Indulge your parental instincts at Frogs & Lily Pads (443 Railroad St., 802/748-2975, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mon.–Sat., 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Sun.), dedicated to creative and educational toys, impeccable children’s clothing, and stylish maternity clothes.
Another must-stop for families (not to mention bookworms) is Boxcar & Caboose Bookstore (394 Railroad St., 802/748-3551, www.boxcarandcaboose.com , 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.), a combination bookstore, café, and kids playroom complete with comfy leather chairs, espresso drinks, and a train table.
Score heirloom-quality carved wooden chairs, luminous glass bowls, and hand-woven scarves at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild (430 Railroad St., 802/748-0158, www.nekartisansguild.com , 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Sat.), a collective of more than 100 craftspeople.