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Cannon Beach has long been known as a well-planned, upscale artsy community, and those attributes are also reflected in the local shopping scene. If you're looking for big-box retail or outlet stores, try neighboring Seaside or Warrenton, because you won't find them here. That fact alone helps ensure that this popular destination can maintain its "village" appeal. Many visitors comment on its magical and restful atmosphere, although spring, summer and fall are particularly busy with vistors. No one waits for the stop light to change because - as in many small Oregon coastal towns - there isn't one.
The two-block, center-of-town main street is Hemlock which is lined on both sides with a variety of shops and galleries; many of which are grouped into small courtyard malls. In addition to the merchandise typically offered in a beach community - kites, beach apparel, kitschy souvenirs, saltwater taffy, etc. - one can also shop for and buy goods ranging from specialty food and drink for a gourmet picnic, to fine art for the home. And, most everything in between! Don't be surprised to find a knitting shop, high-end clothing, or the latest and best gadgets and cookware for your kitchen. It's all in Cannon Beach.
The only grocery store in town, though, is a tiny one that has served the community for many years. For everyday grocery shopping, most residents and visitors drive the few miles north to Seaside to shop in a full service grocery store such as Safeway or Ray's.
Venturing south to the midtown area, you'll find more art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, markets, and shops selling or renting equipment for beach activities such as surfing, skimboarding, or cycling. There are also galleries selling merchandise handcrafted by local artisans. Visitors might particularly enjoy the glass-maker's shop across the street from the Cannon Beach Hotel, where you can watch the artists engaged in their craft. But be advised, the pride they take in their art is evidenced by the dent it will make in your bank account if you buy it!