We’re seeing the first russet and golden shades creep into the lush summer green of the trees and all around Lenox’s extensive shopping districts as well as elsewhere in our gorgeous Berkshire mountains. Those autumn colors are joining the reds, blues and white of the summer just ending.
September’s back-to-school and cooler temps bring shoppers out to Lenox to experience the quintessence of practical and quaint, folksy and edgy and the bustle on the streets under the beautiful blue skies adds a special touch whether you’re looking for a birthday greeting, specialty foods, the latest in men’s and women’s styles, art, or to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Whether it’s the latest Aveda hairstyle items or you’re captivated by what’s in Lenox’s fascination with the “Z”s – Shooz, Jewlz, and Swtrz or something in between, you won’t be disappointed.
Visitors to the What’s Out There Weekend (Sept 21-22) will want to line up on Main Street for the town’s annual celebration of the Gilded Age Tub Parade and then visit the shops that line to downtown village. Chilly? Well, there are plenty of places to find warm items. A directory of local shops can be quickly scanned at the Chamber’s newly updated website. If you are looking to shop farther afield in the Berkshires be sure to check out this comprehensive shopping list, each town in the Berkshires has its own special shopping experience just waiting for you to discover.
Wonder what it’s like to live here? Residents look forward to each year’s Apple Squeeze Festival (September 28-29) for the sidewalk sales when local merchants bring out their best items and their best prices alongside the apple pies, cakes, cookies, candies and candles offered by school youth groups in their annual fundraising.
In that stroll from the center of Main Street around the town, you’ll want to peek in some local favorites like Berkshire Classic Leather and Silver (great deals on gloves!) The Bookstore (and it’s wine bar Get Lit) Colorful Stitches (for the knitters and wanna-bes), Gifted Child (clothes and toys), Concepts of Art (Judaica), Marcy Cohen’s Past and Present Antiques (great for unusual gifts), the Christmas Shop at Villager Gifts, among so many others.
Feeling like you need some extra energy and still want to shop? Check out the revitalizing products at the heart of the Berkshires health and wellness community – the Lenox Village Integrative Pharmacy (and it’s unusual gifts and whimsical items) and the town’s new Lenox Natural Foods .
Ladies, when you’ve left the gents at local tavern (or perhaps in the men’s world at Casablanca once you’ve enjoyed the browsing), you can really spruce up the wardrobe by visiting longtime Lenox favorites, Steilmann’s European Fashions, Talbots (of course- after all it’s New England) and Tanglewool for some great choices and excellent service.
Feet tired? Just five minutes drive up Main Street to route 7 (north) and while you enjoy the scenery, you can find easy access and parking to enjoy everything from artisanal chocolates at Chocolate Springs, a local selection of artful items at “Local” and then stock up for winter sports at the Arcadian Shop. Just a few minutes more up the road and you can get ready for preparing the latest comfort foods with the latest kitchen technology at Different Drummer’s Kitchen.
While Lenox is known all summer long as the one of the cultural centers of the Berkshires, shoppers will find the best of all worlds, great selections, warm service and hours of entertainment in the shops of Lenox all under the crisp blue autumnal skies.
Looking to visit other towns while visiting the Berkshires be sure to check out berkshires.org to learn more about all the offerings throughtout our cultural rich county.