Featured Shop – The General Wolfe, Wolfeboro Fine FurnitureSet the GPS for 518 Main Street, Wolfeboro, and head just south of town to the big red barn that has more sparkle than fireworks over the lake. Clustered throughout the store are stunning displays of fine country furniture, antique and primitive décor accented with one-of-a-kind lamps, candles, art and delicious uses for old items, such as the room divider made from an old large porch window. Pay attention to the many creative design tricks owner Wendy Hutchinson has used throughout the store. If your home needs warmth and a hug, wrap it in anything from this store and wait for compliments. The General Wolfe is a destination worthy of its own home decorating show on HGTV.Visit www.generalwolfe.com or call 569-6613What's NewMade on Earth – Making A DifferenceUnleash your free spirit and colorful personality and pick out a light flowing dress from any of the racks here at this fair trade shop (33 N. Main St.) where a percentage of the proceeds actually goes back to a village in Bali. Jewelry, scarves, books, incense, candles, tinctures and more fill the store. Mark down bins on already low prices makes purchasing a little something that much more irresistible. The owners and staff love what they do and it shows.
Call 569-9100 or visit www.madeonearthwolfeboro.comWolfeboro Wine CellarPair up! For a spontaneous romantic night under the summer stars pop in to this friendly wine cellar for hard to find wines, lovely smooth cheeses (many locally made) and for those of you who are a bit naughty, you can pick up a fine cigar. The shop, 51 Main St., offers plenty of sophistication without the snobbery.
Call (603) 569-3321Street SmartsHere's the best kept secret in town: Penny Candy Shop, 15 Main St., gives out free magic pennies to youngsters for their gumball machine. If two gumballs pop out, there's a secret surprise. New baby in the family? Sprouts Children's Clothing and Toys next door has the ever so popular "Sophie La Girafe" teether and toy. Good cooks gravitate to Butternuts Cook Shop, 12 Railroad Ave., where leaving is most difficult - tell your shopping buddies to meet you later at Garwoods Restaurant and Pub (6 N. Main St.) for steamed mussels and cold beer overlooking the beautiful bay.Penny Candy: Visit www.pennycandyshopnh.com or call 569-9800
Sprouts Children's Clothing and Toys: Call 569-3806
Butternuts Cook Shop: Visit butternutsgooddishes.com or call 569-6869
Garwoods Restaurant and Pub: 569-7788 or visit them on Facebook
This article appears in the July 2011 issue of New Hampshire Magazine