Owner Ray Hebert could have become part of his family's Massachusetts candy-making business, but he wanted to keep his craft on a smaller scale. So, he opened Stage Stop Candy, where all of the candy is made on the premises, and he invented the cranberry cordial (which is like a cherry cordial except with cranberries). It became a local hit, along with seven flavors of truffles, peanut brittle, molded chocolate and other rich treats. Stop in for just a piece or order an entire gift basket.
There is an antiques-lover's paradise in the Mid-Cape town of Dennis - 285 dealers in the largest antiques center on Cape Cod. Located along historic Route 6A, designated one of the most picturesque highways in the country, the Antiques Center of Cape Cod features Antiques Warehouse Building #4, with shiploads of British antiques right off the boat. With a new shipload each month, the center guarantees a changing supply of antique furniture and collectibles. The center staff also offers appraisal services, house clearances, auctions and shipping.
Built as a church in 1855, this building was converted to a general store a few years later and has been in business ever since. The nickelodeon plays songs from the past, and the shelves are stocked with everything from clothing to antiques to sunscreen to hard-to-find parts for an oil lamp. In the winter, people come in for coffee and donuts around the coal stove. In the summer, the outside benches fill with patrons reading newspapers and sipping drinks. Each Christmas season, an old fashioned caroling get-together is held here.
There is something special about an independent bookstore. The owners have a knowledge and love of books. This shop is set in historic Edgartown and has a unique atmosphere with a welcoming staff. They have a wide selection of titles including the latest best sellers, but their specialty is the large collection of Vineyard-related books. The shop puts an emphasis on community, and you will find many books written by islanders. Many noted authors stop by to say hello and have been known to sign a copy or two of their books.
A time-honored tradition on the island is a trip to Murdick's candy store. The shop has been selling high-quality fudge and brittle since 1887. To this day, the old fashioned fudge is cooked strictly in copper pots and cooled on a marble table. Try one of the many flavored fudge creations such as Cape Cod Cranberry, Chocolate Walnut or Butter Pecan; the list is extensive. If you cannot decide, this candy shop offers a combination package with three slices of fudge and Cashew Brittle. There are additional candy shops in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.
Cape Cod is one of the most spectacular bird-watching paradises in North America, so a store like this seems only natural. Located in the Lower Cape area, this general store features a full range of bird-watching paraphernalia, feeders, guides, videos, tapes and CDs, as well as cute mugs, T-shirts and calendars to remind yourself of the birds when you can't be out there with your field glasses on. Birders are eternally grateful when they walk in, while non-birders can browse for that just-so gift for birding friends and family members.
Journeys, located in the Cape Cod Mall, is a boutique which specializes in clothing and accessories for all - men, women and children. Come and browse through their selection of casual but stylish shoes, clothes and accessories.
The Children's Place, as the name suggests is a chain of shops which sells clothes and accessories for babies and children. Located in the Cape Cod Mall, this store has a quite a range of fashionable but comfortable selection which includes seasonal clothing, t-shirts with graphic designs, clothes for new born babies and more.
The Cape Cod Mall has a stylish white façade with stately columns. It houses 100 chain and niche retailers, a food court with a capacity of 400 guests and a multiplex. The restaurants range from those serving American classics to kebab eateries. It has most of the famous apparel, jewelry and cosmetics brand stores.