Put your walking shoes on and head to downtown Dublin GA where you will find more than just shopping. Downtown Dublin is an experience full of the reliable staples that have been there for years, buildings that have stood the test of time, and revitalization that is always bringing in something new. Stroll to shop, stroll to learn, stroll for your soul.
Saturdays begin at the Farmers Market at Market on Madison with fresh baked goods, local meats, fruits and veggies galore, the sweetest of the sweet corn, and so much more! Meander up and down the pavilion until your arms are full, and don’t forget to bring a cooler to keep all of your great buys chilled while you spend the rest of your Saturday strolling downtown. After you pack away the goods, venture down Bicentennial Plaza and take in the soothing sounds of the fountain.
Surely you worked up an appetite at the Farmers Market, so hang a right after the fountain and drop in to The Latin Phoenix Creperie, a new downtown Dublin eatery, for a crepe and coffee. The apple and brie crepe is phenomenal, and the coffee beans are ground with each order. Located on the first floor of the Fred Roberts Building, the owner keeps it fresh with a small menu that changes daily, and offers salads, grab-and-go items, and authentic Puerto Rican dishes for lunch and dinner.
Heart of the City
Need to burn off some caffeine after that pit stop? Galavant down Jackson Street and pop in to The Owl’s Nest at 128 to Paint Your Own Pottery! Wander past the displays of handmade pottery, jewelry and vintage decor to the back of the store to find the perfect piece to paint and treasure forever. From adorable unicorns to functional platters, stencils and colors of paint aplenty, there is something for everyone young and old.
Comics & ! is just a couple doors down from the Owl’s Nest at 128. Head inside to add variety to your downtown Dublin GA shopping experience. Housed in what locals remember as the old Ma Hawkins Restaurant, the walls are lined with games, comic books and action figures. On any given day, you might overhear an intense battle of the minds as Magic or another game is being played at the tables. Board games are becoming more mainstream, and Comics & ! is stocked with games for even the novice player.
Beyond Jackson Street
If you are not familiar with downtown, you might look down Jackson Street and think you have reached the end of the line, but wait! There is more! A stroll through downtown would not be complete without stopping in Strickland’s Boots which has been in Downtown Dublin for over 40 years. These guys have been perfectly fitting and slinging boots for decades. The familiar smell of leather will overtake your nostrils right as you are met with a warm welcome like you have been in Strickland’s 100 times, even if it is your first trip. Boots are neatly displayed on shelves from the floor to the ceiling, along with other leather goods that might strike your fancy.
What compliments leather? Wood and metal, of course. Head South down Jefferson Street away from the Courthouse to Established, which is housed in what was one of Dublin’s oldest grocery warehouses. As the hardwood floors creak below your feet, take in the reclaimed wood pieces, metal molded into art and handcrafted artisan goods and decor created just for you by local entrepreneurs.
Okay, now you have reached the end of the line (it’s funny because Established is next to the railroad track). You can head back the way you came and hit the other side of Jackson Street for a selfie at Jackson Plaza with its water feature and vibrant landscaping, or take in some history as you make your way back to your vehicle down Madison Street. Make it interesting and see if you can feel the vortex at the First National Bank building on the corner of Jefferson and Madison, or find the enclosure that some say used to be a holding cell in the parking lot behind Deano’s. See you Saturday!