GETTING TO KNOW BERLIN, MD: Shopping. Shopping, Shopping
Let’s Go Shopping
As I sit here on my sofa on the first truly cool day of fall, snuggled under a blanket with a warm cup of coffee, I am struggling to come up with the best way to present your shopping options in downtown Berlin. In fact I have been putting off writing this blog for while because I just couldn’t decide on the best approach. The problem: So many shopping options, many of which don’t fit into nice little categories. But, today I am going to suck it up and give it my best shot.
I have decided to try and break the options down into a few basic categories:
- Gifts & Home Décor
- Jewelry Stores
- Clothing and Thrift Stores
- All the Other Good Stuff
I am attempting to list each business in a primary category, but as you will see most of the shops offer far more than one type of item. I already know that I will miss a few things. Please forgive any oversight. Also, I will keep descriptions to a minimum, so that this blog doesn’t turn into a novel. Over time, I will write more on the individual shops. No big box stores here. Here it goes!
You can spend an entire day in Berlin just looking at antiques, and that’s if you didn’t need to stop and eat!
Coconut Bay Pitts St.
You can find more than antiques here. There are treasures from around the world. From jewelry and trinkets to larger items that can be used in your home and yard. The store is small, but jam packed with goodies. I’ve found a lot of great gifts here.
Culver Antiques N. Main St.
Specializes in Victorian era antiques, primarily lighting fixtures.
Stuarts Antiques Pitts St.
Offers high end antiques from small items like silverware to larger furnishings.
Town Center Antiques N. Main St.
A collection of storefronts, opened to each other on the interior to create a large space filled with booths from different dealers. You can spend hours in here alone!
Town Center Antiques II Pitts St.
Find more booths from many different dealers, offering everything from books to furniture. I love this building. It is two stories, with high ceilings and windows full of light flood the second floor.
Uptown Antiques S. Main St.
This is the newest dealer space in town, with a variety of offers from many different dealers.
Toy Town N. Main St.
This is one of my favorite places to browse. Many different types of antique toys from many different decades, plus a few non-toy antiques are found here. You are bound to find a piece of nostalgia from your younger days here! Be sure to check out their front window at Christmas – always beautiful!
Come see the amazing talent of artisans in these shops.
Jeffrey Auxer Glass Studio Jefferson St.
Better than just a shop! Watch Jeffrey blow glass into amazing creations, then pick up one of his treasures in his little shop. But wait, there’s more. You can make your own glass blown ornament. Brad and I did this to make gifts for our parents, but then we couldn’t bring ourselves to part with them. Sorry folks! A wonderful experience that is not to be missed!
J. J. Fish Fine Crafts N. Main St.
Many different arts and artisans are represented here including pottery, fine wood crafts, quilts, jewelry and more. Plus try out the giant bubble wand at the front door.
Worcester County Arts Council Jefferson St.
Find local art including, photography, painting, fiber arts, ceramics, jewelry and more. The local talent is amazing.
Gifts and Home Décor
Bungalow Love Williams St.
Offers locally handcrafted and fair trade crafts including, jewelry, gift cards, artwork, kid stuff and more.
Inca Ruins Pitts St.
One of Berlin’s newest retail store offers Peruvian items, like alpaca sweaters and other knit items, pet clothing and some really adorable clothing for kids.
Mark Showell Interiors Williams St.
Find all kinds of furnishings and home décor items here. Need help? Design help is available too.
Nest S. Main St.
Find a great collection of gift items for the home, from soaps to outdoor rugs. One of the things I love about this shop is that the inventory is always changing, so there is always a new treasure to discover.
Sea La Vie Artisans Way
This one is tucked away off of Main St., but be sure not to miss it. You will not be disappointed. Here there is a wonderful, ever changing offering of gift and home décor items. This shop is one of my personal favorites.
Sisters N. Main St.
A gift shop with a bar! Visit this unique shop and you can pick up wine, a card and a housewarming or baby gift. Sisters has fund raisers for local organizations, which often include guest bartenders and live music. Nothing like shopping and entertainment in one spot!
TaDa N. Main St.
This is another one of my go to places for gifts. You will find jewelry, pillows, handcrafted artwork, great kitchen and dining items, soaps, lotions and more.
Thread of Elegance N. Main St.
Do you like to sew? Find a nice selection of decorator fabrics to order in this shop. Want someone to do the sewing for you? Get your custom made drapes and bedding here.
Clothing, Accessories and Thrift Shops
Bruder Hill Broad St.
In the front of this shop, you will find women’s clothing and accessories. In the back you will find high end, gently used clothing and shoes. A great way to pick up some designed clothes at an affordable price. They also offer some “Berlin, America’s Coolest Small Town” garb for the whole family.
Bustle S. Main St.
If you, your daughter, your sister or your best friend are planning a wedding, this is your bridal dress shop. You can even stop for scones and tea next door to complete the feminine shopping experience.
Church Mouse Thrift Shop N. Main St.
Don’t be fooled by the small size of this thrift shop. It is packed with very well organized great finds. This shop is operated as an outreach program of St. Paul’s Episcopal church.
Lil Bo Tique Stevenson Lane
Time for true confessions again. Because this one is not on my beaten path, I have forgotten about it and have not yet visited it. Shame on me. I will get there soon and give you an update.
Victorian Charm N. Main St.
Step into a Main St. mainstay. Victorian Charm offers clothing and accessories from recognized brands such as Vera Bradley, Fresh Produce, Brighton and Chrysalis, to name a few. Don’t miss the small room in the back with adorable items for the youngsters in your life. I got my favorite “Coolest Small Town” t-shirt here (I love it’s unique design and color.).
While you can find jewelry in many of the shops around town, there are a couple of stores devoted to fine jewelry.
Gold Crafts S. Main St.
Whether you are shopping for jewelry, need a jewelry repair or need something engraved, the folks at Gold Crafts can help you at.
Treasure Chest Jewelers N. Main St.
Purchase fine jewelry and now offering the popular Alex and Ani jewelry and charms. They can take care of your watch repairs too.
All the Other Good Stuff
Berlin is unique and so are many of the retail stores. This means that they just don’t fit into one of the categories the I listed above, but the are some of the most fun stores. Read on.
Brews Up Route 113
You’ll want to hop in your car for this one, but it’s worth it. Find everything you need to brew your own beer or to make your own wine. Get friendly, knowledgeable advice. You can even sign up for a class if you want to give it a hands on try before buying the goods.
A Little Bit Sheepish S. Main St.
This is one of Berlin’s larger shops and it recently expanded to include the second floor as well. All of this space is devoted to yarn and supplies like needles and patterns. Want to learn how to knit? You can do that here too.
Go Organic Grocers Artisans Way
Here you will find organic groceries along side of handcrafted soaps, lotions and other gift items.
Maryland Wine Bar N. Main St.
Sit and drink a glass or pick up a bottle or two of local wine here.
Main Street Sweets N. Main St.
This little store offers a mix of delicious candy, jewelry and small gift items.
Runaway Tide General Store N. Main St.
Just what you imagine a general store would be. A little bit of everything from toiletries to gifts and food items. Don’t forget to pick up a Coca-Cola in a bottle at this little shop.
Una Bella Salute Broad St.
This is a new shop offering a new experience in Berlin, oil and vinegar tasting. Pick up bread in the front of the store, then make your way around to the gleaming canisters of oils and vinegars and start tasting. This is heaven to me and it’s very tastefully decorated to boot! Then you can purchase whatever you like.
Walt’s Train Shop Pitts St.
All things train are offered here. If you are a model train enthusiast or would like to be, this is where you need to go! You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.
World of Toys N. Main St.
This store is jam packed with great toys. If you need a gift for a kid, have a kid or if you are still a kid inside, a visit to World of Toys will fill you with happiness.
There are still more practical things that you can find in Berlin like a haircut, shoe repair, video rentals, household appliances and my favorite thing – lumber and hardware. That will all come in another post.
Also still to come. Things to do in Berlin if you don’t feel like shopping. Be sure to check out the photo gallery of Berlin shopping sights by clicking here.