The Hitching Post Gift Shop: Past to Present

The Hitching Post Gift Shop: Past to Present
Originally established in 1962 by Ann and Bud Wright as a local card shop with “something more,” The Hitching Post has always been a welcoming, independently owned shop in Reading, MA.

The Hitching Post team

The shop’s current owner, Leslie Leahy, focuses on keeping the merchandise fresh with an ever-changing selection of products and unique gifts. In addition to one-of-a-kind products crafted by New England artisans, The Hitching Post carries Reading “townie gifts,” jewelry, home décor, pottery, fashion accessories, stationery, books, children’s items and much more! The shop is well known for its large selection of greeting cards from a variety of independent producers.

A personal touch

With personalized service you won’t find at the chain stores, we have developed a loyal following of customers from Reading and across the North Shore. For over 50 years, our experienced staff has been helping customers select the perfect card or gift.

To show our appreciation for our customers, we offer discounts for teachers, Chamber members, YMCA members and seniors, as well as numerous sales and promotions including a frequent buyer card. We will cheerfully box your regularly-priced purchase for gift-giving with a beautiful bow.

Giving back to our community

As part of the community, we partner with and support many non-profit organizations and donate the proceeds from their products to each organization.

The Hitching Post receives Award of Recognition

Citation received from State reps Brad Jones & Jim Dwyer for service to community, given at the Reading Fall Street Faire when The Hitching Post reopened at 2 Haven in Sept. 2014.


We support local artisans and promote small businesses everywhere. In fact, The Hitching Post is actually many small businesses in one. 75% of our products are from small studios or businesses located around the corner and across the country. ‪

Please stop by to say hello and see new items in-store for the season. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest and sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop for pop up sales and coupons!

Many of our products are also available in our online store. Shop 24/7 for the latest items from The Hitching Post!