Orleans is known as the hub of the Lower Cape because of our access to the amenities and conveniences of modern life. There are a wide variety of retail shops, boutiques, professional services and home services to accommodate your every need. Shop local, shop Orleans!
Artists & Galleries
Bait & Tackle
Bicycles: Sales, Rentals & Repairs
Cameras & Camera Supplies
Clothing: Men, Women, Children
Grocers, Suppliers & Products
Garden Centers & Nurseries
Gifts & Collectibles
Home Entertainment Systems
Jewelers: Accessories & Fine Jewelry
Novelties: Souvenirs & Hobbies
Paint & Paint Supplies
Plumbing and Plumbing Supplies
Shopping Small Makes a Big Difference in Orleans
Ran in the 2017 edition of Truly Orleans, the official travel guide for Orleans
When it comes to shopping in Orleans, bigger is not better.
In fact, with very few exceptions, the shops and boutiques here are independently owned and sized for personal service, with the proprietor often on hand for custom consultation and assistance.
But it isn’t just the stores that are easy to navigate here. Orleans offers a number of conveniently situated shopping hubs, including a walkable downtown area lined with retail and restaurant options; a stretch of shops on the way to Nauset Beach in East Orleans; and highways 6A and Route 28, a browser’s nirvana of clothing shops, galleries, gift emporiums and stores dedicated to everything from fishing and birds to surfboards.
The Main Event
A perfect spot for strolling and sightseeing, the downtown retail district is home to Blake & Co., where owner Susan Blake maintains an eclectic mix of jewelry, throws, scarves, handbags, home décor items and one-of-a-kind accessories, creating what she calls “a beautiful blend of aesthetics, at every price point.”
At neighboring Ragg Time Ltd., a knowledgeable staff can point you toward a colorful array of women’s fashions for any season. Like most of the shops in Orleans – and unlike many other Cape destinations – Ragg Time is open all year long and ready to help build your wardrobe whenever you’re in town.
Also specializing in women’s fashions is Savvy on Main, whose personal shoppers offer expert advice on the most flattering styles, from trendy Cape Cod looks to evening wear and jeans.
Another Main Street mainstay, Watson’s Men’s Store can dress you up or down depending on the occasion, with fitted shirts, ties and sports coats, casual sportswear and even perfectly sized attire for formal occasions.
Browse & Buy
In addition to fashions for him and her, the downtown Main Street area is filled with places where you’ll want to take your time before making your purchase. Recently relocated from Provincetown, Oyster Bay carries the popular Alex and Ani charm bracelets along with a host of other jewelry and gift options, including weathervanes, sea glass, Nantucket baskets and singular selections from local artists.
Whether you’re looking for a gift or want to accessorize one of your new outfits, Stephen Gallant Jewelers boasts an array of choices, from sterling silver Cape Cod necklaces to colored gemstones and private label watches.
Farther along on Main Street, don’t let the modest size of the Sparrow Store fool you – you will be there for a while, checking out the work of Cape Cod artisans and admiring such local and regional crafts as hand-blown glass, wind bells and tide clocks, along with locally made jams and salts, unique jewelry and (in case you didn’t have one) a great selection of ukuleles. The Sparrow Store is the official gift store of one of the most beloved spots on the entire Cape, the Hot Chocolate Sparrow coffee and chocolate bar, which is just across the street on Old Colony Way.
A few doors down is the landmark Snow’s Home and Garden, family-owned for generations and defying traditional categories with its all-new garden center and inventory of housewares and home goods, outdoor furniture, rugs, gifts, beach essentials and a huge collection of supplies for hobbyists and train enthusiasts (including a working model railroad). During the Christmas season, Snow’s is the largest family-owned holiday shop on Cape Cod.
Downtown Orleans shopping continues in Main Street Square, a tucked-away corner of galleries, eateries and specialty retailers like Oceana, whose coastal-style home accents and decorative items made on Cape Cod make it a favorite among interior designers and realtors preparing homes for sale. Oceana also offers breathtaking jewelry, fragrances, clothing and kid-friendly items.
Rejuvenation after all that shopping awaits at N.Y. Hair Co. & Spa, located right in Main Street Square and featuring a full array of services, from haircuts and styling to mani/pedis and facials.
Sensational Route 6
Steps away from Main Street Square on Route 6 is the unique Homegrowntrades, a “beachy boho boutique” reflecting the sandy sense of Cape Cod and the environmentally conscious spirit of its owner, with sustainable, made in the U.S., clothing, bags, hats and jewelry.
Nearby, shopping takes a turn toward the whimsical at The Red Balloon Toy Shop, living up to its name with toys and more toys, including trains, trucks, games, arts & crafts, Legos, puzzles and oodles of stuffed animals. Family owned and operated since 1970, Red Balloon also hosts seasonal events throughout the year.
The musically inclined will want to check out Booksmith Musicsmith at Orleans Marketplace on 6A (also home to a Staples office supply store). This independent book and music store delights collectors with new and used vinyl and CDs, cassettes, DVDs, an extensive collection of books, and accessories like guitar strings and picks.
Speaking of music, classic vinyl, CDs, posters, T-shirts and other rock memorabilia are waiting at Earth House, which channels good vibes with incense, global clothing, teas, unique gifts and “message” buttons and bumper stickers.
Farther up Route 6A toward the highway, Skaket Corners is a busy shopping hub featuring Shaw’s Market, Orleans Wine & Spirits, and Cape House Hallmark, where traditional cards and gifts are outnumbered by such unexpected choices as jewelry, gourmet chocolates and candies, souvenirs, women’s fashions, home accents and baby items.
At the other end of 6A, toward the Eastham rotary, are the stores dedicated to fun in the great outdoors. Founded in 1946 as the first sporting goods store on the Outer Cape, Goose Hummock continues its long tradition of outfitting local and visiting outdoor enthusiasts with hunting, fishing, sporting and marine/boating supplies and accessories. An onsite Outdoor Center rents canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards in addition to offering lessons and tours.
For all things related to surfing the waves at Nauset Beach, Vec Surfboards, was created by surfer and world-class shaper Shawn Vecchione and offers wetsuits and surfboard shaping classes; while Nauset Surf Shop features boards of all kinds and the gear that goes with them, including wetsuits.
By the Beach
If you are headed to Nauset Beach, be sure to stop by Adorn in East Orleans, a mother/daughter-owned shop showcasing handcrafted jewelry, art, gifts and unique goods for the home, with a special focus on local Cape Cod and U.S. Based artists, designers and makers.
Next door, Weekend makes every day special with a curated collection of handmade jewelry, eco-friendly fashion and home décor.
Special Shopping Days
It’s always a great time to shop in Orleans, with most venues open year-round, but annual shopping events make the experience even better.
- In August, participating retailers in downtown Orleans and along nearby 6A offer some of the best deals of the year during the Orleans Sidewalk Sale!
- Many Orleans retailers also participate in the American Express Small Business Saturday in November.
- Once holiday season hits, it’s time for the Orleans Christmas Shopping Stroll, with vintage trolleys on hand to ward off the chill and transport you to shops offering sales and hosting festive events.
Check out the Orleans Chamber of Commerce calendar of events for dates and details, orleanscapecod.org.