Where Shop­ping Is Not a Tax­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence

The Washington Post Sunday - - Way To Go -

Bet you could use a tax break about now. Af­ter weeks of por­ing over tiny boxes and bu­reau­cratic forms, you de­serve a tax-free vacation. A num­ber of states don’t slap a sales tax on pur­chases, in­clud­ing New Hamp­shire, Delaware and Ore­gon. We high­light some of the top shop­ping ar­eas in th­ese states, as well as cities with tax-free hol­i­days.

— An­drea Sachs K Re­hoboth: Find racks of dis­counts at Tanger Out­let Cen­ters (36470 Sea­side Out­let Dr.) or the QVC Out­let (19324 Light­house Plaza), which sells prod­ucts the TV shop­ping net­work says you can’t live with­out. Find smaller, in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers on and off Re­hoboth Av­enue. Mostly Ir­ish (245 Re­hoboth Ave.), for one, sells items from the Emer­ald Isle, and Dol­phin Dream­ing (115 Re­hoboth Ave.) spe­cial­izes in Flip­per sculp­tures, puz­zles and other knick­knacks. K Lewes: Lewes has a num­ber of an­tiques shops mixed in with its other wares (e.g, books, bait, seashell frames). Among the stores: Circa Home An­tiques and Dec­o­ra­tive Ac­ces­sories (142 Sec­ond St.), Her­itage An­tique Mar­ket (16168 Coastal Hwy.) and Lewes Mer­can­tile An­tiques (109 Sec­ond St.). On Aug. 4, the Lewes His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will hold its 44th an­nual an­tiques show, fea­tur­ing deal­ers from the mid-At­lantic. Info: 302-645-7670, www. his­tori­clewes.org/events/an­tiques.html. K Dover: The Amish and Men­non­ites set up shop in and around Dover. Stores in Kent County in­clude the Daniel Yoder Furniture Shop (462 Rose Val­ley School Rd.), Byler’s Coun­try Store (1368 Rose Val­ley School Rd.) and Shady Lane Se­lec­tions (1121 Vic­tory Chapel Rd.). Down­town, go to Spence’s Bazaar (550 S. New St.) for its fresh pro­duce and flea mar­ket.

Info: Delaware Tourism Of­fice, 866-2847483, www.vis­it­delaware.com; South­ern Delaware Tourism, 800-357-1818, www. vis­it­south­ern­delaware.com; Kent County and Greater Dover Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bureau, 800-233-KENT, www.vis­it­dover. com.


K Portsmouth: Trade in those flan­nel shirts and Sorel boots for some glam. Head to the Mar­ket Square area for such bou­tiques as Delia’s (206 Mar­ket St.), a jeans pur­veyor; Stiletto Shoes (28 Deer St.), for footwear with kick; Mak­ing Faces (65 Bow St.), which sells top-end makeup; and Anna Street (113 Mar­ket St.), for cute re­versible hand­bags. K North Con­way: On Route 16, Set­tlers’ Green Out­let Vil­lage houses more than 60 ma­jor names, and White Moun­tain Out­lets of­fers such fa­vorites as L.L. Bean. North Con­way Vil­lage, in Mount Wash­ing­ton Val­ley, is lined with home­spun stores filled with art, chil­dren’s cloth­ing, sport­ing goods and more. The League of New Hamp­shire Crafts­men’s gallery (2526 White Moun­tain Hwy.) sells jew­elry, pho­tog­ra­phy and other crafts by lo­cal ar­ti­sans. K Keene: Colony Mill Mar­ket­place, an open-air mall off Main Street, has loads of shop­ping un­der one sky, in­clud­ing Euro­pean bath prod­ucts, gar­den ac­ces­sories, toys, etc. The nearby Cen­ter at Keene (149 Emer­ald St.) has more shops, but on a lower end. Go lo­cal at Han­nah Grimes Mar­ket­place (42 Main St.), a con­sor­tium of New Hamp­shire crafts­men, farm­ers and cooks who sell wooden dishes, smoked meats, paint­ings and more.

Info: New Hamp­shire Di­vi­sion of Travel and Tourism De­vel­op­ment, 603-271-2665, www.vis­itnh.gov; Portsmouth Cham­ber of Com­merce, www.portsmouthcham­ber. org; North Con­way Cham­ber of Com­merce, 800-367-3364, www. mt­wash­ing­ton­va­l­ley.org.


K Port­land: The Pearl Dis­trict is heavy on home decor. Hive (820 NW Glisan St.), for in­stance, stocks mod furniture, clocks, coat racks, etc. Lux Light­ing (1333NW Glisan) is good for lamps, and Hunt & Gather (1302 NW Hoyt St.) can fill an apart­ment with its couches, hand­crafted ta­bles and wrought-iron bed frames. North­west/Nob Hill has na­tional names (in­clud­ing Restora­tion Hard­ware, which was founded here) and indie shops, such as Wham! (617 NW 23rd Ave.), which car­ries lunch boxes and other retro gew­gaws. K Bend: The chichi town is rife with in­come-ap­pro­pri­ate stores sell­ing an­tiques, art and home fur­nish­ings. For brand names, visit the Shops at the Old Mill Dis­trict on Pow­der­house Drive. But for more un­usual stores — Pa­per Jazz, Diva Den, King of Sole Shoes — head down­town. K Can­non Beach: The beachy com­mu­nity has top-shelf shop­ping, in­clud­ing art gal­leries, de­signer cloth­ing stores, candy shops. Brace your credit cards for Spruce and Hem­locks streets. Also check out EVOO, a cook­ing school with an at­tached kitchen store.

Info: Port­land Ore­gon Vis­i­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, 877-678-5263, www.trav­el­port­land. com; Bend Vis­i­tor and Con­ven­tion Bureau, 877-245-8484, www.vis­it­bend.com; Can­non Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce, 503436-2623, www.can­non­beach.org


Set­tlers’ Green Out­let Vil­lage in North Con­way, N.H., has a variety of big-name stores.

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