Shopping in the Old Port is a pleasure at any time of year, but the holiday spirit adds a sense of excitement and anticipation to the atmosphere. As the time until Christmas morning grows shorter, I wanted to quickly highlight a few of my favorite Old Port stores and recommend that you stop in – you might find the perfect gift for someone on your list!
My puppy, Lexi (pictured below – isn’t she cute?), will surely be getting a gift from Fetch – located at 195 Commercial Street, this pet store is right on the waterfront. Since opening in 2000, their mission is to improve the quality of life of animals and their people with healthy natural diets (and other edibles), a great selection of gear, a depth of knowledge, and a spirit of good fun. Based on my shopping experiences there, I certainly feel they’re delivering on their mission! They have a great set up for browsing and an excellent selection of food, gear, and pet accessories. Check out their website and stop in – their hours are Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.
Portland offers a number of quality jewelry stores, but I have to highlight D. Cole Jewelers, located on Exchange Street in the Old Port. I’ve known the owners, Dean and Denise Cole, for most of my life, and I have incredible respect for them and their family. My brother and I are close in age to their son and daughter, Ryan and Emily, who also work in the store now, and we used to carpool to school together. Dean and Denise were fun and easy to talk to – no small feat when dealing with teenagers – and their entire family reflects the best of Maine: generosity, kindness, and a willingness to lend a hand whenever it’s needed. For purposes of this post, I can tell you this jewelry store is well worth the visit for its quality – their designs are beautiful and unique – and they also provide excellent customer service. My husband worked with Ryan to design my engagement ring (check out their bridal gallery), knowing how much it would matter to me that it came from their store. Please stop by and experience what a special place this is – their hours are Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sundays noon – 5pm (on Friday nights, they stay open until 8pm). You can reach them via phone at 207-772-5119.
It’s no secret that I love to cook, so naturally, I love LeRoux Kitchen, located in the Old Port on Commercial Street, with additional locations in Portsmouth, NH and on Martha’s Vineyard. This is an exceptional store for the home cook – whether you’re a beginner or a culinary whiz. My mom and I go in every time I’m home. They have everything from unique kitchen gadgets, to bakeware, to beverage and glassware, to cast iron pots and pans (my personal area of interest at the moment), and much, much more. LeRoux is also offering a gift registry service now. Call them at 207-553-7665 or stop in, Monday – Saturday, 9am – 8pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm.
There are many wonderful stores in the Old Port, each with their own unique style, and offering a variety of merchandise from clothing to children’s toys to antiques. Visit this great part of Maine in person to experience it for yourself – I know you will love it! Here are a few more stores, with website links, to wet your whistle:
For a more complete listing of local stores, click here and spent some time on the ‘Portland Maine’ website. Good luck with your shopping this holiday season, and be sure to indulge in a little hot chocolate from Maine Bean Cafe!