Shopping opportunities are plentiful in the Upper Valley, whether you prefer one-of-a-kind boutiques or major chain stores. Lebanon alone has 10 plazas, one indoor mall, one pedestrian mall and six major grocery stores. Several nationwide department stores anchor each plaza. A variety of independent local businesses still thrive among their national competitors, and the combination of variety and no sales tax makes Lebanon the primary destination for the region’s shoppers.
The area’s major retail hub lies along Route 12A in West Lebanon. Everything imaginable can be found at this bustling commercial center, including furniture, electronics, clothing, pets, books, groceries, office supplies, and much more. The chain stores are concentrated here, but there are also plenty of local retailers to be found, including Amidon Jewelers, Country Cobbler, Board & Basket, Pearce Jewelers, The Beverage King, Valley Flower Co., Woodstock Soapstone Stoves, Blue Mountain Guitar Center, and the endlessly surprising Colonial Antique Market. From the north end of the retail district, at the Glen Road Plaza and the Powerhouse Mall, to the southern end near Walmart and the Fore-U Golf Center, this corridor is where the Upper Valley comes to shop.
Retail activity in “old” West Lebanon has also flourished in the shadow of Route 12A with a variety of locally-owned stores, such as Stateline Sports and the recently expanded West Lebanon Feed & Supply. Another local shopping mecca is the Miracle Mile/Mechanic Street in Lebanon, where retail businesses include auto dealerships, home design outlets, hair salons, a garden center, and Hubert’s Family Outfitters (brand-name clothing for active people of all ages).
The Mall in downtown Lebanon offers a walker-friendly shopping atmosphere, anchored at the green by popular restaurants Three Tomatoes Trattoria and Salt hill Pub. Near the opposite end, Shoetorium offers a great selection of shoes for the whole family, along with orthopedic fitting.
At Centerra Marketplace on Rt. 120 in Lebanon, shoppers can browse the latest electronic gadgets at Systems Plus Computers and shop for groceries at the Lebanon Consumer Co-op, an environmentally friendly store offering both organic and conventional foods, local produce, prepared dishes, and more. The Co-op is a bustling destination for lunch, where one can enjoy a made-to-order deli sandwich while sitting amidst the work of local artists in the Cafe Gallery.
Fresh vegetables, children’s clothing, restoration furniture, ceramics and artwork are just a few of the items for sale at the many farmers markets throughout the region. Every Thursday, from June to September, Colburn Park in downtown Lebanon is the setting for the Lebanon Farmers Market, where vendors offer a wonderful selection of locally grown fresh produce, plants, prepared foods, baked goods and beautiful crafts. Norwich, Vermont also hosts a popular outdoor market every Saturday from spring through autumn.
For a complete list of area retail shops, please contact the Chamber or refer to our member directory.