A vacation to Cape Cod brings something new every day. From relaxing afternoons at the beach to an early morning bike ride, you will never run out of things to do. The area is so full of history that at times it seems like time itself stands still. You will want to remember every aspect of your getaway when you stay at Candleberry Inn. One way to keep those memories alive is by picking up a memento or two! There is plenty of shopping in Brewster, MA, but the 150-year-old Brewster Store on Main Street will never disappoint. Browse this Brewster shop to discover the perfect vacation goodies to indulge in right away or pack in your suitcase and save for later!
For more information on things to do in Cape Cod, you can download our free Vacation Guide. It features all of our favorite places to go and see in the area, like the Brewster Store or the Brewster Historical Society!
Brewster General Store History
The Brewster Store’s history began in 1852 when it was originally constructed as a church. In the 1860s, the church was purchased for just one dollar by William K. Knowles. He transformed the building into a general store by removing the church steeple and adding bright, storefront windows. The second floor was dubbed “The Hall” and held local plays, dances, and social events. In the 1900s, the Knowles family added the Brewster Post Office to the building. It was eventually sold to Donald Doane who briefly transformed the store into a museum. The Brewster Store got its name from its next owners, the Dibbles. They began to sell household items no longer available from most modern retailers, which is what the store is known for today. The Boyds now run the Brewster Store, and are incredibly committed to its preservation!
What You Will Find at the Brewster Store
The Brewster Store specializes in a wide assortment of oil lamps and hurricane globes as well as Cape Cod souvenirs and unique gifts. Find your perfect tourist t-shirt, an antique oil lamp, or some penny candy for munching during your vacation. Local books are also a popular find, as well as nostalgic toys that you can share with your kids or use to remember childhood. Go back in time as you sip on an original Coca Cola in a glass bottle and stock up on that penny candy!
The Brewster Scoop
You can’t make a trip to Cape Cod without stopping for ice cream! The Brewster Scoop is now located right next to the Brewster Store after moving locations from its back shed. This little ice cream shop has a variety of flavors from the classic mint chocolate chip to their own creation “cowabunga.” Do some shopping at the historical store, then take an ice cream break!
Stay With Us at Candleberry Inn
Candleberry Inn is just a 2-minute walk to the Brewster Store. Our historic bed and breakfast is centrally located in Cape Cod, giving you access to all of the amazing attractions the area has to offer. We provide luxurious yet charming accommodations to suit your vacation needs and serve a delicious homemade breakfast every morning to start your adventures off right. We hope to see you here in beautiful Cape Cod soon!