#ShopTheBlock: Hollis-to-Pearl Streets

With so many great locally owned shops to explore in Downtown Nashua, you might wonder how you’ll be able to visit them all. Why not #ShopTheBlock with us? 

#ShopTheBlock is our way to help you arrange your shopping trip into bite-size pieces of our Main Street neighborhood businesses. Each week, we’ll showcase two of our “blocks” and some of the places you could keep your dollars in your community. Join us in strolling our Downtown Nashua shops, and helping our small businesses in this difficult year!

This week, let’s look at the Main Street “block” bordered by Hollis and Pearl streets!

Our Hollis-to-Pearl gift stores include:

Aerial Moon Yoga

ArtHub Gallery

Charron Medical Equipment

Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop

DesignWares

Fortin Gage Flower & Gift Shop

Myoptic

Nashua Coins & Collectibles

PRG Rugs

Tangled Roots Herbal

WineNot Boutique

Parking:

In addition to on-street metered parking, you can also park in the conveniently located Elm Street Parking Garage. From there, it’s just a short walk to Main Street to begin your day of shopping! Look at this parking map for free holiday parking areas (Zone 3).

Let’s start at City Hall, near the intersection of East and West Hollis Streets, and head to our first stop:

PRG Rugs
227 Main St.
Website and Facebook

Nashua’s signature Persian rug gallery since 1953. The family-owned store features gorgeous and diverse rug styles for sale, as well as cleaning and repair, restorations and appraisals. The Mahfuz family is ready to meet and assist you in any way!

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Charron Medical Equipment
222 Main St.
Website and Twitter

Now more than ever, medical equipment may be urgently needed by your loved ones. Why not give a gift that will improve their quality of life? Since 1975, Charron Medical Equipment has been helping the community with stairlifts, ramps, scooters, power and manual wheelchairs, plus a wide variety of home medical equipment. The store is also contracted with several insurance providers, including Medicare. Rentals of several products is available.

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WineNot Boutique
221 Main St.
Website and Facebook

Owner and sommelier Svetlana Yanushkevich is as bubbly as her offerings! Friendly and knowledgeable, she can assist you in selecting exactly the right kind of wine for your taste and event. The boutique is filled with wines and delectable foods, as well as many gift items for the wine lover in your life. She also offers small-group wine tastings at the store, wine trips, and more.

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DesignWares
206 Main St.
Website and Facebook

This charming boutique features unique clothing, jewelry, accessories like scarves and purses, other gifts and great cards. They also specialize in wedding invitations and personalized items. DesignWares offers many New Hampshire-made items by local artisans. Owner Marylou Blaisdell will even ship anywhere in the US for you, USPS priority rates. Stop by to see her ever-changing inventory!

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Myoptic
204 Main St.
Website and Facebook

Looking to up your style game? Check out Myoptic and see what’s hot in fashion eyewear! Bob Cagen and his staff know how to update your look, with on-trend brands like LA Eyeworks, Oliver Peoples, Roger, Jeramy Terrain, IC Berlin, Eyebobs, Paul Smith, Swissflex and 2.5. These aren’t your grandma’s glasses! Stand out and show your unique personality with custom frames. They’re currently working by appointment only, so call 880-6700.

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Nashua Coins & Collectibles
202 Main St.
Website and Facebook

Owners Laurie and Gary Galbo are well-known by local collectors, as buyers and sellers of estate jewelry, rare coins, and art, as well as gold and silver coins and scrap, and other collectibles. They have metal detectors, do watch and jewelry repair, and battery replacements. In addition to exciting currency discoveries, the shop also features Hummels, vintage glassware, compelling estate pieces, and much more.

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Cravings Cafe
64 E. Pearl St.
Website and Facebook

Help a wonderful organization while you shop! Cravings Cafe and Gift Shop is part of TILL – Toward Independent Living and Learning – which is committed to working with people with disabilities. The Nashua store has locally made gifts and a menu of light seasonal fare. Stop in for lunch, or a coffee and cookie, while you check out their charming gift items!

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Aerial Moon
85 W. Pearl St.
Website and Facebook

How about giving the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation to someone? Aerial Moon Yoga utilizes hanging “hammocks” of fabric, which support and enable participants to improve flexibility and achieve new results. And it’s liberating and relaxing, too! The friendly staff will show you how, and while you’re there getting a gift certificate for a class, check out their array of related gifts. Why not try something new?

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Fortin Gage Flower & Gift Shop
86 W. Pearl St.
Website and Facebook

Jody Gage and his staff invite you to visit their shop, absolutely stuffed with wonderful gift ideas for practically anyone on your list. Loads of sassy wooden signs, along with terrific Christmas ornaments, local artisan pieces, olfactory delights of scented candles and other items, nostalgic Nashua gifts, tasty treats… and of course, their calling card of magnificent flower arrangements, to take or have delivered. You won’t leave empty-handed!

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Tangled Roots Herbal
95 W. Pearl St.
Website and Facebook

Explore, empower, create! There are so many ways to experience Tangled Roots Herbal! From tinctures to essential oils, crystals and rocks, books, jewelry, religious objects, soaps and bodycare, and much more. Owner Karen Steuer continues to expand her offerings, including in-person and virtual workshops and classes for creating your own special items, or meeting with a psychic-medium, herbalist or massage therapist. Your wellness journey begins here! 

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ArtHub Gallery
107 W. Pearl St.
Website and Facebook

The ArtHub Gallery is presented by the Nashua Area Artists’ Association. For a truly one-of-a-kind gift, nothing beats locally created art pieces. The gallery’s objets d’art are constantly changing, but can include paintings, sculptures in a variety of mediums, wooden bowls, unique jewelry and more. Need a custom piece created? Let the ArtHub/NAAA staff get you in contact with a local artist who can help!

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Remember, there’s always gift certificates to our fine restaurants!
The Hollis-to-Pearl block includes:

Fratello’s

Main Street Gyro

MT’s Local

Stella Blu

Surf

Taj India

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