Downtown New Bedford

Cool Holiday Clothes Shopping

As holiday shopping approaches, add a little more character to your gifts and enjoy shopping in our very own downtown New Bedford!  With large commercial stores pulling out their seasonal discounts and promotions, you can avoid some of the major chaos and help support a small business without sacrificing your paycheck or fashion sense. Many of the shops in downtown New Bedford offer unique clothing and accessories you won’t find at the big-business department stores. The best part? All these great stores are within a few blocks of each other! Check out our day trip to help you plan the day.

Carter’s Clothing and Footwear

Carter’s Clothing specializes in high quality products for men. They carry a lot of heavy-duty clothing lines, like Carhartt and Timberland, making them the perfect place to shop for your winter clothes. Their great selection of boots, sweatshirts, coats, rain gear, thermals, and other product lines make it one of the best places around to prepare for the winter weather! Carter’s also has a fashionable side, with an awesome selection of footwear and clothing from Champion, Jordan, Adidas, and more. You’ll be looking good and shopping local!

Artificial Marketplace

Located on William Street, the Artificial Marketplace is filled with everything vintage. From furniture to records, Artificial Marketplace has it all.  They also have a great selection of vintage clothing. You will find unique shirts, hats, jackets, shoes, and other accessories from back in the day. If you stop in on the right day, you could get lucky and find that one-of-a-kind gift!

Celia’s Boutique

On the corner of William and Pleasant Street, you’ll find one of the area’s best selections in women’s professional and casual clothing. Celia’s Boutique specializes in classy and fashionable designer tops, pants, dresses and accessories to keep you looking good in and out of work. They also carry a variety of handbags, and if you’re having trouble finding what looks great, Celia and her staff of professional fashionistas will help you piece together the perfect outfit.

767 Exchange

Technically, 767 Exchange on Purchase Street is a small thrift shop. However, it’s actually much more than that. You can buy, sell, or even trade for their new, used, and vintage clothing and accessories. While the store is small and quaint, this makes it concentrated on selective fashion! Only the best of the best makes it onto the clothing racks at the 767 Exchange.  Stop by and see for yourself.

Laney Baby & Co.

Adults aren’t the only ones who are fun to shop for in downtown New Bedford. Laney Baby & Co sells all sorts of new and used clothing, furniture, accessories and toys for newborns and children up to age 5. With new items arriving all the time, your youngster will be the coolest dressed kid on the block! If you’re not sure what to buy for a baby gift, Laney Baby & Co also offers gift certificates.


For more casual, but highly fashionable women’s clothing, Calico on Union Street is the place to go. They have a number of brand names that will have you looking stylish whether you’re spending the day shopping or having a night out on the town. They sell everything a girl could want, like stylish dresses, classy shirts, pretty pants, and stunning shoes along with the perfect accessories to pull the whole outfit together.

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Jonathan Faria
Living my entire life in New Bedford and Dartmouth, I'm now a senior Writing student at UMass Dartmouth. Having a few journalistic opportunities in school to write about the South Coast and everything it offers, I look forward to more chances to show how great this area really is. Hopefully I'll be going outside my comfort zone, while exploring and learning more!


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