Daily Necessities – Augusta

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

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.

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:

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
  • Petco
  • 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.

  • Target
  • Lowes
  • Staples
  • 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

  • Shaw’s Supermarket
  • UPS services
  • Harvest Time Health Food Store   

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