MOM & POP
ARE STILL ALIVE AND WELL IN THE KINGDOM
We’re talking about local shopping of course. You’ll find that shopping here has maintained that personal experience from local owners who sell and trade a few things rather than one line of merchandise or service. A good example is The Pick & Shovel, which operates a very popular store that is a local favorite. Theirs is more of a department store with hardware, pet supplies, clothing, cookery, laundromat, lumber yard, and an ice cream shop to boot.
It isn’t uncommon to see shop owners behind the counter helping customers or giving local directions.
There are treasures galore and you’ll find them along Newport’s historic Main Street and East Main Street. Everything including books, antiques, jewelry, art, clothing, resale shops and office supplies. Our North Country shopping experience has everything you can imagine and more.
Art is alive and you’ll find it everywhere. The heart of local art beats at 158 Main Street, The MAC Center For The Arts. Locals refer to it as simply the Mac Center. Through membership, it supports local artists with a 4,000 square foot gallery to display and sell their work. You’ll find a full calendar of events, classes, workshops and much, much more for all four seasons. There’s always something to do.
Driving around the Northeast Kingdom you’ll find that almost every town and village has a locally owned general store. It’s there you’ll find those specialty items that bring comfort on a trip or give locals a meeting place and access to quick grab items. The days of the pickle barrel are gone but you can still get one out of the jar at the deli counter. Let’s not forget the maple candy and products, pulled taffy, and fresh local baked goods that our general stores produce. Visiting these rural Vermont markets is all in itself an attraction not to be missed.