Quality Inn & Suites Northampton- Amherst
117 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 586-1500
Fax: (413) 586-6549
5000 square feet of yarn await the inner knitting enthusiast! Artists from around the country shop here for unique eyelash blends, mohairs, angoras, chenilles and more, and many come from their enormous tent sale each May. WEBS is one of the best yarn stores in the area and their staff are helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about different yarn varieties, appropriate needles and great knitting gadgets from Japan.
A shopping destination that has been serving downtown Northampton since the 1970s, the Thornes Marketplace brings the charm of a bazaar to the center of a modern American city. As you step inside this shopping center, you will feel transported to a marketplace as they had in olden days, with shops and stores that each have something unique to offer. The Thornes Marketplace also has an art center on the third floor, which hosts a range of events from time to time. See the website to know more.
Established in 1963, Odyssey Bookshop is a large yet cute independent book store. Browse through their impressive collection to find a great selection of books, including nonfiction and genre novels. They even host literary events like author readings and book club meetings. Odyssey Bookshop also sells art supplies.
Located just off the campus of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, the Village Commons offers a unique shopping experience of a small New England town with interesting little, independent stores. You can also catch a movie at the two-plex cinema that shows big hits and indie favorites.
The National Yiddish Book Center on the campus of Hampshire College has been open since 1997, a facility open to the public to encourage exploration of Yiddish culture and modern Jewish literature. Over 1.5 million books have been recovered and current efforts include cataloging and scanning some of these historic texts to have online to share with the world. There is an English-language bookstore on sight as well as an impressive film and documentary series.
Support the local community by shopping for books at the Food For Thought Books Collective. This not-for-profit bookstore is a well-known stockist of fiction novels as well as non-fiction books that cover various topics like politics, intellectual, health and wellness, homosexuality, educational, erotic and several others. Apart from the works of established writers, you will also find works of some of the upcoming independent national writers. The money collected from the sale of these books are utilized for the betterment of the community with the help of various organizations. Visit their website to glance through their collection of books.
The Black Sheep in Amherst is a great little place to get a sandwich (made with Boar's Head meats, of course!), challah bread or locally-roasted coffee. Sandwiches are homemade and made with care, including several vegetarian and vegan options. You can also enjoy live music (typically jazz) during the week after 4p.
You can find great clothing, sporting goods, home decor, gifts, and more all at Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. This large shopping center is one of the largest shopping malls in New England. With three stores and nearly 200 stores, you'll find exactly what you're looking for. Take a break from shopping and enjoy a meal at the food court or at one of the mall's restaurants.
The original Yankee Candle Company's flagship store in South Deerfield, Massachusetts is an exciting, fun experience for everyone. Over 160 varieties of candles are sold, everything from traditional beeswax to Shortbread Cookie scented candles, plus unique and traditionally-made New England housewares and a complete selection of Christmas decorations. There is definitely something here for everyone to enjoy! Make your own candles at the Candlemaking Museum, stroll through the Bavarian Christmas village (complete with 25ft tree and toy train zooming through the trees) with year-round snowfall or relax and enjoy a performance by the animatronic Candle Mountain Boys while snacking on some delicious baked goods. Prepare to spend hours wandering around this massive 16,000 sq ft store full of candles and other delights. There's also a lovely adjacent restaurant, Chandler's, which serves traditional New England dishes, such as Fish & Chips, Clam Chowder, Chicken Pot Pie and Toll House Cookie Pie.
This specialty store in Springfield's South End offers all kinds of delicious imports from Italy. From Olive Oil to Tomatoes and Pastas, Milano brings the best of Italy to New England. On top of these quality imports, Milano also offers homemade pastas and sausages, as well as the deli counter which whips up amazing sandwiches and deli platters using their fine meats and cheeses. Milano is a great stop for those craving an authentic taste of Italy.
Housed in a historic grist mill, the Bookmill is an independent book shop selling second hand textbooks, journals, novels and similar stuff. Though, the focus here is on educational books and reading materials, it has other genres of books too. With its stock almost reaching to a whopping 40,000, it certainly does have an envious collection. You can sit in any of its cozy room and browse through their books; most of the reading rooms offer splendid view of the adjoining river. Apart from that, Bookmill also has a concert space that hosts variety of events throughout the year. For more details, call ahead.
Find educational and fun toys at Kiddly Winks. Located inside Williams Place Shopping Mall Shopping Center, Kiddly Winks carries a wide range of toy brands and has toys for all ages. Whether you're looking for a cute plastic animal that's designed for both play and teething for a one year old or a stimulating book for a kindergartener, you'll find it here.