coffee, grains and several miscellaneous items chocolate chips, dried fruit, popcorn etc. If you need special gluten or lactose free products you’ll find them at Harvest Moon. There is also a diverse selection of local and imported wines. The store manager is an expert in vitamins and supplements! She is constantly reading and researching the newest technologies in natural health care to make sure the shelves are stocked with a varied selection of vitamins and herbal supplements.Don’t forget to check out the body care products and great gift section.
Now here’s where the husbands hate me…just before you get to the heart of town on the right is School House Fabrics.It’s an old brick school house that has 3 floors of fabric, fabric, and more fabric. There is even a room dedicated to bridal fabrics and notions. This place is a quilter’s paradise. I’m not a sewer but I love to look at the rainbows of colors and imagine the beautiful quilt possibilities. While you’re looking at fabric, send hubby down the block to Floyd’s hardware store.
Floyd is an artist/music community. My favorite gallery is Bell Gallery and Garden. Owners Bill and Joanne Bell opened the gallery in 2006 after 25 years of exhibiting their work in art and craft shows all over the eastern United States. Joanne creates beautiful pressed flower suncatchers and beveled glass panels, and Bill has won awards for his large-format landscape photography on canvas. We have several of his sunflower photos in our private space at The Oaks. Bell Gallery also features the hand-made work of more than 100 local and regional artists and craftspeople . There’s pottery, baskets, original artwork, jewelry, creations in wood and leather, blown glass and garden art. They are also the home of the Floyd Humane Society kitten division. In the warmer months the kittens are in the gardens but as colder weather sets in you’ll here “mew mew mew” in the gallery.
The New Market Mercantile is another arts and crafts gallery. There you’ll find lots of pottery. Pick up some of Jane Avery’s Lace imprinted pottery, so pretty! The bees wax candles are really pretty too. There’s quite an eclectic blend of gifts and collectibles. They have aromatherapy products, soaps, gemstones and crystals, cards,stained glass,dolls & other toys, jewelry,baskets and furniture. In the back is some funky clothing that makes me think about my closet from the sixties.
Troika is a fine arts and craft gallery across the street from the Floyd Country Store. Gibby Waitzkin’s work is a culmination of her lifelong interest in Nature. Silvie Granatelli has been a full time studio potter working in Floyd Co. Virginia since 1982. Susan Icove creates three-dimensional collage lamps from ordinary household objects that reappear in surprising, delightful, and sometimes hilarious ways. These 3 ladies run this wonderful gallery that now represents over 30 regional artists. Troika Gallery cultivates community in a variety of ways such as sponsoring music events and curating shows for other artists and groups such as the Floyd Artisan Trail and 16 Hands.
The Republic of Floyd Emporium is a funky store in the heart of down town Floyd next to the historic New Mt. Mercantile. They carry great little gifts and claim to have oodles of neat stuff that has no intrinsic value or is just plain bad for you! There is a very eclectic beer and wine section and a variety of gourmet snacks. I love their greeting cards.They are really offbeat, as are the owners of the emporium. Click on the link to their website and see just how off-the-wall they really are! They periodically publish the Floyd Enquirer offering the insiders view on life in Floyd. It’s totally irreverent and such fun to read. Someone is a bit twisted, but in a good way.