Ellijay is home to many locally owned small businesses, from antique stores to thrifts to specialty boutiques. Parking is plentiful, and friendly shopkeepers invite you to come in and browse their selections.
Along the walkable streets surrounding downtown Ellijay’s picturesque square, visitors will find shops offering products like healthy olive oils, pottery, soaps, Himalayan salt crystals, jewelry, clothing and accessories, unique gifts, and antiques and collectibles. Need a break from shopping? Grab a coffee or enjoy a scoop or two of ice cream and have a seat at the fountain in the middle of the square. Several downtown eateries are open for lunch. Within just a few minutes’ drive of downtown are dozens of other shops catering to antique lovers, bargain hunters, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
A visit to Ellijay is not complete without a stop at one or two of the local apple orchards. Some orchards allow visitors to pick their own apples. This is the perfect place to stock up on different varieties of apples and other fresh produce in season. Most orchards also have a farm store offering a selection of other related products including apple cider, apple butter, jams and jellies, salsas, and fresh baked goods.