Treasured Shopping & Country Style Dining

Whether you’re a loyal local or visiting the South Coast, there is no doubt you will fall in love with this relaxed, old fashioned kitchen and country store, filled with everything under the sun! Partners Village Store and Kitchen is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy!

In the mood for a hot cup of coffee, tea, pastry, or mouthwatering desert to enjoy as you browse shelves stocked with books for all interests? How about a country style kitchen where you can select a delicious infamous Partners Panini or a steamy homemade cup of soup? Need a break from your desk to slip away to a secluded table, set up your laptop, and enjoy free WiFi? Or maybe your looking for a memorable place to take the kids to enjoy an incredible selection of educational toys, activities, and their own section of books to browse independently and plop themselves down on a comfy bean bag bear right in the same store that your shopping for those toiletries you forgot to pack! Partners Village Store has all that and more!

This home away from home has been the spirit of the community since 1979; starting out as the first beer and wine supply store and evolved to become the true heart of Westport. Soulful partners, Nancy Crosby and Jan Hall are the passionate women behind this heavenly shop. I had the opportunity to meet Nancy and store manager, Lisa Cusick, who warmly welcomed me with a smile, immediately offering me a hot cup of tea. It didn’t take me long to see exactly why Nancy and Jan were given the well deserved label of, “Woman of the Year” featured on the front page of the South Coast Standard Times newspaper, in December of 2012.

Nancy shared with me her lifelong dream of opening an “everything friendly store” with that good old fashioned country kind of feeling. Her dream has become her everyday reality and both Nancy and Jan are grateful residents of the beautiful South Coast. “Partners” is the perfect name for this store, dedicated to supporting the community from local farmers, authors, aspiring writers, poets, musicians, pet lovers, and animals too!

“An Everything Friendly Store”

Whether you live in the area or are just visiting, Partners always has something in store for you. Located adjacent to Partners is an old horse stable where you’ll find The Art Stable Gallery, featuring unique pieces from eight local artists. Partners hosts many events including: book signings and discussions; themed tea times; Children’s Reading Circle hosted by Joan Humason, (the kids call her “Miss Joan”); fall festivals with outdoor activities; and animals on site- just to name a few!

As soon as you walk in the door you can feel the welcoming magnetic energy, you can smell that hometown cooking and feel the comfort illuminated by soft lit lamps, delicately placed, creating an atmosphere of timeless tranquility. You will find everything you’re looking for and more: from unique jewelry; designer accessories and clothing; pet products; handmade gifts; home accents; natural toiletries; candles; an entire section dedicated to one-of-a-kind greeting cards; books; linens; educational and specialty toys, and even more! The kitchen offers everything from sweet deserts; sandwiches; paninis; soups and salads; locally made specialty jams; jellies; saltwater taffy; and more!

The location… simply breathtaking….a beautiful Victorian house resting on an open piece of land overlooking a grassy field offering instant serenity. On the back of the house sits a quaint dining porch and patio area where I can promise you will feel refreshed and peaceful immediately. Parking, that too is a breeze, with easy access and plenty of space.

Give yourself and your family a memorable experience. Shut out the noise of everyday life and visit Partners Village Store and Kitchen, located at 865 Main Road in Westport. Open daily year round from 9:30am-5pm.

Be sure to check out the website for upcoming events and more at:

www.partnersvillagestore.com

Or dial: 508-636-2572

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Dinner and Drinks on a Dime

Visiting the South Coast for a well deserved break from everyday life? Have you ever wanted to just get in your car, turn up the music and find some serenity on a Sunday afternoon after a hard work week? Whenever I get a chance to break free I get in my car and search the South Coast for a local restaurant to serve me and clean up after me for a change! So, I want to share with you great local spots that many of you will be surprised exist minutes from your home or hotel just waiting to serve you with an ice cold cocktail and a menu!

“Break The Ice!”

I’m sure I’m not alone when I hear “ice cold cocktail,” and what screams STOP HERE more than the Ice House Bar & Grill offering a full menu, six high tops, and a wrap around bar? That’s all it took for me to stop in thirsty for a glass of Pinot Noir and a stuffed quahog.

I was immediately greeted by the sweetest bartender, Amy Arbec, who was more than willing to offer me all the information I need to share with you. I sat down at the spacious bar and scanned the pleasant atmosphere making sure I had a centrally located seat to get lost in the football playoff games while playing Keno; which wasn’t that hard considering there are 2 flat screens TVs right above the bar and four more lining the perimeter of the restaurant.

Amy brought over my favorite wine and I was more than relaxed as I admired the cool icicles and snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. There was a diverse crowd of about 8-10 people on a January Sunday evening at about 7:00pm. The locals agreed the Prime Rib is the best around, but I was interested in the wide selection of appetizers. I’m a single mom on a budget so I was happy to read the specials including an entire three course meal for ten bucks! SCORE!

I chose the Portuguese Spicy Spring Rolls to go along with my stuffed quahog which added up to less than $12.00 leaving myself with plenty of money left over for one of the many beer selections stocked and smothered in ice right in the middle of the bar for my viewing pleasure. The food was hot and delicious and the service was great!

As far as the nightlife-I would definitely recommend checking out local live bands on Thursday and Saturday nights or Friday nights when the DJ runs the dance floor. There is also security at the door on weekends checking ids and keeping a safe atmosphere as you let loose!

To top off what makes this a great Bar & Grille is the fact they support many local charities and events such as Blessings on the Bikes, Chess Fest, and the Matty Olivera Fund. The Ice House also offers food every night until midnight, free Wi-Fi, football squares, and more! So what are you waiting for? Reward yourself with great food, drinks, atmosphere and good people down at The Ice House on 136 Huttleston Ave in the beautiful Fairhaven, Ma!

Visit the website at: www.icehousegrill.com or call (508) 992-BEER

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Not Your Average Cup of Tea!

Let’s face it-America runs on coffee! If you’re a New Englander, you most likely have a Dunkin Donuts on almost every street corner. If you’re visiting on vacation; I can almost guarantee you’re smirking and nodding your head as you read along!

I can’t say you won’t find me in the DD drive through waiting for my caffeine fix mid day on the grind, but I will admit I’m not one to order anything to eat outside of munchkins for my little man. Microwavable eggs aren’t really my cup of tea. So I set out on a quest not only for a fresh cup of espresso to jump start my day, but a place where I can feel at home no matter if my hair is pulled back in a Saturday morning hangover ponytail or I’m dressed to impress with my briefcase in hand.

Well, I found all that and more at Uncle Jon’s Coffee & Café in Marion, less than 10 minutes from my house! I was more than excited when I pulled into a parking spot right in front of the spacious café and little did I know I was in for more than a delicious treat! The aroma of fresh baked goodies and java was enough to make my mouth water! This clean café is the perfect spot for anyone, whether you want a solo seat tucked away near the window, a table big enough to lounge with your friends and family, or a rendezvous away from the office with enough room for your coworkers and laptops.

I sat down and made myself right at home as I waited to meet with Uncle Jon himself. People watching over a cup of coffee is like eye candy for me so I was pleased to see a well dressed businessman reading a newspaper in the corner, a young woman studying her note cards, a couple of friends enjoying the free Wi-Fi, and a mom ordering freshly squeezed OJ and a smoothie for her two kids in tow.

Just when I thought this place couldn’t get any better, I took a look at the menu hosting a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps, paninis, soups, salads, and hot prepared meals made from scratch right in the café ready to take home or back to the hotel! Who wouldn’t want a homemade savory dish the whole family can enjoy without the hassle? I know I don’t mind zero cleanup after a long day!

Uncle Jon came out and greeted me with a welcoming expression and filled me in on his 21 years of hard work to provide a private and relaxed atmosphere for everyone. He explained his passion to serve many local communities on the South Coast whenever possible providing 100% free food and beverages for charities, parties, and events. He even allows the girl scouts to sell their cookies in the café!

“A cup above the rest!” – Uncle Jon

The sweet staff behind the counter agreed with Uncle John on the most popular Chai and Espresso based teas and lattes. I decided to grab the sealed fresh Thai Chicken Wrap to go, which came with a small bag of my favorite Cape Cod potato chips at a reasonable price. Confession- I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in so I snuck a bite right in the parking lot!

So do yourself a favor and check out Uncle Jon’s Coffee & Café located at 350 Front St in Marion and 88 North Street in Mattapoisett. And don’t forget to grab a souvenir with Uncle Jon’s cool mermaid logo on the way out!

Uncle Jon’s convenient hours are:

Monday-Friday 5am-7pm

&

Saturday & Sunday 5am-5pm

 

Check out the website at: www.unclejonscoffees.com

 

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Drift Away at The BookStall!

Has the modern, fast-paced and advanced world of technology turned the page on hard cover or paperback books for good? I know I can’t be the only one who still enjoys putting bunny ears on my pages and sniffing that indescribable smell of a brand new book. How about trips to the bookstore just to browse endless shelves of unlimited knowledge on just about anything? Although these simple pleasures may now be extinct to our younger generation, owners Doris & John Ludes of the Book Stall in Marion, strive to keep access to printed books available to the local community. They believe in the value of a good old fashioned local book store.

The Bookstall is a quaint bookstore with handmade specialty gifts, located just minutes away from Tabor Academy High School, with over 50 years of service to the South Coast. This independently owned store feels like a home away from home. The family oriented staff believes in the importance of kind and friendly service to every customer that walks through the door. Whether you’re in the neighborhood looking for antiques, shopping the local general store, or browsing for that special gift at Serendipity by the Sea, you won’t regret stopping in the Bookstall for a quiet shopping retreat. Besides, what’s a better gift for you or your loved one than a carefully selected book that will last a lifetime?

When is the last time you had a conversation with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic book lover- just because? Rhetorical Question. Well then-grab a free cup of coffee or tea and browse the shelves stocked with books on travel, gardening, literature, golf, art, fishing, children’s reads, and many many more! Feel free to ask a welcoming staff member for suggestions on a great summer read, which book would benefit you visiting the South Coast, or the latest bestselling novel. Can you think of another way to drown out everyday noise by getting lost in a good read?

“Books Without Batteries”

If your book of choice is not available in the store, the folks down at the Bookstall pride themselves on special orders and are more than happy to help you search online and find any new or used book to have ready for in-store pick up at your earliest convenience! The Bookstall stays loyal to its locals who have the added advantage of home delivery.

You can feel confident your purchase is money well spent because The Book Stall serves the local community through their Affinity Program with proceeds benefiting local charities such as The Loft School; South Coast Children’s Chorus; and Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity. If you are part of a charity ask the Bookstall staff about registering for their Affinity Program.

Want to become an active member of The Bookstall family? Consider signing up for The Bookstall Book Club or Lucky 13 Frequent Buyers Club for access to special discounts and promotions. The Bookstall celebrates many local authors and hosts exciting events throughout the year. Be sure to check out their website for additional information, promotions and events at:

www.Marionbookstall.com

The Bookstall Click here for NBTG listing!

 

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Pamper Your Pet at Wicked Clean Dog!

Yes, that’s right…We New Englanders are known for ignoring the letter “R” and using the term “wicked” as a fluent adjective. Well, this Groom and Spaw has no shame in New England’s infamous slang! Whether you’re visiting the South Coast on vacation or a local resident, Wicked Clean Dog in Fairhaven is sure to give your best buddy something to Bahk about!

This family owned business stems straight from the hearts of dog lovers, Faye & Alexis LeBlanc, who truly believe in the good old fashion “Mom & Pop” business sense. The mother daughter duo is skilled, experienced groomers, dedicated to providing the tender love and care your dog deserves. They believe no dog should be left behind or discriminated against and service all breeds from pit bulls to chihaulau!

The sound of classical music playing throughout the spa is just an introduction to this serene doggie heaven. Wicked Clean Dog strives to provide 100% peace of mind to both dog and owner since not all dogs have had a positive grooming experience. The staff is committed to maintaining a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere where each pet receives personal attention. Only two dogs are treated at a time and every pup has his or her personal “pet lounge,” rather than a confining kennel. If you are anxious about dropping your dog off, feel free to stay in the spacious waiting area where glass windows allow you the opportunity to keep an eye on your pup the entire time.

“We are a family run business and it is truly a business we are all proud of and proud to serve a piece of the South Coast with quality service and quality products.” Faye LeBlanc (owner)”

Wicked Clean Dog uses only state -of –the- art electronic grooming equipment, non -heated dryers, secure grooming stations, and top- of –the- line sanitary equipment. In order to provide quality care and service, the spa uses all natural, premium care products including; Frontline Flea treatments; the entire line of Tropiclean fresh breathe products; Soft Paw Nail Caps; U Hairy Dog deshedding products; and much more! So rest assured your pup will be receiving the most up- to- date care, whether coming in for; a basic bath; massage; blow dry; nail trim; ear cleaning; teeth cleaning; or to be pampered with a signature blueberry facial; warm towel wrap; massage; or one of the many other spa services.

Check out the in- store Boutique featuring a large selection of high quality, all natural, organic dog foods, made with human ingredients. Treat your loyal pup with locally baked cookies, bones, custom cakes, gourmet yogurt, and even a raw diet food selection coming soon! How about a customized collar or a washable and reusable doggie duvet souvenir for you and your pup to enjoy? Or choose one of the eco friendly toys made right here in the USA!

There’s no doubt this Groom and Spaw is bad to the bone! They offer discounts on ALL adopted dogs, provide pro bono services for local shelters, such as C.A.R.E right here in New Bedford, free qualifying services for the elderly, incentives for referrals , gift certificates and so much more!

So grab your pup and head on down to Wicked Clean Dog Groom & Spaw located at 12 Sconticut Neck Rd in Fairhaven for an unforgettable experience!

Check out the website at: www.wickedcleandog.com

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Five South Coast Beach Bum Locations

Let’s face it-a trip to the beach is surely on your to do list while visiting the South Coast, or at the top of your day off list as a lucky local!

The Southcoast is home to many beautiful sandy beaches inviting you to kick off your shoes, bask in the sun, take a swim, and enjoy the salty ocean breeze. I have selected five great beach bum locations that won’t put a dent in your vacation fund!

Although the majority of these beaches are kid friendly, as a single mom I’m no stranger to the value of a secluded spot offering well deserved peace and quiet. So keep that in mind as you read along.

1. Fort Phoenix State Reservation Beach

Located at: 100 Green Street, Fairhaven

Costs: FREE FOR ALL!

 

I chose Fort Phoenix Beach first of all because it is FREE for residents and guests. This historical location is not just a day at the beach; it’s packed with amenities for all ages. Fort Phoenix offers clean restrooms, sandy volleyball courts, several picnic areas, a safe playground overlooking the beach, a beautiful jetty to walk along and catch the sunsets, and several shaded areas to escape the heat. The beach is well maintained and the water is rather calm without any substantial waves-perfect for the kids! Be sure to pack your water shoes as there’s a bit of a rocky walk on your way to the shore. I can’t be sure you won’t encounter red tides from time to time, but I can assure you there are many other activities to enjoy if so!

 

2. Horseneck Beach

Location: Rt.88 Westport Point, Westport

Costs: $7 per day

 

Horseneck is one of the Southcoast’s most popular beaches, known for its big waves and great surf! Horseneck not only attracts water sport lovers and surfers, but is perfect for boogie boarding, body surfing, or just jumping around enjoying the waves! The beach has just about everything from a full staff of life guards, bath house accommodations, a snack shack, and a whole lotta beach! Although Horseneck is kid-friendly, I would recommend this beach for adults and older kids who are a bit more advanced swimmers as the swells can get intense. Tip: Get there early enough to be sure to grab a parking spot since the lots do fill up fast.

 

3. Swifts Beach

Location: 36 Swifts Beach Road, Wareham

Cost: Resident Stickers: $30 a year & Non Residents: $10/day $50 Seasonal Pass

This beach is the perfect spot for the little ones! Set up your chair on one of the several sandbars and rest easy as the kids enjoy the warm, calm waters. Local Ice Cream and Frozen Lemonade trucks arrive at least every half hour loaded with ice cold treats to keep you and the kids cool. If you have your shellfish license, then you will dig this beach at low tide! Swift Beach also has a boat ramp available if you’re looking to lose sight of the shore!

 

4. Onset Beach

Location: 182 Onset Ave, East Wareham

Cost: $2/hour in lots & Short Term off street meter parking (I advise you to keep an eye on the meter!)

Onset Beach’s calm waters and calming waves are ideal for laid back adults and children. Your feet will sink in the soft sand and beach treasures are all around; water-rounded rocks, fancy shells and pieces of beach glass! Life guards are on site keeping the beach safe and secure. It is centrally located to all kinds of great food and shopping. Across the parking lot is a salt water taffy store where you can also grab a grilled burger or a fresh sandwich. Just steps from the beach is the infamous Mark Anthony’s Family Pizza, hosting one of the largest menus on Cape Cod. Across the street, you’ll find a Dunkin Donuts, an ice cream parlor, and several oceanside souvenir shops for all your beach needs!

 

5. West Island Town Beach

Location: 36 Bluepoint Road, Fairhaven

Cost: $20/day nonresident parking $7 resident

 

While the parking is a bit pricy, this beach is a quiet, remote, relaxing location with calm waters great for sun bathing, taking a dip to cool off, and beginner swimmers. Life Guards are available offering swimming lessons, making this beach my top pick for the kids! Grab the buckets, shovels and nets and head out to a sandbar to collect critters or beach treasures!

 

 

Be “shore” to keep checking back, as The New Bedford Travel Guide may just decide to drop a hint on some secret beach locations straight from the hearts of the locals! We hope you will email or post your own favorite treasures and beach locations for all to enjoy!

 

 

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Art from the Heart of New Bedford’s Gallery X!

Are you an artist, writer, singer, photographer, dancer, musician, or have any other creative talents? Maybe you just enjoy and appreciate art in all its unspoken, beautiful forms. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “A picture paints a thousand words,” so why not unplug from your laptop, smart phone, or tablet and take a quiet retreat to Gallery X, where creativity will surely take you on an artistic adventure- FREE of charge.

Gallery X inhabits the former Universalist Church building known for its historical architecture, located in the heart of downtown New Bedford, and open to the community free of charge. The gallery maintains two floors, a stage and function hall with a 150 seat facility, walls for exhibits, and more. The hall is available for event rentals such as: small theatrical performances; musical events; charity functions, as well as weekly exhibit rentals open to the public. Gallery X is ideal for hosting that special event providing catering and cleanup for your convenience. Be sure to inquire about the special discounts offered to nonprofits and charity events!

The gallery is a cooperative visual with a literary and performing art gallery operated by passionate artists, members, and volunteers who believe in the importance of creating a community rich in cultural awareness. The staff provides an atmosphere where established and aspiring artists can exhibit their work, converse and encourage each other, while promoting awareness and creativity in the community. They host eleven monthly shows a year with different themes; seven of which are available to ALL artists for submissions!

If that’s not enough to encourage you to visit, then how about a little retail therapy at the Gallery store creatively named: “Something Xtra”; where the artist’s work is available to purchase, as well as unique jewelry; paintings; and all things creative and affordable!

Gallery X is truly a memorable place to visit- but keep in mind -some of the exhibits may not be appropriate for children under the age of eighteen. Parking and admission are free of charge and the building is handicap accessible. This nonprofit organization relies on your generosity and donations. The site has a drop box for donations and a mailing address of: 169 William St. New Bedford, Ma 02740.

Whether you’re an aspiring artist looking to share your talent, looking to host an event, or you enjoy visual, performing arts, and creativity—Gallery X –Marks the Spot!

For a full list or events and information visit www.galleryx.org

Gallery X Click here for their NBTG listing!

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