Unique and nostalgic? What does that have to do with shopping?! Olde Mistick Village provides an alternative to those of us who've grown weary of strip malls and department stores. Adjacent to Mystic Aquarium, it consists of over forty shops, eateries, theaters and businesses created in the style of a 1700's New England village.
First impressions? Although it was cold and blustery the day I visited, the village captivated me with its warmth and charm. Welcoming storefronts along winding walking paths, each distinct from the other—places to stop and rest and take in the scenery. A gazebo, a brook with a working waterwheel, a pond filled with playful and friendly ducks—not your average trip to the mall!
Open year-round, the village shops offer many unique gifts, luxury goods and whimsical wares. With stores such as Raining Cats and Dogs and Penguins, Otters & Others, animal lovers will be in seventh heaven! Old world items can be found at Dharma Jewel, specializing in Himalayan crafts, and Irish Eyes, offering traditional Celtic giftware. If you're looking for items of a more ethereal nature, try Angel Haven for celestial jewelry and gifts, and Mystical Elements for incense, chimes, crystals, and other ancient wisdom-inspired novelties.
All of that shopping is bound to work up an appetite. So whether you're in the mood for a snack or a full meal, your palate will not be disappointed! Choose from four sit-down restaurants with a variety of seafood, steak, sushi, and pizza specialties. There are shops to indulge your sweet tooth with homemade fudge, cupcakes, chocolates and ice cream. Prefer to cook your own? You'll find freshly-made pastas, artisanal cheeses, imported olive oils and vinegars, and other gourmet delicacies.
If there's someone in your party who doesn't fancy shopping quite as much you do, perhaps they would prefer taking in a movie and a bucket of freshly-made popcorn at Mistick Village Art Cinemas, showing new movies and art films daily. Whether you've come to stroll, shop, eat, or browse, Olde Mistick Village offers you a memorable shopping experience in a picturesque, nostalgic setting.
Do you have a favorite shop? Found a one-of-a-kind item? What's your favorite village eatery? Share your experiences with us!