Shopping in Downtown Nashua
Refueling mind, body and soul
One of the many Japanese-style flowers at Ikebana
Photo by Susan Laughlin
Shop Main Street Nashua and you will learn you might have a penny worth more than a few hundred dollars, chalk paint is the new splash for repurposing old furniture, Vintage Venetian chandeliers are for babies, cactus plants are growing in popularity, purses can recharge cell phones, strollers are the new dog accessory, plants are art and spring fashions are simmering.
Let’s get this party started. Main Street, Nashua is where you’ll find a "double espresso" when it comes to discovering trendy fashion, customer service and pampering owners. Fresh of Nashua, 178 Main, and DesignWares, 206 Main, both carry today’s fashion and a whole lot of bling. Fresh is where you’ll find the Brighton collection (this spring’s purse is ooh la la), Alex & Ani and, new this spring, the Desigual Collection, which is one-of-a-kind and arty. Don’t miss the “Tunics for Leggings” rack, which takes a lot of the guessing out of wearing leggings. Thinking of asking for a raise? Let DesignWares create the professional look that takes you from the office to the opera. You’ll love the selection of dresses from Joseph Ribkoff, which are always colorful and designed to flatter. For date night, pick up a pair of KUT jeans where you’ll always find a great fit, clean lines and a stunning look for less than $100. The necklaces featuring common text letters such as OMG, LOL and WT@! are hilarious and literally send a message. In addition to the boutique, there is a small corner dedicated to brides looking for one-of-a-kind wedding invitations and save-the-date cards.
At Fortin Gage, 86 W. Pearl, you will find flowers to send, a wide assortment of Simon Pearce and a shop full of unusual gift items including a purse that actually recharges all micro USB smartphones. These colorful clutches ($109.95) come with a variety of cables with different size connectors as well as a built-in battery charger strong enough to do two full phone charges. Brilliant. Feeling a bit nostalgic? You’ll gush over the line of T-shirts featuring the logos of some of the most loved Nashua area establishments long gone but never forgotten including Miller’s, Modern Restaurant and Benson’s Animal Farm.
Cheryl Plunkett from Fresh of Nashua
photo by susan laughlin
Don’t have enough time on your hands? One visit to Beckonings, 221 Main, will change all that. The wall (or desktop) clocks are a giggle a minute and come in colorful squares featuring adorable animals (the crown prince and ladybug are big sellers) for only $32. You’ll find baby and wedding gifts as well as a Judaic collection featuring stunning Mezuzahs. More gifts await you at Silverlight Candle and Gift Shoppe (new on the block at 213 Main), where along with candles you will discover a whole new world of succulent plants. The back of the store features more than 75 different species of cactus plants and the owner is full of knowledge about these thorny succulents. Be sure to pick up a little something for the man cave; the shop features hundreds of vintage-like tin wall advertisements including Betty Boop, Coca-Cola, beers, gas stations and more.
Tired of dirty snow? You need to perk things up with a little home decorating magic. The best way to change up the look of a room is to add soft, colorful toss pillows and you’ll find them at Glorious Possibilities, 257 Main, along with a whole lot of decorating inspiration. This unique multi-dealer store is delightfully full of unusual home décor, repurposed furniture in chalk paint (all the rage for DIYs), paper and candles for entertaining as well as personal items (scarves, hats, purses, etc.), all selected from Free Trade and women-inspired vendors. For more inspiration, head into Scontsas Home Décor and Jewelry, 169-173 Main, where you’ll fall head over heels in love with shabby chic. Look for linens, bedding, furniture and more. If you have a baby in your future (listen up grandmothers), you will gush over the vintage Venetian glass chandeliers, perfect for a tiny princess. (Next door at the jewelry counter is where you’ll find jewels fit for a queen.)
For more than three generations Collins Flowers, 9 Main, has been delivering the flowers for all occasions, but now there’s more, and some say the business is going to the dogs! Tucked inside Collins Flowers is The Dazzling Dog an entire section geared to pampered dogs and a few cats. Look for doggie outfits fit for fashion runways, dog beds, toys and, of course, high-protein dog food for the foodie on the leash. The doggie stroller ($220) is perfect for warmer days and guaranteed to turn heads.
Unique items can be found at Scontsas Home Décor and Jewelry.
photo by susan laughlin
Looking for a new hobby? You’ll find a trifecta of choices in downtown.
Nashua Coins & Collectibles at 202 Main might be where you find riches, of all sorts. “Everybody has a jar of pennies at home,” says owner Gary Galbo, who urges people to sort through them. A 1909 Lincoln penny with the initials VDB could be worth thousands of dollars. The shop features everything you need to know about coin collecting and more. Look for fine estate antiques and collectables from some of Nashua’s more prominent homes.
At Ikebana Flower, 175 Main, you might have a hard time leaving. Walk through the door and a feeling of calm fills the mind and excites the senses. The Japanese floral arrangements are elegant and transforming. The owner is an award-winning designer and it shows. Fortunately, she is also generous and offers classes on the art of Ikebana, which fill up fast.
At Twill, 100 Main, you might find a hidden talent for knitting or sewing. The owners have put together a great shop full of textiles from high-end, hard-to-find yarns for experienced knitters to fun fabrics for beginner sewers. Yes, you really can make and sew an apron that is worth giving as a gift. Mothers and daughters, grandmothers and their little loves find taking classes together the ultimate bonding experience. On Friday nights, the shop becomes a cozy living room for knitters to work on their projects and enjoy a few snacks and a touch of wine.