February Street Smarts: A quickie guide to shops in Claremont

If you yearn for a charming downtown shopping experience, head for the great little shops in the center of Claremont. 1. You could probably just use your nose to find Farro Deli on 26 Opera House Square. With a huge selection of delicious sandwiches that range from the classics like a BLT to more intriguing creations, everyone is sure to find something that hits the spot. (603) 543-6700. 2. Check out Abacus Antiques on 16 Tremont St. whether you’re in the mood to buy or sell. Charlie Clougherty not only has antiques for you to browse, but can take the headache out of selling your items on eBay by doing it all for you. From snapping the photo to putting it up for sale, he’ll handle it all so you don’t have to. www.abacusauctions.net (603) 477-4447. 3. Book lovers will adore Violet’s Book Exchange at 28 Opera House Square. Violet’s is a cozy bookshop with shelves packed with new and used books. Drop off some of your old books and leave with a few stories that are new to you. There’s everything from children’s books to nonfiction and every genre in between, plus all of the charm of a small, locally-owned store. (603) 542-4222. 4. Beautiful works of art can be found at the Blackberry Patch Stained Glass Studio on 43 Pleasant St. You can pick up supplies, take classes, buy something original to decorate your home or bring your pieces in for repairs. You’ll have a hard time choosing from among all the beautiful glass that fills the studio. www.blackberrystainedglass.com (603) 542-7639. 5. Trains, planes and automobiles is the theme of BoyKid Hobbies on 35 Pleasant St. Bring your inner kid along with you and have fun getting lost in the world of model trains, cars and airplanes. If you’re shopping for someone else, helpful staff are sure to put you on the right track. www.boykidhobbies.com (603) 542-4800. 6. If you’re in the mood to add something new to the dinner table or pantry, whether it be a great bottle of wine, local food or maybe ice cream, Green Acres Market at 32 Opera House Square has a large selection of food and drinks (such as a sampling of the nation’s micro brews) that gives you choices outside of what the supermarket has to offer. With a cozy atmosphere, including a piano, and cheerful staff, grocery shopping won’t feel like a chore. (603) 542-7625.
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