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Georgia’s Hidden Gem

Georgia’s Hidden Gem 50 There’s nothing better than discovering hidden gems in Georgia’s small towns, and Thomson Ga has a few to discover. Shops like MAC on Main offer locally-made products in the charming southern setting of downtown Thomson. At MAC on Main, the artwork of local artisans fills a gallery with affordable pieces that would make for a great souvenir. Make plans to attend a Sip and Dip class or quarterly Open House event. Just outside the shop is the historic train depot, a centerpiece of downtown activity. The Thomson Depot and Railroad Street serve as a gathering place where regular events are hosted each year, including a farmers market on Saturdays during the growing season. Stroll the tree-lined sidewalks and take turns dipping into one treasure trove after another. With a friendly smile Lori Ducey at Anna Lou Design’s welcomes women into her cutting-edge boutique where most pieces are under $60. Ducey has recently introduced Anna Lou To Go, a decked out Fashion RV that pops up at different events and locations all over the counties surrounding Thomson. Individual vendors proffer wares, from antiques to handmade pillows at Laura Lane’s Home Décor and Gifts, a shopping destination for dressing your house or the go-to place when it comes to picking up a gift for someone special. While here, don’t miss getting your paws on some spicy cheese straws or pimento cheese spread locally-made by McDuffie County’s Chinaberry Foods. Take a break from shopping to grab a bite at a downtown eatery. Try Fernanda’s Grille and Pizzeria for a New York slice. Sit in the courtyard – an ideal alcove for eating with a view of downtown. Or, grab a, handpattied burger or steak at Hogie Joe’s Sports Grill. Once refueled, antique lovers will get a thrill hunting for their next purchase at Aunt Tique’s and Uncle Junks; specializing in unusual antiques, stained glass, iron fencing and lots more. Happen upon finds like the much-soughtafter barn door, toys from childhood, or even a miscellaneous assortment of black and white photos for sale by the cash register. While in downtown, catch a flick at the Thomson Twin Cinema, still showing first-run movies and 3-D shows. A short drive from downtown, Sunset Auctions hosts twice-a-month auctions drawing crowds from near and far. Expand your appreciation for the area with a visit to McDuffie Museum housed inside a former bank in downtown. See artifacts like the original tombstone of blues legend, Blind Willie McTell. Visit the gift shop for memorable a souvenir like a DVD documentary about the musician. In the museum’s theater, a converted bank vault, watch a 15-minute clip about McDuffie County’s famed Belle Meade Hunt. The museum also showcases the work of renowned folk artist Jake T. McCord, and houses the old front porch of Mr. McCord’s home. For more info about Thomson, visit www.VisitThomsonGa.com. Elizabeth Vance has been the Director of the Thomson-McDuffie County CVB for 8 years. A lifelong Georgia resident, she is passionate about Georgia Tourism. For more information about the Thomson area, contact Elizabeth at evance@thomson-mcduffie.net. ]

A Slice of Southern Heaven! #VisitThomsonGA • White Hills Lavender & Herb Farm • Historic Downtown with Shopping & Dining •Local History Museum • Art Gallery • Antique Shops 149 Main St., Thomson, GA 30824 VisitThomsonGA.com 51

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