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Montpelier is known for its locally produced goods, from maple syrup and cheese to wooden bowls and pottery. The city is also a great place to buy, or simply browse among, books; and to find quality recreational gear. Most shops have limited, if any, hours on Sundays.

Artisans Hand

Neighborhood: Downtown Montpelier

Some 135 Vermont artists display their work at Artisans Hand, a shop run by craftspeople since 1978. Look for jewelry, pottery, wood, glass, prints, textiles and more. A sculpture garden out front includes such iron-forged animals as birds, lady bugs and dragonflies. Inside are hand-turned wooden bowls, wearable fiber art and more. Some of the exhibitors also participate in May’s Open Studio Weekend throughout the state.

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Onion River Sports

Neighborhood: Downtown Montpelier

The focus here is on the recreational attributes of the Green Mountain State. If possible, call ahead to arrange bike rentals ranging from road, mountain, cycle cross, cruisers and fitness hybrids. Equipment for camping, running and even backcountry skiing can be found here, and the store has also become an unofficial chamber of commerce, organizing events and doling out advice on where to go around Montpelier.

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Bear Pond Books

Neighborhood: Downtown Montpelier

This independent bookstore has been a staple of downtown Montpelier since 1973.  Floor to ceiling shelves, creaky wooden floors and a large second floor children’s reading room are all part of the favorite hang-out for readers and authors alike. Be sure to pet Scheckie, the resident buff-colored cockapoo.

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Rivendell Books

Neighborhood: Downtown Montpelier

Look for Vermont memoirs, fiction and history in this store, which is 70 percent used books garnered mostly from the local community. Thanks to the nearby New England Culinary Institute, there’s a hefty stock of used culinary text books. Post cards, greeting cards and some movies round out the inventory that welcomes browsers in a laid-back environment of music, lots of armchairs and a Russian tortoise called Veruca.

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