Monadnock New Hampshire Shopping

New Hampshire is often thought of as the place to go for outdoor exploration. But one of the Monadnock Region’s not-so-hidden secrets is its array of thriving shops, art galleries, antique markets, and local boutiques. In a single downtown area, you can hit a vintage store, a quintessential bookshop, and a market stocked with culinary delights, such as locally-made wines, chutneys, and olive oils.

Shopping local is a point of pride for Monadnockers, who participate in events like Plaid Friday (instead of Black Friday) each year to support local business. The result is a vibrant community of interesting, inviting (and even a little quirky) places to shop in nearly every town around the mountain. 

Whether you are searching for rustic-chic furniture, original artwork, or gorgeous French linens, the Monadnock Region offers up a plethora of unique shopping experiences. And of course, a day on the town is always a great excuse to visit one of the area’s artisanal chocolateries for short rest and a decadent treat.

Southern New Hampshire is also home to several markets dedicated specifically to goods made by local artisans. Stunning, handcrafted jewelry, blown glass terrariums, and one-of-a-kind bicycle baskets are just a few examples of the remarkable wares you may encounter. You will also walk away knowing that you supported a local maker by investing in their work.

Depending on when you arrive, you are likely to meet the artists themselves at one of the region’s many exciting, seasonal events, which include art walks and studio tours, festivals showcasing locally-made goods, and antiques markets that bring together top vendors from all over New England. 

The holidays are a particularly wonderful time to see what the area’s sellers have in store. As you hop from shop to shop, you can enjoy festive tunes, hot cocoa, and the bustling fun of the season, all while crossing items off your gift list. It is the perfect opportunity to spend a day with friends and kick off the holidays in a less hectic, more meaningful way. 

Whichever season you choose, you are sure to return home with a collection of finds you wouldn’t have discovered elsewhere. So come explore this little but lively part of New Hampshire, and bring something memorable back with you. The only trouble you will have is narrowing down which places you love the most!

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Parker's Maple Barn store front with covered entrance, fresh pink flowers, and wagon wheel
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Parker’s Maple Barn

42.741351 -71.720103 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

1316 Brookline Road, Mason, NH 03048

Step back in time to an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation. We offer seasonal tours of our rustic sugar house and visit our gift shoppe/country store for a wide variety of maple products, gifts and gourmet goodies! Our unique 1782 maple … Continue reading ...

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Deep Roots Massage

42.9314583 -72.2807062 Shop


99R Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

Log house structure behind tall wood picket fence
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The Fort at No. 4

43.2548339 -72.4334601 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, NH 03603

Travel back in time to Plantation No. 4, once the northwesternmost village within the British colonies.  We are an open air museum, dedicated to preserving the history of the fortified section of the plantation No.4 (later to be known as … Continue reading ...

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Toadstool Bookshop – Keene

42.9307669 -72.280883 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

12 Emerald St., Keene, NH 03431

Awarded the 2021 NH Retailer of the Year by the New Hampshire Retailers Association. The Toadstool has been selling books for over 48 years in the Monadnock region. A respected fixture and contributor to the local community, the Toadstool and … Continue reading ...

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Toadstool Bookshop – Peterborough

42.8763463 -71.9513902 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

12 Depot Square, Peterborough, NH 03458

Yellow sided 18th century building with people dressed in revolutionary period costumes
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Historical Society of Cheshire County

42.92764 -72.276858 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

246 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

The Historical Society of Cheshire County offers about 150 programs each year to help people find their place in history. The Historical Society’s headquarters on Main Street in Keene has a permanent display of local items of historical interest such … Continue reading ...

Front of Terrapin Glassblowing Studio and Gift Gallery Lesson painted blue with sea turtle
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Terrapin Glassblowing Studio

42.823418 -71.996582 Shop

Category: Made in NH,

79 Hadley Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio is a mother-daughter owned small business right off Rt. 202 in Jaffrey, NH. Situated in the home of Mt. Monadnock, this is an open doors studio with the mission of making glassblowing available to the local communities … Continue reading ...

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Stonewall Farm

42.9313889 -72.3435829 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

242 Chesterfield Road, Keene, NH 03431

Stonewall Farm is a nonprofit farm & education center in Keene, featuring a farm stand, certified organic dairy and crops, greenhouses, nature playground, brook, horse-drawn hay and sleigh rides, farm store, animal barns, event venue, and hiking trails....

Red barn Antiques Mall with parking lot
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Antiques And Collectibles Mall of New England, LLC

42.770857 -71.81354 Shop

Category: Antiques,

8 Dunster Avenue / Route 45, Greenville, NH 03048

Incredible array of antique and vintage collectibles and home decor – from furniture to hunting, fishing and militaria, to gold, silver and costume jewelry, artwork, toys, coins, glass, pottery, hardware, tools and lamps, and everything in between. Nestled in the … Continue reading ...

Artful Spirit Gallery and Gifts

42.758387 -71.8512607 Shop

Category: Galleries, Gifts & Specialty Shops,

571 Turnpike Rd, New Ipswich, NH 03071

Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride

43.012022 -71.878904 Shop

Category: Outdoor & Sports Gear,

615 Francestown Road, Bennington, NH 03442

Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride is a ski area located in Bennington NH that has 5 lifts, 25 trails, a full-service base lodge, snowsports programs, 100% trail lighting, 100% snowmaking capability and is home to the fastest summit lift ride … Continue reading ...

Old Glory Guns and Ammo

42.7389231 -71.7978612 Shop

Category: Outdoor & Sports Gear,

781 Fitchburgh Road, Greenville, NH 03048

Ted’s Shoe & Sport

42.9311334 -72.2805226 Shop

Category: Outdoor & Sports Gear,

115 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

Located at 115 Main Street in Keene, since 2000 Ted’s Shoes is locally owned and operates as a footwear specialty store offering brand-name athletic footwear, apparel and accessories....

Life is Sweet Candy Store

42.934444 -72.278977 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

32 Central Square, Keene, NH 03431

Life is Sweet is a family owned and operated old fashioned candy store. We are located in the heart of downtown Keene right on Central Square. We are proud to offer 16+ kinds of home-made cupcakes every day! We also … Continue reading ...

Good Fortune Jewelry & Pawn

42.9313671 -72.2799885 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

110 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

Located at 110 Main Street in Keene, Good Fortune Pawn Shop buys and sells, and currently the store is open Weds-Sat by appointment and limiting traffic to six customers at a time. Please email to schedule a time to visit … Continue reading ...

Hannah Grimes Marketplace

42.932806 -72.277966 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops, Made in NH,

42 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

The Hannah Grimes Marketplace is a “localvore” gift shop located in the heart of downtown Keene, NH. We opened our doors twenty years ago and have been home to over 1,000 artisans selling their crafts through our storefront. We carry … Continue reading ...