The island’s shops form an adventure all their own.
Pick out a memento or Block Island-themed sweatshirt as a keepsake from your island vacation at one of the charming gift shops; or browse for fine art or pottery in the downtown’s many galleries.
Only steps away from the ferry dock in Old Harbor is the heart of Block Island’s historic downtown. Most island stores are mom and pop businesses and the range of items offered is truly astounding. Homemade honey and candles vie for space with designer handbags and fashionable bathing suits and board shorts. Forget something? Not a problem. There are a host of choices to hook you up with everything from fishing and surfing gear to sunscreen and paperback books.
In addition to the shopping in town, there are farmers’ markets where island artists, chefs and farmers gather each Wednesday and Saturday morning to sell their wares. It’s a great way to pick up locally grown produce, home-baked goodies, locally made preserves, handcrafted jewelry, and much more.
Local artists and craftsmen show at the many galleries that dot the downtown, during the Arts and Crafts Guild shows hosted on the Historical Society lawn each season, and at farmers’ markets every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Be sure to pencil in the Christmas Stroll for late fall: During the Thanksgiving Day weekend, island stores open their doors and offer dynamite discounts just in time for the holidays.
Block Island Shops
JESSIE EDWARDS STUDIO www.jessieedwardsgallery.com 401-466-5314
PHOTO DOG ART GALLERY www.lesleyanneulrich.com 401-466-5858
SPRING STREET GALLERY www.springstreetgallery.org 401-466-5374
B-EYES SUNGLASS SHOP www.b-eyes.com 401-466-8676
DIAMOND BLUE SURF SHOP www.diamondbluebi.com 401-466-3145
EAST OF THE RIVER NILE TRADING COMPANY www.eastoftherivernile.com 401-480-9728
FULL MOON TIDE www.fullmoontide.com 401-466-2422
NORTH LIGHT FIBERS www.northlightfibers.com 401-466-2050
STAR DEPARTMENT STORE 401-466-5541
STRINGS & THINGS www.fullmoontide.com 401-466-5666
TWIN MAPLES www.twinmaplesblockisland.com 401-466-5547
ISLANDOG www.blockislandog.com 401-466-5666
ISLAND MIST www.islandmistnaturalproducts.com 401-466-8700
MARYE-KELLEY www.marye-kelley.com 401-466-2412
RED BIRD LIQUOR STORE 401-466-2441
GOLDDIGGERS www.blockislandgolddiggers.com 401-466-2611
JENNIFER’S JEWELRY www.jennifersjewelrybi.com 401-466-7944
MARMAR JEWELS www.marmarjewels.com 215-880-3922
BLOCK ISLAND HEALTH & GENERAL STORE 401-466-5825
ISLAND HARDWARE & SUPPPLY 401-466-5831
BUILDING BLOCKS 401-466-TOYS(8697)