On Hwy 2 where it dissects Leavenworth is the Bavarian bakery. When we first went there our temptation was to turn up our noses and walk out until I noticed a prominently displayed certificate that the owner had completed his Meisterschaft in Augsburg. (I think he's from there) At that point we decided to try some of the goodies and were pleased with everything. We've gone back ever since. What totry? More like what NOT to try!
What to buy: On Hwy 2
What to pay: Everything is less than $5, some less than $2.
The chocolate fountains in the window were incredible. I have never had a bigger chocolate craving than when I was looking at them. Unfortunately this shop was closed so I had to quickly find another one, Rocky Mountain Chocolates to fulfill my craving. See my other tip.
The Alps especializes in selling homemade fudge, chocolates, brittles, and candies! Besides these, they sell other kind of mementoes like refrigerator magnets.
What to buy: Of course, I bought refrigerator magnets and postcards.
What to pay: $5-$10.00
The Obertal Mall has many stores inside. There is a shop where they sell different kinds of rocks and minerals, stones, jewelries, grandfather clocks and clothing lines. My children went inside to check the rocks and minerals. The store is also selling some fossils, books of rocks and minerals, maps, bottled sands and semi-precious stones.
What to buy: Rocks and minerals
What to pay: $5.00 for the stones - carved stones
There are many shops inside the mall. There is also the Baby Shop, The Alps and some candy stores inside.
What to buy: Anything that you see from baby dolls to candies and chocolates. There are refrigerator magnets and postcards in the mall, too.
What to pay: $0.30 per postcard and $2.00 per refrigerator magnet
The shop offers hundreds of thousands of Christmas items to choose from:Christmas lights, nutcrackers, stars, Christmas bells, Santa Claus, angels, icicles, Christmas CD's, Christmas houses, nativity sets, Christmas tree decorations, Christmas wreaths. Name it, they have it! They also sell Christmas cards by boxes, individual Christmas cards that are made by local artists, paintings of Christmas and Christmas trees.
What to buy: Christmas bell
What to pay: $6.50
Most of the shops in Leavenworth sell beer mugs. The stores sell beer mugs and personalized coffee mugs. The prices vary from how intricate the design or how big the mug is.
What to buy: Beer mugs and coffee mugs
What to pay: $6.50 plus - Depends on the size
By buying at this store, you support the cooperatives of women abroad as part of the profits go to the self-help economic cooperatives around the world that includes:Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Congo, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan Palestine, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The store sells baskets, rugs, folk art, jewelry, clothing, cards and posters, home accessories, holiday decorations, musical instrucments, boxes, bags and purses.
What to buy: Bracelets, Indonesian mask, jewelry box and jewelry bags
What to pay: I paid $10.00 for the bracelets and $3.00 for the jewelry purses. The Indonesian mask is about $25.00
The collection of the Babushka dolls in this store are so many - from the old Matryoshka to the Virgin Mary nesting dolls! The Moscow Treasures and Traditions is a newly established store. It is pretty recent since I didn't see this store the last time I visited Leavenworth seven years ago. The store is a beautiful addition to the many stores of Leavenworth. The store sells a lot of arts and crafts from Moscow.
What to buy: Babushka doll
What to pay: $70.00
The are so many dolls of different colors and sizes in this store. The display of the front of the store are dolls that are even taller than my youngest daughter Sierra! The dolls' head are made of porcelain and the dresses are made of fine laces. There are different choices of dolls from all over the world, too. The Native American Indian doll collections are also beautiful. They are clothed in unique Native American dresses!
What to buy: Porcelain dolls
What to pay: $19.00
This store is very interesting. They carry traditional Bavarian clothing. They seemed to be the only store in town that did. I asked lots of the storeskeepers in Leavenworth where they got their uniforms/Bavarian clothing and they all said this store. This prices are steep. They carry women's, men's and children's traditonal clothing. They have both new and used clothes for sale. The used clothing is significantly cheaper. The store also carries beautiful handpainted pottery - see my pottery shopping tip; German CDs and hats.
This style of handpainted gorgeous pottery, Polish Pottery, was available in many of the gift stores. I admired it in the Bavarian Clothing Company Store. It is all hand-painted. I just loved the bright blue, yellow and green colours.
This pet store is great. It is quite large and carries food as well as every pet gift, apparel imaginable. They even sold pet sleeping bags. Oh and the highlight was the dog leiderhosen! I almost bought them but I thought that was a bit overboard. The staff are super friendly and helpful. This photo shows one of the two entrances to where this shop is.
Wow, this store is incredible just to browse. There are so many music boxes with many of them worth thousands of dollars. They also carry a really interesting line of clocks "Rhythm" that play numerous songs and come apart into pieces. Too hard to explain just go and see for yourself. Everything is very pricey!!!
This two floor Christmas store is absolutely incredible. There is almost too much to look at. You could spend hours in here. They have some really neat traditional German decorations along with regular "North American" ones. They have things in all price ranges right up to $2000+ for decoration I was admiring. Make sure your kids are careful in this store! Oh yah and they carry a large amount of Dept. 56.