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Cedar Chest is located in the heart of downtown Northampton, making its home on two floors within Thornes Marketplace—a former dry goods store reborn as a charming collection of independent retail shops, boutiques, and eateries.

Thornes Marketplace is on Northampton's Main Street, a lively business district that is a local and regional destination for shopping, restaurants, and cultural events. Located in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. Northampton is a lively town with a rich heritage.  Getting here couldn’t be easier with the intersection of Route 90 and Interstate 91—known as the "Crossroads of Western New England"—close by. 

CONVENIENT, COVERED PARKING RIGHT NEXT DOOR... AND THE FIRST HOUR IS FREE!

Short and long-term parking is available in Northampton’s E.J. Gare Municipal Parking Garage which is located at 85 Hampton Avenue, Northampton, MA.  This garage provides convenient covered skywalk access to Thornes Marketplace main Level.  

 

Handicapped parking is available on Level 3 of the garage.

 

Additional municipal parking is available behind and nearby Thornes Marketplace with lots just off Route 5 (Pleasant Street) or via Old South Street, off of Main Street.  

 

On-street parking is free after 6 pm and free all day Sundays and holidays.

 

 


Our Story

A DOWNTOWN FAVORITE FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS...

Originally a small linen shop on Main Street in Northampton, Cedar Chest has been a favorite spot among locals and visitors alike for nearly 40 years.  In the late 1970s, Cedar Chest was revitalized by an original group of forward-thinking retailers who started Thornes Marketplace—repurposing an 1800s dry goods store into a unique collection of indoor shops, eateries, and performance studios. A local favorite and return destination for valley visitors seeking a truly unique shopping experience, Cedar Chest is one of New England's most interesting retail shops.  And although the contents of our Cedar Chest have changed many times over the years, we still call Thornes Marketplace our home.  After four decades, we've blossomed to two floors filled with beautifully merchandised items for home, body, and heart.  Come explore...