More conventional stores and businesses are just a little further, most of them along 202, the main east/west (northeast/southwest) road in Maine north of Route 1 before the expressways were put in.
Between Winthrop and Augusta: Going northeast up 202 toward Augusta you pass through the town of Manchester. Manchester has a small commercial district including
- Lighthouse Wine and Seafood carries an extensive variety of good wines and delicious treats. http://lighthousewineandseafood.com/
If you travel up Puddledock Road just 1/4 mile from 202 you will find the two local go-to places for anything about boats and anything about plants, respectively.
- Clark Marine http://www.clarkmarine.biz/
- Longfellow’s Nursery and Gardens http://longfellowsgreenhouses.com/
To the south of Manchester lies the city of Hallowell, off a ways down next to the river. Hallowell is a day trip destination town. It is chock full of antiques and boutiques of all sorts and boasts at least three wonderful eateries:
- Slates Restaurant http://www.slatesrestaurant.com/index2.php#/home/
- The Liberal Cup Micro Brewery http://theliberalcup.com/
If you continue down to Gardiner you will find a real treasure, the A-1 Diner. It is an amazing combination of down east diner food and global fusion food. It’s worth a trip all by itself. (The A-1 is closed in 2017 due to road work on the bridge where they are located).
In Augusta are several shopping centers along 202 and I-95.
Turnpike Mall is the shopping center along 202 to the west of I-95 that contains stores such as:
- TJ Maxx
- Bed Bath and Beyond
along with other stores. https://plus.google.com/115796794434183547149/about?gl=us&hl=en
Augusta Crossing is the shopping center along 202 to the east of I-95. It is tucked behind the Sheraton Hotel (The Senator) so slow down and look for the signs. If you pass by there is another entrance further up.
- Pet Smart
- Best Buy
- A.C. Moore (arts and crafts).
If you continue along 202 into downtown Augusta you will go past a large number of well known stores and services such as
and a large number of fast food restaurants.
Downtown Augusta, along Water Street, has a more unique mixture of boutique style stores such as Merkaba Sol, a metaphysical store with “tools for enlightenment”, and La Femme Fionab, with handmade clothing, purses and accessories.
If you drive north on I-95 to the next exit you will find an enormous shopping center Marketplace At Augusta that contains over 42 stores from Walmart to Coldwater Creek http://www.augustamarketplace.com/directory
This mall in Augusta is also home to our local cinema, the Regal Cinema. Click this link to find current movies and times http://www.regmovies.com/Theatres/Theatre-Folder/Regal-Augusta-10-2220