Shopping in Cherokee


A Unique Shopping Experience

Cherokee is an easy town to explore and a fun place to shop. Stores are sprinkled throughout town and there is plenty of parking. In fact, it’s a snap to meander from store to store taking it all in.

Of course, many stores carry Cherokee crafts such as Cherokee Indian pottery, baskets and beadwork; as well as other locally made gifts such as dream catchers, dolls and woodcrafts.
But you might be surprised to see the variety of home furnishings, hand-painted and rustic furniture, books, CDs, jewelry and unique gift items available throughout Cherokee.
Leather goods are also very popular in Cherokee. Many stores stock handbags, belts, backpacks, hats and wallets; as well as biker apparel such as vests, jackets and chaps.

Cherokee's Famous Street Chiefs

Street chiefs and dancers perform on curb side stages outside retail shops and souvenir stores, entertaining crowds of shoppers. The shows, often featuring the traditional, ‘friendship dance’ (with audience participation, below), ‘eagle dance’ and ‘hoop dance’, are free; yet tipping is encouraged, particularly when the “chiefs” pose for photographs. It’s a tradition that began years ago with the late Chief Henry, who was once billed as “The World’s Most Photographed Indian.”

What’s On Your Shopping List?

Cherokee shop categories

  • Medicine Man Craft Shop

    Medicine Man Crafts opened its doors in 1963 specializing in Native American Arts & Crafts. Medicine Man carries a large selection of Cherokee baskets, pottery, wood carvings and many other Native American crafts. Open year round. Located across from the the Cherokee Fairgrounds. Visit Medicine Man crafts and take home an authentic Cherokee Indian keepsake.
  • Art & Jewelry by Traditional Hands

    High-quality, authentic Wampum-, Turquoise-, Silver-Jewelry, handmade by General B. Grant and other Artists from different Native American tribes. General B. Grant is the ONLY Cherokee Master-Silversmith within the Eastern AND Western Band of Cherokee Indians! Also available are meaningful, high-quality Arts & Crafts from artists through-out North America and Canada; Sculptures, Paintings, Knives, Beadwork, Pottery, and more. And we speak German! This Jewelry & Art Gallery is a "must visit" in Cherokee.
  • Bearmeat’s Indian Den

    This beautiful shop was founded to present only the best in local arts and crafts, created in the homes of our local people. During summer and fall, we arrange several weekends of "hands-on" demonstrations with some of our artists. Come and see our lovely shop any time of the year. Receive 10% off all items over $100. Our summer hours are 9 am til 6 pm. We also have #1 Mountain Apples for sale during apple season. Our winter hours are 9 am til 5 pm. We are closed on Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.
  • The What’s Hot Shop

    A delightfully different shop located in downtown Cherokee. Unbelievable prices on designer inspired jewelry, handbags, and sunglasses. You don't have to spend a million - just look like you did! Look behind the 3 native rock columns on Highway 19 for your best fashion savings. You'll come back again and again.
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Rivershops

    Looking for the perfect gift? Check out the Rivershops at Harrah's Cherokee where you'll find a fine selection of gifts that could get your entire shopping list complete! From golf equipment at the Callaway Golf Shop to the little black dress at Studio. Plus find Harrah's and World Series of Poker gear, men's clothing at Top Drawer, and satisfy your sweet tooth with locally made treats at the Sweet Stop.
  • Whiskeys Tattoo

    Whiskeys tattoo currently has 2 Tattoo Artists, Richard Driver and Preston Bark and one Professional Piercer Medusa. Each of our Artists brings over ten years of tattoo/piercing experience providing quality tattoos in a sterilized environment while specializing in Tribal, Black and Grey and Native designs. Unique tattooing style as well as an All Disposable Tattoo & Piercing shop. Our piercer Medusa brings her own natural and harmonious piercing style from all over the United States. They also have local merchandise and Body Jewelry.
  • Alan’s Jewelry and Pawn

    Alan's Jewelry & Pawn - Loans, Gold Buying, Check Cashing, Large showroom full of top quality merchandise, diamonds, gold, silver, turquoise, electronics and more. Friendly, clean environment just steps from the casino. Open 24 hours. Offering confidential loans of up to $10,000. Alan's is celebrating their 25th year in business. Alan's also has two locations in Asheville, NC.
  • Qualla Arts & Crafts

    When you spend time in Cherokee and immerse yourself in a world so distinct from your own, you'll want to bring back more than memories and pictures. Bring home authentic Cherokee handcrafts. As stunning additions to your home and one-of-a-kind gifts, these works capture the spirit of the Cherokee people and land. What's more, the craftworks that await you in Cherokee now are the equal of any in history. They are not only authentic; they are authentically good.
  • Oconaluftee Indian Village

    Oconaluftee Indian Village Take a guided tour through an 18th century Cherokee village. See demonstrations of traditional crafts from finger weaving to basket making. Learn how Cherokee life changed after contact with Europeans. Step inside Cherokee cabins. Experience the joy of traditional dances. You can do it all at Oconaluftee Indian Village. Hours: April 18, 2023 to October 28,2023 Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 4:30pm Address: 788 Drama Rd, Cherokee, NC Price: Adult tickets start at $25 Call us for group rates Tickets and more information: 828-497-2111