Top Five Local Shops to Visit

There are a lot of shops in the Poconos. It’s a wide, diverse area with a wide variety of shops and galleries. From outlet malls and candle shops to farmers’ markets and antique malls, there is something for everyone. Many are focused on the tourist trade, many aren’t. Here are a few, scattered around the area that we think make for the Poconos shopping experience.

The Crossings Premium Outlets

Sometimes you just need to go to the mall. To wander mindlessly around, window shopping and people watching. Getting a little exercise while convincing yourself that you really do need that lovely Kate Spade handbag. The Crossings Premium Outlets caters to both locals and tourists, and will satiate your thirst for mall shopping. With shops like Forever 21, Yankee Candle, Hugo Boss, Nautica, Bath & Body Works, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Birkenstock, and Crocs, you’ll find something you need.

The Crossings Premium Outlets
1000 Premium Outlets Drive, Tannersville PA

Whitehaven General Store

This place has a bit of everything you can imagine, and then more. It’s a weird selection of merchandise and services jammed together, but somehow it works. Visit for the smoked cheese! You can get your smoked cheese in a variety of flavors. They have ‘regular’ (Sharp, Mozzarella, Gouda, etc.), ‘with spice’ (Cajun, Black Pepper, Adobo and Old Bay), ‘with flavor’ (Horseradish Smoked Cheese and Roasted Garlic Smoked Cheese to name two), and ‘with meat’ (Buffalo Wing Cheddar anyone?). And the Smoked Cheese with Hot Peppers come mild hot or very hot. Your taste buds may not recover from a bite of Carolina Reaper Smoked Cheese for a while, but it’s worth the pain. You’ll probably find something else you need while you’re shopping Poconos goods. The General Store area sells art & collectibles, cell phones, jewelry, sporting goods, vacuum cleaners, and a whole lot more. Oh, and they offer computer, phone and electronics repairs and service too.

Whitehaven General Store
243 Main Street, White Haven PA
Open Monday through Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday from 10am – 3pm

The Olde Village Trader

Housed in the oldest building in Mount Pocono, the Olde Village Trader is a family run business that has been in operation for over 60 years. Like the Whitehaven General Store, and many other Pocono stores, they sell a little bit of everything. Even locals like to wander through the aisles, just looking. They have plenty of Pocono souvenirs that you can send to your friends who aren’t lucky enough to live in the Poconos. They also sell Minnetonka Moccasins, jewelry, leather belts, greeting cards and postcards, an assortment of patriotic apparel and flags, self-defense products, novelty license plates, incense, electric razors, seasonal items like football jerseys, NASCAR merchandise (you must know someone who’d like that Bobby Labonte pillow), personalized key chains, and plenty of toys to keep the kids occupied – when was the last time you got them a bottle of bubbles, or a monkey eraser?

The Olde Village Trader
1426 Pocono Blvd, Mount Pocono PA
Monday & Wednesday 11am – 6pm, Tuesday, Thursday through Sunday 10am – 6pm

Poconos Farmer’s Market

Owned and run by the Amish, the Poconos Farmer’s Market has a wide variety of locally made items for sale. Fresh produce is picked from local farms, and changes season to season. During the spring and summer, you may find strawberries, blueberries, melons, sweet corn, and peaches. In the fall the shelves will be full of potatoes, garlic, pumpkin, squash, and more apples than you’ve ever seen in one place. Besides farm fresh local produce, the market has a wide selection of natural, local, raw honey & beeswax, preserves and canned goods including jams, butters, salsas, relishes and more. They have plenty of tasty homemade pot pies, fresh fruit pies, turnovers, scones, breads, cookies, roasted nuts, handmade chocolates, pretzels, donuts, and more too. Not to mention the gourmet cheeses, crackers, eggs, and fresh cut flowers, plus handmade furniture and soaps. And there’s always something good cooking on the grill. Grab some BBQ chicken and Zook’s homemade mint tea for lunch.

Poconos Farmer’s Market
Pa-115, Lake Harmony PA
Open daily, 9am – 6pm year-round

Historic Downtown Districts

There are so many small, scenic, historic downtowns in the Poconos, we can’t list them all here, but you can’t go wrong when you visit any of them. We’ve singled out Jim Thorpe because not only is the town full of historic structures and cute shops, but it’s also right next to gorgeous Lehigh Gorge State Park. Take your time and spend a few days exploring the park and historic Jim Thorpe. Start with a trip on the Scenic Railway for an out-and-back train ride that takes you from Jim Thorpe into Lehigh Gorge State Park and back. It’s a great way to learn about the area and see the scenery as the train runs along and above the scenic Lehigh River and Gorge. Then head back to downtown Jim Thorpe, where you can browse through bookstores, music stores (yes, they still exist), wine shops with tasting rooms, home décor and gift shops, and plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you going. A few of the shops you’ll find are Rainbow’s End (candy!), the Jim Thorpe House of Jerky, the Mauch Chuck 5 & 10, and The Douglas House Marketplace (a mini mall housed in a former Millionaire Row mansion with two levels full of galleries and shops).

Historic Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe PA

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