There’s no need to get in the car when you live in Frenchtown. In fact, the town’s quaint shopping district is just a short walk from your home. Whether you’re looking for a gift, a bag of coffee, or a new pair of pants, you’ll find what you need in downtown Frenchtown. If you’ll be moving to the area soon, these tips will help you shop like a local.
Hit the Shops Early on Weekends
On weekends, Frenchtown can become a little busier as tourists arrive to shop, dine or just enjoy the small-town ambiance. While tourism dollars are certainly welcome, longer lines can be a little frustrating if you just want to enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Frenchtown Café or pick up the latest bestseller from the Frenchtown Bookshop.
Arriving at your favorite store or restaurant at their opening time will help you avoid the rush. If you don’t mind waiting to finish your shopping, the stores are usually less busy about one to 1 ½ hours before closing.
Do a Little Research
You can’t always tell a lot about a book from its cover, and you might not be able to figure out what a store sells based on its name alone. Before you head out for your first trip to the shops, do some research and take a look at the list of businesses on the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association’s website. The list includes a brief description of every store. Don’t forget to check the store’s website for hours, as some stores may close one or two days during the week.
Unlike chain stores, the shops and boutiques in Frenchtown offer a constantly changing selection of unique merchandise. If you only visit occasionally, you might miss out on the ideal gift for your mom at Modern Love or the perfect dress at River Gypsy.
Keep Up with Your Favorite Store or Restaurant on Social Media
Many Frenchtown stores and restaurants use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to share new products or menu items with their customers. When you follow local businesses, you’ll also get advance notice of special sales, promotions, and events.
Some stores sell items online in addition to their brick-and-mortar locations. If your busy schedule prevents you from getting to a particular store, you may be able to order what you need online.
Stock Up on Gifts
Do you struggle to find the perfect gifts for the people in your life? That won’t be a problem when you visit one of these Frenchtown stores:
- Junto Emporium: Men’s clothing and accessories
World Upcycle: Home goods
Country Chic Boutique and Consignment: New and recycled clothing
Frenchtown Home & Hardware Store: Screws, tools, and everything you need to keep your home in good condition
Dalla Terra: Home goods
Sunbeam General Store: Clothing, toys, home décor, and more
Lord Ivy: Women’s clothing
Gather Floral Shop: Bouquets, wreaths, and arrangements
Blue Fish Clothing: Ecologically responsible clothing made in the U.S.
Sublime: New and vintage goods and gifts
Frenchtown Pottery: Handmade pottery
Make Time for a Special Treat
After spending a day, an afternoon, or an hour shopping, you certainly deserve a treat. Luckily, Frenchtown has several options sure to please your taste buds. Libby Beans offers delectable candies and other sweet treats, while Sandy’s Scoops is the place to go for premium ice cream. A pastry and a cup of coffee, tea, or lemonade from Early Bird Espresso & Mercantile is bound to boost your energy level.
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