Bishop (US 441)
The “Pottery” sign on the side of Tracks of Time is a landmark of downtown Bishop.
The quaintly small Bishop downtown specializes in densely stocked antique stores ripe for exploration. Sitting along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail, the area features a number of local retailers and artists that provide an authentic, one-of-a-kind experience for visitors. Bishop provides a smaller and more intimate shopping experience than many are used to through its unique selection of antique shops like Tracks of Time Antiques & More, Back in Time Antiques, Crossroads Antiques & Collectibles, or Frosted Lion Antiques. Bishop also gained the addition of the Greenbriar Creek Christmas Tree Farm, adding another element of shopping to the region.
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Just a few short miles from Downtown Watkinsville sits Butler’s Crossing. At this location you can find jewelry at Ann Peden Jewelry and children’s clothing at A Child’s Closet. The shopping hub also consists of grocery stores like Publix and Bell’s Food Store; auto and home improvement retailers Autozone and Ace Hardware; and pharmacies Rite Aid and CVS. Butler’s Crossing is also home to a variety of restaurants specializing in anything from Italian to Southern cuisines.
Epps Bridge Parkway
Epps Bridge Centre is one of the two large shopping hubs located on Epps Bridge Parkway.
One of the most commercially developed areas in Oconee County, the Epps Bridge Parkway/Epps Bridge Centre area offers easy access to national retailers like GNC, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, New Balance, and Petland. In addition though, Epps Bridge features locations of some retail chains that are rarely seen in this part of the state. Shoppers can find access to one of the only Trader Joe’s within many miles as well as the only Guitar Center in Northeast Georgia. There is also a strong presence of single-store local businesses, such as Bee’s Knees Bakery and Gifts and the Simply Southern monogram shop.
Farmington (US 441)
The Farmington Depot Gallery offers year-round showings of locally made art.
The town of Farmington is home to one of Oconee County’s largest showcases of local art, the Farmington Depot Gallery. Once an active train depot, the gallery now serves as a forum for the showcasing and buying of art, with exhibits happening year round. All art fans should enjoy the gallery, as guests can find art ranging from paintings to photography to handcrafted pottery.
Watkinsville (US 441, Ga 15, Ga 53)
A view of downtown Watkinsville from the lawn of the historic Eagle Tavern.
The streets of downtown Watkinsville are lined with locally owned businesses and retail stores. Convenient parking and numerous crosswalks make it possible for visitors to stroll through the town’s most historic area with ease, and the selection of fascinating local shops makes leaving quickly seem difficult. History fans can browse the well-kept shelves of Attic Treasures Antiques, and explore the antique shop’s popular collection of Civil War memorabilia. Those more interested in style may want to stop into Dover Grace Alternative Boutique or Gone With The Beads, or head over to Elizabeth Ann Florist and Gift Shop to purchase some decorations. You can also stop by the recently opened Tweetie Bridhouses & Artisan Gift Store to purchase unique handcrafted garden art to decorate your lawn and home. Along with numerous shopping options, the historic downtown also offers a number of restaurants and coffee shops to stop in for a quick break from walking.
In The City
Thomas Orchards sells a variety of plants and fruits grown right on its own property.
Watkinsville also offers large shopping centers that are full of both necessities and intriguing retailers, and are all within five minutes from the downtown area. Watkinsville is home to many boutique shops and some less frequently occurring chain stores to fulfill specific needs. Examples of such shops include Ann Peden Jewelry, A Child’s Closet, Dewitt Pottery, and Flat Rock Koi. Meanwhile, locations like Publix Super Market, Autozone, and Athens Seed, Lawn, and Gardening take care of more everyday needs. Those willing to shop a little more adventurously can head to Thomas Orchards and Nursery, where fresh fruits and vibrant plants can be bought straight from where they were grown.