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It’s been said that whoever claimed money can’t buy happiness just didn’t know where to go shopping.
For those looking to do something a little more creative than take a trip to the mall (not that there’s anything wrong with that), here are 5 places to go for gifts.
The Glass Studio on Cape Cod in Sandwich, MA
It may come as something of a surprise, but the Cape Cod town of Sandwich is actually better known for its glass than its food, although the food is quite good, too. For more than a century, glasswork has been the Sandwich’s calling card, a tradition that Michael Magyar helps keep strong today.
Magyar’s Glass Studio on Cape Cod, which is located along Route 6A, offers a range of unique, handcrafted items, including bowls, candlesticks, vases, ornaments and other decorations. Each of the works can be shipped out from the store, and the best way for interested shoppers to inquire is by calling 508-888-6681.
Winfrey’s Fudge & Chocolates in Rowley, MA
Photo by Darlene Foley
The sign just about says it all, doesn’t it? Winfrey’s, which has North of Boston locations in Beverly, Stoneham, Wenham and Hamilton and Rowley, has come quite a way since it was started out of a basement in 1979. Nowadays, chocoholics can choose from 20+ flavors of fudge and 50+ flavors of chocolate, as well as seasonal specials.
Ann Brauer Quilt Studio in Shelburne Falls, MA
The village of Shelburne Falls is home to many fine artists and Ann Brauer stands out for her wondrous works from fiber. Brauer has been creating quilts for more than three decades, and now spins out larger art pieces and wall hangings from her studio on the banks of the Deerfield River.
Art quilt by Ann Brauer
Along with the larger pieces and wall hangings, Brauer also makes smaller works, like tea cozies, pillows and potholders. All of these crafts can be shopped inside the studio and gift-seekers can also get in touch with the artist by calling 413-625-8605.
Nature’s Closet in Williamstown, MA
If you’re looking for something to treat the outdoorsy type in your life, Nature’s Closet in Williamstown is where you can find it. The Northern Berkshires store specializes in active wear, featuring clothing that’s comfy on the body and easy on the eyes. The North Face and Patagonia are just a couple of the available brands, which are listed in full here.
Outside Nature’s Closet in Williamstown via Facebook
Beyond the name-brand clothing, Nature’s Closet has quite a bit in the way of consignment, too; it’s housed in the Gear Den, where guests can browse lightly used shoes, shirts, jackets and all other manner of apparel, which is sold at a tidy discount. Nature’s Closet is open each day from at least 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except for Sunday, when hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Gallery 65 on William in New Bedford, MA
Gallery 65 on William brings together offerings from artists spread around Massachusetts’ South Coast and Cape Cod, and the result is something special. Inside, the eclectic retail gallery offers beautiful ceramics, jewelry, photography, paintings, prints and textiles, many of which nod at the area’s rich maritime history.
Gallery 65 on William in the evening
The gallery is located at the intersection of Acushnet and William Streets, smack dab in the middle of New Bedford’s cultural district. The gallery is open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and is just a few minutes’ walk from some of the city’s other notable attractions, so it’s easy to turn a shopping visit into a day trip.
Do you know a great gift shop in Massachusetts that most people haven’t heard of? Let us know below in the comments!
Photo at the top from Gallery 65 on William via Facebook