#ShopTheBlock: Temple-to-Franklin 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 blog, we’ll showcase one 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!

Let’s explore the Main Street “block” bordered by Temple and Franklin streets!

Our Temple-to-Franklin gift stores include:

Castro’s Back Room
Darrell’s Music Hall
Glorious Possibilities
League of NH Craftsmen – Nashua Gallery
N-Lighten Photography
Pickers’ Paradise
SNAP! It’s Vintage

Parking:

In addition to on-street metered parking, you can also park in the conveniently located High Street Parking Garage (which you can also enter/exit from its nearer Factory Street side). 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 the intersection of Temple and Main Streets, and head to our first stop:

Glorious Possibilities
100 Main Street, Suite 1

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Owner Gloria Henry recently moved her popular business to front and center at 100 Main Street (formerly the site of Terragia), and her Glorious Possibilities shop is a delightful addition to downtown. Her bright and airy new space is charming to stroll through, filled with vintage and handmade items perfect for many occasions.

Glorious Possibilities is also a place where you can learn how to use chalk paint and do your own upcycling of vintage pieces. Ask about classes and workshops when you’re visiting.

We encourage you to stop by the new location and support Gloria and her minority-owned business, and enjoy the holiday cheer that abounds at Glorious Possibilities!

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Pickers’ Paradise
100 Main Street, Suite 2

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A “picker” is someone who haunts flea markets and estate sales, finding the hidden gems among the ordinary objects. Scott Harley is one such picker. He gathers his finds at his shop, Pickers’ Paradise. Nestled in a suite down the front hallway at 100 Main Street, the shop has multiple rooms of intriguing and curious objects to discover. 

You’ll relive your childhood (or your grandparents’!) with the plethora of vintage board games, find all kinds of groovy threads from several decades, as well as antique furniture, bottles, door knobs, glassware and much more. There is framed art, and classic metal signs – in fact, there are far too many different types of things at Pickers’ Paradise for us to be able to list them all. And if you want to go really far back in time, Scott also has the occasional fossil!

Scott also offers shopping by appointment, if you’d feel more comfortable when assured of an uncrowded experience. Items change all the time with his latest finds, so stop by often!

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League of NH Craftsmen – Nashua Gallery
98 Main St.

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This is one of those shops you go in and you’re constantly grabbing your shopping mate saying “look at THIS one! And look at THIS!” The Nashua gallery store is owned by basket maker Ruth Boland and husband Tom; it features all kinds of remarkable craftsmanship from dozens of Granite State artists. Here you’ll find jewelry, pottery, baskets, glass- and tableware, knitwear, woodwork, paintings, home decor, and so very much more. It’s breathtaking work, and this year more than ever, it would mean the world to our arts community if you could support their endeavors. Want to create something yourself, or know someone who’d love to explore that? Ask about classes and workshops, or shop online.

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Castro’s Back Room
119 Main St.

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For 25 years, Castro’s has had its enticing cloud of fine cigar smoke wafting onto Main Street. The couches and chairs of the lounge often hold smoking aficionados, chatting about current events and watching a game on the television. The store offers cigars, pipes, accessories, apparel and more. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

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Darrell’s Music Hall
75 Main St.

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A Nashua institution on the corner of Main and Water streets since 1969, everyone “of a certain age” grew up going to Darrell’s for sheet music, pianos and keyboards, lessons and more. The knowledgeable Darrell family and staff are ready to help you introduce a new generation to the wonderful world of music, with a new or used piano. If you would prefer to schedule a virtual or private piano shopping session, call them at 886-1748.

Stop by and try one out! They are well stocked with Yamaha acoustic, hybrid, and clavinova pianos, as well as Roland digital and hybrid pianos. Not sure you can afford one? They are all available with 60-month financing, or 0% same as cash financing for up to 24 months! Delivery available to all of New England!

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N-Lighten Photography
69 Main St.

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Owners and photographers Ron Kolias and Katy Rose invite you to fill your walls with treasured family memories. As members of the Professional Photographers of America, their N-Lighten studio can capture timeless family and couples portraits, weddings, senior class photos, moms and babies, and more. You could even be a “Model for a Day” and have the full daylong experience! Check out their extensive portfolio online, and then arrange a gift that will last a lifetime!

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SNAP! It’s Vintage
33 Main St.

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Do NOT pass up this shop! Walking around the SNAP! It’s Vintage store is a unique and magical experience. The basement shop on the corner of Main and Franklin is truly unlike any other store downtown. It features labyrinthine off-shoot rooms and nooks to explore, but is bright and cheery. The shop is owned and operated by Regina and Edward Lang, who will greet you and invite you to investigate the hundreds (thousands?) of antique, vintage, and primitive items throughout. 

There are exceptional clothing finds here, all in terrific condition and begging to be part of a special event, theme party, theatrical performance, or everyday wear. There is home decor, dishes and glassware, and furniture, all of which will transport you back to beloved memories in days gone by. Jewelry and holiday decorations will remind you of your childhood, or a favorite grandparent. 

Check out the magnificent array of items awaiting you, by previewing the photos on their Facebook page. Then be sure to visit in person – descend the stairs into the fun and memories at SNAP! It’s Vintage!

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Remember, there’s always gift certificates to our fine restaurants!

The Temple-to-Franklin block includes:

Casa Vieja Mexican Grill

Espresso Pizza

Giant of Siam

Odd Fellows Brewing

San Francisco Kitchen

The Flight Center

The Nashua Garden

The Peddler’s Daughter

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