Perry, Georgia is a magical place.
It is 90 miles south of Atlanta and is home to around 16,000 people. The city is right in the middle of state and federal highways labeling Perry as “Where Georgia comes together.”
I’ve worked in Perry for almost five years and have grown fond of the small town feel that I didn’t have in Warner Robins. The other great thing is that Perry is a progressive city. They have big plans for the future but still remember what makes them a special place to be – the atmosphere of being tucked away in a small corner of the world enjoying the simple things in life.
My absolutely favorite spot is historic downtown Perry. It’s everything you dream a downtown would be like. Small business shops ranging from monogrammed merchandise to elegant home decor. Beautiful potted plants perfectly line the street and add an elegant atmosphere as you browse shops and sit on the comfortable benches dedicated to someone’s memory.
Here are a few of my favorite downtown spots on Carroll Street…
The landscaping around downtown is absolutely beautiful. The lush greenery and the potted plants are always well manicured and vibrant with colors. I am always impressed that the flowers have never appeared to be withered or dead. Appearance is a huge part of what makes the atmosphere inviting. You can tell the people taking care of downtown truly care about preserving it.
This area of downtown has always struck me as a perfect place to have lunch outside. It is covered and has several tables. This cove is also used to host the Perry Farmer’s Market. Vendors display their goods and the place is usually bustling with customers. Having lunch out there is on my to do list.
Carroll Street is picture perfect with trees lining the one way street and shop fronts that are perfect for window shopping.
There are so many amazing stores on Carroll Street. My favorite is Mossy Creek Natural. It is a “bohemian bath and body gift shop” full of handmade soaps, bath bombs, body butters, and super cute merchandise. The ladies that run the store are incredibly friendly. I am alway greeted with a smile. One year I bought gift baskets full of soaps, charming coffee cups, and body butters as Christmas presents for the women in my family. The lovely ladies gift wrapped each basket with beautiful trimmings. The price was very fair for such a unique gift.
During my recent excursion I had to stop by and pick up a new bath bomb. The honeysuckle one is my favorite. Their products are the most luxurious bath bombs I have ever bought. I was told they use a variety of natural ingredients to include avocado oil. My skin always feels so smooth and smells great.
I also found a really cute ID holder for the back of my cell phone for. The item is well made and I get compliments on it.
It is important is shop local. Many of the shops in downtown Perry are locally owned and operated. Each year they have “Small Business Saturday” the weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday. I make an effort to get at least a few presents on my shopping list from stores downtown. I’m still an Amazon addict but there’s something special to me about purchasing at a local store knowing I’m helping them and the economy I live in. Plus, they have some really unique items!
If you’re ever in the Perry area I encourage you to drop by for a few hours to browse, shop, and eat. It is truly a prime example of southern hospitality. Be sure to stop by the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce while you’re there. They are friendly people who are happy to show you all that Perry has to offer.
Find more amazing downtown shops and restaurants on the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce website.