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
Charron Medical Equipment
Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
Fortin Gage Flower & Gift Shop
Nashua Coins & Collectibles
Tangled Roots Herbal
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!