Emporium: Buying Kennebunkport Souvenirs
one of the many gift shops and souvenir shops along dock square area of Kennebunkport and they sell assorted collectibles from all around maine and other areas and the good can be varied as post cards, t-shirts, sweat shirts, Regrigerator Magnets, Shot Glasses, Key Chains, local Paintings, local crafts, Coffee Mugs, etc and they also carry brands name gifts from Swarovski, Swarovski Optik, Herend, Lladro, M.I. Hummel, G. Armani, Waterford, Beatriz Ball, Mussels & More, Moorcroft, Penzo, Walt Disney Art Classics and many more. It gets really packed here with tourists buying assorted stuffs.
What to buy: assorted souvenir items like my favorite refrigerator magnets, shot glasses, t-shirts, local crafts and more.
What to pay: depends on what you buy like $ 4.99 for a Refrigerator Magnet, $ 3.99 for a Shot Glass and $ 14.99 for a T-Shirt
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The Clam Shack Sea Food Market: Sea Food Market of the famous Clam Shack
a complementary companion of the smaller Clam Shack and is just beside the shack and is a housed in a bigger location and you can even eat what you order at the clam shack here inside since they have also tables and chairs in the sea food market and what you can find inside is a sea food lovers delight due to the rich fishing grounds of the Maine Coast and also, they offer Lunch and Dinner Specials for people who like to have a sit down lunch and dinner and offer complementary menus from the Clam Shack. They sell assorted sea foods like live lobsters at $ 7.99 a pound and haddocks, clams at $ 5.99 a pound, steamers, Oysters and more.
opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
What to buy: a lot specially the assorted clams, steamers, shucked oysters, lobsters, haddocks, squids and others. Plus you can have a sit down set meal of lobster lunch or dinner or order from the nearby clam shack and they will take the order inside so why not have their signature maine lobster roll for $ 17.99 which includeds 1 pound of lobster claw meat and dollops of mayonnaise in six bread rolls.
What to pay: depends n what you order, the lobsters are about $ 7.99 a pound, the haddock at $ 5.99 a pound and the clams at 4.99 a pound.
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Aroma Floria: Quality Quilts available for cool evenings...
The Aroma Floria shop had an extensive inventory of locally crafted items of interest and use for sale.
Among the things that caught my eye were the lovely quilts. There was a multitude of colors and patterns available, and they seemed to be of a very nice quality. Are these hand-made heirlooms? NO. But, they're very nice general use quilts for a cozy bedroom or den area.
What to buy: Lots of items for sale, as I say. I'd suggest looking at the quilts.
The store's business card advertises "quilts, soaps, gifts and home decor".
What to pay: Depending on the style, color and size, you'll pay $40 - $125 or so.
Carrots and Company giftshop, Kennebunkport: An eclectic collection of "stuff"
This is another of the many gift shops in the village of Kennebunkport. They all have a lot of the same types of items, but each also has its own unique attitude about things.
Carrots and Company seems to be all about laughs and fun. They're into humor, magic and quirky items. Their business card has the slogan "gifts, accessories and laughter", and includes the basic tenets "enchant, delight, indultge and surprise". This honestly sums this interesting and entertaining little shop up. There is a sign over the cash register that reads "wishes granted here". :) Fun place.....do stop in!
What to buy: They have a plethora of interesting and quirky items. We bought a book, "The Pessimest's Guide to Life", which was hilarious.
Also, I bought two Halloween cards. Witches using "Spell Check" (get it?) was my favorite.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy. Carrots and Company have a lot of nice little gift items for well under $20.
LOTS OF SHOPS: THIS TOWN WAS MADE FOR TOURISTS
HERE ARE FIVE PHOTOS that will give you an idea of what shops look like in Kennebunkport. We were there early in the morning before they were open, that is why the town looks dead. Give it another hour and it will look much different. We did find a little coffee shop open, however.
click the photo to see the others.
What to buy: In addition to typical tourist fare (t-shirts etc.) they have some very nice art galleries there.
What to pay: maybe a hair on the high side but not outrageous.
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Flaming Gourmet: Hot Hot Hot
What to buy: There's a huge selection of Hot Sauces with hilarious names. If you don't want to buy one, it's fun to just stand there and read the labels. The guy who worked there said he had tried all but the hottest of the hot, and yes they all do taste differently.
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Kennebunkport Book Port: You'll need something to read by your fireplace!
The Kennebunkport Book Port is a very nice book shop located at Dock Square. (It's actually upstairs and on the backside of a building....follow the signs)
There are a few places inside to sit and read, but it's not really a library. There is a good selection of reading material in this snug little shop.
The book store is open every single day, according to their business card. They also state that they ship books or other items anywhere. AND TALKING ABOUT CHARM....the bookstore is housed in the loft of an old rum warehouse. There's bound to be a few pirate ghosts hanging around the bookshelves in the back!
What to buy: Books, CDs, calenders and other literary-themed items.
My wife always likes to buy ghost stories or local legend-type books. The Kennebunkport Book Port had a nice selection of these type books. My wife bought one particularly good one called "Ghosts on the Coast of Maine". Get yourself a candle and the Copper Candle (see tip), a warm quilt at Aroma Floria (see tip), and a bottle of wine at HB Provisions (see tip). Snuggle up with a ghost stories book and hope for a foggy and windy night. That, my friends, is atmosphere.
What to pay: Varies. Hardcover books are generally under $50, some are much cheaper.
Cottage Collectibles: Personal Personal Personalizing
Cottage Collectibles is what I'd like to call a little "knick knack" shop. They have lots of small craft items, many of which would fall into the genre of small Christmas ornaments, etc.
The special part of Cottage Collectibles are the people who own and run it, the Field family. We met Marie and Michelle, and there apparently is another family member, Kitty Field, involved. You couldn't find nicer or friendlier people. AND, Michelle and Kitty are apparently "the artists" involved in much of the craft work, and they'll happily and immediately personalize any ornament or item that you choose, at no additional charge.
I always appreciate extra-friendly service, and people who truly enjoy being in business. The Fields are the types of people I like doing business with. Go say hello.
Do notice that the shop is only open IN Kennebunkport during the May - October time period. After that, you can procure items via the alternate phone number listed below.
What to buy: We bought several Christmas ornaments, which Michelle lovingly and artistically personalized on the spot.
What to pay: Generally, the items for sale are $20.
Shoot the Moon Gallery: Another interesting gallery in Kennebunkport
Shoot the Moon is another pleasant art and craft gallery located right at Dock Square in Kennebunkport.
Although I have no picture, and didn't make any purchases, I remember their selection to be of decent quality, and there were many interesting items for sale.
What to buy: Artistic and craft-type items made locally, and throughout New England.
What to pay: The overall price range of stuff at Shoot the Moon was generally $100.
The Copper Candle, Kennebunkport: A good collection of Christmas items and candles
Basically, the Copper Candle is a gift shop, with a collection of well-made and pleasant items. This is not a junk store. : )
I specifically remember quite a few Christmas-themed items for sale.
.....and of course, they sell lots and lots of candles. This is one of those shops that smells wonderful.
What to buy: Candles, Christmas items, etc.
For what it's worth, the Copper Candle claims to be "Maines Largest and Most Complete Candle Store".
What to pay: Depends on the item. Generally, you can buy a nice candle or Christmas item for under $20 or so.
Note, if you pick up a (free) copy of a local map of Kennebunkport (on one side) and Wells, ME (on the other side), there is a coupon that will get you 10% off at the Copper Candle. The map is published by resortmaps.com
HB Provisions, lower village of Kennebunk: Wine and cheese without the need for a bank loan
The HB Provisions shop is basically a small grocery, deli, bakery and sandwich-type shop just over in lower Kennebunk. We visited in search of wine and cheese, which we planned to enjoy after an afternoon romp in our Roman hot-tub. (see 1802 Inn Travelogue photos...) HB had an excellent selection of wines and cheeses, along with lots of snack items...cookies, chips, crackers, popcorn, etc. Their little deli appeared to be clean, and had some nice bakery items for sale.
Like everywhere in the Kennebunks that we visited, the staff was friendly and helpful, and seemed to be truly happy to have us visiting their area.
What to buy: Basically, this is a good place to get whatever food items you'd want or need during a stay in the area. It serves the purpose of a convenience store back home, but it does so with a charm and grace that is typically Kennebunk.
Very good selection of quality wines, and the prices aren't bad. We bought two nice Merlots and got out for under $30.
What to pay: Decent wines, $8 - $35 or so per bottle. Good quality cheese and dairy products at basically average deli prices. All in all, a good place for food items in the area.
Gibrans Giftshop, Kennebunkport: Nice collection of items, some even a bit unique
Gibrans is a quality gift shop, located right at Dock Square in Kennebunkport.
Among its inventory, you can find a great selection of nice sweatshirts and clothing themed by the Kennebunks.
Also, many items of a nautical nature are available, such as ships in bottles, anchors, buoys, etc.
The owner of the shop is Marc Gibran.
What to buy: I liked the ships in a bottle, and I bought a very nice heavy, long-sleeved sweatshirt with Kennebunkport on the chest. They had a lot of nice pastel colors that didn't see to be prevalent in other shops.
What to pay: My sweatshirt was about $30. The ship in a bottle was $20 or so. I saw a guy buy a decorative anchor for about $40.
The Emporium Gift Shop: A varied collection, including crystal & Hummels
The Emporium is a very nice gift shop in the center of Kennebunkport. Among the special items available are nice collections of crystal, miniatures and those Hummel figurines that so many people love.
What to buy: Crystals, jewelry, miniatures, etc.
What to pay: Varies depending on what you'd like. Some of the crystal and figurines were pretty pricey (>$100 or so), but they appeared to be of fine quality.
The Saxony Giftshop, Kennebunkport: Another quality gift and knick-knack shop!
The Saxony is another decent giftshop along Western Avenue in downtown Kennebunkport, just off Dock Square.
In addition to many items found throughout the area, the Saxony has a nice collection of crystal and china items and miniatures.
What to buy: All sorts of local items and "treasures".
The Good Earth Pottery Shop, Kennebunkport: Go upstairs for crafts and pottery
The Good Earth Pottery Shop is another nice place in Kennebunkport to get pottery crafted items. The selection in this shop seems a bit more "rustic" than you'd find at Sheepscots (see another tip). Most of the stoneware items at Good Earth are handcrafted in the Kennebunks area.
But, do remember that this shop is UPSTAIRS. Watch for the staircase pictured below and go on up!
What to buy: Pottery items, for the most part
What to pay: Varies. Maybe $10 - $85, depending on what you buy.
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