Locally grown, produced, and crafted is a way of life here in the Berkshires, both for the farmers and artisans who call this place home and for the discriminating shopper. As you explore our shops, galleries, museums, festivals, markets, and restaurants during your visit, you’re sure to find unique and wonderful things to bring home with you to remind you of your stay with us.
If your idea of shopping is to wander our many downtowns and discover local boutiques, then you don’t want to miss Stockbridge. Here you will find Vlada, a boutique that has been in business for 45 years, offering locals and visitors a fun selection of on-trend affordable and functional clothing, footwear, and accessories. The shop is on Elm Street, a short walk from Main Street shops and don’t miss shopping in the Mews.
Now hop in the car and drive to Lenox for even more downtown shopping. Sprinkled throughout this quaint town you will find over 30 shops and artist-owned galleries. Whether you are looking for a must-read book or a new pair of shoes, you will be able to find it in Lenox. Shop Lenox is the local merchant association and they will be able to guide you toward just the right shopping locale for you. There’s always something interesting happening in Lenox and during the summer months, when the Boston Symphony is in residence at Tanglewood, there’s a bustle of activity in its compact, walkable downtown area.
Looking for something to dress up your table? All you have to do is travel north out of Williamstown and discover Bennington Potters. All the wonderful foods and spirits found in the Berkshires will taste even better when served on stoneware from Bennington Potters, handmade at the Grist Mill just off Route 7 in Bennington. Take a tour of the Potters Yard, meet the potters, and visit the adjoining shop where you’ll find a range of durable, functional pottery designs, from traditional to contemporary, that have been developed here over the last 65 years. You’ll also find everything else you need to create beautiful table settings, from furniture and homespun textiles to candles and flatware. Looking for more home décor options, then don’t miss the down-to-earth elegance and effortless sophistication of the offerings at the Outlet at Pine Cone Hill. Here you will find comfortable cotton bedding; cotton, wool, and jute area rugs; and colorful home accessories and casual jersey-knit clothing, all designed in the Berkshires by owner Annie Selke. The store, located next door to the company’s offices in a refurbished mill building just one mile from Route 7 in Pittsfield, is open daily.
If Asian art is more your style then you cannot miss Asia Barong. This store is the largest Asian art gallery of its kind in the country and is located in Great Barrington. Its well-curated collection of furniture, antiques, and decorative pieces is recognized as an excellent resource for the architectural trade, decorators, and collectors. Plus, with more than 25,000 items from nearly every Asian country, it’s just fun to have a look around the place. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the oversized sculptures at the entrance on Route 7. Once you visit, you will want to come back time and time again.
Looking for a TasteBerkshires experience? Then here are a few stores you should not miss. Berkshire Organics, located in Dalton is at the heart of the Berkshire food scene. As one of the biggest supporters and advocates for local farmers, Berkshire Organics is a valuable resource for food purveyors as well as the foodies who love them. Their market in Dalton is open seven days a week for farm-fresh produce, locally raised meats, fresh-baked goods, and a variety of organic and small-batch foods. They also deliver to homes and businesses located throughout the Berkshires. Another great option for local food is Guido’s Fresh Marketplace. With two convenient locations along Route 7 in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace is a one-stop shop for all the ingredients you could possibly need to create a memorable feast at your next barbecue, dinner party, picnic, or catered event. Grab-and-go and seasonally inspired prepared foods made with locally grown and sourced ingredients are another delicious way to bring the flavor of the Berkshires to all your summer outings.
Not to be outdone by your downtown shopping, the Berkshires host a variety of art festivals and craft fairs throughout the summer months. Here are 2 that you should not miss, the Berkshires Arts Festival and the Berkshire Crafts Fair. Here you will find showcased juried crafts by acclaimed artists from around the country. A selection of high-quality handcrafted furniture, jewelry, textiles and fiber arts, clothing, glass, leather, and photography, sculpture and paintings attracts crafts enthusiasts as well as fine art collectors. At the Berkshires Arts Festival, held July 3–5 under tents and in the air-conditioned lodge at Ski Butternut, more than 195 artists, live music, demonstrations, a variety of food choices, and a daily puppet show at noon make for a fun family day. Advance tickets are available online, tickets purchased at the door are cash only. Later in the summer you can enjoy the Berkshire Crafts Fair, now in its 42nd year, brings the juried work of 89 artists to the air-conditioned comfort of the high school August 14–16. Proceeds from the fair benefit innovative student programming held throughout the school year.