With so many artists, organic farmers and makers calling Bennington home, it only stands to reason that our shops are brimming with local artisan goodies. Every piece of hand-made jewelry, carefully crafted piece of pottery, toy, or gift, will leave you wanting to complete your holiday shopping before the first leaves fall. Weddings. Anniversaries. Birthdays. Bennington’s downtown shopping district is just 45 minutes from Albany and approximately 3 hours from the NYC area and Boston. Make a day trip, sister weekend, or romantic getaway to this downtown Americana shopping experience.
The largest working craft pottery in the US. Since 1948 the potters’ yard has been making quality handmade stoneware. Well known for their “trigger mug”, unique glazes on dinnerware and serving dishes. The retail store—while normally open daily year round—is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. In the meantime, you can order online or over the phone!
Ed Levin designs and Jeff Grey jewelry are just two reasons visitors flock to this gallery and craft market. Since 1977 Hawkins House has garnered a reputation as a premiere gift gallery. In addition to handmade jewelry, blown glass, woodenware, clothing, handbags, candles, games and toys await the curious shopper!
Delightful independent bookshop established in 1928 making it the oldest independent bookshop in Vermont. Best sellers, local authors, gifts, cards and a sizable children’s section. Recently relocated to the refurbished Putnam Building!
The gift shop on the 1st floor of the Bennington Museum offers a distinctive selection of artisan jewelry, crafts, and gifts for the home. You’ll also find toys, Vermont maple prouducts, and books written about Vermont by Vermonters. A large choice of Grandma Moses products—many found nowhere else—make the perfect gift. Shop in person, online or by phone.
A charming store stocked with quality goods produced in the Green Mountain State for those wanting to experience the essence of Vermont. Maple products, mixes, jams, and candles make great gifts. There is also a nut free cafe inside if you are looking for not-free, gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan meals.
If you are a gamer looking to play casually or in tournaments, the Grotto is the place for you. From board game nights to Friday Night Magic, guests can have fun playing everything from Xbox to Cards Against Humanity. An array of snacks and drinks are also available to energize you while you play.
Visit this eclectic store and take a trip down memory lane. Knapps is a mix of retro and current fun for all ages. Instruments, vinyl, and good old-fashioned toys make Knapps a delightful place to shop.
Looking for 200 pounds of chocolate? You’ll find it here in the shape of Benny and Molly Moose! Plus mouth-watering chocolates galore, fudge, and your favorite candies of all types, shapes and sizes made on-site by the Monte family.
A delightful assortment of candies and chocolates in an old fashioned main street candy shop. Due to Covid, the Vermont Confectionery has temporarily moved to Bringing You Vermont on Main Street. See website for updates.
Jay’s Art Shop is the largest independently owned art supply store in Vermont. This locally-owned business has been in downtown Bennington for over 47 years and carries all major art supply brands. Other products such as Stonewall Kitchen mixes and scented candles from the Village Candle make it a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs.