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Welcome to Day Tripping, our seasonal guide to shopping some of New England's top spots.


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Northampton is a New England gem of a town with a main street reminiscent of another time period, proximity to higher education institutions, and nearby views of the Connecticut River. About 100 miles to the west of Boston, it's also a prime day trip destination known for used book stores, music venues, and cafes that offer any urban dweller a more leisurely pace, even if just for a few hours.

Once you discover the petite yet well-rounded boutique scene, we can guarantee you'll weave a NoHo stop into every Western Massachusetts excursion. From a historic mixed vendor marketplace to an eclectic home shop that rivals those of Boston's South End, these five stores make traffic on the Pike worth it.


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Ode is the kind of boutique that is both totally out of its element and in it at the same time. Succulent planters, locally-sourced hand-crafted crystal jewelry, and carefree fashion from the likes of Mara Hoffman, Matt Bernson, and Cleobella give off a Southwestern art town vibe that is equally at home in this Central Massachusetts enclave. Obscure brands sit next to well-known ones for a blend of inventory that caters to the diverse population of the town—everyone from students to suburban moms included. Ogle new arrivals from afar on Instagram and then buy favorites on its e-shop. Even plan your trip for the second Friday of each month to check out Ode's ARTS NIGHT OUT soirees. [Photo]

Kestrel

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Kestrel is of the same mind-set as Ode (the latter sources its distinctive greenery at the former) with pieces that are elegantly rustic and ensure your home will look like a Kinfolk magazine spread. In addition to planters, platters, paper goods, and pillows, the boutique also stocks a stunning assortment of jewelry and artisan beauty products from Fig+Yarrow. Can we move in, please? [Photo]

Cathy Cross

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With three decades under its belt, Cathy Cross has remained current with an ongoing mission to curate a classic yet trend-minded mix of apparel, shoes, and accessories that satisfy mother-daughter duos under one roof (not unlike the South End's Flock). Premium denim mingles with dresses from Rebecca Taylor, Charlie Jade, and Clover Canyon, while tops (Ace & Jig and Vince Chan among them) and Chan Luu bracelets complete outfits. [Photo]

J. Rich

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Opened in 1984, J. Rich is the destination for NoHo men seeking contemporary apparel from Ted Baker, Theory, Diesel, Woolrich and more. A clean, crisp space enables strong styling services, including complimentary alterations with an on-premise tailor. [Photo]

Thornes Marketplace

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Thornes is a relic of an era past: Not quite a mall, but definitely not a flea market either. Vendors share a historic indoor space boasting pressed tin ceilings and hardwood floors, offering various shopping needs under one roof. From home goods emporium Cedar Chest and menswear specialist Jackson & Connor to contemporary womenswear boutique Monella and jeweler Rebekah Brooks (both Harvard Square neighbors, too), Thornes is a go-to for family-friendly shopping. [Photo]

Ode

Ode is the kind of boutique that is both totally out of its element and in it at the same time. Succulent planters, locally-sourced hand-crafted crystal jewelry, and carefree fashion from the likes of Mara Hoffman, Matt Bernson, and Cleobella give off a Southwestern art town vibe that is equally at home in this Central Massachusetts enclave. Obscure brands sit next to well-known ones for a blend of inventory that caters to the diverse population of the town—everyone from students to suburban moms included. Ogle new arrivals from afar on Instagram and then buy favorites on its e-shop. Even plan your trip for the second Friday of each month to check out Ode's ARTS NIGHT OUT soirees. [Photo]

Kestrel

Kestrel is of the same mind-set as Ode (the latter sources its distinctive greenery at the former) with pieces that are elegantly rustic and ensure your home will look like a Kinfolk magazine spread. In addition to planters, platters, paper goods, and pillows, the boutique also stocks a stunning assortment of jewelry and artisan beauty products from Fig+Yarrow. Can we move in, please? [Photo]

Cathy Cross

With three decades under its belt, Cathy Cross has remained current with an ongoing mission to curate a classic yet trend-minded mix of apparel, shoes, and accessories that satisfy mother-daughter duos under one roof (not unlike the South End's Flock). Premium denim mingles with dresses from Rebecca Taylor, Charlie Jade, and Clover Canyon, while tops (Ace & Jig and Vince Chan among them) and Chan Luu bracelets complete outfits. [Photo]

J. Rich

Opened in 1984, J. Rich is the destination for NoHo men seeking contemporary apparel from Ted Baker, Theory, Diesel, Woolrich and more. A clean, crisp space enables strong styling services, including complimentary alterations with an on-premise tailor. [Photo]

Thornes Marketplace

Thornes is a relic of an era past: Not quite a mall, but definitely not a flea market either. Vendors share a historic indoor space boasting pressed tin ceilings and hardwood floors, offering various shopping needs under one roof. From home goods emporium Cedar Chest and menswear specialist Jackson & Connor to contemporary womenswear boutique Monella and jeweler Rebekah Brooks (both Harvard Square neighbors, too), Thornes is a go-to for family-friendly shopping. [Photo]