Southern Ohio’s Hocking Hills is a growing tourist area. Many visitors from across the country travel to the area to enjoy the natural and rustic beauty. Vinton and Hocking Counties comprise what is known as the Hocking Hills area and feature several state parks, Old Man’s Cave, Zaleski State Forest, Moonville Rail Trail and Lake Hope.
Cabin rentals, Amish products and rustic craft shops dot the picturesque landscape. Quality and authentic Appalachian crafts can be found in the nooks and corners of the Hocking Hills area. The little known gems which can be discovered inside a cabin gift shop, an arts and crafts show, or at one of the many area events are far more enjoyable than an off the shelf item from department stores.
The sights and smells, which fill the senses upon entering a Hocking Hills area shop, will delight customers in an instant. Hand-made crafts, candles, soaps, and scented oils make not only unique souvenirs, but also excellent gifts and home décor. Candles housed in old-fashioned mason jars, with country themed labels are one of the hottest sellers. A bargain weighing in at $10 or less, allow tourists to carry a bit of the country back home with them.
One of the most popular and impressive of the Hocking Hills craft and gift shops is Wicker Cabin Gifts and Candles. The store is located on Creola Hue Road in Vinton County, Ohio. Storeowner, Susan Gramen has created nearly 200 scents for her candles, and is always adding new smells to her collection. Gramen’s candles appeal to not only women, but to men and children as well. Traditional scents such as caramel apple, gingerbread, and bayberry abound, but the unique creations entice those who are not traditionally candle lovers. Some of the most popular scents with children and teen include bubblegum, Twinkie, fudge brownies, Santa’s cookies, and popcorn.
Men tend to get a bit excited about candles after smelling some of the more unusual scents available at Wicker Cabin Gifts and Candles. Male favorites include monkey farts, sex on the beach, satin sheets, Drakkar, and butt naked. Graman has also created scents specifically to highlight the area, serve as souvenirs to visitors, and include Hocking Hills pine, Hocking Hills campfire, moonlight path and toasted marshmallow.
In addition to the scores of candles, Wicker Cabin Gifts and Candles also have rooms filled with American, rustic, and primitive styled crafts. Homemade soaps, also offered in a variety of shapes and scents are pleasingly priced, and creatively packaged. Potpourri, rustic barn stars, baskets, ornaments, country holiday décor, garden décor, Appalachian gag gifts, vintage reproductions, and Native American items, just name a few of the unique gifts available at the Hocking Hills shop.
A Web site with full shopping features can be found by logging on to www.wickercabingifts.com.