In between the cheering, the high-fives, the game-winning shots and the camaraderie, the thousands of folks who come to Bangor each year for the regional basketball championships find plenty of other stuff to do while they’re in town. Here’s your guide to all the family-friendly eating, shopping and playing you can do while you’re visiting the Queen City — tournament time, or any other time.
In addition to hitting up favorite national chain stores not found in the rest of eastern and northern Maine, such as Target, Best Buy, Ulta, Kohl’s and Old Navy, there are several Bangor or Maine-based shopping destinations to check out in town.
The Bangor Mall will host a massive craft fair and business expo throughout both weekends of the tournament, featuring not just crafters and bakers, but also an outdoors expo, lots of local businesses and food vendors. The last time the Bangor Mall hosted a craft fair of this sort, over Veterans’ Day weekend, a whopping 22,000 people came through the doors of the mall over the course of the event.
In downtown Bangor, pick up a book at The Briar Patch on Central Street, or go across the street to find lots of home goods and natural curiosities at The Rock & Art Shop. And across the street from the Cross Insurance Center on both Saturday mornings of the tournaments, the European Market, located at 117 Buck St., you can pick up everything from fresh flowers and handmade gifts to artisan breads and cheese and French macarons.
If you’re looking for lunch options, there are five Harvest Moon Deli locations around the Bangor area, with fast, flavorful sandwich options for the whole family. In downtown Bangor, Bagel Central is a perennial breakfast and lunchtime favorite, while newcomer Tea & Tarts not only offers healthy vegetarian treats, but also lets you have a real tea party with your little ones. And on the brunchier side of things, you can’t go wrong with Dysart’s, either on Broadway or on Cold Brook Road in Hermon.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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