Beef Jerky Outlet

Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise specializes in all kinds of beef jerky from original to fiery hot, with over 200 varieties in all. It’s a highlight for many who come to the Smoky Mountains every year.

Besides Gatlinburg, there are 4 other Beef Jerky Outlet stores in the Smoky Mountain including Kodak, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. Beef Jerky Outlet stores typically locate close to a strong tourist venue which would classify the Smokies to a tee.

The world’s largest selection of beef, turkey and wild game jerky are available at Beef Jerky Outlets. Once you[‘re there, you won’t believe the number of beef jerky flavors that are available. Bulk jerkycan be found in covered barrels and is sold by the pound, while packs of pre-sealed jerky and pound jerky jars can be found on the shelves. It’s a very simple layout, but one that has proved very effective. The Beef Jerky Outlet doesn’t try to trick their customers with gimmicks. It’s an uncomplicated approach that allows for the best in shopping and service to the customer.

“As a national franchise, we have found the formula for success,” said Scott Parker, founding partner of the Beef Jerky Outlet franchise. “The combination of unique, high quality products and the right location makes for a winner every time. The Beef Jerky Outlet offers a unique selection of jerky, sausage and snack foods. Add in the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory, and you have a consumer fantasyland.

“When folks see the store their eyes light up; they want to get in and see what it’s all about. They come inside and there are 200 or more different kinds of jerky, including exotics like alligator and kangaroo. We have some other items, too–sausages, popcorns, peanut butters–but make no doubt about it: beef jerky is the primary focus.”

In the Smokies, gourmet jerky and smoked meats is an ever-growing market.

“Here at The Beef Jerky Outlet we sell true ¼ lb, ½ lb and 1 lb bags,” Parker said. “Bottom line, we sell USDA Beef Jerky that can’t be bought at markets or convenience stores. All of our suppliers use whole muscle beef which is raised in the United States. We’ve got something that people crave and it’s damn good and tastes great.”

The store offers free samples for those who like to try a wide variety of flavors before purchasing.

“People appreciate the opportunity to experiment a little with the flavors,” Parker said. “They commit to a purchase when they find something they love. The expense of providing samples is very small compared to the sales and customer loyalty it generates.

“If you are looking for a quality franchise that is also social and fun, then we may be the right fit for you.”

The Beef Jerky Outlet Franchise now has 14 active stores across the country. The Franchise is ready for business in most states in the continental USA, as well as Alaska and Puerto Rico. The Beef Jerky Outlet stores offer an excellent opportunity for investors seeking a franchise business with high margin returns on moderate start-up costs.

The newest Beef Jerky Outlet franchise in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee opened just recently in July.

Beef Jerky Outlet, Gatlinburg
636 Parkway, Ste 2
Gatlinburg, TN
(865) 277-9019

Smoky Mountain Winery

If you’re in Gatlinburg shopping for wine, be sure that the Smoky Mountain Winery is on your itinerary.

If you’re in Gatlinburg shopping for wine, be sure that the Smoky Mountain Winery is on your itinerary. Over the years, the winery has become as much of a Gatlinburg destination as Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies or Best Italian restaurant. Dry and sweet wines line the walls, each straight from their own vintners. Be sure to take part in a tasting while you’re there and stop by the gift shop to grab your favorite wine before you leave.

The wine selection at the Smoky Mountain Winery is eclectic and will appeal to the staunchest of wine enthusiasts. For the oenophile, or the true lover of wine, it’s very easy to find that perfect wine. Dry wines make up the entirety of one wall while another is sweet and semi-sweet wines. The Mountain Red and the Mountain White are semi-sweet wines that have tremendous flavor, but aren’t too heavy. As for sweet wines (blackberry, sangria, strawberry, etc.), Smoky Mountain Winery hits the top the mark in this category. Their sangria hits just the perfect note and all without having to make it yourself. With just the hint of wine and bursting with flavor, it’s truly the perfect dinner wine or a wine to savor with desert.

Not up on all the flavors, types and styles of wine? Don’t worry. The Smoky Mountain Winery staff is eager to find you the bottle of wine to go along with your tastes. They’ll even let you taste the wine before you buy it. It’s their job to explain why the wine tastes the way it does. And it’s almost a given that they know the perfect meal to accompany your selection.

And don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for any needed wine accessories.  From wine glasses to decanters to wine tools, everything that has to do with wine can be found in the gift shop.  Hand-painted wine glasses to match your décor, wine stoppers of your favorite football team and even a wine glass holder that will hang around your neck if you need a hands-free wine experience are all available and make for great gift ideas.

The Smoky Mountain Winery is located in Winery Square.  If you are headed to Gatlinburg from Pigeon Forge, turn left at traffic light No. 3.  Follow highway 321 for half a mile and then turn right into Winery Square.  The winery is at the top of the hill.  Just make sure you take the time to go in and explore the winery itself while you’re shopping.  Go for the wine, but talk to the staff while you’re there.  You’ll know more about wine than when you arrived and have a great time at the Smoky Mountain Winery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee to boot.

Some of the Area’s Hottest Shopping Destinations for Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sales!

Numerous After Thanksgiving Sales are happening right outside Gatlinburg Friday.

Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Tn, has quickly become known as a shopping destination that offers a wide range of Smoky Mountain merchandise as well as national brands at outlet centers and one-of-a-kind art and quality antique galleries. This Thanksgiving, some of the area’s most popular shopping destinations offer Thanksgiving night and After-Thanksgiving sales, making this a great time to get some shopping done in the Smokies.

Another popular Sevierville shopping destination, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, will open its doors with great deals on knives, kitchen accessories and bakeware.

Bass Pro Outdoor World will also offer lots of great specials.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is conveniently located just off Interstate 40 Exit 407 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Within a day’s drive of over half the nation’s population, Gatlinburg is annually visited by millions of people who enjoy the shopping, attractions, restaurants and shows this quaint town has to offer.


Magnet-O-World has closed. The information below is maintained for historical purposes.

If you have been to Magnet-O-World, you probably never thought you would walk into a store that looks like the front of your grandmother’s fridge.  But that is exactly what Magnet-O-World looks like.  Magnets cover ever surface and are stuck to everything metal in the store.  Boasting more then 100,000 magnets, your might find yourself drawn through the door.

The good folks that run Magnet-O-World, do posses a certain magnetism.  They have stocked their store with magnets of every shape, size and variety imaginable.  They have also taken the time to cover the walls with metal so that they don’t have to have shelves and racks to put their merchandise on, they just stick them straight on the wall.  The sight of all the magnets and the fact that they are literally making up a mosaic on the walls, makes this retail store a destination when you are walking the Parkway through Gatlinburg.  Magnet-O-World is located very near traffic light 7 in Gatlinburg, so it is minutes from many of the hotles and motels in town and you are going to pass it at some point so head inside.

One thing that want polarize the visitors to Magnet-O-World is the cost.  These are magnets, everybody has a fridge in their house.  And some of the people in your life are stuck on magnets.  They collect them, they love them, they want them and Magnet-O-World has them, this is an easy shopping trip to fill in all those people that you need to get a souvenir for.  The magnets are themed for the Smokies.  The magnets are divided into different sections – movies, tv, art, nostalgia.  You will find magents for those people that are hard to buy for and if you are just needing something quick to remind you of the best trip you ever had to Gatlinburg, TN then Magnet-O-World might be one place that literally has everything you could need for those loved ones you left at home, all in one place.

Make a trip to Magnet-O-World.  Pick up something to remind you of your trip to the mountains.  Pick up something to remind your friends of the fun time you had.  Get pulled into Magnet-O-World in downtown Gatlinburg.

Magnet O World
738 Parkway #3
Gatlinburg, TN

KarmelKorn of Gatlinburg

Since 1961, the KarmelKorn Shoppe in Gatlinburg has been feeding the cravings of locals and visitors alike seeking to remedy their popcorn and karmelkorn needs. The KarmelKorn shoppe’s freshly made karmelkorn is familiar to any and all who make their way to the old town. The smell of fresh korn permeates the downtown air with every new batch.

If you’ve never paid a visit to the KarmelKorn Shoppe in Gatlinburg, you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, they are THE place to get fresh karmelkorn, karmelkorn with peanuts, karmelkorn with pecans, cheesekorn, toffee, kettlekorn, white cheddar, and buttered popcorn in Gatlinburg, TN.

As mentioned, each batch of traditional, butter-filled karmelkorn or flavored karmelkorn is made fresh daily by the shoppe’s trained cooks. It’s their job to know everything there is about the making of karmelkorn and they’re all extremely talented in what they do. You can tell by all the tins going out the door, especially around the holidays.

Speaking of tins, the KarmelKorn Shoppe offers tins and canisters in every style imaginable from Tennessee Vols tins to Christmas-themed canisters in 1, 2, 3 and a half, and 6 and a half gallon sizes. However, college and NFL themed canisters are limited to 1 gallon and 3 and a half gallon tins. Excluding the 1 gallon tin, you can choose up to 3 flavors of karmelkorn in each. And they’ll ship them anywhere you’d like.

Now that karmelkorn is on your mind, it’s a great time to mention the shoppe’s selection of fudge. We’re talking about a great selection of traditional chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate/peanut butter, rocky road, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate cookie dough, and maple/walnut. They also offer a some of the tastiest glazed almonds and pecans int he Smokies. There’s nothing like just walking down the parkway munching on a bag of glazed almonds or pecans. The sweet glaze adds just another level of goodness to the already delicious almonds and pecans.

Don’t forget about those pecans when you’re ordering a batch of karmelkorn either. It’s a combination of flavors that’s hard to beat, and your taste buds will come alive with the sweet combination of pecans and karmelkorn.

Next time you’re in Gatlinburg, stop by the KarmelKorn Shoppe, or just let your nose lead you there.

KarmelKorn of Gatlinburg
647 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen

With two locations in Gatlinburg, it is no wonder that people have been stopping for decades at Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen to pick up their favorite candy or sweet treat while they walk the Parkway in Gatlinburg.

Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen has locations in the middle of Gatlinburg and at the front entrance of The Village.  You will be able to smell the candy and chocolate from feet away before you enter the wonder that is a professional candy kitchen, complete with people making candy in the front window and a taffy puller and wrapping machine that will make you stand for hours watching the wrapped taffy fall into a wicker basket.  Homemade chocolate, taffy, brittle and much more cover every shelf and every side of the counter at both locations of the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen.  Let’s look at their chocolate first.

The counter itself is a mountain of chocolate.  Covering everything from cherries to peanuts, made into bark and flavored with mint and all manner of flavorings, the chocolate chefs at Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen produce mouthwatering mounds of morsels just waiting to be purchased and eaten.  Fudge of every flavor and of course, chocolate in milk, dark and white varieties.  Chocolate, to be piled into bags and eaten as you roam further down the parkway looking in the windows of the shops.

And, if you are not a chocolate fan, then you can always jump on the brittle.  Peanut brittle of course but there is also something different:  cashew brittle.  A personal favorite of mine, the cashew brittle, is something unusual and though I have seen it in other places since first having it here, I still think the cashew brittle at Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen is the best.  You can buy it in small bags or if you are like me, you know that the bag is not going to satisfy your thirst for brittle so just buy a tub of it and much as you walk.

Half the fun though of coming to the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen is watching them make their mouthwatering fare.  The cooks, dressed in their whites are going to be in the window making fudge, candy apples and taffy.  You can watch them load the ropy mess of taffy onto the puller, see then add the flavorings and the colorings and then they will put it on the wrapping machine.  Everyone that visits this traditional stop in Gatlinburg has whiled away the hours watching the taffy get first stretched then cut and finally wrapped in simple wax paper and dropped into a basket.

If you have never been into the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen you are missing one of the most fun stops in town.  Stand right outside the door and take a deep whiff of the air.  Let the smell of freshly made candy invade your nose.  Step through the door and wait for the split second before your mouth starts to water.  Make the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen part of your Gatlinburg vacation tradition.

Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
744 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN

The Village

The village is one of the premier shopping areas in Gatlinburg. Thousands of people each year come to walk through the shops and window shop at the windows that point out into the courtyards. From galleries to small boutique clothiers, The Village has a full selection of shopping opportunities. You can even grab something to eat or one of the best cups of coffee that you will ever find.

Shops in the Village

  • Best Gift Idea Ever: BGIE specializes in LETTER ART, photographing everyday objects to find natural “letters” within the image.
  • Cartoons and Toys: Largest selection of Hello Kitty, John Deere, Darda Race Sets, Groovy Girls, Care Bears, and much more.
  • Celtic Heritage: Fine gifts imported from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • Coffee & Company: Gatlinburg’s oldest roasting coffee shop. Serving handcrafted cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolates and more…
  • God’s Corner: A unique Christian shop with a wonderful selection of Christian music.
  • Life is Good: Life According to Jake is your source for “Life Is Good” products and apparel.
  • Master’s Editions: A fine art gallery dedicated to pairing clients with the perfect piece of artwork.
  • Pepper Palace: Pepper Palace carries everything for the spicy food lover. Hot Sauce, Salsa, BBQ Sauce, Marinades, spices, rubs…
  • Tervis at The Village: Lifetime Guaranteed insulated tumblers that keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.
  • The Candle Cottage: Downtown Gatlinburg’s largest and most complete candle shop.
  • The Cheese Cupboard: Gatlinburg’s premier cheese shopfeaturing a large array of imported and domestic cheese, unusual crackers and wonderful chocolates.
  • The Day Hiker: if your plans include day hiking, don’t hit the trails unprepared.
  • The Donut Friar: Open 5 a.m. daily. Experience the taste of freshly made donuts, cinnamon bread, and pastries.
  • The Hayloft Comfort Footwear: Step into some comfort. Make your feet happy with shoes from Born, Naot, MBT, Sanuk, Keen, Soft, and others.
  • The Hayloft: A Gatlinburg tradition with a large selection of Moccasins for men, women and children.
  • The Honey Pot: A delightful collection of hand thrown pottery, Russian dolls, flags, Fenton, and many other unique gift items
  • The Lamplight Gallery: Two-story art gallery that features the works of master artists as well as rare artwork.
  • The Lazy One: Comfy and funny pajamas and lounge wear.
  • The Silver Tree: A whole shop dedicated to the true silver lover! Affordable, contemporary sterling jewelry for all ages.
  • The Sock Shop: The Sock Shop has a huge variety of fun, crazy and cool socks.
  • The Spice & Exchange of Gatlinburg: Offering food lovers, chefs and tea enthusiasts a unique shopping experience filled with culinary delights.
  • The Village Cafe & Creamery: An old fashioned soda shop offering hand-dipped ice cream and gourmet coffee.
  • U Name It: A large selection of purses, duffle bags, diaper bags, baby blankets, baby bibs, and much more.
  • Verbenas at The Village: Family-owned specialty boutique specializing in products for the body, bath, home, and soul.
  • Zi Olive: Taste the finest gourmet extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world.

9 Best Places to Shop in Gatlinburg

Downtown Gatlinburg features numerous shops and artist galleries full of local wares perfect for any occasion, holiday, birthday, whatever.


The Village Shops in downtown Gatlinburg.

The words “shopping” and “Gatlinburg” make most people think of outlet malls, but for every brand name store, there are just as many local shops selling rare, one-of-a-kind Smoky Mountain items you just don’t find anywhere else. It’s for that exact reason that we run down our 9 best places to shop in Gatlinburg. With so many shops aligning the Parkway, the choices were many, but only a select few made our list. Think we might have missed something? Send us comment and we’ll compare with our list.

This evolving list features stores ranging from local arts and crafts to kitchen aids and ingredients. Most are within walking distance from one another so if one doesn’t have what you’re looking for, they probably know their neighbor well enough to point you in the right direction or tell you where you can find it. Now, let’s get on with the list.

Our 9 best places to shop in Gatlinburg:

  1. The Village Shops – This cozy little shopping district just off the parkway features 27 specialty boutiques and eateries. Some of the stores include The Day Hiker where you can stock up on the latest hiking equipment before going into the park, the Silver Tree for all you fine silver jewelry lovers, and Tervis, which carry their special indestructible double-walled cups.
  2. The Mountain Mall – The Mountain Mall shopping center in the heart of downtown is a great place to stop for a bite to eat, or just shop around. If it were up to us, a daily stop at the Funnel Cake Factory would be in order. Alas, we’ll keep going with this list.
  3. Wood Signs of Gatlinburg – The store, like its name, is a “what you see is what you get” type of thing. Their beautifully hand-crafted wood signs are perfect for just about any occasion and can be used to note just about anything. Whether you’re thinking an indoor, or an outdoor mount these signs hold up for years and are the perfect wedding, Christmas, or birthday gift.
  4. Covered Bridge – As a part of the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community, this newly constructed retail development features a number of galleries, local jewelry stores, as well as a few studio specializing in pottery and glassware.
  5. Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community – Located 3 miles from downtown Gatlinburg, this 8-mile trail loop features stores ranging from pubs, eateries, and local ice cream shops to galleries and studios found only in Gatlinburg, TN.
  6. Sugarland Cellars – One of the finest wine markets in the Smoky Mountains. If you’re a wine connoisseur, stop by and take home some locally-made wine. Their extensive collection will impress even the heartiest of wone snobs.
  7. All Sauced Up – The place to shop if you’re into gourmet foods and kitchen gadgets. Daily samples range from barbeque sauces, salsa’s, jams and jellies, salad dressings, gourmet peanut butter and much more. With over 150 samples daily, try it before you buy it.
  8. Shops at Carousel Gardens – This multi-artist gallery in downtown Gatlinburg features the work of over 45 local artisans from a broad spectrum of talent. Artists include local painters, potters, textile artists, crafters, glass-workers, photographers, and sculptors.
  9. Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Mall – No shopping list would be complete without even a mention of one of the area’s outlet malls and Tanger happens to be the biggest and best. Located just outside Gatlinburg in Pigeon Forge, they have all the brand name stores you could want.

Gatlinburg Farmer’s Market

The Gatlinburg Farmer’s Market is back on Saturday, May 19 with an assortment of locally grown goods and hand-made items.

Fresh is back and green is good along the Parkway in Gatlinburg this summer as the Gatlinburg Farmer’s Market prepares for another eventful season starting Saturday, May 11.

Each participating vendor will have their own locally grown or made fares for sale and/or sampling, and all promoting healthy mountain living. The Gatlinburg Farmers Market will be open each Saturday from 8 – 11:30 am in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot at 705 East Parkway through October 12.

Last years opening day events at the farmer’s market included a demonstration of stained glass cutting and assembly techniques by Talking Turkey Studios. Vendors that day included Ely’s Mill – honey; Catskill Farm – garlic, walnuts, vegetables, cut herbs; Gourmet Creations – sauces, pie mixes, soup mixes; Wildflower Bake Shop – home made breads and pastries; and Valerie Dixon – produce and blackberries. A number of vendors are expected back for another go-round this year.

The Gatlinburg Farmers Market started as a dream and a vision to provide residents and visitors with fresh, local produce for fair pricing while supporting and stimulating the local economy.

You’ll find all Gatlinburg area growers and supporters from Sevier and Cocke counties at the market. Of course, the market was established to shine its light on fresh area produce and homemade products offered locally and in an atmosphere focused on food, lifestyle, technology, and major event productions in this area.

Directions to the Gatlinburg Farmers Market: From stop light No. 3 in Gatlinburg, turn south onto Hwy 321 toward Cosby, the Gatlinburg Farmers Market is located about a mile down the road on the left in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot.

Visit the Gatlinburg Farmer’s Market online at

Lorelei Candles

One craft that you will see throughout the Gatlinburg area is hand-carved and hand-crafted candles.  Since people first came to this area they have made candles to provide light during the night and now crafters like Lorelei Candles are bring this art form to tourist that come to the area every year.  Whether you are looking for a souvenir to take home or if you are looking for a candle for that special occasion, Lorelei has a candle to fit every need and desire.

The people of the Smoky Mountains used candles out of necessity.  Their candles were simply but at some point, a wood worker maybe, realized that the candle could be carved.  The wax made a great medium to work with and if you made a cut that you didn’t like that it was easy to repair.  Over time, the candle makers in the mountains learned to work with colors and dyes to produce candles of various colors.  Today, this tradition has continued with the good people at Lorelei Candles.

The Lorelei Candles store on Glades Road is part of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community.  They have been on Glades Road for years and through those years they have done one thing:  made beautiful candles of every description.  From candles shaped like everything from bears to eagles and maybe even famous cartoon mice to hand-carved works of art, the candles from Lorelei defy description.  The wedding candles they offer might be the most beautiful thing in their store.  The candle is dipped in many colors, forming layers of wax that, when carved give a layered affect and the, in turn, make a beautiful unity candle on your special day.  Coming in both scented and unscented varieties, the candles at Lorelei are a treat for he nose as well as a treat for the eyes.

Make a stop by Lorelei Candles the next time you visit Gatlinburg.  This is not only a great place to get candles for that candle lover on your shopping list but it can be a good way to feel your home with light and warmth and of course, works of art, carved from wax.

Lorelei Candles
331 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN