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Mangy Moose: Head and Antlers Above Other Gift Shops in Freeport, Maine

Mangy Moose, Freeport, Maine

Mangy Moose, Freeport, Maine.

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Freeport is well-known for its chain outlet stores, but I will always go with the locally-owned shops in this bustling Maine town like the Mangy Moose.

There's something so endearing and appealing about this store. After 20-plus years in business, the Mangy Moose never fails to amaze with its moose-theme merchandise featuring books, cards, art, taxidermy, antiques and clothing. This isn't your run-of-the-mill gift and souvenir shop -- how could it be when centering on moose? Additionally, the staff is great -- so friendly, helpful and clearly loving the moose theme.

So many souvenir and gift shops go the cheap route in tourist towns by selling cheap goods and going for the cheap laugh (usually in the form of a crude t-shirt), but the Mangy Moose is a different animal. Additionally, with surprisingly fair pricing, you can come out of here -- with a little discipline -- sticking to your travel budget (starting as low as 85 cents with moose pencils). Also, Mangy Moose is open year-round, especially nice to know for Christmas and holiday shopping.

The best thing, though, about the Mangy Moose is that there's no other store like it in Freeport,  or possibly Maine, for that matter. I remember Freeport before the outlet stores arrived -- when it was a sleepy, little town. Even though today's version provides a great retail service to visitors, I find there's a generic feel to the overall shopping experience with so many stores you could find anywhere. Truth be told, I love a downtown with interesting, locally-owned shops.

I continue to focus on, and admire wonderfully locally-owned and operated Freeport businesses like the L.L. Bean flagship store, Wicked Whoopies, the historic Harraseeket Inn and, of course, the Mangy Moose, and would travel the two hours from our home just to visit these great places. Here is a store that respects the customer and delivers one of the most fun shopping experiences I have ever been to in Maine! I feel the Mangy Moose should definitely be a "moose-see" store when visiting Freeport.

Mangy Moose is located is located at 12 Main Street in Freeport, Maine. Facebook fan page:

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