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Old 12-08-2007, 07:33 PM
 
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What are some of your fave gems in your city or places you've lived or visit? No chains - let's limit it to places that have one store or just a few, local-only locations... places worth visiting as a tourist, for example.

So of my faves:

The Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver is oustanding. They've spawned a few more locations in the burbs but it's still a local, private business and the main store is far superior to the big box book chains. And it's probably bigger as well!

Surfas is a restaurant supply company in Los Angeles that is also very friendly to regular consumers. If you love cooking, it's like Disneyland.

The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills might sound intimidating or expensive but is accesable to anyone with any budget. The selection is incredible as is the knowledge of the staff. Nice place to sample.

Pikes Market in Seattle - though not a single store, it's a great, unique retail experience.

Others?
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:57 PM
 
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There is a cheese market place in PineLake MN. I dont know if you are looking for things like that but its a pretty cool place and you get to sample cheeses.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:01 AM
 
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I love Vermont Country Store. They have so many items that my parents and grandparents used that were practical and lasted forever. I'm currently in the market for the metal ice trays with a lever that loosened the ice. Tired of wrangling with plastic trays that end up spilling half the ice into the sink.

I think their link is just www.vermontcountrystore.com

They do a huge mail order business and if you're ever in the area their physical store is a blast.
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Old 12-12-2007, 01:12 PM
 
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I like Adams Fairacre Farm in Newburgh, NY. My wife and I travel about an hour to do our grocery shopping there once a month. Very fresh fruits and vegetables and good cuts of meat and poultry at better than supermarket prices. Worth the ride.

We also like the outlet shopping at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Most of the major stores you'd find in the mall are available at Rehoboth and in addition to the outlet savings, there is no sales tax in Delaware.

Though an online shopping site, I'd have to list QFLEA.com - The Virtual Flea Market. Four hundred small businesses working together to create an online flea market.

I also like the Christmas Tree Shoppes and Le Gourmet Chef ... and love sampling the goodies they put out for their customers to try.

Charley
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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The Cuba Cheese Shop(pe) in Cuba, N.Y. What a great selection of cheeses and other "stuff."

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I'm currently in the market for the metal ice trays with a lever that loosened the ice.
I've never been to Goodwill and not seen about a dozen of those things.
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Ye Olde Mill Shoppe in Fort Mill, SC near Charlotte.
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Old 12-14-2007, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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The Adirondack Trading Company in Lake Placid, NY. The store has this wonderful smell when you walk in that is indescribably relaxing. http://www.merchantcircle.com/busine...y.518-523-4163
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:46 AM
 
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The Cuba Cheese Shop(pe) in Cuba, N.Y. What a great selection of cheeses and other "stuff."


I've never been to Goodwill and not seen about a dozen of those things.
Thanks Ohiogirl. I'll check them out this week.
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I love World Market. I don't know if they are a Nationwide retailer...we have them in NC

http://www.worldmarket.com/home.jsp
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:32 PM
 
Location: the show-me state
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In the town of Paragould Ark., there are a whole slew of flea markets, some with both new, and used items. Some open on sunday too. I've been there a couple times, and they're pretty neat.
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