By Candice Hersh
Coming to Huntingdon? Take time to “stop and shop the circuit” of stores unique to Huntingdon and the surrounding area. You’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, birdhouses and specialty birdseed, pottery created by local artists, country crafts, mosaic tables, braided rugs, antiques, framed art, photographs, stained glass décor, and so much more!
If you’re traveling on Route 26 North towards Huntingdon, check out Checkers! Nestled in the small town of Marklesburg, Checker’s front porch beckons you in for a quaint shopping experience. Continuing North on Route 26, turn right onto Seven Points Road and venture out to the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center. Just inside the lobby you will find Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe where you can purchase local crafts and Raystown Lake souvenirs.
If you are a visitor traveling to Huntingdon on Route 22 East, your first “stop and shop the circuit” opportunity is at Lincoln Caverns, the area’s largest gift shop. Here you will find a variety of nature-style gifts and Raystown country souvenirs. Next stop – continue on Route 22 East and turn right onto Hartslog Valley Road, home to the Log Cabin Gallery. This cozy space is filled with an ever-changing selection of juried art and crafts: hand-forged iron, jewelry, photographs, Amish quilts, kaleidoscopes, toys, and Russian wall art.
Approaching Huntingdon on Route 22 East, you will arrive at Family Treasures. Here you will find an array of booths filled with irresistible treasures to include primitives, Americana, handcrafted jewelry, antiques, and seasonal decorations. Jumping back onto Route 22 East, watch for Gardners Candies, on your right. This red and white candy-striped shop is full of sweet treats such as chocolate covered pretzels and the original peanut butter meltaways.
After filling your bags with lots of sweet confections, it’s time to head for Huntingdon. Crossing over the Juniata River, you will find Laney’s Feed Mill immediately on your left. A large selection of birdfeeders hangs throughout the store and Laney’s is known for their fresh, specialty birdseed mixes, but don’t be fooled by the name Feed Mill, Laney’s carries Carhartt clothing, Beaumont pottery, hammocks and lots of pet supplies.
As you travel the corridors into Huntingdon, there are shops you won’t want to miss. Once in town, hit the Washington Street/Penn Street loop and find more unique shops all within walking distance. You’ll want to visit them all so plan to “stop and shop the circuit!”