The best independent bookstore in the area, The Concord Bookshop (65 Main St., 978/369-2405, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat and Sun., www.concordbookshop.com ) has an attractively arranged selection of bestsellers, books by all of the Concord  authors, and an extensive kids’ section.
Across from an old fishing spot, Many Nations Trading Post (19 Main St., 978/369-0668, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; closed Sun., www.manynationstradingpost.com ) has crafts made by local Native Americans, including peace pipes and turquoise jewelry, presented in an authentic setting.
In addition to selling gourmet cheeses and foodstuffs from around the world, The Cheese Shop (29 Walden St., 978/369-5778, www.concordcheeseshop.com ) regularly hosts events such as wine-and-cheese tastings and mozzarella-making demonstrations.