The Best of Shepherdstown

Best Places for Entertainment:

Shepherdstown Opera House –131 West German Street

Opera House

An authentic, old fashioned, but completely remodeled movie house, the Shepherdstown Opera House is one of the best, most affordable places to go for in-town entertainment. Different movies are screened almost every night of the week, with various weekend screenings. All movie genres are shown, and live comedy acts and bands additionally perform at the Opera House throughout the year. The Shepherd Program Board also sponsors screenings of the latest hit movies or recent releases at the Shepherdstown Opera House, which are free for Shepherd students.

Full Circle Theater Company –113 South Princess Street

Full Circle Theater is an intimate 99 seat theater within walking distance of Shepherd where live plays are performed year round. The theater performs five to six live stage plays per year and also offers a Young Actors Theater Lab with productions for students 5-18 years old. Tickets to shows are usually cheap for Shepherd students. Additionally, Full Circle Theater also welcomes any Shepherd students who would like to volunteer onstage in productions or behind-the-scenes on technical crew or as ushers.

Reynolds Hall –109 North King Street

You can visit Reynolds Halls for varied types of entertainment events without ever leaving campus. The Rude Mechanicals perform live Shakespeare and Medieval plays in the fall and spring semesters. The Shepherdstown Film Society offers movie screenings and post-screening discussions every month. The play, “The Vagina Monologues,” is presented annually in the spring semester. The Performing Art Series at Shepherd offers world-class performances from unique types of entertainment artists throughout the year. The best news is that most, if not all of the entertainment events occurring in Reynolds Hall are free for Shepherd students with a valid Rambler!

Friends of Music Concert Series at the Frank Arts Center –260 University Drive

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization associated with the Shepherd University Music Department. Friends of Music provide amazing concerts from world-renowned musical artists throughout the year, all located in the Frank Arts Center on campus. Some artists and concerts for the 2013-2014 school year include the Andy Statman Trio, jazz artist Maria Schneider and the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. Most, if not all, concert performances are free for Shepherd students with a valid Rambler! Please visit for more information.

Washington Gateway Program Saturday Bus Trips- Student Center/ Washington D.C. or Baltimore Md.

A benefit of Shepherd’s close location to Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md. is the opportunity for daytime entertainment trips. Once a month, the Washington Gateway Program provides a free pass for students to take a bus trip from the Shepherd Student Center to either Washington D.C. or Baltimore. You can spend six hours on a Saturday in the city and transportation to the city and back to Shepherd is provided. You can chose from numerous museums, restaurants, theaters and other attractions to visit in the city. The next bus trip to Washington D.C. is Aug. 31. Please visit for more information.


Best Places to Shop:

D’Accord Boutique –134 West German Street

This adorable, small store offers all types of French merchandise. From French soaps to figurines to recipe books and candies, you can find almost anything and everything made in or inspired by France in one place for very reasonable prices. Plus, visiting D’Accord Boutique will count as a required cultural activity for any students taking French 101.

Four Seasons Books –116 West German Street

Four Seasons Bookstore

Four Seasons Books is a wonderful and quaint bookstore. They offer an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction books with a 10 percent discount for Shepherd students. Additionally, at certain times throughout the year, the staff will also buy used books from students who wish to sell.

Grapes & Grains Gourmet –110 E. German Street

Grapes & Grains

This is the perfect store to check out for inexpensive great wines and beers. Grapes and Grains have an amazing selection of over 1,600 types of wine and many different types of local wines. They also offer wine tastings every Saturday from 1 p.m.-7 p.m.. This is a great store to pick up last minute drinks to give as a gift or before a party.

Two Rivers Treads –107 West German Street

Two Rivers Treads

A recently opened exercise shoe store, Two Rivers Treads is an excellent store for athletic shoes and other various types of workout gear. The staff is friendly and willing to work with customers to find the best type of exercise equipment to meet their needs. Though some of the shoes and workout gear can be a little expensive, it is a great investment because the store only carries quality merchandise.

Pedal and Paddle –West German Street

Pedal and Paddle

Owned and founded by Eddie Sampson in 2007, the Shepherdstown Pedal and Paddle offers everything an outdoor enthusiast needs, from bicycles to kayaks and equipment for both. Pedal and Paddle also offers a shuttle service to Potomac River, making a weekend excursion easy and accessible. Voted the best bike shop for the third year running, Sampson and his employees are passionate about pedaling and paddling and are eager to share their enthusiasm with everyone who walks in their shop.

O’Hurley’s General Store –205 E. Washington Street

O’Hurley’s is an authentic old-fashioned general store. With merchandise ranging from peppermint sticks to corncob pipes, from home made woodwork furniture to paper dolls, you can find any type of souvenir or gift at O’Hurley’s. The charming store has a wide range of merchandise almost impossible to describe, and again, the best way to describe it is to advise the reader to visit. Additionally, every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., there is live music performed by local bands and artists.


Best Places to Eat:

Maria’s Taqueria- West German Street


Locally owned and operated by Maria Allen, Maria’s Taqueria offers Mexican food with a SoCal twist at an affordable price point. In addition to being fast and filling, Maria’s provides its customers with vegan options and customizable menu items, all served with a hearty dollop of Mexican-inspired flavor.

Domestic- East German Street


A fairly new restaurant in Shepherdstown, offers wonderful food and drinks. Many of the menu items are from regional farms and businesses and rotate as the seasons change. They also feature an online calendar with musical events and beer tasting.

The Lost Dog –East German Street

Lost Dog

A locally owned coffee and teashop, is one of the most unique stops in Shepherdstown. Not only do they offer a wide range of espresso drinks, but also a variety of teas and unique drinks. Seating is available for study breaks and socializing

China Kitchen –101 West German Street

China Kitchen is a speedy and tasty restaurant located directly across the street from Reynolds Hall. It is the perfect spot for a quick bite between or after classes. Serving the fare common to Chinese restaurants, you can expect complimentary appetizers of egg noodles and wonton soup before receiving any of the delicious meal choices, including egg rolls, orange chicken, sushi or stir-fry, just to name a few.

Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery –100 W. German Street

Sweet Shop

Also directly across the street from Reynolds Hall, this bakery and restaurant is a great place to grab a sweet snack between classes or stay awhile to study. The Sweet Shop offers reasonably priced baked goods, including fresh breads, croissants, sandwiches, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and many other sweet and savory goods. You can pick up a sandwich or pastry to go or stay and enjoy one of their many great varieties of coffee with your meal or snack. The Sweet Shop Bakery is open weekdays 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Betty’s –112 East German Street

Betty’s restaurant offers incredible breakfast, brunch and lunch options. This nostalgic, 1950s inspired style diner is a perfect spot for breakfast before early morning classes on east campus and the fruit waffles, hot cakes, french toast and numerous other breakfast platters are very satisfying and provide a lot of food for a very low price. However, don’t expect to go to Betty’s for a late night bite because the diner is only open until 3 p.m. Additionally, while this restaurant does have an ATM machine, they do not accept credit cards, so cash is the easiest option.

Blue Moon Cafe –200 East High Street & Corner of South Princess Street

Blue Moon Cafe

The Blue Moon Cafe is a uniquely “Shepherdstown” restaurant directly across the street from White Hall and the best way to describe it is to advise the reader to visit. There are choices  to fit everyone’s tastes. The food is largely organic and offers a wonderful vegetarian menu with more than 100 food choices, wine and homemade ice cream. The restaurant frequently features live music and performance acts to add some entertainment to your meal and is the perfect place to relax and hang out with friends.

The Devonshire Arms Pub & Cafe- 107 South Princess Street

Alittle-known gem just off of German Street, the Devonshire is a small pub offering authentic English foods for low prices. You can order fish and chips, bangers and mash, and English-style tea service complete with cakes and scones or one of their many excellent homemade deserts set in a quaint, friendly atmosphere perfect for casual meetings or date nights. And like any good pub, Devonshire offers several excellent alcoholic beverages for those who are of age.

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