One of the things we love about Sturbridge is the vast array of shops, restaurants, and other things to do right here in town. D String is right in the heart of this district and good eats and shopping are very close by. Here’s a list of places we love and recommend to you.
Soup to Nuts Cafe - These folks have been serving the highest quality foods for over 30 years. You won’t believe how good their soups are. The Café is located in the Millyard Marketplace, just a few buildings down the street from D String. Friendly service, a very comfortable seating area, and great sandwiches, salads, and other delicious items are great and easily accessed.
Micknucks Market - Just across down the street and across is this great little market. Serving delicious deli sandwiches, a multitude of grocery items, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as beverages. I often run up there for something fresh, or a great deli sandwich.
Thai Place - Located at the entrance to Old Sturbridge Village. A wonderful Thai restaurant serving a diverse menu. Very fresh, delicious meals and good service. Very popular place in the area.
Cumberland Farms - the Cadillac of convenience stores. Just a short walk from the shop.
Hobbs Brook Shops - We’ve got a large open-air shopping area here, it’s just east of the entrance to the Mass Pike, on Route 20. There is a Wal-Mart, Stop and Shop, Michaels, Marshalls, Staples, Pizzeria Uno, Applebee’s, a good movie theater, Cinemagic; and a host of smaller shops as well. This area is only about 5 minutes’ drive from D String.
Sturbridge Plaza - located on Route 131 features JC Penney, Shaws, Ocean State Job Lot and Tractor Supply.
Hog Heaven Hobbies - just east of D String on Route 20. A large, excellent hobby shop with very knowledgeable service and a wide selection of hobby-stuff. I shop there quite often as they have a great selection of plastics, woods, hardware, glues and all kinds of odd stuff I look for.
Noah’s Ark Pet Shop - My favorite pet shop by far. Carrying the best selection of everything you can imagine for pets. Sandy always has been our source for all things dogs. Highest recommendation.
Old Sturbridge Village - What can I say, this place is beyond compare. If you’ve never visited the Village, it’s time you did. Look it up online, make a day of it and go. Experience life in the 1830’s, this is not a stuffy museum that you just stare at things and read signs; there are people there who are so deeply living the life of our predecessors and you’ll have so much fun with them. You’ll also learn a lot and come away with some perspective you can’t easily acquire anywhere else.
Sadie Green Curiosity Shop - Although we share our building with this great business, they currently use this building during the weeks of the Brimfield Flea Markets, and occasionally during the summer. Her main shop is located across from Sturbridge Common, on Route 131 near the Publik House. Gifts and jewelry, clothing and knick-knacks of all types imaginable, they specialize in their own jewelry designs.
Antiquing - too many great shops to mention. You’ll find great places all though Sturbridge as well as towards Brimfield, and Palmer to the west.