Long trips to Boston or Providence are no longer “a must” to find the best in shopping. The Central Massachusetts region has stapled itself into the local economy as a great place to shop. A plethora of new shopping areas has entered the region, providing the consumer with more economical choices. Feel free to go wild, with “so much so close!”
Alexis Grace is a retail consignment store that opened on May 1, 2009 in a beautifully restored factory building. Catering to those that can wear a classic Liz Claiborne one day and Go-Go boots the next, we seek out clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories that are fun, funky, classy, sexy and demure. We love designer labels, but are not above snatching up a "B" list brand if it tickles our fashion fancy. Our philosophy? Styles may have changed, but the role that fashion plays in our lives has not. What we wear when we face the world says a lot about who we are. Now more than ever, the choices are endless and at Alexis Grace, we want you to have a variety of options, at amazing prices.
Visit Antiquecommon.com which provides detailed, updated information on Central Massachusetts' Antique shops & dealers, Antique & Collectible events and an online forum to shop and share info on antiques. Navigator Publishing also prints a fold out map (a printed map which compliments the info on the website) which includes a visual overview of antique dealers for you to take along as you drive through beautiful Central MA.
Visit Bolton Orchards and their gift shop for home grown in-season fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers (available year round), fruit baskets, gourmet deli & specialty foods, fresh pressed cider, the "best apple deal" in town, homemade fudge, and a little bit more of the "good things in life" all under one roof.
Don't miss the more than 18 specialty shops and restaurants in the picturesque Brookfield area. Antiques, apple orchard, bed and breakfast, books, country furniture and gifts, garden decor, family entertainment, natural groceries, clocks, iron works, Christmas gifts and wonderful places to dine.
Carlson Orchards, Inc. is a 140-acre fruit orchard/agri-business located one hour West of Boston in Harvard. The orchard has been run by the Carlson family since 1936. Open year-round. A variety of pick your own fruits available July-November including apples, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, and pumpkins.
Country Curtains, located in the heart of Sturbridge, is a retail store of the famous mail-order curtain company. Country Curtains is a reliable source for window treatments, and decorating advice. They offer exceptional customer service, with a core purpose of contributing joy, beauty and warmth to your everyday home life.
Hartman’s is a family owned and operated Bed & Breakfast set in Central MA near the Quabbin Reservoir. Close to many hiking and biking trails as well as fishing gates for the Quabbin, there are 5 rooms available in the reproduction colonial home. Enjoy a quiet and relaxing dinner in the post & beam dining room. Getaway packages are available. Browse the gift shop which is open 7 days a week and offers handcrafted wreaths and arrangements, jellies, herbs & spices, plants and gift items. Open year round to the public. Function room available for weddings, functions and meetings.
Established in 1917, Hebert Candies specializes in premium handcrafted chocolates, custom baskets and gifts. Loyalty to traditional chocolates is an integral part of the Hebert legacy, you will always be able to enjoy your favorite Hebert Genevas, white chocolates, and classic boxed assortments. At Hebert, it's all about variety and taste—Don’t forget about our Ice Cream Buffet we are famous for! For a special occasion make a reservation for a Birthday Party or Candy Workshop at the Candy Mansion.
Heifer International (a world relief organization) offers a powerful global education experience at its Learning Center at Overlook Farm. One of 2 US headquarter sites, Overlook Farm is a working farm complete with gardens, a Global Village, and farm animals which is open to the public 7 days a week. Experiential, hands-on, interactive and fun! Visit the Fair Trade Gift Sho for ethically sourced, artisan-friendly products.The Shop @ Heifer brings you gifts from around the world that benefit the world.
Shopping: Shop @ Heifer at Overlook Farm
Fair Trade Gift Shop: Shop @ Heifer Looking for ethically sourced, artisan-friendly products? Shop @ Heifer brings you gifts from around the world that benefit the world. Located inside the Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm, the 185-square-foot retail space is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding major holidays. Shop @ Heifer offers videos, books, educational toys, world handicrafts, accessories, greeting cards, honey, chocolate, coffee and Heifer merchandise so that you can let everyone know that you are a Heifer supporter! All products tie into Overlook Farm’s educational mission, with every product having a story about where it comes from and how it was made. A portion of the proceeds from Shop @ Heifer supports the entire mission of Heifer International: to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.
Heifer International Learning Center at Overlook Farm
offers a powerful global education experience at its Learning Center at Overlook Farm. One of 2 US headquarter sites, Overlook Farm is a working farm complete with gardens, a Global Village, and farm animals which is open to the public 7 days a week. Experiential, hands-on, interactive and fun! Heifer International offers a powerful global education experience at its Learning Center at Overlook Farm. Overlook Farm programs (day camps, summer camps, overnight retreats, alternative spring breaks, team building, community service) are ideal for schools, congregations, youth organizations, and individuals that want to learn more about the issues surrounding hunger and poverty, Heifer’s sustainable solutions, and what they can do to help. Experiential, hands-on interactive learning.
J & J conducts the original antique and collectible show in Brimfield. A family tradition for over 50 years, the J & J show has been featured by many TV shows and major publications nationwide. Please join them in May, July and September for the hunt for treasures. Convenient parking is directly on the show field. Visit their website for annual dates and info. Plan now and enjoy the experience!
Broad Meadow Brook is the largest urban nature sanctuary in New England. With over 400 acres, featuring more than five miles of marked trails, we offer year round outdoor opportunities plus indoor nature exhibits, gift shop, book store, and meeting space. We offer a wide variety of educational programs for all ages, including schools, community groups, preschool, homeschool, birthday parties, vacation week, van tours, canoe programs, and our popular summer nature camps. Rental facilities available.
EDUCATION: Broad Meadow Brook, the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, offers a wide variety of education programs and services to help connect people of all ages with the nature of Massachusetts. Programs are hands-on, interactive, and engaging. We specialize in school, scout, homeschool, preschool, and community group programs; guided nature walks; educational birthday parties; slide presentations; professional development for teachers and youth leaders; van tours; canoe programs; vacation week programs; and summer nature camp.
MEETINGS: Broad Meadow Brook has facilities available for rental by private and public groups, with flexible seating for up to 50 people. We offer a unique, natural setting for business meetings, workshops, and social events. Take advantage of all a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary has to offer, including a beautiful Conservation Center, with picnic area and deck; over four miles of marked trails for hiking, leaf peeping, wildlife observation, and snowshoeing; and engaging natural exhibits. Guided nature walks available.
SHOPPING: Shop for unique, nature-related items in the gift shop of Broad Meadow Brook, the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England. Many of the items are handcrafted locally and all profits support our educational and land conservation programs. Children’s books and toys, field guides, educational books, nature-themed clothing, jewelry, mugs, soaps, note cards, music, crafts, and specialty items. Mass Audubon members save 10%.
Mole Hollow Candles has been producing exceptional quality hand crafted candles in USA since 1969. They are located 1 mile off of the Mass Pike/I-84 interchange in Sturbridge, MA. Visit their Factory Store which offers the full line of Mole Hollow products, gifts, candle accessories and factory seconds at a discount from our regular prices. Factory tours are available daily. Please call for information.
Nashoba Valley Winery is a unique and stunning orchard oasis, vineyard, winery, micro-brewery, distillery and restaurant and is recognized as one of the most creative and successful wineries and unique destinations in New England. Pick your own peaches and apples available late summer thru fall, please contact us for availability.
MEETINGS/BANQUETS/WEDDINGS: Nashoba Valley Winery offers an elegant site to have your indoor or outdoor rehearsal dinner or wedding ceremony and reception. We offer a unique ambiance unrivaled in the area. Nestled in the heart of apple country with idyllic views, acres of orchards, vineyards, ponds, wine sensory gardens, and a gazebo, Nashoba Valley Winery offers an ideal choice for any special occasion.
FOOD/DRINK/DINING OUT: J’s Restaurant at Nashoba Valley Winery - Zagat states, "You'll think you're in a farmhouse in Normandy" at this Bolton hilltop restaurant - "romantic" with breathtaking" views of "aromatic orchards". J’s Restaurant is a quaint, cozy and intimate restaurant, which caters to romantic evenings and celebrations. Located in a rustic farmhouse on a 52 acre hilltop orchard, featuring local products and produce grown on the premises, J’s offers a seasonal New American style menu. Menu items are paired with Nashoba Valley Wines and micro-brews. J’s is open Wednesday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner and for brunch on Sundays. Reservations are recommended.
SHOPPING:WINE/LIQUOR SHOPS: In addition to stocking all of the Nashoba Valley Winery products, including estate and fruit wines, and a variety of distillates and micro-brews, the Wine Shoppe also stocks a variety of regional food specialties from Stonewall Kitchen and other vendors, as well as many other unique gift items and practical accessories for the enjoyment of wine. Wine Tastings are available daily and Winery Tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays. Open daily, year-round.
Conveniently located at the entrance of Southwick's Zoo, the Purple Peacock features unusual gifts from around the world. Carrying "Fair Trade" cultural arts and crafts from the heights of the Himalayan Mountains to the rain forests of Central and South America. The shop is overflowing with souvenirs representing Southwick's extensive zoological collection such as plush animals, educational toys and books for all ages. Find awesome animal related jewelry, natural and recycled products, collectibles and much more.
The Shops at Old Sturbridge Village house an award-winning Museum Gift Shop, the New England Bookstore, and a Bake Shop. Village admission is not required for The Shops at OSV or the Herb Garden adjacent to the shop. Call for winter hours.
Worcester's Pop-Culture Emporium. They sell comics, video games, toys, sports cards, autographs, collectibles, records, movies, memorabilia, shirts and gaming. They have imports from around the world. Free Comic Book Day is May 5th. You will finds items that you can't find anywhere else. A perfect place to find unique gifts. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Family owned, in business for 32 years. 2 locations: Worcester and Fitchburg. They buy and Sell. Facebook.com/ThatsE
Vaillancourt Folk Art of Sutton is one of the America's last producers of Christmas collectibles. Visit their gallery, see the painters create the santas before your eyes. Enjoy the Christmas Museum and enjoy their production of the Christmas Carol featuring Charles Dicken's great great grandson, Gerald Dickens.
The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1898, is world renowned for its 35,000+ piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings, and new media. Art celebrates life at the museum. Accessible to all, the works span 5,000 years of art and culture ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to colonial silver, Impressionist paintings, and contemporary art. Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum also offers a year round studio art and appreciation program that enrolls over 6000 adult and youth students each year.
Specialty Shop: The Museum Shop at Worcester Art Museum offers a wide variety of merchandise inspired by art in the permanent collection and in museums worldwide. Find beautiful items to remember your visit or give as gifts. Browse the shelves where scores of just-right items will catch your eye. From note cards, framed and matted prints, silk scarves and ties, umbrellas, decorative boxes to an irresistible collection of tree ornaments, picture frames, glassware, pottery, purses, clocks, and art inspired jewelry and watches to complement any outfit. Our children's selection of gifts encourages learning, laughter and play. Baby toys, children's books, art-making kits, puzzles and games will please any child.
Cafe: Whether you're visiting the Museum's galleries or stopping in just for lunch, The Museum Café is sure to pleasantly surprise. Choose from a delectable selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées and desserts. Dine indoors or experience one of Worcester's few outdoor courtyard cafes. Reservations for parties of eight or more may be made by calling 508.799.4406 x3068.
ADD MATISSE, REMBRANDT AND MONET TO THE GUEST LIST - A WORLD CLASS VENUE FOR YOUR EVENT. Wedding Receptions and Ceremonies | Holiday Parties | Cocktail Receptions | Corporate and Team Building Events. The Museum makes available, on a rental basis, the use of its magnificent architectural spaces and galleries. World-renowned for its collections which span more than fifty centuries, the Museum features must-see masterpieces spanning the globe. What better site in which to host your historic event! Private events in the Renaissance Court may begin after 5:45pm on Wednesday through Sunday. Events in The Museum Café may begin after 4:00pm Wednesday through Saturday, or anytime Sunday. All venues are available for rental any time on Monday and Tuesday. For business and social events, the Museum offers three approved caterers which have extensive experience with the Museum spaces and present delectable and artfully displayed cuisine. You will need to contact those outside caterers directly for menu options, pricing and availability. In conjunction with your event, we encourage you to take advantage of our docent-led or self- guided tours of selected galleries. The fees for these options vary depending on the galleries of interest and number of guests. Please ask for more details. World-renowned for its collections which span more than fifty centuries, the Museum features must-see masterpieces spanning the globe from ancient mosaics to contemporary art. Experience a diverse world of art and ideas through antiquities, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and decorative arts. From concept to completion, our staff is highly experienced in every aspect of event planning, and will work with you to ensure your occasion is unique and truly memorable. What better site in which to host your special event! The Museum Café is also available for rental. Please call 508-793-4327 or e-mail specialevents [at] worcesterart [dot] org for more information.
The Worcester Center for Crafts is a unique destination providing the largest regional visual arts gallery, a gallery gift store, and studios for contemporary American Craft Education. The Krikorian Gallery is over 2,200 square feet. It's mission is to exhibit prominent visual artists form around the United States and to educate and enrich the public about crafts and craftsmanship. The Center hosts a number of events each year including the Annual Festival of Crafts over Thanksgiving Weekend and the Annual Pottery Invitational Show and Sale every April.