Vibrant downtown areas, blossoming with new shops and restaurants mixed with longtime trusted favorites, help communities thrive. The Berkshires, with their culture-filled historical cities and small towns, have many of these areas, drawing in visitors and locals alike. Some come for the sensational restaurants and entertainment. While others know one of the best ways to explore the downtowns is with a fun-filled-day of shopping. Unique, local shops, filled with an abundance of specialty items make shopping a great way to spend time in the Berkshires.
North Adams, the state’s smallest city, has a burgeoning downtown center. Anchored by a modern art museum, MASS MoCA, on one end and the beautiful Berkshire hills on the other. Visitors to the area can find a wide array of distinctive shops dotting the city’s main street. A perennial favorite is Berkshire Emporium & Antiques, a mammoth shop, encompassing two floors and several rooms. This attractive shop is stocked with local products, antiques, and specialty gifts, which makes it easy to spend hours browsing the space.
Downtown Pittsfield is brimming with shops and restaurants of all kinds. The city keeps a calendar filled with street festivals, arts-walks, and other cultural events for all to enjoy and experience. With a wide variety of independent stores, shoppers can find something interesting for just about everyone on their shopping list. Looking for mid-century antiques? The stylish shop, Circa, is sought out by customers far and wide. It is known for Danish and mid-century antiques, carefully selected by the owner, Becky Barnini. The shop also features an ever-expanding line of vintage clothing and jewelry. Paul Rich and Sons Home Furnishings is a landmark store in Pittsfield, and if you are seeking high-quality furniture, you won’t be disappointed with the amazing choices that this store offers. A true hidden gem is West Side Clock Shop, stop in and bring home a timepiece. If art is your thing, you might find an interesting piece to add to your collection at the Whitney Center for the Arts, where you’ll also find year-round arts and cultural programming.
The town of Great Barrington is another well-known shopping destination for locals as well as visitors (including many prominent celebrities). Strolling through the bustling yet quaint downtown streets, shoppers can get a glimpse of a quintessential day in New England. New to the area is Castle and Main, a clothing shop for high fashion women’s clothing. It also features an assortment of one of a kind jewelry and accessories. This shop is reminiscent of boutiques in larger cities as their fashionable outfits will leave you feeling very metropolitan. Other fun spots to pop into are GB9 and the Emporium Antiques & Art Center.
If you’re a savvy shopper who needs to be in the know, look no further than Shop Lenox. From artisan chocolates to extraordinary antiques to a home and lifestyle shops, Lenox has it all. The town may be small, but the shopping opportunities are huge! You’ll find exactly what you were looking for and some items you didn’t even know you needed.
It’s inevitable that you’ll bring home something unique, lovely, and practical from the Berkshires. Shopping can be a great way to spend time with friends and family or even to spend some time focusing on yourself. The Berkshire’s downtown areas are a fantastic place to do exactly that.