Irasville Neighborhood

Folks don’t always realize that Bridge Street isn’t Waitsfield’s only village center. Irasville is the other one. There are retail shops on both sides of Main Street. On your right (when heading south) is the Mad River Green Shops which is home to Product Think Tank. Annemarie, the owner and designer has a resume rich in clothing design. She very much wants you to consider “Who made your clothes?”  You’ll notice many of her creations are named after Mad River landmarks as she designs clothing that feels as comfortable as the Valley that inspires them. Right next door shoppers will find Whippletree Designs, a custom embroidery shop that provides personalized monograms and other services.  They also offer preprinted designs that are continually growing and evolving.  Images of skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking/paddle boarding, mountain biking, and the MRV logo are the most popular. Stroll down a few more doors and pop into the The Collection which features, well, a collection of fashion accessories, jewelry, and interior design products. They also happen to have the area’s best selection of toys, games, cards and gifts. Yvonne and her team are at your service whether it be suggesting the perfect gift, gorgeous wrapping or creating a balloon bouquet.

Across the way you’ll come to The Mad River Taste Place, a specialty food store offering the widest range of the best artisanal foods and beverages from Vermont, including cheeses, meats, coffee, bread, butter, preserves, and chocolates. They also offer the best of Vermont beers, ciders, wines and spirits. A gift basket curated by the Taste Place is great way to send a “taste” of the MRV.  Next door is Atelier 101 a working studio and gallery for ceramic artists Alicja Costanza and Stephanie Grace. Their hours are catch as catch can, but they are there most days except for Sundays.

Three Mountain Cafe is a few doors down, grab some coffee and a goodie and peruse a lovely section of artwork, antiques and gift items. Bisbees Hardware is right next door and they have everything you’ll ever need to fix up near anything. An old-time hardware store that prides itself on their old-time customer service.

Around the corner you’ll see Mountain Rose Integrated Wellness Center that includes a mindfully curated shop with a variety of products from crystals to incense and smudge sticks, from locally made jewelry and self-care products.

Take a leisurely stroll down the Mad River Path’s Heart of the Village Trail to get over to the Lawson’s Finest Liquids Tap Room. Once there you can kick back and relax, sip some liquid sunshine, have some snacks or lunch and peruse the retail shop that is stocked to the raters with all sorts of super-cool Lawson’s Finest merch!

Across the street you can stop into Addison West   to discover their beautiful collection of home goods, lighting, furniture, kitchen, cards, gifts, candles and apothecary, vintage items and a stunning array of Vermont made and Vermont themed merchandise.

From there explore Village Square where it’s #hiptobesquare.  There is quality shopping to be had. You’ll find Blockhouse Studio, a community pottery studio and retail shop that features a carefully curated selection of items for you and your home. Right next door is The Tempest Book Shop which offers an eclectic collection of books- new and used, movie rentals. watch batteries (Tempus Fixit), puzzles, cards, trains and, oh yeah, homemade bread on Saturdays. Pop on in and see what’s new at the Festival Gallery, the home of Mad River Valley Arts, our community’s arts hub. Shades of Winter Yarn Shop is next door to Canteen Creemee offering everything a fiber artist desires.

Village Square is a veritable Rural Food Court and a great place to take a break and fuel up for your shopping adventure.  Everyone can get what they want; pizza from Pizza Soul, something spicy from Mad Taco, a salty or sweet treat from Canteen Creemee, a signature sandwich from the Mehuron’s Market deli or a cocktail at Emily’s Bar and Bistro.

If you are heading south on Route 100 from Irasville be on the lookout for the Fiddlers Green Shopping Center. It’s the only place in the world that you can visit an amazing fish market, Sugar Fish, in the same building as the Waitsfield Wash Laundromat. As you continue south pop into the Mad River Fiber Mill to see local wool being processed and see their amazing yarn and fiver arts shop. From there keep heading south into the Warren Village neighborhood.