- 1 Corner Stores & Convenience Stores
- 2 Grocery Stores
- 3 Natural Foods
- 4 Local Produce and Fish
- 5 Beer, Wine & Liquor
- 6 Other Essentials
- 7 Clothing
- 8 Thrift Shops
- 9 Books
- 10 Sporting Goods
- 11 Bike Shops
- 12 Music
- 13 Plants and Flowers
Corner Stores & Convenience Stores
59 Locust St., Falmouth; 508-457-1191. Hours: 6:00–midnight. Typical corner store and the prices to prove it. Convenient maps, postcards and of course the all important penny candy and Slim Jims!
Woods Hole Market
87 Water St., Woods Hole. 508-540-4792. This is a convenience store that also offers deli sandwiches and some hot entrees and soups. More expensive than Stop & Shop, but far more convenient if you live in Woods Hole and don’t have a car.
Note that grocery stores in MA generally don’t sell alcohol, however, Windfall Market sells beer and wine.
Falmouth Mall; 508-548-4033. Hours: 7am – 10pm. Across the street (sort of) from Stop & Shop. Exotic produce (e.g. jicama, fennel, Asian pears, fancy mushrooms, etc.) can be found reliably here. Pharmacy, Florist, and Redbox movie-rental vending machine inside. Thrifty shoppers may find it worthwhile to shop for sale items between Shaw’s and Stop & Shop.
Stop and Shop
Rte. 28 & Jones Rd., Falmouth; 508-540-7481. Hours: Mon-Sat 6am – 12am; Sun 6am – 10pm. The old standby grocery store in Falmouth. Decent produce, meat, and fish. Reasonable prices (regular prices tend to be cheaper than Shaw’s) and impressive selection. Pharmacy, and movie rental vending machine. If you have a loyalty card, you can now use gas points at the Stop & Shop gas station next to Kappy’s.
Falmouth Mall; 508-540-8995. Hours: 7am – 10pm, 7 days/week. Not the best Walmart, if you’re a connoisseur. In terms of food, they carry packaged food only (no produce or deli).
77 Scranton Ave, Falmouth; 508-548-0099. Hours: 8am – 8pm. Falmouth’s answer to Trader Joe’s / Whole Foods. Upscale prices on upscale foods. Nice produce and meats. A great place for that ingredient you have trouble finding elsewhere. Their fresh-baked bread is excellent and shellfish prices are reasonable. http://www.windfallmarket.com
655 RT-132, Hyannis; 508-790-3008. Hours: 8am – 9pm every day. Only Trader Joe’s on the Cape, no booze here. There is also a small location at the Hanover Mall off Rte 3 (south of Boston).
1 Factory Outlet Rd, Sagamore, MA 02561; 508-833-7333. Hours: Mon – Sat 7am – 9 pm; Sun 7 am – 7 pm. Substantially cheaper prices than Stop and Shop and Shaw’s, but a longer drive.
310 Dillingham Ave., Falmouth (behind Citizen’s Bank and Falmouth Collision); 508-540-3538. Hours: M-F 9am – 6pm; Sat 10am – 6pm; Sun 12pm – 5pm. A corner market selling organic foods, pre-packaged or in bulk, organic produce, homeopathics, vitamins, herbs, and more. Pricey, but occasionally they’ll have that one ingredient (especially if it needs to be gluten-free, vegan, etc.) you can’t find anywhere else. Open year round.
Cape Cod Natural Foods Company
1600 Falmouth Rd., Centerville; 508-771-8394. Hours: M-F 9am – 7pm; Sat – Sun 12pm – 5:30pm. A fully stocked natural product supermarket. Everything in the store is 10% off on Wednesdays. Reasonable prices, very clean, nice staff. Website: http://www.earthoriginsmarket.com/Pages/locations.aspx
Organic Market is a new grocery store in Mashpee Commons (older locations in Chatham and Dennisport). Locally owned they promise that “Nothing touches our shelves unless it is certified organic, non-GMO project verified, or comes from a local source that we trust.” Pricey.
Nation’s largest natural foods chain.
990 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis. – New, not a full sized store.
94 Derby St, Hingham. (Derby Street Shoppes) – Full sized store, about an hour from Falmouth.
Local Produce and Fish
There are a variety of local farmers’ markets in the summertime throughout the area. Occasionally, there is one in Woods Hole on weekends. On Thursdays in the summer, there is one on Main St. in Falmouth. If you have a car, take a trek along 28 toward Hyannis and you’ll find a variety of produce for sale.
Check out the sustainable living section for more info on community supported agriculture (farm shares).
Falmouth Farmers’ Market
Thursdays May – October, 12am – 6pm. Website. Previously in Peg Noonan Park on Main St., Falmouth, but may relocate to the Marina Park (Scranton Ave) for the 2015 season. Locally-produced fruits, veggies, dairy products, and more.
Bay End Farm
Certified organic vegetables grown in Bourne. CSA runs for 20 weeks from June through October. As of 2014 they are delivering directly to Quissett Campus every Wed – all you do is pick up your bag! http://www.bayendfarm.com
Cataumet Fish Market
1360 Rt. 28A, Cataumet; 508-564-5956. Hours: M-Sat 10am – 6pm; Sun 10am – 5pm. This store is a little out of the way, but has the best quality seafood in the area. Selection is similar to the two above, but in general, the quality is superior. Their fish is often fresh/good enough to make sushi/sashimi. Highly recommended. http://www.cataumetfish.com
15 Boxwood Circle, Falmouth; 508-548-6044. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm. Just one block off Main St. Good quality, decent price. Selection during the off-season varies quite a bit, but during the summer it is much more extensive. Inexpensive salmon steaks and crab cakes.
Hatchville Road, Falmouth; 508-563-2560. Pick your own vegetables, strawberries, and blueberries in season. Memberships available. Fancy dinners! Website: http://www.coonamessettfarm.com
Falmouth Fish Market
157 Teaticket Highway (Rt. 28), Falmouth; 508-540-0045. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm. You can buy lobsters (and other fish) on the interwebs. Both Falmouth Fish and the Clam Man will offer you better selection and in general, much better quality than the seafood sections at the supermarket. Quality ranges from good to excellent depending on day and time of year. “Lobsters Live” website (includes mail-order info) : http://www.lobsterslive.com
Jack in the Beanstalk
402 N. Falmouth Highway (Rt. 28A); 508-564-4305. Hours: 8:00–18:00. daily (often they stay open late to help customers). Better quality produce than you’ll find at Shaw’s or Stop & Shop at comparable prices. Don’t let their normal selection outside fool you; if you don’t see something you need, ask! Very often, they’ll have what you want in the back. Good produce at good prices. Note: in general, they do not claim that their food is organic. Open year round. Website (online gift ordering): http://www.jackinthebeanstalk.com/index.ccml
Beer, Wine & Liquor
In Falmouth, there are essentially two main retailers for alcoholic beverages, with several smaller “mom and pop” type stores around the greater Falmouth area. Most grocery stores don’t sell alcohol, but Windfall sells beer and wine and Ocean State Job Lot sells wine.
John’s Liquor Store
726 Main St., Falmouth; 508-548-2287. An intermediate-sized retailer of domestic and imported liquors. John’s also carries full, half and quarter kegs of domestic beer. They offer a 10% discount for WHOI employees (try not to be too obvious about asking for it, though – just put your ID on the counter with your driver’s license, and then you’ll get the discount and other customers won’t feel left out and outraged). Bring a passport if international. Somewhat more expensive than Kappy’s. Ask for help selecting a wine. Open year round, M-Sat 8am – 11pm; Sun 12pm – 6pm. Website:http://www.johnsliquors.com
21 Springs Bars Rd. (next to Falmouth Plaza), Falmouth; 508-548-2600. Kappy’s has the best and most complete selection of domestic and imported beer, wine, hard alcohol and mixers on the Cape! They have stuff you’ve never even heard of. If they don’t have it, they will try to get it for you. Kegs and party balls available. Open all year, M-Th 8am – 9pm; F-Sa 8am – 10pm; Sun 12pm – 6pm. Occasionally they refuse out-of-state licenses, bring a passport if international. Website:http://www.kappys.com
Old Barn Package Store
Luscombe Ave. (next to the Woods Hole/Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal), Woods Hole; 508-548-4855. Small store, but not a bad selection of wine & spirits as well as non-alcoholic cold beverages. Expensive. Open year round.
Falmouth Wine and Spirits
On Palmer Ave near Jones Rd, Falmouth. 508-548-4824. M-Sat 9am – 10pm; Sun 12 – 8pm. Free wine tasting every Friday 430pm! Great wine shop, artisan cheeses, gift baskets available.http://www.falmouthwine.com
Rite Aid Pharmacy
520 Main St. Falmouth; 508-495-2931. Hours: 8:00– 22:00 (store); 8:00–20:00 (pharmacy). Full scale pharmacy with drive-in prescription pick-up.
Christmas Tree Shop
Falmouth Plaza, Falmouth; 508-548-1414. Hours: 9:00–20:00 daily. Sort of an upscale Ocean State Job Lot (see below), they have a constantly changing stock of discounted household goods including home furnishings (for the thrifty student in all of us) glassware, cookware, toys, food, $1 spices, and seasonal/holiday items. Like Ocean State Job Lot, the hardest way to shop here is to go in looking for something, but you are guaranteed to find something there that you need!
105 Davis Straits Rd. (Rte. 28-S), Falmouth; store: 508-540-1737; pharmacy: 508-540-4307; Open 24/7. Full scale pharmacy featuring drugs, health and beauty items, greeting cards, candy, and film developing. Website: http://www.cvs.com
Ocean State Job Lot
Stop & Shop Plaza (Rte. 28-S) Hours: M-Sat 8am – 9pm; Sun 9am – 8pm. A heavily discounted department store, their constantly changing inventory consists largely of overstock purchased from other stores. Clothing including rare finds from Express, Lerner, Levi, Lee and the Gap. Reasonable area rugs, runners, linens & towels. Featuring various yard and summer supplies, household goods, toys. An eclectic collection of food items including teas, chocolates, various cooking oils, and $1 spices. Stock an extensive selection of Bob’s Red Mill flours/mixes/etc for way cheaper than regular grocery stores. Website: http://www.oceanstatejoblot.com
Eastman’s (Ace) Hardware
150 Main St., Falmouth; 508-548-0407. Hours: M-Sat 730am – 530pm; Sun 10am – 430pm. Good-sized hardware store; Ace and ServiStar dealer. Tools, fasteners, paint, housewares, keys made. Surprising selection of cutlery, kitchen gadgets, cookware and more. The fishing and hunting supplies that used to be downstairs have moved to a separate building: Eastman’s Sport and Tackle, 783 Main St., Falmouth; 508-548-6900.
643 Teaticket Highway. http://www.aubuchon.com/172
242 Teaticket Hwy. (just past Stop & Shop on Rte. 28-S), Falmouth; 508-548-0388. Tiny, high-density hardware store. The help can be less than cordial. Open year-round, M-F until 8pm.
Clothing stores around Falmouth are listed below.
Falmouth Mall; 508-457-0911. Hours: Mon-Sat 930am – 930pm; Sun 11am – 8pm. The only new clothing store not intended for tourists. Discounted department store merchandise, for both men and women, from casual to dressy. Also stocks shoes, luggage, and home furnishings such as pillows, linens, and picture frames, and other accessories. Website: http://www.tjmaxx.com/index.asp
Cape Cod Sweat & Tee
2 Locations: 307 Main St (Falmouth) and 6 Luscombe Ave (Woods Hole). Good place for Cape-themed souvenirs (hoodies, towels, postcards, glasses, etc). They also sell knick knacks and toiletries that tourists might have left at home, like sunglasses, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc, which can be useful in a pinch. Open summer only.
89 Water St., Woods Hole; 508-548-7568. Hours: 9:30-21:00. (daily during prime tourist season). Nice women’s clothing, caters to tourists. Pricey conservative clothing, scarves and accessories. Reduced hours, but open during the winter. Also open in Falmouth; 119 Palmer Ave. (Queen’s Buyway); 508-548-3900.
Maxwell & Co.
200 Main St., Falmouth, 508-540-8752. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12:30-5pm. High-end (designer) clothing for men and women.
156 Main St., Falmouth; 508-540-4466. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Women’s dresses and summery, cotton clothing.
199 Main St., Falmouth; 508-548-0116. Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Quality, moderately priced conservative clothing for men and women.
Soft as a Grape
251 Main St., Falmouth; 508-457-7400. Touristy T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc., including some nice WHOI duds. WHOI employees get a discount on WHOI items with their ID.
Clothing outside Falmouth
There are several clothing stores farther afield, including the Gap and Banana Republic at Mashpee Commons. The Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis has Sears, J. Crew, the Loft and several other clothing stores, including Macy’s, Marshalls, and Victoria’s Secret. Off-Cape options include Wareham Crossing (take Rte. 25 over Bourne Bridge to Rte. 195 and get off at first exit, the plaza will be at lights on the left), a mall of big box and smaller stores including Target, DSW, LL Bean, Loft, and Old Navy, and the Derby Street Shoppes, an upscale open-air mall in Hingham, MA.
Falmouth Hospital Thrift Shop
432 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, 508-457-3982. Hours: M-Sat 10am – 4pm. Large selection and the place to go for costumes. Open year round.
Pick of the Litter
Falmouth Dump; 508-457-9353. Not as slimy as it sounds. Useful, albeit unwanted goods are brought to a special area of the dump where people are allowed to take items they can use for free. Requires a town dump sticker (small fee for 2 year pass, or you can get a daily pass) which is also useful for dropping off big garbage, construction trash and bulk recycling.
- Info on Pick of the Litter Rules: http://www.town.falmouth.ma.us/image.php?img=waste/page45.jpg
- Falmouth Waste Management Facility Info (dump stickers, hours, etc.):http://www.town.falmouth.ma.us/depart.php?depkey=waste
6 Alphonse, Falmouth; 508-540-0575. Hours: M-F 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 2pm. High turnover, frequent dollarsales, and fairly nice clothes make this a favorite second-hand shop in town. Mostly women’s clothes, but some men’s as well. Knick-knacks and bobbles too! Located in White Hen Pantry Plaza past McDonald’s and Bike Zone on Teaticket Hwy (Rte. 28-S from WHOI).
Emerald House Thrift Shop
67 Davisville, East Falmouth. 508-457-0770. Hours: W/F/Sat 10am – 3pm; Thu 10am – 6pm. Proceeds donated to the Falmouth Service Center.
Isaiah Thomas Books and Prints
4632 Falmouth Rd. (Rt. 28-S near 130), Cotuit. 508-428-2752. A used bookstore that rivals anything in Boston. Large, tremendously diverse, well organized. Also lots of antiquarian stuff. Lots of large chairs for sitting and reading. Home to a large black cat. Impossible to miss as it is housed in a large, insanely pink Victorian house. Worth the drive (15 mi). Rare books and search services. Website: http://www.isaiahthomasbooks.com/index.asp
Eight Cousin’s Children’s Books
189 Main St., Falmouth; 580-548-5548. Small selection but friendly staff will order any book. Website: http://www.eightcousins.com
Library Book Sales
The Woods Hole and Falmouth Public Libraries both hold periodic book sales, at least two during the summer. They also have books for sale all the time – at the Woods Hole library on the shelves outside, and at the Falmouth Library in the entryway. Also, the MBL/WHOI library occasionally will have ”retired” books for free on a cart near the main checkout desk. Great place to check for vintage science materials.
- Falmouth Library Website: http://www.falmouthpubliclibrary.org
- Woods Hole Library Website: http://www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org
Market Street Books
Mashpee Commons. Hours: M-Sat 10am – 6pm; Sun 12pm – 5pm. Slogan: ”An independent bookstore for independent minds.” Great selection, little discount. If thrifty is your thing, you are much better off with Amazon than here. A great place to browse, all the newest books, super friendly staff and they will special order for you too. Great biography, political and current events sections. About 25 minutes from WHOI. Website: http://www.marketstreetbookshop.com/
Falmouth Plaza, Falmouth; 508-457-7564. A low-price sports equipment franchise. The only close-by
option for general sporting goods.
Gump’s Pro Shop
9 Skating Ln. off Palmer Ave. (Rt. 28); 508-548-9083 (human), 508-548-0275 (info line). High density selection of ice hockey equipment located at the Falmouth Ice Arena. Very knowledgeable staff. Skate sharpening. New and used skates and skate trade-in.
77 Scranton Ave., Falmouth; 508-457-6500. Open year round. Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm. This retail chain is America’s biggest name in boating supplies. If they don’t have what you need in their store, they have an extensive catalogue with very helpful product advisories.
115 Palmer Ave., Falmouth; 508-540-4195. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun noon-4pm. Good service and very conveniently located in the heart of Falmouth with 100 m of the Shining Sea Bike Path. Their selection is pretty eclectic from basic stuff to $8000 racing bikes with many things missing in between.
Art’s Bike Shop
75 County Rd., N. Falmouth; 508-563-7379. Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. Not a fully stocked pro bike shop. Selection is limited; however, for quick accessories, it’s convenient for those living in W. and N. Falmouth.
387 Rt. 151, Mashpee; 508-457-0234. A small music store with a good selection of instrument accessories and sheet music Private lessons available.
Festival Plaza, 1070 Iyannough Rd. Rte. 132, Hyannis; 508-778-0747. The famous Boston-based chain. Probably the cheapest place around to get a good selection, but it’s a 45-minute drive. Cheap used CDs ($3-5 for many full length CDs of all genres, more recent cost more) Also carries new CDs, retro decor (think bean bag chairs, lip-shaped decorative pillows, old skool lunch boxes and skater/grunge gear and jewelry.
176 Main Street, Falmouth; 508-457-1796, Carries local artists and unusual stuff, as well as the popular stuff and used CDs. Will find you anything, also buys your used CDs. Surprisingly impressive and diverse collection for such a small store. Tees and Accessories too. Open year round.
Plants and Flowers
Allen’s House of Flowers
426 Main St., Falmouth; 508-540-9798. Your basic FTD florist. Really nice proprietors and a reasonably good selection, but expensive.
Hatchville Road, Falmouth; (508)563-2560. As well as flowers for sale (in season), pick your own vegetables, strawberries, and blueberries in season. Memberships available.
Courtney’s Floral Creations
25 North Main Street, Falmouth; 508-540-1488. Call or stop by for the hours; she’s closed a few days a week, but has beautiful flowers; a little pricey.
Mahoney’s Garden Center
958 Main St., E. Falmouth; 508-548-4842. Hours: 9:00–18:00 daily. The largest garden center in the area. Carries nice shrubbery, outdoor and indoor plants. Also a good place for info on specialty plants like orchids and good garden advice. Carries a large selection of herbs & veggies, too.
Falmouth Mall; 508-548-4033. Hours: M-Sa 7am-midnight, Su 7am-10pm. Florist inside.
Stop and Shop
Rte. 28 & Jones Rd., Falmouth; 508-540-7481. Open 24 hours.
77 Scranton Avenue., Falmouth; 508-548-0099. Really excellent flowers for a grocery store, and affordable prices.