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Cape May is home to a multitude of interesting and unique stores and shops, many of which are family-owned and operated. My best advice to anyone visiting Cape May is to stroll around the city and visit as many of them as you can. Window shopping is always encouraged and who knows, you might find something you really love!
Here are a few of my absolute favorite shops and if you have a limited time to visit stores, make sure you don't leave Cape May without checking these out!
This candy store is the absolute best of the best, bar none! The Bogle Brothers have been making their own chocolates and fudge (21 flavors!) in Cape May for 30 years. Other candy stores are good, but the Original Fudge Kitchen is great! I'm somewhat of a candy afficianado (I love candy) and I have sampled wares from around the world. Nowhere else compares to this shop. Try a free sample of their creamy homemade fudge and you'll see what I mean!
From Canyon himself, the owner and proprietor of A Place on Earth-
"Our Soap is made in the gentle seaside community of Cape May, NJ. By bringing soap making into the twenty-first century, we are reviving a lost art form, steeped in tradition. Our soaps are hand-stirred, cured in wooden molds, and hand-cut. The blended ingredients are a reminder of the natural world around us.
We use only plant life: oils of olive, coconut palm and other vegetable-based ingredients. Then we mix in organic botanicals, like lavender flowers, ground oats, rosemary, and cornmeal.
Our soaps are scented with essential oils including cinnamon, patchouli and lemon. Our products are thoroughly field tested by patient family and friends. We are dedicated to the quality of our product and the quality of our planet. We will not compromise either one. Enjoy!"
This incredible store has been around since I was a kid and it's just as fun and whimsical now as it was back then. From cards, books and stationary to hand-crafted jewelry, toys and other nautically-themed goods, the Whale's Tale is a must-visit!
This fun store carries both standard and unique kitchen gadgets that are sure to please cooks or aspiring chefs of all ages. I have walked through this store hundreds of times, literally, and I find something new everytime I visit. Aside from the kitchen tools, there are sauces, dips and mixes that make cooking even easier. This is a fun shop!
The soda fountain is nearly as long as the store. It is cherry red with a white counter top. Stainless steel stools with red cushions sit on red and white checkered tile flooring. Schoolhouse pendant lights, white with red-striped glass shades, dangle over the counter. Banana splits, hot fudge sundaes, milkshakes, and cream sodas are being served. And one can almost hear the “soda jerks” behind the counter, with the white caps on their heads, singing “At the Hop.” Is it 1950? No, it's May 25, 2007 and it's the reopening of Dellas Five and Dime.
A simpler time. A happy time. A time when Main Street, U.S.A., or in this case Washington Street, Cape May, N.J. had everything you needed right within a three block area. There were no big shopping malls. No strip centers. Just downtown Cape May. And that’s what Kim Dellas-Andrus and her husband Paul Andrus want to bring back to Cape May – an old-fashioned store, run the old-fashioned way.
One of my favorite gift shops in Cape May and the prices are not crazy. Lots of unique items to choose from too. I highly recommend visiting this family-owned shop.
Don't let the 'hardware store' title throw you, Swain's carries some of just about everything. If you need it, there's a very good chance they'll have it. The Swain family has been running the store for decades and they still offer the same great service, low prices and excellent variety as always!