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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 unlike any other. So take some down time, talk shop, and shop around the world in Waterbury.
Spend a restful night at the Old Stagecoach Inn and wake up to a new day in Waterbury Village. Known for its commitment to sustainability as well as introducing the single-cup brewing system to the global community, Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Café is a four-season gathering site located in an impeccably restored, 1875 rail station at which the Amtrak “Vermonter” still pauses 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 exotic handmade jewelry, bags, music, and more from the land of coffee beans.
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 dance wear 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.
Prices are affordable in Waterbury, and that includes the money at Green Mountain Coins & Estate Jewelry, which specializes in the purchase and sale of estate coin collections, estate jewelry, scrap gold, silver, and precious metals. Need a stone reset? And if you’re in Waterbury for a special occasion, consider a custom design to commemorate your trip: could you etch a Green Mountain silhouette into a pendant, bracelet, or ring?
Flowers are always welcome, and Proud Flower offers uncommonly artistic arrangements that capture texture, color and shape to reflect your sentiments. From the signature wrap bouquet to weddings overflowing with delightful blooms, Proud Flower’s presentation is elegant, expressive, and sourced locally when in season. Accompany your flowers with a keepsake box in the “decoupage” paper cut-out style, garden furniture, or Anahata essential oil skin care products, made in Vermont.
Top off your special visit with a toast. Shop early in the afternoon and bring home a bottle, or linger; the sophisticated Cork Wine Bar & Market is arranged with cool décor and clean lines. Drift well into the evening with a global wine selection, “small plates,” and local gourmet snacks to go. Cork is available for private gatherings and also features a robust menu of seasonal-themed events, and live entertainment.
While most towns typically don’t boast about their alleys, Waterbury’s narrow space sandwiched between brick buildings is uncommonly adorned with small gardens leading to a back-lot patio next to Stowe Street Emporium, whose striking, seasonal window displays will beckon to you before you even catch sight of the door. Inside lies a collection of apparel for him and her, 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 is the final Stowe Street destination. A quintessential local bookstore, here is where 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.
Grab lunch at Maxi’s, check in at Stowe Cabins in the Woods and head out to several not-to-miss attractions with robust shopping opportunities placed along Route 100, the Green Mountain Byway. At Ben & Jerry’s, factory tours are offered daily all year; in 30 minutes see ice cream being made and hear the quirky story of “Vermont’s Finest.” Mooo-ve on to the gift and scoop shop, with cow-themed items, Ben & Jerry’s logo apparel, and of course, an extensive selection of ice cream.
Head back up the road to the Cabot Annex Store, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Danforth Pewter, a cluster of shops showcasing Vermont’s agriculturaly and artisan ingenuity. Sample all of Cabot Creamery’s latest cheese varieties, dips, and other Vermont specialty food; 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. If you aren’t full yet, take a rest at the Apple Core Luncheonette and Brew at Cold Hollow before heading back to your mountain retreat at Grunberg Haus or Moose Meadow Lodge to relax after a day well shopped.