Crompton Collective Gift Guide

Crompton Collective Gift Guide

 

Following our win of Worcester’s Best Gift Shop 2015 from Worcester Magazine (Thank you to all who voted!)  We wanted to share Crompton Collective’s first gift guide! Crompton Collective houses over 90 individual local vendors and our inventory is always changing to keep up with the latest gift trends. We hope you enjoy this virtual journey through our curated gifts for any occasion or any person (even if you are shopping for yourself or someone else). Be sure to come into the shop to pick out your gifts and experience all Crompton Collective has to offer firsthand!

 

Worcester Gift Shop

 

Dudes and The Rad Dads Need Gifts Too

This hunky man can not get enough of Americana style, nature, art, and beer. This man stays clean with his cedarwood sage  scented soap which quickly becomes a morning ritual along with the American themed beard balm. He sips his morning cup o’ joe in an oak inspired handmade mug. Puts on his Worcester Bravehearts cap and is ready for the day! This classic man admires the art of handmade art prints and greeting cards that fits his minimalist motif. Finally, not one to skip out on a well crafted evening beer, this man sips his drink in a handmade industrial beer flight that makes sharing beer a little easier.

 

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Worcester Love

We all know Worcester is one of the best cities in the world (what can we say, we’re a little biased) and we want to show it on our sleeve. Donned in a Worcester Bravehearts navy blue sweatshirt, the Woo Wear-er is ready to take on the day carrying our canvas tote that emphasizes Worcester as the heart of Massachusetts. Complete with art prints, postcards, and greeting cards the Woo Wear-er can send that Worcester love to anyone in any place. Or even proudly display their affection for Worcester via stickers or buttons that show love for the city. The Woo Wear-er can also showcase the historical pop culture milestones with our smiley face tote because everyone must know where the smiley face was invented! This Woo aficionado can finally take a rest with their handmade Worcester themed mug that displays Worcester landmarks from all across the city!

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Everything for the Farmer’s Market FAN

If you follow Crompton Collective, you know we host The Canal District Farmer’s Market every Saturday. The Farmer’s Market fan is now not just limited to fruits and veggies but can find great items that showcase their love for all things food. “Lettuce turnip the beet” with the official tote bag of the Canal District Farmer’s Market! You don’t want to take the chance of forgetting anything so our market themed list pads are a must have.You can also show your love for fruits and veggies with our carrot and lemon temporary tattoos. Or even send your foodie love to friends and family with our produce inspired greeting cards. Finally the Farmer’s Market fan is nothing without kitchen supplies to consume your yummy treats which come in the form of vintage bowls, embossed cutting boards, and our take on the sip-able mason jar!

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Broken Heart Doesn’t Mean Broken Wallet

Breakups are never easy and Crompton Collective is here to help! We have put together the perfect bundle of gifts to help ease your relationship woes. We are the place to go for inspirational sayings and greeting cards that can mend any broken heart that you can keep for yourself or send to someone else. Or even if you are ready to gain more of a spiritual insight, we’ve got tarot cards and handmade herbal spirit sticks. Even if the spiritual side doesn’t take you anywhere, you can travel with our passport themed notebooks that can be used near or far. Of course, we finish with a mason jar shaker that will create the perfect drink for those martini glasses that will help any heartbreak.

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Treat Yo’ Self

The Crompton Crew is all about treating ourselves and we want to share our philosophy with you. Our “Treat Yo’ Self” gift guide has all of our favorite items to pamper the most fabulous version of you! Complete with our handmade fragrant lotions and our new line of floral flavored perfumes you will leave the shop smelling like a new person. We’ve even got our hand poured soy candles to add scent to any room. Of course, we can not forget to drink when treating ourselves so we’ve added antique flair to this gift bundle with our vintage pitcher that can be used for any type of get together (that may or may not include alcohol).

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The Hipster Baby

With any new addition comes the need for new gifts! This gift set is all for the hipster baby! We’ve got accessories such as food themed rattles, handmade teethers, and the cutest baby booties. Or if you’re still pre-baby but are looking for decor we’ve got handmade themed mobiles that will fit perfect in any nursery. We’ve also got gifts for toddlers and kids such as handmade mason cups and designer stuffed animals. Even if you are looking for gifts for someone else who has added to their family we’ve got perfect baby themed greeting cards to add to any gift!

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The New Mom

Being a new mom is hard but Crompton is here to pamper you! Made from our “pampered pregnancy” gift basket we’ve got the ultimate mom package complete with jewelry, soaps, lotions, and accessories. With the new season it is best to stay fresh with our handmade soap, fresh flower face scrub, and fragrant lotion. Next you’ll be ready to take on the world with our mix of jewelry for any style or occasion. With all of these, you’ll need something to put all your new products in which is where our handmade wristlets, clutches, and purses come in handy. For the more fashionable mom we have new woven scarves that come in just about any color you can imagine. To finish off the set, there is something for the new baby in our baby blankets. These blankets can be used for both boys and girls and come with simple yet, fun prints for your newborn.

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To The Bride & Groom, Or Groom & Groom, Or Bride & Bride

Getting married is an amazing event and shopping for it should be just the same! For the bride and groom, or bride and bride, or groom and groom Crompton has all the wedding needs. We are stocked full with signs, dish ware, decorations, and love all around. The married couple can find the perfect gifts throughout the store in every corner. You’ll be able to find wedding themed greeting cards that you can give or keep for yourself. Crompton Collective is all about spreading the love and we are here to help with any wedding needs.

 

Hope you enjoyed our gift guide and if you would like to see all the new products coming in to the shop, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Wedding Week Event at Crompton Collective

Last week we had our annual Vintage Wedding Week Event in the White Room. 
It was so much fun to show off some our preferred vendors for our event space and let you meet and get to see their style in person! 


If you’re looking for a vintage wedding venue in Worcester, then the White Room is your spot! Whether your wedding style is vintage, bohemian, shabby chic, country, or kitschy, we’ll have you covered.


We staged a mock wedding to showcase what can be done in the space, and even had some of our shop girls play bridesmaids.


We had amazing floral arrangements from Moonstone & Moss, delicious cupcakes from The Queen’s Cups, gorgeous jewelry from M. Pope & Co. Fine Jewelers, officiating from Amanda Brown Ceremonies, savory food from Struck Catering, an awesome open air photo booth from The Swoon Booth, breath taking photos from JGD Design & Photography, a hair and makeup team to make you photo-ready from Nkd Waxing, Lashes, and Makeup, beautiful dresses from Haberdash Vintage, the perfect decorations and gifts from SincyrlyYoursJohanna, Fig Knitting, and Birch Alley, and Creedon and Co. to plan the whole thing for you!

Bride and groom

Bride and groom

Moonstone and Moss floral accessories

Moonstone and Moss floral accessories

More of Moonstone and Moss bouqets

More of Moonstone and Moss bouqets

Our Wedding Week vendors

Our Wedding Week vendors

Bridesmaids and Wedding Week snipets

Bridesmaids and Wedding Week snipets

 

See recaps and photos from Samantha Melanson Photography here and from I am Joe here. 

Find Your Pinspiration at Crompton

Want to make your Pinterest dreams a reality? Look no further!

We’ve complied the best home décor pins and found items at Crompton to replicate them.

Take a look at our Bohemian, French Country, Victorian, Industrial, and Farmhouse styles all with a unique Crompton twist. 

Bohemian

French Country

Victorian

Industrial

Farmhouse 

  Follow Crompton on Pinterest for more inspiration.  ~Kelsey

 

Follow Crompton on Pinterest for more inspiration. 

~Kelsey

Give the Gift of Worcester

Have you ever received a memorable gift? Perhaps the item had a lovely sentiment behind it, or it had been on your wish list since you should remember. But, here at Crompton - we believe some of the most memorable gifts are those that you can experience together. The city of Worcester has so many opportunities to make a certain someone's birthday, holiday or occasion all the more special. Here we have compiled some ideas for 'giving the gift of Worcester' - a present everyone can appreciate together.

 

Art and Theater

 

Worcester Paint Nite

Worcester Paint Nite

 

Paint Nite art class

Paint Nite  is Central MA's favorite creative night out. Great gift for a girlfriends,  The best part? No artistic experience is required!

Claytime, art class

From beading to pottery and glass, Claytime has a variety of artistic activities. There are several classes and workshops that are offered as well as the option of hosting a birthday party in their studio!

Craftworks, crafting class

Craftworks specializes in yarn and fiber arts. Whether it is knitting, weaving or spinning, they have it! Daily classes and workshops are held for all levels of experience. This is a perfect gift for those who enjoy hands on activities!

The Hanover Theatre, tickets

Located in downtown Worcester, The Hanover Theatre is a elegant performing arts center that hosts comedians, plays, musicals and formal events. A night out on the town is sure to please! 

Paint Nite Worcester, gift certificate

Paint Nite Worcester is a unique gift as it combines art and alcohol. Paint Nite's are hosted by different artists at different venues. You also have the option to choose your Paint Nite based on what picture will be painted. So break our your brush and a bottle!

Worcester Arts Museum, membership

With over 35,000 paintings, the Worcester Arts Museum (WAM) has a world renowned collection of art. A membership is an ideal gift for any art enthusiast as it may be hard to see it all in just one visit!

The Worcester Historical Museum, membership

Founded in 1875, this museum has an extensive history. As the name suggests, The Worcester Historical Museum is entirely dedicated to the city's rich history. There are hundreds of artifacts and collections specific to the area. A great gift for someone visiting Worcester!

 

The Great Outdoors

 

Broad Brook Meadow

Broad Brook Meadow

Broad Meadow Brook, trip

This wildlife sanctuary is over 400 acres, making it the largest in New England. There are a variety of marked trails through scenic environments. You will find over 30 species of butterflies, 164 bird species, 700 varieties of plants and several wildlife. This is a refreshing adventure for nature lovers.

EcoTarium, tickets

The Ecotarium is a unique indoor and outdoor science and nature museum with a planetarium and several wildlife. A great trip for all ages, there are interactive exhibits. A great outing for families!

The Heifer International Farm, tour

Open to the public and free of charge, The Heifer Overlook Farm is a fully operating farm and educational center. From pigs to chickens, cows, yaks, goats, sheep, rabbits and llamas - there is so much to see and experience! The staff is friendly, informative and willing to give drop in tours. Before leaving, don't forget to check out the gift shop!

Massachusetts Audubon Society, membership

When becoming a member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society you are granted access to several sanctuaries and trails. The best part? Members contribute to protecting 35,000 acres of beaches, forests and wildlife habitats across the state. 

Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, membership

Tower Hill Botanical Gardens is a beautiful point of interest all year round. Perfect for picnicking or simply admiring the several gardens on the grounds,  There is even a cafe on site if you would rather dine in. No matter the season, this venue is full of unique flowers and plants that anyone will a green thumb will appreciate.

 

Be Active

 

AMF Bowling

AMF Bowling

 

AMF bowling, outing

At AMF bowling you get more bang for your buck with $2.00 Tuesdays and several weekly beverage specials. There is even an all you can eat bowling offer for parties of three or more. So why not bowl the night away?

Build Me Up, gift certificate

Build Me Up gives children the opportunity to unleash their creative side by experiencing hands on play. Drop in hours and classes are all offered to the little ones. Legos, games, blocks, crafts and a variety of fun activities are available!

Green Park Golf, gift certificate

Golf at Green Hill Park is a great way to make your gift last a whole day! The City of Worcester first opened the course in 1929 and thousands have enjoyed it since. 

Mount Wachusett, ski pass

Wachusett Mountain is a family friendly ski area in Princeton, MA. There are options for lodging if you would like to extend your stay. Out of season, there are often events and various clinics. Be sure to check out their calendar!

Skylight Roller Skating, outing

Family owned and operated for over thirty years, Skylight Roller Skating is your classic roller rink. Every Tuesday is Family Night and they can easily accommodate public and private events.

Skyzone, outing

Skyzone is any kid's dream - a massive indoor trampoline park. There are even adult trampoline fitness classes and trampoline dodgeball tournaments. Skyzone is for all ages!

Southwick Zoo, outing

The Southwick Zoo is not your typical zoo. There is a Skyfari Sky Ride and free petting zoo in addition to the African Plains area where you can view wildlife unique to the African continent. Make your gift worth - wild! 

Ward Hill Tubing, outing

For winter gifts, Ward Hill snow tubing is perfect! They have been in operation for over 75 years and know how to accommodate any needs.

Relax and Recline

 

Flow Forms at Crompton

Flow Forms at Crompton

Flow Forms, yoga class

Whether you are a beginner or expert, yoga at Flow Forms is a wonderful experience. The teachers are knowledgeable and willing to cater to the needs of the class.

NKD Local Salon or Spa, gift certificate

Know someone who enjoys being pampered? Get them a gift certificate to a local Salon! Their services include nails, hair, waxing, massages and makeup. After a visit to a Salon or Spa, you'll be saying: Nails done, hair done, everything did - Oh you fancy, huh?

 

Worcester Sports

 

The Worcester Bravehearts

The Worcester Bravehearts

DCU show, tickets

The DCU Center is New England's premiere arena and convention center. Concerts, sporting events and family shows are held in the indoor complex. A ticket to any is sure to be a memorable experience!

Worcester Bravehearts, tickets

Take me out to the ball game! When in Worcester, that's the Bravehearts. In their second minor league season, the team is already the reigning champions of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). When in season, the Bravehearts is a fun outing for any sports enthusiast.

Worcester Railers , tickets

Hockey anyone? The Worcester Railers are the city's newest Hockey Team.  Family fun at in the DCU Center all winter! 

 

Food and Drink

Bocado dance night

Bocado dance night

 

Bocado, dance night

Bocado is Worcester's best tapas restaurant. In addition to food and drinks there is also salsa on Thursday nights! So dance the night away with your significant other or a group of friends.

Wormtown Brewery, Local made beer! 

What more do you need to know? Everyone loves beer! 

Deja Brew, beer making classes

Deja Brew has given DIY an entirely new meaning. At Deja Brew you can craft your own beer perfectly to your liking. A creative gift for someone with taste!

The Cookie Clubhouse, make your own cookies

At The Cookie Clubhouse you are able to make and bake in house! A cozy treat for the holidays with their rich hot chocolate. Now all you need is some milk!

 

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List by: Olivia and Amy 

Best Non-businessy Business Books.


 

Crompton Collective prides itself on being a unique business. Just like us, these books are not what you may consider your traditional business books. Prior to establishing Crompton, I found these readings inspiring and useful. A lot of these authors contributed to my creative and marketing process, which ultimately contributed to the unique environment Crompton Collective has today. Individually, these books are great sources of information - but collectively, they can arm any entrepreneur with a arsenal of knowledge, sure to lead to success. 

UnMarketing: Stop Marketing, Start Engaging

As the title implies, author Scott Stratten urges that ineffective marketing can alienate customers rather than engaging them. By building trust and listening to others, you can position yourself and your product in a win, win situation. UnMarking argues that forming relationships opposed to a traditional marketing campaign is crucial.

 

The Book of Business Awesome / The Book of Business UnAwesome

This two sided book shares stories and accounts of what to do and what not to do in the world of business. The text covers keys concepts such as marketing well, successful branding, human resources, public relations, how to utilize social media tools and effective customer service. The Book of Business Awesome is sure to inspire business owners and ensure an awesome business for employees, customers and owners alike.

 

Rework

Rework demonstrates why less is more. The truth is, you can do it all on your own. This books guides the reader to a faster, easier way to success without business plans, outside investors and other distractions that misguide most. So, talk less and work more!

 

Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity

Why follow the crowd when you can create on your own? With witty cartoons and unique words of advice, author, artist and blogger, Hugh MacLeod, guides entrepreneurs to walk to the beat of their own drum and rewrite the rules to success and life. After all, aren't rules meant to be broken?

 

QR Codes Kill Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees and Drive Your Business into the Ground

Rather than telling you what to do, this text illustrates what not to do. Infamous author, Scott Stratten believes in 'unmarketing' and explains the art of doing so in a simple, comprehensive format. This book navigates through the outdated and introduces the new, and only way to do business.

 

All Marketers are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works - And Why Authenticity is the Best Marketing of All

Seeing is believing. Well, this text demonstrates the ways in which storytelling is believing. We all tell stories, some of them - others connect to, and those are the success stories (no pun intended). Those are the stories which continue our point of view or promote our opinion. Author, Seth Godin asks three simple questions of marketers: "What's your story?", "Will the people who need to hear this story believe it?", and "Is it true?." By successfully addressing these target questions and perfecting the art of storytelling, this book teaches the reader to be first and foremost, authentic.

 

Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination

Evil Plans proves that it is possible to have your cake and eat it too. The ability to love and work, or in other words, love your work - it possible and actually not all that hard. But first, you need an EVIL PLAN. A plan that removes you from negativity and forces that hold you back from achieving success and happiness at once. This book is not only freeing, but also very feasible!

 

How to Win Friends and Influence People

This classic book has been proven by time for over sixty years. We all encounter the co-workers we dislike, the in relatives we can't stand, but these are just some things we can't control. Or can we? Dale Carnegie explains how you can influence people and turns former foes into future friends - something we can all utilize in our daily lives.

 

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

Enchantment describes how you are capable to create voluntary change in others. Whether it is business life or personal life, the power of persuasion and influence is easily attainable. The end result? A Change of hearts, minds, and actions.

 

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World 

This book is for the unconventional, free thinkers and down right independent. The author describes his own inspiring personal story which instills purpose in the reader and provides critical tools to write their own story. Although this may seem a bit self centered, the book actually applies how you can contribute to making the world a better place, all while making your life experiences worthwhile.

 

Damn Good Advice (People With Talent!): How to Unleash Your Creative Potential

One of America's most legendary thinkers, George Lois, gives 'damn good advice' in his book renowned book, what some may call a creative bible. Here, he offers lessons, advice, examples and anecdotes in a straightforward manner. This punchy text teaches the process of creativity and how it can be applied in various contexts. Lois's main take away? Communication is key!

Crompton Approved!

Crompton Approved Worcester Dining, Shopping, and Leisure Venues!

 

Visiting the area? Want to know what Worcester has to offer? Look no further! Here are some hot spots, specially approved by yours truly, Crompton! From bars and bakeries to sightseeing and shopping, this list includes locations with character and quality. For more information on visiting the city, check out Destination Worcester.

 

BARS & PUBS

Photo from Worcester Mag, bartender at the Dive Bar

Photo from Worcester Mag, bartender at the Dive Bar


Armsby Abbey

144 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 795-1012

If you enjoy beer on tap from all over the world, or a sophisticated seasonal cocktail, come to Armsby Abbey. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable on all different types of drinks! You will drink well at Armsby Abbey.

                    

Dive Bar                

34 Green Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 752-5802

Enjoy great live music and good beer? The Dive Bar is perfect for you. Great place to chill out with some dim lighting, or enjoy some fresh air on their heated patio during the winter months!

                                        

Nick’s                    

124 Millbury Street

Worcester, MA 01610

(508) 753-4030

A great old bar, Nick’s gives you a pub feel. Perfect for all different ages, Nick’s is a laid back bar with a great drink selection.          

                    

Vincent’s                    

49 Suffolk Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 752-9439

If you enjoy some drinks with a fantastic meatball sandwich, Vincent’s is perfect. If you do not like meatballs, you will still love Vincent’s. Jukebox and all, this bar gives you a retro vibe you will not forget.

   

   

RESTAURANTS

                

Photo from Worcester Scene, lunch time at Corner Grille

Photo from Worcester Scene, lunch time at Corner Grille

BirchTree Bread Company

138 Green Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(774) 243-6944

Since BirchTree opened in Crompton Place in 2014 it has added so much to our neighborhood! They are quaint bakery with fresh breads, great sandwiches, local beer and sweet treats. Even if you’re just looking for a good cup of coffee, BirchTree is the perfect spot to catch up with an old friend. There really is no place as cozy in the city!

Bocado                

82 Winter Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 797-1011

Worcester’s first authentic Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant featuring over 40 different tapas, imported meats and cheeses and signature Paella, and an array of Spanish wine. Bocado even has salsa dancing on Thursday nights!

                    

Boynton                

117 Highland Street

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 756-5432

The Boynton’s lively lounge area is a great place to meet old friends or make new ones. With 51 beers on tap, including 3 cask ales, you'll have plenty of choices to quench your thirst along with a hearty menu, and even gluten free options!

    

Coney Island Lunch

158 Southbridge Street

Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 753-4362

Famous for their hot dogs, Coney Island Lunch is a historical eatery which was founded in 1918 by George Tsagarelis. Now, George’s family carries on his tradition of quality food with classic decor. This landmark lunch spot is known for the 60 foot neon hot dog sign which was added in 1940 - it’s difficult to miss!

                

Corner Grille                

806 Pleasant Street

Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-8884

Innovative pizza pie's, sandwiches and salads, this hidden Worcester Gem guarantees a great meal. "Food that tastes good" is owner Raena Heppenstall's philosophy and she has been providing it since 1998 at the Corner Grille. Don’t forget to Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) to this establishment while enjoying this delicious food.

       

Dead Horse Hill                     

281 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

(774) 420-7107

deadhorse hill is a restaurant and cafe on Worcester's Main Street. It takes its name from a steep incline on Stafford Street where early settlers' horses would collapse trying to scale the hill. Later, in the early 1900s, automobiles tested their might in a one mile race to the summit.

    

One Eleven Chophouse                

111 Shrewsbury Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 799-4111

World-class steakhouse serving a variety of hand-selected certified prime-grade steaks. Perfect for a date night or a celebratory dinner.

     

Smokestack Urban BBQ                

139 Green Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 363-1111

This BBQ restaurant offers a variety of choices for any BBQ fanatic. They also cater and are a great choice for any party.

       

The People’s Kitchen        

1 Exchange Place

Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 459-9090

At The People’s Kitchen, they take great care of their food. You can be assured that they are serving the best food that they can find. This is a great place to go on a date, formal dinner, or to take your parents over parents weekend (college students).

 

The Queens Cups                

238 Millbury Avenue

Millbury, MA 01527

(508) 459-9600

Cupcakes made from scratch with flavors that change daily, The Queens Cups uses unsalted sweet cream butter, real cream cheese, fudge, cookies and all the other best sweet treats in life to bring you the freshest, tastiest cupcakes you can ever dream of having

                  

Via                    

89 Shrewsbury Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 754-4842

Via specializes in Italian comfort food. They bring recipes together from different parts of Italy and serve it in a creative and sophisticated way.

       

Weintraubs’s Jewish Delicatessen                

126 Water Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 756-7870

From pastrami to homemade pickles, Weintraub’s offers a variety of foods that are fresh and taste great. They have been in business since the 1930’s and there’s a reason for that!

       

WooBerry                

141 Highland Street

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 907-2482

A locally owned and operated frozen yogurt shop with the goal to provide a healthy sweet dessert to their customers in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Wooberry offers all-natural, kosher, gluten-free yogurt and over thirty-five fun toppings.

 

New to The Canal District:  Lock 50, Hangover Pub

                    

GROCERIES

            

Photo from Living Earth

Photo from Living Earth

Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Market                

408 Pleasant Street

Worcester, MA 01609

(508)-755-0258

Family owned for decades, Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace is the place to go for the finest International imported foods and wines. There is such a variety of foods, from spices and herbs to marinated meats and kabobs, that there is nothing quite like this place.

  

Living Earth                

232 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 753-1896

The Living Earth is a local family owned business dedicated to providing healthy shopping choices, and expert knowledge. It is one of the few grocery stores in Worcester with foods and specialty items that are all natural, organic, and environmentally conscious.

                        

SHOPPING

Photo from Seed to Stem

Photo from Seed to Stem

                

Alexis Grace                

7 Harrison Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 799-4700

Alexis Grace is a retail consignment store that “seeks out clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories that are fun, funky, classy, sexy and demure.”

                    

Birch Alley                    

19 Harrison Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 753-1434

Birch Alley offers shoppers “small findings and eclectic furnishings.”

    

Button Tree Kids                

1102 Pleasant Street

Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 926-8710

Button Tree Kids is a “children’s clothing, toy & gift boutique.” The store offers a variety of games, educational toys, stuffed animals, books, apparel, and more for infants through pre-teens.

                    

C.C. Lowell                

258 Park Avenue

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 757-7713

C.C. Lowell is the “largest and oldest art supplies and creative materials store in central New England.” The store offers various art supplies, framing options, and creative services for any art challenge.

                    

Classic Toy Shop                

198 Park Avenue

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 755-3629

Classic Toy Shop runs their store by the motto “play is the work of children, and good toys are the tools!” The toys featured in their store both entertain children and challenge them as they grow and develop.

       

Fuzzy Pants Pet Stop

2 Seward Street                

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 770-0055

Fuzzy Pants Pet Stop offers dietary food, treats and supplies for all of your fuzzy companions. Their day spa offers bathing, grooming, massage, socialization, doggie "tattoos" and more. With over 18 years of combined grooming experience, Nikki and Tara are delighted for the opportunity to care for and pamper your pet

                

Habitat for Humanity Restore                    

11 Distributor Road, Gold Star Boulevard

Worcester, MA 01605

(508) 439-7655

ReStore is a retail outlet that sells quality, gently-used and surplus construction, home improvement materials, and home furnishings for a fraction of regular retail prices. Proceeds from these sales support Habitat's home build projects.

                

Seed to Stem

174 Shrewsbury Street

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 890-0933

Seed to Stem celebrates the beauty and perfection of the natural world, boasting unusual botanicals, terrariums, natural objects, curiosities, home accessories, antiquities and more. The owners hope that by connecting people with nature, they can help them further connect with their own selves, and back to their roots.

 

The Purple Rose                

140 Main Street

Northborough, MA 01532

(508) 393-8882

The Purple Rose provides “an eclectic mix of quality and distinctive home furnishings, décor and gifts.” The store is housed in a two-story colonial house, and sells unique products from many different vendors.    

                    

The Silver Buffalo Gallery                

23 Coburn Road

Berlin, MA 01503

(978) 838-2680

The Silver Buffalo Gallery sells handcrafted Native American jewelry and art from a collection of award winning local and Native American artists. In addition to being the premiere location for Native American art, the gallery also hosts several trunk shows each year featuring various artists.

                

Trunk & Disorderly                

122 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01603

(508) 459-1049

Trunk & Disorderly is a consignment shop consisting of unique and one of a kind apparel. Their clothing ranges from vintage Victorian era through the ‘90s, discounted newer labels, and handcrafted jewelry and art by local designers.

                    

SIGHTSEEING

Tower Hill Gardens

Tower Hill Gardens

 

Broad Brook Meadow Conservation            

414 Massasoit Road

Worcester, MA 01604                    

(508) 753-6087

It’s a place you can explore hundreds of acres of woods, fields, streams, and marsh. Interpretive signs and kiosks will guide you along the many trails. Look for 80 different species of butterflies, prowl for owls, or learn to snowshoe. Enjoy the water garden, our demonstration rain garden, accessible trail, and interpretive exhibits in the conservation center that include a large 3-D model of the entire sanctuary and a wall-to-ceiling map of the Blackstone River watershed.

        

Elm Park                

284 Highland Street

Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 799-1190                    

Elm Park is famous for its historic bridges reconstructed in 1985. Facilities include a playground, tennis courts, basketball, and winter skating. There are numerous picnic areas and hiking trails. Elm Park is the most sought after park in Worcester for exchanging wedding vows with its over 60 acres of land.

 

Hanover Theater of the Performing Arts                

2 Southbridge Street

Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 571-7469

The original structure, known as the Franklin Square Theatre, was built in 1904. Later it became known as the Grand Theatre and was owned by Pauline L. Taylor. At that time, the theatre extended to the line of the former Norwich & Worcester rail line, which is approximately the front edge of the present balcony. It is a perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the weekend time.

 

Tower Hill                

11 French Drive

Boylston, MA 01505

(508) 869-6111

New England's year-round botanic garden paradise on 132 acres in Boylston, MA. Tower hill hopes to engage you in their life-long passion for growing plants for their ornamental, economic, and ecologic value. At Tower Hill, you will find one of the finest collections of woody and herbaceous plants, both native and exotic, hardy and non-hardy. And after touring, take time to relax at Twigs Café.

           

Worcester Art Museum                

55 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 799-4406

Worcester Art Museum's collection represents over five thousand years of art history and ranges from objects from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to a fine modern collection. Strengths include a comprehensive collection of European paintings, a fine American collection including the renowned Freake portraits, the best collection of Paul Revere silver in the world, and an exceptional works on paper collection.

 

List complied by: Clark University, Consultancy Capstone students for Crompton Collective with guidance from Amy Chase.

Tips for selling at the Farmers Market


Tips for selling at the Farmer's Market!

 

Product quality:

Now that your product is fresh, clean and ready for sale, Lets maximize your 3 hours at the Canal District Farmer's Market!



 

Display:

Is your display neat, accessible and attractive?? Is the name of your farm/business displayed on boxes and signs? Have you thought about the flow of your booth? Tables at the front of the booth prevent people from having to walk in to your booth. and adding height to your displays catch the eye quicker if shoppers have to look down at tables. I also think Farmers Markets are one of the few places having handmade/simple signs is  better. It shows the shopper you are a just person and not a big business. Shopping small is very important to our customers.

 

Are you prepared:

Do you have plenty of shopping bags. Do you have enough cash to make change? Did you price out the other vendors to make sure your product priced fairly and competitively? And If you really want to make an impression, maybe pass out some recipe cards and some samples!


 

Personal appearance:

Are you clean, neat, well dressed and well groomed? We know your farmers, But no one wants to buy food or products from someone who looks unclean. So tidy up after hitting the field! 


 

Attitude:

Are you smiling, personable and happy to be at the market? Most of our customers start their Saturday at the Farmers Market, You have the power to start their day off right! Smile and thank for your customers and the opportunity to serve them!


 

Website/ Facebook /Instagram:

Is your farm or handmade business on social media? Make sure you customer knows that they can follow you! A cute chalkboard sign asking them to share photos what they cook or a custom stamp on your grocery bags are creative ways to remind shoppers to connect with you after the market!