This Tucked Away Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Street Deserves All the Love
Portsmouth has been one of this writer's favorite places for years.
The little city's got it all, from cute shops to excellent restaurants, a scenic park and waterfront views, centuries of history, and opportunities to enjoy music, theatre, art, and night life. But as we locals know, Portsmouth also has lots of side streets that don't experience as much foot traffic as those on Congress Street, for instance.
One of these streets, Sheafe Street, is a personal favorite. It's steps away from Prescott Park and home to two shops: Sheafe Street Books and Deadwick's.
First up is Sheafe Street Books. This quaint and charming bookstore has both new and used books touching on countless genres, with a special focus on "Beat literature, Poetry, New England and the classics," according to their website. This writer doesn't know the owner's name, but he's always extremely helpful with answering any questions you might have.
Oh, and he's also got an adorable gray kitty who sometimes wanders around the store. How cute is that?
Right next to the bookstore is Deadwick's Etherial Emporium, which describes itself on Facebook as "The Seacoast's best kept magical retail secret." From a vast selection of crystals to tarot decks, incense, herbs, books, candles, decor, and more, there's always something interesting to see there, even if you aren't into what the shop's Instagram calls "magickal curiosities."
As someone who loves reading and is intrigued by elements of the metaphysical, yours truly always goes out of the way to stop by these stores when in Portsmouth. So, next time you visit, be sure to go to Sheafe Street and show these places some love, cause they deserve it.
Speaking of Portsmouth, here are some of the oldest restaurants in town. How many have you been to?