By sheer chance, I parked outside this store when I first arrived in Portland. I was attracted by the window display and when I went in it was like travelling back to my childhood. Whether you are looking for jelly beans, fudge, jellies or liquorice, this place has it all in a huge range of flavours. All of the bins are colour coded and the prices are clear to see. The assistants will even measure out the quantity that you want as it is very easy to go over the top.
What to buy: They make their own fudge in an amazing range of flavours. If you only buy one thing, then go for the fudge.
What to pay: You can spend as little or as much as you want!
JUST A NICELY STOCKED STORE with an interesting variety of gift items. The store is well named as it faces the harbor.
What to buy: I happen to be a t-shirt collector, and thought their selection was quite good. My wife found some nice New England-style Christmas tree ornaments for our tree back in Nebraska!
What to pay: fair and reasonable lprices
A LARGE INDOOR FOOD-AND-DRINK MARKET located in downtown Portland.
In the fall of 2009, the market was being remodeled in preparation for a grand re-opening.
What to buy: seafood, sandwiches, beer, flowers, whatever your heart desired.
What to pay: We will have to wait to see about prices when it reopens.
In the middle of the tourist area is the majority of shopping for souvenirs and trinkets. There is a string of shops for 5-6 blocks long but not intrusive. They are interspersed in a mild fashion so as to draw you into for a purchase. Proprietors seem friendly and helpful. On side backstreets for another couple of blocks are some more unique type shops worth a gander.
I DON'T KNOW WHY they call it what they call it, because ITS NOT JUST CHRISTMAS ITEMS for sale. I think it must be a lot of overruns, maybe seconds, but everything we have gotten there has been good. We once got several simple plastic lawn sprinklers for 50 cents each! But we have also gotten a quality canvas firewood carrier for about $5, also they have food items, some small furniture items, just all kinds of things.
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What to buy: A wide variety. You never know what you will find there.
What to pay: inexpensive pricing
It was refreshing to see that Borders and Barnes and Noble were nowhere to be seen in downtown Portland. Instead, I came upon a great little bookstore called "Books etc" on Exchange St. I really enjoyed the way the books were displayed, with a nice selection of local literature and books about Maine and Portland in general, a discount table, and really good staff picks, among other things. The staff was friendly and ready to help answer customers' questions. Stores like this one are what makes shopping in Portland so special!
What to buy: They've got a great selection and if they haven't got the book in store, you can order it online.
What to pay: Same as other bookstores
After having tasted the Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale at a restaurant downtown, there was no way I was leaving Portland without stopping by the Shipyard Brewing Company. The great thing about buying beer there is that you can sample all the flavors and then create your own 12-pack with your favorite beers. Tours and tastings are offered daily from noon to 4:00 pm (every hour, on the hour), and not only is the staff knowledeable, they also genuinely love their products. We even got to try a few interesting beer mixes!
What to buy: I tried them all but my favorite one remains the spicy Pumpkinhead :o)
There are several second-hand bookstores in Portland but my favorite one turned out to be Cunningham Books, a little store aptly situated in front of Longfellow Square in downtown Portland. Most of the shelves were full of rare books, but there also was a second-hand section that offered an impressive selection of classic and contemporary used books. I somehow managed to leave with only 5 novels, but I could easily have emptied an entire shelf!
What to buy: How about "Evangeline" by Portland's own Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?
What to pay: My 5 books in top condition only cost $26.
This store is located across the street from the cruise ship pier in an old warehouse. There are many souvenirs to choose from, including T-shirts, postcards, plush lobsters, crab hats, keychains, magnets and more. There are also a number of Maine-made products which also make nice gifts.
What to buy: You gotta get some Maine blueberry jelly or one of the candles.
What to pay: It depends on what you get...T-shirts range from $10-$20. Postcards are 30 cents each or 4 for $1.00, which is the norm around town.
a very good meat market plus deli and gourmet food shop.
What to buy: provisions of fresh produce meats deli items or a luch to go. good olive oil assortment, individual cookies and sweets coofee to go, fruit and canned goods
What to pay: above average for superior quality
Make the 20min. drive up to Freeport if you like shopping. Downtown Freeport is awash in all kinds of outlets, little shops, and galleries. And of course at the center of it all is L.L.Bean's main outlet store. L.L.Bean is open 24hrs a day, 365 days a year and is a great place to explore. Back in the high school days my friends and I used to drive up there in the middle of the night for lack of having anything better to do at 2am.
What to buy: You can find most anything you want in Freeport. Clothes, luggage, outdoor and sports equipment, art, local crafts, you name it!
This collection of local vendors runs the gamut from bakery ,fresh seafood, organic produce, to cooked gourmet fare. You will find a selection of wines, specialty beers, a florist, a bar, full service restaurant, grocer, Italian prepared foods, coffee bar, soup bar , icecream and desserts. and a Maine gift shop. There are sometimes cooking demonstrations and musical presentations.
What to buy: I would recommend any of the shops here for high quality goods ; some may be high end pricing but the quality is consistant. If you choose a lunch from one of the vendors , enjoy it upstairs and see the photographic exibit on the second level.
What to pay: above average for many items , although there are notable exceptions.
This is home to the original L.L. Bean store legendary for it's catalogue of sporting goods and outdoor clothing. They have built a name on quality. This store is very good sized and has some things you wouldn't normally expect to find in a store, for example, the fish pond!
What to buy: Mainly quality outdoor clothing, and various sporting goods. It certainly does have a very good variety of equipment, so hard to find items are available. However you won't be getting any good deals here. Expect variety and quality.. but expect to pay for it.
What to pay: Depends on what your tastes are like... I've known some folks to go in there and come out with a second morgage!
THERE IS A WIDE VARIETY OF STORES IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND. Its architecturaly interesting and lots of fun besides.
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What to buy: anything you want
What to pay: it varies
this is a show to be held at the Armory on Stevens Avenue September 20th featuring dollhouses and trains
What to buy: see you at the trains