I've been going to Dixie Gems for 7 years the brothers are extremely knowledgeable and lovely to deal. Dixie Gems may appear small but you can spend hours in there without even realizing it. This place is always my first choice when looking for stones and crystals.
I've driven by Dixie Gem a few times over the years, and never thought to stop in. The outside isn't very "fancy". Well, I needed a birthday gift for someone so I thought I'd stop in and see what they had. WOW! They have a wide variety of gemstones and minerals, polished or raw, so much stuff that I don't even know what it is (they even had little meteorite fragments), but it opened up my eyes to what I'm sure will be my new hobby. The brothers were very nice and helpful. They answered all my questions with enthusiasm, which I thought was very cool. I didn't spend a lot of money, but they stayed open until I was done shopping (I didn't even realize it was past closing time, oops!).