Road Trippin to Water Valley

So we’ve been saying for some time that Water Valley is the new Oxford. Home to many artists, it’s worth the trip to this small Mississippi town. Take a break from the daily grind to eat fresh food from B.T.C. Grocery, search for eclectic finds at Rip It Up! Vintage Junk and check out some eclectic street art made by the locals and visit their art galleries. They also have Yalobusha Brewing Company, North Mississippi’s first beer brewery. We recently made the 20 minute trek down Highway 7 and here are some of the highlights.


One of our favorite stops for a great sandwich and locally grown farmers market wares. The BTC Old Fashioned Grocery Store. The New York Times has sung its praises and they also have a cookbook worth picking up for you or a friend!


Fresh, seasonal, locally grown veggies are offered in the BTC grocery store

Step into the cafe and Indulge in the sweet and spicy Say Dixie chicken sandwich or the Seafood Casserole special with fried okra, cornbread and black eyed peas- all staples of the South.

Need to walk off all that delicious food? Stroll one block down Main Street and you will run right into WV’s newest gem, Rip It Up! Vintage Junk. Proprietors Laurie Stirratt (twin sis of Wilco bassist John Stirratt) and Tyler Keith, bring cool vintage finds to the Valley. We personally snagged a killer 1960’s couch that is tre chic. Business has been so good, that they just opened a sister store right down the block. Rip It! Too is their homage to Graceland, Too which they say is sorely missed around these parts. Rip It Up! Too now houses books, killer vinyl, clothes and more!


Anne-Marie and Bradley visit with Rip It Up! Vintage Junk owner Laurie Stirratt





Yalobusha brewing company offers beer tastings and live music every Friday. Bring your dancin’ shoes and an appetite for fresh craft beer!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? You can join us and many others as Water Valley celebrates it’s 47th annual Watermelon Carnival. Enjoy live music, arts & craft booths, car show, and FREE trolley rides to down-town shops and art galleries. It’s sure to be as delightful as the fruit it’s named for!

Photos: Cady Herring

Date: August 5, 2016
Posted by: Anne-Marie Varnell
Categories: AMVG, food & drink, Inspiration