Heading downtown for fun

October 09, 2007|By HANNAH TUSSING / Pulse Correspondent

What do most teens do when they go to a mall? Eat, window shop, drink coffee, maybe catch a movie.

But did you know you can do all that on a Saturday in downtown Hagerstown? There are lots of shops, cafes, a bookstore and library, all within a few blocks. It's good exercise, plus, it supports local business.

Do you like to get up early? Your first stop might be the Hagerstown City Farmers Market at 25 W. Church St., open from 5 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It's an old-fashioned, noisy market with many vendors. You can buy fresh produce, handmade crafts, soaps, toys and games, used clothes or handmade jewelry. There's even a small diner where patrons can sit down and enjoy breakfast.

If you want to shop for vintage or used clothing and accessories, you have two choices. One is World Treasures thrift shop on 22 W. Franklin St. The other one is L&L Classic Clothing, a cute consignment shop located on North Potomac Street.


Another stop you should make is at the Potomac Bead Co. at 52 W. Washington St. This is a vast, unique place with strings of colorful beads hanging from walls and draped over counters. You can make your own beaded bracelets, necklaces or watches. The shop offers classes on making different articles of jewelry.

Then, stop for coffee or another treat at two coffee shops on Public Square - Square Cup at 2 W. Washington St. or Bones and Cones at 2 S. Potomac St. If you get hungry for lunch, there's Rocky's New York Pizza, which has outdoor tables on the Square, or The Gourmet Goat, 41 N. Potomac St.

If you're in the mood for something more unusual, you could try Laila's Kitchen, on 4 E. Franklin St. They serve tea, chai, and Persian food, including several styles of kabobs.

If you're more into sports, you could try Bikle's Ski Shop at 7 N. Potomac St. or Hub City Sports at the corner of West Franklin and North Prospect streets, which sells mostly bikes and accessories.

If you're more into comics or fantasy games, there's Atomic Comics, at 86 W. Washington St., or the Mystical Keep, at 16 Jonathan St., And that bookstore? Barnwood Books is at the corner of South Potomac and West Antietam streets, across from the Washington County Free Library.

End your day at the library. There are many books and magazines, plus lots of DVDs, CDs and even video games that you can borrow. Yes, believe it or not, the library now lends PlayStation, Xbox and Wii games. To get a library card on the spot, bring two forms of ID, one of which can be a piece of mail addressed to you. If you don't have a driver's license, just bring your mom or dad with theirs.

There are many more shops and restaurants that I haven't listed, so have fun discovering your favorite Hagerstown spot.

So, on these beautiful fall weekends, instead of spending your time staring at a computer or TV screen, go to downtown Hagerstown. You'll get an interesting walk, parking is free on the weekends, and you'll support small, unique businesses.

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