Holiday Shopping in Downtown Keene, New Hampshire

Posted by Sarah Powell on Dec 6, 2018 Sarah Powell
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Shop Small Saturday, the retail campaign that promotes independently owned brick-and-mortar businesses for one day on November 24, 2018, has already come and gone. But did you get all of your holiday shopping done in a single day?

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Of course you didn’t! And if you still have people to buy for, your downtown Keene businesses will be just as happy to see you today as they were on November 24. Consider a visit to one of these 10 Keene establishments. We have listed two options in five different categories: candy, books, handcrafted gifts, jewelry, and clothes.


  • Ye Goodie Shop, at 49 Maine Street, has been a Keene institution since 1931 and continues to wow customers with high quality chocolates, mints, creams, jelly beans, candy canes, and fudge. Stopping in for a visit can be a real experience. Not only can you watch candy being made, you may also be invited to participate in the kitchen!
  • Life Is Sweet, at 32 Central Square, is the new kid on the block, having opened in 2007. But they have made a name for themselves with more than 150 jars of candy, homemade fudge, chocolates, cupcakes, and more. Kids will want to check out the Pucker Powder machine, which lets them make their own candy art.


  • Toadstool Bookshops is a chain of three bookstores in the Monadnock region, with shops in Milford and Peterborough, New Hampshire, and another at the corner of Emerald Street and Main Street in Keene. Browse to your heart’s content, treat yourself to homemade soups, salads, and pastries at the Bookside Café, and maybe drop in for a book signing or a talk with local and nationally recognized authors.
  • If you’re shopping on a budget—or you just like the feel of books that have been held by others—Hannah’s Books, at 164 Emerald Street, is the place to shop. A locally owned used bookstore, Hannah’s is well known for its large selection, low prices, and quality paperbacks, children’s books, and audio books.

Handcrafted Gifts

  • For more than 20 years, Hannah Grimes Marketplace, at 42 Main Street, has provided a venue for local and regional artisans to bring their wares to market. The store’s shelves are stocked with the handiwork of more than 250 craftspeople, all of whom live within 150 miles of the store. Hannah Grimes accepts new artisan members every few months, so there’s always something new to discover.
  • Getting a work of art or a family heirloom professionally framed at Creative Encounters is a great idea for a gift. But you can also discover unique gifts themselves at this shop located at 18 Main Street. Their selection of one-of-a-kind gifts includes framed wall art, custom mirrors, pottery, clocks, shadow boxes, teapots, and Venetian masks.


  • Fine jewelry is a fine gift. Whether you are purchasing something new or having a piece of jewelry repaired or redesigned, the master jewelers at Stoneman Custom Jewelers are there to help. Located at 82 Washington Street, the knowledgeable sales staff at Stoneman is eager to answer any questions you may have and invite you to browse at your leisure.
  • Jewelry, like books, doesn’t have to be brand new to be special. If you’re in the market for pre-owned, antique, or estate jewelry, browse the selection at Good Fortune Jewelry. The selection changes daily, so don’t be afraid to stop by often and see what has come in. You’ll find the shop at 110 Main Street.

  • For the ladies on your list, check out the clothing and accessories available at Miranda’s on Main. This fashionable boutique at One Main Street has gained a reputation for offering unique items to suit every style and every budget.
  • If you need to dress up your man, you can’t go wrong with Miller Brothers-Newton, at 105 Main Street. Not only have they been tailoring clothes for the professional man since 1844, they also carry the name brands you know and love, such as Tommy Bahama and London Fog. Miller Brothers-Newton also carries a full line of accessories and formal wear.

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