Fall River Historical Society Museum Shop ready for the holidays
Jack Foley|Herald News
Fall River Historical Society Museum Shop assistant and volunteer coordinator Diane Mota hangs glass ornaments in the shop.
From fuzzy scarves to sugar plums to blown glass ornaments, the Fall River Historical Society Museum Shop is stocked on two floors and open to holiday shoppers.
The shop takes up a room on the main level, plus various nooks and a stair landing. It extends upstairs to multiple rooms that once served as the maid’s quarters in the sprawling Victorian mansion.
Shoppers will find an extra room of merchandise this year. Curator Michael Martins said a storage room was transformed to enable the society to create a year-round Christmas room.
“It was needed,” Martins said. “People have asked for it.”
The Christmas room displays an expanded line of hand-blown glass ornaments in more than 250 designs. Glass birds perch on the Christmas tree, while all the other glass ornaments take up an entire wall. Then, there’s a shelf of Red Sox ornaments, sure to be a big seller this year.
“We have much more now than we’ve ever had,” Martins said.
New glazed stoneware ornaments bearing the city’s name were crafted in Massachusetts. They go with the Fall River line of gifts that include dish towels, this year stenciled with a green wreath.
The candy room is once again offering all sorts of sugary treats in boxes labeled with the old McWhirr’s logo to honor the Main Street department store that many city dwellers remember and miss.
The dark chocolate nonpareils are still the best seller. Martins said the shop went through more than 150 pounds of the candies last year. White chocolate and peppermint nonpareils have been added this year. Sweet tooths will also find many more candies to try, like cherry cordials, raspberry jellies and ginger chews, to name a few.
“Some are certainly old-fashioned candies we know McWhirr’s carried,” Martins said. “Others are new.”
The huge peanut-butter cups are a hot seller each year, as are the sugar plums, peppermint pig and taffy.
There’s a new line of dips and mixes from Wind & Willow. Flavors range from cheesy bacon to roasted red pepper, and from herb and pecan to s’mores to pumpkin pie.
Downstairs, the shop is carrying a new men’s line of hats and caps in multiple styles, and cashmere scarves in new and traditional patterns. For the cigar enthusiast, the cigar cufflinks should make a nice gift.
The women’s scarves are a major seller, according to Martins.
“There’s a scarf here for every taste,” he said.
About 300 scarves in nearly as many patterns are on both levels of the shop. Martins said they carry cashmere, wool, silk and synthetic. The silk scarves were hand-stitched in Paris.