Did you see the movie, Manchester-by-the-Sea? I did and though I think the movie was more about the people of Gloucester, it was a terrific movie and Manchester-by-the-Sea is a beautiful town. My aunt was visiting with me over the holiday weekend, and today she helped me work on a floral display that my friend, Sue, designed for an exhibit on estate gardens opening tonight at the Manchester Historical Museum.
After we finished helping Sue and touring the rest of the museum, my aunt and I went for a stroll through the charming, flower filled downtown of Manchester-by-the-Sea.
Though my aunt typically says she hates shopping, I guess she likes browsing because we hit just about every boutique in town. At the wonderful gift shop, Mimi’s, I picked up an adorable heavy plastic glitter spoon with a crown on top for $7 from the brand Sabre. Every glitter girl needs a glitter spoon to stir her coffee or to serve caviar. Don’t you agree?
Next, we stopped into the brand new shop, Cuddlefish, at 11 Union Street that just opened on Saturday.
What an adorable and affordable shop!
Owned by recent Vermont transplant Erika Curtis who has the most gorgeous and mesmerizing blue-green eyes, Cuddlefish is a fabulous store that just about everyone including me can afford to shop in.
Erika’s inventory is an amalgamation of:
- casual and comfortable women’s clothing from new-to-me brands like Survival and Salaam
- super-cute baby and toddler clothes
- fun jewelry
- fabulous vegan tote bags and purses
- straw summer hats
- soft soft workout, sleep and lounging attire
- cruelty-free, natural, better-for-you bath, body and skincare products from brands like MyChelle, Dr. Hauschka, Pacifica, and Vermont Soap.
I could’ve spent hours and hours in this fabulous shop. I found an adorable cotton 3/4 sleeve sweater from Survival for $28. I’m waiting for it to come in in fall colors like deep purple and black. In the meantime, I picked up a bottle of natural, DEET-free bug spray that I needed desperately. My aunt bought a birthday gift for her daughter, my cousin, whose birthday is coming up. The gift was a stylish vegan leather tote bag/purse/pouch combo priced at $40 – I couldn’t believe it.
I don’t believe that Erika and Cuddlefish sell online right now, so you have to come to Manchester-by-the-Sea to shop here. But it’s worth the trip! Plus you need to stop at beautiful Singing Beach. Let me know if Massachusetts is in your summer plans. I’d love to meet up!