, Newburyport, MA

September 3, 2013

Amesbury has wonderful shopping opportunities

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

What comes to mind when you think of Amesbury? Most of us think of schools, taxes, and neighborhoods. Out-of-towners think of great restaurants, Cider Hill Farm and auctions of famous and historic articles at McInnis. But how many people think of shopping? Yes, shopping. Downtown Amesbury has so many wonderful shopping opportunities, with quality goods, friendly merchants and reasonable prices.

To begin your shopping experience, we have five great women’s boutiques, with clothing and accessories of different styles to suit just about anyone. Check out Parke Place, Fashion Bus Stop, Real Bodies Clothing from Bali and C Meadows; and don’t overlook Trendsetter Boutique, a consignment shop, offering good quality, gently used clothing and accessories, located next door to Bella Bridal Shoppe.

Stop in at Starbird Jewelers or Zemakian Jewelers to pick up a gift for yourself or a family member. Then, take a break at Carriagetown Chocolates or Oveida Artisan Chocolates for coffee or hot chocolate and, of course, wonderful chocolate confections, on your way to Toy Soldier or Fiddlestix toy store. Make your way up Market Street to the children’s boutique with a funny name, Custard Shop, where you’ll find cute clothing and gifts for kids.

While on Market Street, check out retro household goods at Madeleine’s. Spruce up your home with paint from Amesbury Industrial, where you can also get tools, plumbing and electrical supplies, and other home and yard goods. Decorate your home with items from Atentif Design or furniture from Merrimac Traders. Planning a major renovation? See the staff at Jackson Lumber.

In addition to Riverwalk Bead Shop, where you can get beautiful jewelry and gifts and supplies for making your own jewelry, there are two optical shops, a florist and a uniform store. All this, and I haven’t even mentioned my favorites ... not one, but two bookstores! You don’t need to go to Newington to find the latest in novels, children’s books and classics. Joanne Wimberly of Bertram and Oliver Booksellers, right on Main Street, is happy to discuss the latest books, and hosts two book clubs at the store. Ask her to order new or older books. If it’s already-read books you’re looking for, our newcomer, Liz Schneider at Friend Street Bookstore, has something for everyone, with great prices. You can even trade your old books in.

When you’re done shopping, I hope you’ve saved some time to visit Jon Mooers Artist Gallery. Jon proudly showcases the works of many local artists, all of which is for sale. Don’t miss Jon’s window displays, including his current tributes to Amesbury and W.E. Fuller’s.

With all that Amesbury has to offer, there’s little reason to leave home. Don’t wait until Harvest Festival on Oct. 5 or Open Studio weekend in November for a great trip downtown. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Kathy Berman