About The Village Shops in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Gatlinburg Shopping at Its Best
Just past traffic light #6, adjacent to the Pancake Pantry, lies one of Gatlinburg’s most memorable shopping experiences, “The Village”. Here you will find a collection of 27 unique shops and eateries set in a quaint European village atmosphere. The brick pathways, abundant landscaping and bubbling fountains provide a tranquil escape from Parkway traffic. Tucked away in this quaint haven are gift and specialty shops, clothiers, galleries and eateries that break away from the cookie cutter variety of retailers to which most of us have become acquainted. Whether you’re looking for a remembrance of your visit or something refreshing to eat or drink, you will find it here. Grab a Village directory as you enter the distinctive brick archway and discover the diversity of these 27 special establishments. A visit to Gatlinburg will not be complete without a stop in The Village. Make sure you visit all 27 shops. You will not be disappointed!
The Village Story
In 1965, two families purchased the property on which “The Village” now stands. Careful not to make any hasty decisions about the property’s future, the two families traveled extensively in search of ideas for the property. Over a three-year period they compiled hundreds of pictures with unique architectural and cultural ideas and consulted with architects to plan the design for a beautiful and unique shopping complex. In order to create the development in a style true to the faraway places that inspired the concept, they now began the search for architecturally appropriate building materials. Their search for old homes, churches and buildings that were being demolished yielded numerous unique items they could use for construction. They acquired thick roofing slates, heavy carved doors, antique trim moldings and gas lighting fixtures and handmade bricks to complete a sense of the Old World. Construction began 1968, and the first 18 shops were completed in 1970. The remaining 9 shops were added in 1982 to complete The Village as we see it today. The result is a place unlike any around. We invite you to step back in time at “The Village”, Gatlinburg’s most beautiful shopping complex with 27 wonderfully unique shops and eateries.