The shopper’s walking guide to boutiques in downtown Falmouth.By Colby Radomski and Jordan Hitchcock
Photography by Tommy Costello
With a number of shops, boutiques and galleries all intermixed and within walking distance of one another, downtown Falmouth is an ideal destination for those looking to shop ‘til they drop! All you need is a pair of comfy shoes and you’re ready to hit the pavement.
234 Main St.
This welcoming shop at the heart of Main Street carries affordable women’s clothing, stylish handbags, sandals and funky accessories. They have a huge display of jewelry, including pieces from LeStage, Dune Jewelry, and My Cape/My Town Designs, as well as a number of nautical-themed and monogrammed necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Touché has a large children’s corner that includes toys and books, as well as a wide selection of unique gifts, like model ships and clocks, etched glassware, pet gifts and greeting cards.
100 Palmer Ave.
This woman-owned store at Queen’s Buyway specializes in unique clothing that’s suitable for individuals of all shapes and sizes … quite literally for the real body! Their beautiful batik and print fashions, which come in various styles including dresses, caftans, scarves, pants and skirts, are both comfortable and affordable, with patterned material sourced from Bali, Indonesia.
22 Water St., Woods Hole
While it’s not on downtown’s main drag, Under The Sun is a spot worth visiting while in Falmouth for their collection of locally made pottery, jewelry, leather, glass and original watercolor prints. They have a wide variety of shoes, clothing and accessories from names like Birkenstock, Dansko, Reef, Chaco, Ariat and Teva.
199 Main St.
This mother-daughter owned boutique specializes in fashion-forward and any-occasion wear, for day or evening. The store features affordable names as well as high-end designer styles from Aidan Mattox, 360 Sweater, Ecru and Tracy Reese. Green Eyed Daisy also carries a number of American-made brands including Bella Dahl, Hudson Jeans, Luna Luz, Komarov and Three Dot. Because no outfit is complete without the right accessories, the store sells footwear, bags, belts and jewelry. Bora, Liza Schwartz and Seasonal Whispers are among the domestically made jewelry lines sold in the store, as are locally made designs from Coastal Charms.
95 Palmer Ave., Falmouth
This shabby-chic shop in Queen’s Buyway features a number of handmade jewelry items, children’s attire, upscale home décor, picture frames and unique hostess gifts. Vagabond View photo studio is located right next door.
104 Palmer Ave.
Just a short wander from Main Street and nestled in Falmouth’s historic Queen’s Buyway, Cape Chic carries a fresh and exciting collection of coastal, casual, chic women’s apparel, jewelry and accessories. All Cape Chic items are selected for their unique contemporary styling, as well as their effortless ease to wear. You’ll discover unique items and finds not seen in other stores.
200 Main St. #1
The trendy selections here are perfect for the eclectic who loves those hard-to-find pieces. Specializing in women and men’s fashions, Maxwell & Co.’s inventory includes top designer clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories from names like Maliparmi, Elisa Caveletti, Maurizio Baldassari and John Varvatos. The store also offers an exceptional tailoring service where all items are hand-tailored, hand-pressed and perfected in-store.
199 Main St.
Embrace the bright and lively patterns of the newest and trendiest Lilly Pulitzer selections. You’ll find clothing and accessories for any occasion, from comfortable and fashionable beachwear to colorful wedding attire. Shop dresses and bathing suits in a number of patterns and styles as well as sandals, earrings, statement necklaces and handbags that embody the signature look of Cape Cod and the Islands.
THE PINK POLKA DOT
45 N. Main St., Falmouth
This chic boutique is a party planner’s paradise, carrying a beautiful assortment of stationry, notecards and personalized gifts. They also offer invitation and planning services on-site.
233 Main St.
A ladies’ boutique carrying the hottest fashion trends for the savvy shopper, with styles ranging from Cape Cod casual to black tie affair. You’ll find a wide variety of classic and funky accessories, jewelry, chic handbags and colorful scarves to complete any new look. For gift-giving and entertaining, the store offers an eclectic selection of hostess pieces, decorative oil candles and fine metalware from brands like Nora Fleming and Beatriz Ball.
156 Main St.
Enjoy browsing the selection of moderately priced clothing for women as well as a variety of accessories, including colorful scarves and handcrafted jewelry that’s sure to turn heads. Brands include Lisette, I.C. Fashion, Papillion and Funky Dorman.
THE HOMESPUN GARDEN
174 Main St.
We dare you to resist the beautiful special-occasion gifts and elegant items for you and your home Exquisitely crafted pottery, jewelry, attractive frames, table linens and small decorative items highlights of this charming shop’s bountiful goodies. Sailcloth bags made in Gloucester are perfect for the beach or a stroll around Main Street.
47 N. Main St.
Frugal fashionistas look no further! This consignment boutique in Queen’s Buyway features upscale designer-label clothing, shoes and accessories at a fraction of the original price.
251 Main St., Falmouth
The ultimate souvenir shop, Soft As A Grape has everything from trendy beach bags, to high-quality cotton screenprinted t-shirts, flip-flops and fun Cape Cod-themed items.
193 Main St.
Surf’s up! Board Stiff carries gear for the adventure-seeker and has a wide selection of surfboards, skateboards and biking accessories from top name brands like Freestyle, Armor, Fat Tire and Element Skate. They also have a vast selection of men and women’s clothing and shoes from names like RipCurl, Reef, Fossil, Quiksilver, TOMS, Rainbow Sandals and Sanuk. The sunglass selection at Board Stiff is one of the largest on Cape Cod, featuring styles by Michael Kors, Ray Ban, Maui Jim, Oakley, Tom Ford and Oliver Peoples.
178 Main St.
From candles to stylish handbags, great jewelry to pottery and artwork, the items at Twigs are unique and have a story. Just ask the staff that found these treasures. The pieces bring people back time and again, with new and ever-changing inventory to make every guest’s experience memorable. Proud to be the “go to” store for that special gift, Twigs staff love to send people on their way with a package in the store’s signature wrapping.
119 Palmer Ave.
Located in Queen’s Buyway, Liberty House has an diverse selection of women’s clothing and accessories, including styles appropriate for work as well as fabulous looks for a night on the town. If you’re meandering down in Woods Hole, check out their second location on Water Street.
261 Main St.
Your search for the perfect headwear ends at the Mad Hatter. From chic Derby hats and men’s fedoras, to cowboy hats, stylish sun visors, children’s wear and fun hats, this store has something for everyone! Brands include Scala, Helen Kaminski, Eric Javits, Elope, Rasta Imposta, Tilley, Sunday Afternoon and more.
149 Main St., Falmouth
Caline For Kids is the go-to spot for fashionable finds for your little ones. Their extensive inventory includes stylish clothing for boys and girls, newborn to size 14, shoes, accessories, and high-quality baby gifts and toys. They carry over 50 name brands, from Patagonia to Tea and Sperry Topsider.
199 Main St.
Shop the looks of the season’s latest trends from casual to elegant. Women will find beautifully crafted jewelry and handbags from designers such as Longchamp and Kate Spade. The large shoe selection offers designs from Jack Rogers, Frye, Hunter and more. Men will find the perfectly fitted suit from designers like Hugo Boss, Vineyard Vines and Tommy Bahama.