BUCKHANNON — With big-box stores, megamalls, and online sellers dominating the retail landscape, the pleasure of shopping at mom-and-pop stores in a quaint, small-town Main Street shopping districts are getting harder to find.
Every state has a few such homespun settings left. Here are some of the best downtown shopping districts in the country, each found in a town with fewer than 90,000 residents. More than half of the locations are home to fewer than 10,000 people, and some claim populations in the triple digits.
The list is as follows:
Columbiana, Alabama; Fairbanks, Alaska; Bisbee, Arizona; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Solvang, California; Idaho Springs, Colorado; Ridgefield, Connecticut; Lewes, Delaware; St. Augustine, Florida; Rome, Georgia; Pahoa, Hawaii; Hailey, Idaho; Lebanon, Illinois; Madison, Indiana; Decorah, Iowa; Fort Scott, Kansas; Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Natchitoches, Louisiana; Bath, Maine; Frederick, Maryland; Stockbridge, Massachusetts; Calumet, Michigan; Stillwater, Minnesota; Tupelo, Mississippi; Parkville, Missouri; Red Lodge, Montana; Beatrice, Nebraska; Virginia City, Nevada; Keene, New Hampshire; Keyport, New Jersey; Roswell, New Mexico; Beacon, New York; Asheville, North Carolina; Lisbon, North Dakota; Yellow Springs, Ohio; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Baker City, Oregon; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Narragansett, Rhode Island; Aiken, South Carolina; Deadwood, South Dakota; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Georgetown, Texas; Brigham City, Utah; Stowe, Vermont; Abingdon, Virginia; Winthrop, Washington; Buckhannon, West Virginia; Port Washington, Wisconsin; and Rawlins, Wyoming.