By Kara Thornton
Consider adding some shopping stops to your next tour in the Berkshires, your group will discover interesting art, unique jewelry, one-of-a-kind antiques, must have sporting gear, page turning books, and great shoes. Here are just a few of our favorites from tip to tail in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Happy hunting!
Downtown Lenox offers a plethora of remarkable shops all within walking distance of one another. Shooz has fashionable and comfortable shoes, scarves, jewelry, and purses at affordable prices. Berkshire Classic Leather & Silver offers a large selection of fine leather bags and jackets, silver jewelry, and gift items at great prices.
The owner of Design Menagerie works with artisans and designers in both the U.S. and Europe looking for beautiful objects that are simple and useful. The store has a fun assortment of items beautifully displayed. Lenox is also home to many beautiful galleries including Hoadley Gallery, Sohn Fine Art Gallery, and Charles Flint Fine Art & Antiques Gallery. Check out Shop Lenox for even more great shops.
The Town of Lee is a quintessential New England town perfect for strolling, shopping, and dining. If you like hunting for treasures be sure to stop in at Finders Keepers; offering 3,000 square feet of antiques, jewelry, art, furniture, and more. Lee is also home to Premium Outlets with a large selection of stores. You can find more Lee stores here.
Stockbridge features a charming downtown area filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants in very close walking distance to each other. Heirlooms Jewelry offers a wonderful assortment of unique estate jewelry, new jewelry, and a great collection of amber. Schantz Galleries showcases 50 internationally known artists working in glass. This past summer Dale Chihuly was amongst the featured artists.
An American Craftsman is a fine arts gallery that represents over 500 artists across the country. You won’t want to miss the Country Curtains flagship store located within The Red Lion Inn carrying curtains, beddings, pillows, and home décor. Discover additional Stockbridge stores here.
West Stockbridge is home to several one-of-a-kind shops. Sandy Klemper and Equator Antiques are two connecting stores with interesting merchandise including folk art, Navajo jewelry, oriental rugs, and vintage and designer clothes. Just around the corner is Hotchkiss Mobiles, a true feast for the eyes featuring museum quality hanging mobiles displayed throughout the store and studio right on the premises.
In the mood for a good old-fashioned country store? Check-out Charles H. Baldwin & Sons, who has been manufacturing vanilla and other flavoring extracts since 1888. As you head out of town, stop at Hoffman Pottery, featuring the owner’s one of a kind hand-made pottery for inside and out. Find other shops in West Stockbridge here.
On the way to Great Barrington from Stockbridge, you must stop at Asia Barong, a large store with 25,000 pieces of Asian art, sculpture, furniture, and antiques. It is truly a feast for the eyes; you will be amazed! Great Barrington is a great shopping town offering many restaurants, coffee shops, cool clothing, and unique home décor shops. Emporium Arts & Antiques Center has a collection of dealers selling art glass, estate jewelry, and mid-century art.
If you love antiques, then continue to drive down route 7 in Great Barrington and Sheffield and check out all of the wonderful antique stores along the way including (among many others) Susan Silver featuring 18th and 19th century Georgian and regency furniture and accessories, and also Cupboards & Roses, known for its 18th and 19th century painted furniture from Sweden. Check the Berkshire Country Arts & Antique Dealers Association website for more information and to learn why Massachusetts has designated the Berkshires as the antique capital of Massachusetts.
In the central region of the Berkshires, stroll down North Street in Pittsfield to check out the mid-century Danish furniture and collectibles at Circa – you will feel like you walked onto the Mad Men set! Dory & Ginger located in Hotel on North offers a fun and eclectic assortment of items for home and life. A great find is the Pine Cone Hill Outlets, where you will find Pine Cone Hill merchandise at 50-70% off retail prices.
In the northern part of the Berkshires, make time for Berkshire Emporium & Antiques in North Adams – 10,000 square feet of space filled with antique, classic, and vintage merchandise. In Williamstown, home of Williams College and The Clark, there are many art galleries, shops, and eateries. Ruby Sparks offers beautiful and comfortable clothing and great accessories. For more shops in Williamstown visit their website.
If you make the short drive into Bennington, VT from Williamstown, be sure to stop at the Apple Barn & Country Bake Shop for some cider donuts. Continue on to Bennington Potters, a beautiful large home style store; featuring their hand-made pottery, that they have been making for over 68 years. You can even see the potters at work!
No matter where you choose to stop the bus in the Berkshires a unique shopping experience awaits your group and we can think of no better way to remember your visit than to bring home a piece of the Berkshires as a keepsake.