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Take it to the Streets: Shop the real Vermont in Waterbury

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Waterbury may be small, but our trails, attractions, accommodations, dining - and shopping - are uncommonly mighty. You may define shopping as a form of relaxation or recreation; maybe it’s an important part of a vacation or even a necessity. Shopping reflects local culture and values, and Waterbury’s retail opportunities are eclectic, artistic, and uniquely ours. So take some down time, talk shop, and shop the real Vermont in Waterbury.

Known for its commitment to sustainability as well as introducing the single-cup brewing system to the global community, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Café & Visitor Center is a four-season gathering site located in an impeccably restored, 1875 rail station at which the Amtrak “Vermonter” still stops today. Get your day on track with an extensive menu of coffee and espresso beverages and browse the gift shop, featuring coffee supplies and accessories as well as locally handmade Vermont gifts.

From bean to acorn, stop in at The Tiny Acorn on Main Street. Year ‘round this five-room boutique is packed to the gills with frills and enchantments; toys, games, books, and gifts for all ages abound. The creative thinker in your group will love the travel-ready crafts projects and mind-reaching activities. Catering to little ballerinas, you’ll also find Capezio dancewear and accessories. Complimentary gift-wrapping is great to pick up a last-minute surprise on the run, and in the sunroom, coffee and tea for parents is also on the house.

Flowers are always welcome, and Proud Flower offers uncommonly artistic arrangements that capture color, texture and fragrance to reflect your sentiments. From Nina's gorgeous cut flower bouquets to events overflowing with delightful blooms, Proud Flower’s presentation is elegant and expressive, with flowers sourced locally when in season. Accompany your flowers or foliage and blooming plants with SugarTowne single sourced wood-fired maple syrup, unique cards and out-of-the-ordinary gifts!

The striking, seasonal window displays of Stowe Street Emporium, will beckon to you before you even catch sight of the door. Inside lies a collection of apparel for him and her and baby, shoes, gifts, accessories, home accents, balms and candles, cards and stationary. Many products are made in Vermont. Whether you seek to thank a hostess, honor a bride, or it’s time to treat yourself, you’re bound to find a selection of must-have items that you didn’t know you needed.

Bridgeside Books and Stowe Street Café is the final Stowe Street destination. At this quintessential local bookstore, you will begin your next adventure, learn about what is, and imagine what could be; here is where the latest best sellers appear next to classics, beach reads, Vermont authors, and toddlers’ board books. If you can’t find what you need among the wide selection for all ages, special ordering is available. Beyond books, handcrafted gifts, cards, letterpress stationary, and journals will speak to the author in everyone.

Pass through the adjoining door to Stowe Street Café, where you can still see the original bowling alley lanes on the floor. Stop for made-from-scratch baked goods, sandwiches, salads and soups, including their infamous macarons and Make My Day Brownies and a beautifully unique collection of locally-made art and gifts.

Head back up the road to find a cluster of shops showcasing Vermont’s agricultural and artisan ingenuity.  Here you will find Cabot Farmers’ Store, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, Birdfolk Collective, Bridgeside Books Annex store, Vermont Trailwear and Danforth Pewter. Sample all of Cabot Creamery’s latest cheese varieties, dips, and other Vermont specialty foods; browse an extensive selection of maple and granite cheese boards, tea towels, and other kitchen furnishings, and pick up a bottle of wine or a microbrew for later. Enjoy Lake Champlain Chocolates’ exquisite concoctions and beautiful seasonal packaging, sample chocolates and choose from a full array of truffles and fudge.

Tucked further along scenic Route 100 is the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, with legendary cider donuts made daily all year. “An apple a day” won’t be hard to achieve here. Cold Hollow offers an extensive selection of baked goods, Vermont-made jams, preserves, pancake and baking mixes, crackers, cheese, meats, wine, beer, and gifts. View cider being made in the autumn and sample a cup straight from the press. Shop the ample collection of classic Vermont gift items to remind you of your trip to Vermont.  If you aren’t full yet, take a rest at the Apple Core Luncheonette and Brew or stop in to for samples at Boyden Valley Winery Tasting Annex.

As your tour wraps up take home a piece of Vermont with you. Visit Evergreen Gardens of Vermont in the spring for vegetable starts, herb pots, and seeds. In addition to a collection of edibles, Evergreen also features garden tools, accessories, many varieties of flowers, and holiday trees in December.