The store feels cavernous. You pick your own loaves from baskets instead of being waited on.
You can sample most of the breads, along with various dipping oils, vinegars, and mustards.
Our name for this sticky, fruity, nutty bread is "candy bread":
It is great for toast and we also like it for grilled cheese or nut-butter sandwiches:
There are about two dozen other varieties, from sourdough to six-grain-and-pumpkin-seed to New York rye. And don't miss the chocolate bread:
I don't known they weren't slicing the chocolate bread on Sunday, but ripping off big hunks didn't seem like a hardship.
My husband is crazy about these huge, dark, German-style soft pretzels:
He eats them plain; I like them sliced open, warmed, and slathered with butter. They are nothing like a typical soft pretzel. They are dense, complex, and chewy (as opposed to dusty, tasteless, and dry). They are a bit greasy even before you butter the heck out of them, but we don't care. They are $4 apiece and worth every penny. They have the perfect amount of salt, too.
When Pigs Fly has a restaurant next to the Kittery store, serving wood-fired pizzas, appetizers, craft beers, and wine. We were too full of bread samples to check it out. Next time.