Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
Ah, Victoria Square, the quaint little shopping district in the village of McKinlay Mill, New York. It's a place that anyone would love to visit.
Of course, the anchor is Artisans Alley, the arts and crafts arcade that's owned and managed by Katie Bonner. It's about 30,000 square feet of handcrafted items, like sculpture, jewelry, wooden furniture and other items, pottery, woven items, and much, much more. You could easily spend the better part of the day examining all the treasures. But then ... you might get hungry.
Quilters from around the area are drawn to The Quiet Quilter, where proprietress Nona Fiske is not only knowledgeable about quilts and their history, but she's an able quilter herself.
Wood U is a shop filled with handcrafted wooden items from around the world, but also contains items made by its owner. The shop is currently closed (thanks to a devastating fire), but will reopen in the near future with a new owner.
Booth's Jellies and Jams is also a favorite place to visit. Owner Charlotte Booth stocks the shelves with a variety of jellies, jams, and marmalades made in small batches from her family recipes. Although the jams are made offsite, they are made in a commercial kitchen by members of the Booth family, and Afternoon Tea and Tanners both feature Booth products.
Need a gift? Gilda's Gift Baskets is the place to go.
That's just a quick tour of Victoria Square. If you'd like to know more, please click this link and investigate the Victoria Square mysteries.
What shop would you like to visit on Victoria Square?
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