Where to Shop and Eat in Marblehead

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Marblehead may be known as the “Yachting Capital of the World,” but the historical seaside town is more than just preppies and embroidered nautical belts. Just 17 miles north of Boston (by car or express bus from Downtown Crossing), it offers day-trippers a bevy of inventive boutiques to bookend their fun in the sun.

Crazy Lady Candy, Marblehead

Photograph by Chelsea Kyle

1. The Crazy Candy Lady

M & Ms in a rainbow of colors. Chocolate-covered Swedish fish. Giant lollipops. Whatever your sweet tooth craves, you’ll find it at this fledgling candy purveyor. Another draw? The Crazy Candy Lady is the first Massachusetts outpost to sell buzzed-about Norman Love Chocolates.

123 Pleasant St., 781-631-1515, thecrazycandylady.com.

Liz Steinfeld, Marblehead

Photograph by Chelsea Kyle

2. Liz Steinfeld

The charming lingerie store Arabella may be changing its name this month, but the stellar selection of unmentionables from the likes of La Perla, Huit, and Eberjey thankfully remains the same. Just in time for summer, owner Lis Steinfeld is also adding an array of flirty swimsuits and cover-ups from PrimaDonna, Janine Robin, and Westwood designer Sinesia Karol to the mix.

59 Atlantic Ave., 781-631-1299.

Pawsitively Marblhead

Photograph by Chelsea Kyle

3. Pawsitively Marblehead

This 2,800-square-foot space stocks modern beds, anchor- emblazoned raincoats, and even seersucker bow ties for man’s best (and most discerning) friend. “It’s like Crate & Barrel for dogs,” says Brooks Williams, who owns the boutique with her husband, Ned. Locavores and their pooches can also stock up on all-natural treats from Marblehead’s own Goodness Gracious.

52 Atlantic Ave., 781-990-0081, ccpaws.com.

French + Italian, Marblehead

Photograph by Chelsea Kyle

4. French + Italian

Aimee Lombardi, who spent her childhood sailing in Marblehead, fills her seven-year-old shop with high-end designers and très chic treasures from her travels abroad—covetable lines like A.P.C., Hache, and Vanessa Bruno are all just beyond the charming yellow door. Keep an eye out for Lombardi’s forthcoming knitwear line.

129 Washington St., 781-639-5129, frenchitalian.com.

Home Love, Marblehead

Photograph by Chelsea Kyle

5. Home Love

Emily Edelman launched her pretty boutique just over a month ago with the Facebook post: “Your home is where you start your day and end your day; it should be the most aesthetically pleasing, nurturing, refreshing place in your life.” Indeed, Home Love offers plenty to spruce up your nest, not to mention great gifts you’ll have trouble giving away—tabletop accessories, vintage finds, and gorgeous candles and toiletries from Patch NYC and the Soap & Paper Factory.

7 Pleasant St., 781-631-5683.


    you missed one of the Northshore/Marblehead Gems! Chet’s Video & Candy Shoppe is celebrating 22 years and is the longest running video rental store in Massachusetts. They also have candy, old fashioned soda, LPs, collectibles, and free popcorn when you rent a movie!

  • Rick Winter

    Hip Baby Gear is also located at 108 Washington Street in Marblehead. An award winning locally owned Baby Gear store on the North Shore, we have more than 20 strollers on the floor for our customers to try out. With brands like UPPAbaby, Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Stokke and more, we offer a no pressure shopping environment for current parents and parents to be. We also have a great selection of car seats, feeding, bathing, toys and more. Online registry available on our website at http://www.hipbabygear.com. Come visit us for all your Baby Gear needs.

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    It’s easy to miss but you’d regret missing Stowaway Sweets – they have some of the best chocolate in New England. (154 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead, MA)

    Also Shubie’s Marketplace has a fantastic selection of specialty foods, wine, beer and spirits. You can also eat lunch there (16 Atlantic Ave)