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Shopping - Downtown Dexter and Chelsea

Dexter's compact, pedestrian-friendly downtown is home to a surprisingly diverse collection of specialty shops. At
D. Fitzgerald's Fine Jewelry, the glass display cases sparkle with classic and custom designs. The Home Store stocks elegant and modern furniture and décor, and its sister apparel shop has a selection of uncommon women's clothing, purses, and jewelry. You'll also find original art at Artistica Gallery and the Dexter Picture Frame Company's Side Door Gallery. Nichols and Stafford sells gifts and home furnishings, while Mary Ann's Country Store carries wide selections of cards and gifts. Hobbyists are drawn to Dexter Bike and Sport, as well as the Painted Trout, a purveyor of fine fly rods and fishing clothes and accessories. Dexter Spice House's flavorful offerings range from spice mixes to balsamic vinegars and infused oils, while Boxwood Cottage specializes in all-natural paints and home furnishings.

Chelsea offers an appealing mix of old village institutions and fresh shops. Merkel's, in business since 1924, offers three floors of fine furniture and carpets, while down the street, the even older Vogel's and Foster's sells traditional and designer clothing and sportswear. The Potting Shed has vintage jewelry, linens, and old-fashioned penny candy. Women browse the casual Cut Loose Clothing, the trendy, bohemian Attic Boutique, and Moran's Consignment, which carries designer clothes and accessories. Mule Skinner Boots on Main Street sells everything from flashy ostrich-skin boots to premium leather goods. Collectors browse Chelsea Antiques and, out northwest of town, Darwin's Stained Glass Studio and Antique Slot Machines.

Also in Chelsea, La Jolla Fine Jewelry specializes in contemporary, custom designs. Gift and card shops include Bumble's Dry Goods and the fair-trade Global Marketplace. Serendipity Books has thousands of titles in used fiction and nonfiction, Toy stores include the Chelsea Kidz Stop, which also carries clothing for the ten-and-under set, and Just Imagine, which also stocks children's and adult books, music, games, and used musical instruments. The Garden 
Mill sells both practical and whimsical supplies for garden, birding, and nature enthusiasts. La Maison features French industrial furniture and home décor, while the Vintage Barn Boutique creatively upcycles and restores vintage furniture to produce one-of-a-kind modern heirlooms. Nestled in a basement space, the Chelsea Underground Art Gallery hosts shows featuring local and national artists who reflect humanitarian concerns through their works.

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