If you’re headed to Cape May anytime soon, make sure you take the short walk down Perry Street to West Cape May.
This sister town to the City of Cape May has some of the more interesting shops down the shore. Here’s a sampling:
Flying Fish Studio. I don’t mind the typical block lettered INSERT SHORE TOWN NAME HERE tshirts. But Flying Fish makes items that are a lot more interesting, like horseshoe crab sweatshirts, mermaid-themed items, and shirts with obscure to non-locals locales on them, like Poverty Beach. Lots of those items are made with organic materials, too. Flying Fish Studio also makes tshirts for the annual Lima Bean Festival (yes, lima beans) that will be held in West Cape May on October 6. If you can’t think of honoring a vegetable, the annual Strawberry Festival will be on June 2).
Higher Grounds Coffee Shop. Of course, the coffee’s good — it’s fair trade and organic. But they have coffees, frozen drinks, breakfast and lunch items, too. Make sure to sit in their outdoor seating area, which is the very definition of eclectic.
West End Garage. West End puts dozens of local artist and vendors under one roof. It’s perfect for browsing, whether you want vintage prints or hand made jewelry.
Cape May Organic Market. This supermarket/organic product spot just opened this year, and they’re increasing their stock every week. You can pick up everything from grass fed beef to farm fresh produce to vegan products.
Exit Zero Publishing. Okay, I know they’re not technically in West Cape May, but if you’re going to walk that way, go a few more blocks and visit what is considered the retail store of the town’s fantastic local newspaper. There, you can buy prints of past covers, books, and anything Cape May you’ll need — and beyond. I still have my eye on a gauzy anchor tshirt that I saw at the re-grand opening celebrating their off-season expansion.