Bridge Street Neighborhood
Historic Bridge Street has been the commercial heart of the valley since it was first settled. Today you’ll discover a vibrant retail destination that will turn up unique items that reflect the Mad River Valley community.
Start at top corner with Route 100 (AKA Main Street on your GPS) you’ll find 4OrtyBridge Boutique. Tucked into a vintage space, this shop is where city style meets mountain luxury. You’ll find a carefully curated collection of sophisticated and fun casual wear. The big lure at 4orty Bridge, beyond the collection of fashion, is the highly personalized in-store shopping experience. Across the street is the Joslin Memorial Library a beautifully restored edfice that is worthy of a visit. Be sure to visit the Waitsfield Memorial Park next door to enjoy a sandwich from the deli at the Village Grocery (AKA “The VG”) , re-charge and contemplate your next MRV adventure. Speaking of The VG, it happens to be one of the coolest convenience stores in Vermont. You’ll find locally baked snacks, serve yourself creemees in the summer, Vermont folk art sculpture, maple syrup and heaping helping of great local flavor.
Turn the corner towards the bridge Street and discover the Artisans’ Gallery. The shop is owned and operated by local artisans working with 150+ Vermont artists. They offer a handpicked selection of eclectic, lively, personalized quality pieces in a bright and inviting 1830’s storefront. The gallery truly reflects the collaborative nature of our local creators
The Green Closet, a Resale Boutique, is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. You’ll find one-of-a-kind, recycled, current brands from Gap to Gucci. It’s fun and easy to find great deals on quality, handpicked pieces to add to your wardrobe. It’s a popular place and turnover is high so shoppers will find something new every day. Work your way into the back of the shop and you’ll discover Three Buds Apothecary which creates botanical-based feel goods for body, soul, and home. It’s a beautiful space that smells terrific and you can step right out onto the banks of the Mad River.
There you’ll stumble upon Lovett Park, our downtown “pocket park” right next to the Great Eddy Covered Bridge, Vermont’s second oldest covered bridge. A few steps upstream you’ll find The Sweet Spot offering coffee, baked yummies and lunches. On Wednesdays evenings in the summer they host the “Round Up” where the river cront turns into a street fair.
Head back up Bridge Street and you’ll see Peasant Restaurant which offers a memorable dinner experience in an incredible space featuring the work of local artists. Right up stairs in the, well… Upstairs Marketplace you’ll find The Silver Trout, an amazing fly fishing emporium along with Mad River Candles and the Re-Sale Loft.
Across the street you’ll find All Things Bright and Beautiful, a unique collection of hand painted Christmas ornaments, Santas and plush toys. No one does the holidays like these ladies! Right next door is the incomparable Madsonian Design Museum which features everything from cars, bikes and motorcycles to toys, canoes, golf gear, radios, toasters, and typewriters.
If you stroll north up Route 100 (that’s right at the “T”) you’ll discover Waitsfield Pottery a downtown artistic anchor for decades. Keep strolling and you’ll come to The Mad River Glass Gallery, an incredible studio and shop featuring one-of-a-kind glass creations. A few doors down you’ll find Clearwater Sports, they have everything you could possibly need to enjoy the outdoors in every season. On the other side of the road you’ll discover Vee’s Flower and Garden Shop with beautiful gifts, flowers, house plants, flower pots and lot’s more.
To continue your adventure after exploring Bridge Street walk upstream from the bridge and connect with the Mad River Path which meaders up towards the Irasville shopping district.