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If your sweet tooth starts acting up on your trip to Williamsburg, head over to Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop to curb those cravings. The specialty shop has tons of fine confections to choose from, including fresh fudge, hand-dipped caramel apples, and the area's largest selection of candies.
What began in 1938 as a factory producing 18th-century salt-glaze reproductions has turned into a 200-acre complex with 32 buildings and over 70,000 items gathered from around the world. In addition to pottery, artisans produce wood items, plaster art, custom lamps, floral arrangements, dried and silk flowers, and made-to-order frames. It's even possible to make your own pottery as a truly unique souvenir. The complex also contains factory outlets, a restaurant and snack shop and a comfortable campground.
All of the arts and crafts sold at Auntie M's American Cottage were made by American artists. Auntie M is actually Marilyn West, a self-taught artist who wanted to create a shop that would highlight the upcycled, repurposed, and creative pieces that Yorktown's local artists dream up. The store also plays host to creative workshops where local artists teach techniques for creating crafts like fabric collage.
This scenic waterfront shopping area was designed with the shopper in mind. Inspired by the beauty of old colonial Williamsburg and infused with the flair of modern shopping, this outdoor shopping area offers a variety of different stores, boutiques, restaurants and cafes. And if the shops aren't enough to reel you in, consider going for the breathtaking surroundings. Nestled on the banks of the York River, this scenic area offers picturesque views and resting points, as well as a mile-long river walking trail. During high season, street performers and musicians add to the ambiance.