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Phoenix Books - OLIVER PARINI
  • Oliver Parini
  • Phoenix Books

Figuring out where to shop in Burlington isn't rocket science: For the most part, you can just head to the Church Street Marketplace. But you work hard for the money — so hard for it, honey — so let's get a little more specific about where to spend it.

Once a year, Vermonters vote on everything from best furniture store to best shoe shop in the Seven Daysies readers' picks. Shop the abridged list of past nominees and winners below knowing there's not a dud in the bunch. Want more? Check out some stellar gear stores here and browse the complete Daysies guide.

Best bookstore: Phoenix Books

191 Bank St., Burlington; 2 Carmichael St., Essex,

Like a certain bird rising from the ashes of a decimated print media landscape — thnx, internet — Phoenix Books has been plying Vermonters with sweet, sweet paper pages since opening its Essex location in 2007. Since then, the badass bookstore has expanded to Burlington, Rutland and Chester. Judging by the growth of the mini-empire, it seems Vermonters have had their say: Books are here to stay. (And if you're in the market for cards and quirky gifts, Phoenix has those, too!)

Also try:

Location Details Flying Pig Bookstore
Flying Pig Bookstore
5247 Shelburne Rd.
Chittenden County
Shelburne, VT
Location Details Crow Bookshop
Crow Bookshop
14 Church St.
Burlington, VT
Books and Cards & Gifts

Best pet supply store: Pet Food Warehouse

2500 Williston Rd., South Burlington; 2455 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne,
Alissa Kline, Kaia and Shana Mleko at Pet Food Warehouse - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Alissa Kline, Kaia and Shana Mleko at Pet Food Warehouse

Since 1983, Vermonters have flocked to this animal-loving emporium for the best selection of pet products around — and a staff so aggressively helpful that you'll feel guilty for saying, "Uh, just browsing, thanks."

Also try:
Location Details Oh my DOG
18 Lime Rock Rd.
Chittenden County
South Burlington, VT

Location Details Play Dog Play Canine Care Center
668 Pine St.
Burlington, VT

Best garden center: Gardener's Supply Company

128 Intervale Rd., Burlington; 472 Marshall Ave., Williston,
Gardener's Supply - SARAH ALEXANDER
  • Sarah Alexander
  • Gardener's Supply

Need fertilizer? How 'bout outdoor furniture? This employee-owned business, founded by local gardeners in 1983, is an oasis for experienced and wannabe growers alike. It's Vermont; go green!

Also try:
Location Details Claussen's Florist & Greenhouse
Claussen's Florist & Greenhouse
187 Main St.
Chittenden County
Colchester, VT
Gardening Supplies and Flowers

Location Details Red Wagon Plants
Red Wagon Plants
2408 Shelburne Falls Rd.
Chittenden County
Hinesburg, VT
Gardening Supplies

Best place to buy a pipe: Northern Lights

75 Main St., Burlington,
  • Courtesy of Northern Lights

Unique pipes and hookahs are the name of the game at the largest supplier of, um, tobacco products in Burlington. Indulge your inner hippie and shop the tapestries, incense and tie-dye, too.

Also try:

Location Details The Bern Gallery
The Bern Gallery
135 Main St.
Burlington, VT
Smoking Products, Smoking/Vaping Supplies and Accessories
Location Details Full Tank
150 Church St.
Burlington, VT
Smoking Products and Smoking/Vaping Supplies

Best place to buy a unique gift: Frog Hollow

85 Church St., Burlington,
Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery - LEE KROHN
  • Lee Krohn
  • Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery

Open since 1971, Frog Hollow is a gallery and gift store in one, making it a prime place to load up on artsy goodies, from ceramics and screen prints to jewelry and blown glass. No matter what you pick, it will have the trace of a human hand. Preach.

      Also try:

Location Details Common Deer
Common Deer
210 College St., Suite 101
Burlington, VT
Antiques, Jewelry, Housewares, Clothes for Men, Clothes for Women, Accessories, Artwork, Cards & Gifts and Housewares & Décor
Location Details Homeport
52 Church St.
Burlington, VT
Furniture, Housewares, Toys & Games, Housewares & Décor, Cards & Gifts and Electronics

Best lighting store: Conant Metal & Light

266 Pine St., Burlington,
  • Courtesy Of Conant Metal & Light

Owner Steve Conant and his creative crew run one of the coolest home-furnishing stores in town. The shop specializes in one-of-a-kind custom art and lighting.

Also try:

Location Details The Lamp Shop
The Lamp Shop
424 Pine St.
Burlington, VT
Lighting, Housewares & Décor and Furniture

Best adult toy store: Good Stuff

21 Church St., Burlington; 197 Pearl St., Essex Junction,

In stores all over the state, including one right on Church Street, Good Stuff stocks a truly feel-good inventory — we're talking steamy DVDs, sex toys and everybody's favorite: lube!

Also try:
Location Details Imago
257 Jasper Mine Rd.
Chittenden County
Colchester, VT
Cards & Gifts and Smoking Products

Survival Tip: BTV's city parking garages (the Marketplace Garage, College Street Garage and Lakeview Garage) are free for the first two hours and all day on Sundays. You can also stash your ride for free overnight during winter parking bans — just be out by 7:30 a.m. or get stuck paying for a full day.

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