Our story

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Originally a small linen shop on Main Street carrying household niceties from tablecloths to hankies, Cedar Chest has been a familiar name for thoughtful gifting in the heart of downtown Northampton for decades. In the late 1970s, Cedar Chest's owners, along with a small but determined group of forward-thinking retailers and restauranteurs, ushered-in a new kind of shopping experience by breathing new life into the cavernous 1800s dry goods store on Main Street once called McCallum's. Envisioning a collection of retail shops, funky boutiques, imported goods, fine art, eateries, performance studios, and community space, Thornes Marketplace was designed with an eye toward modern retail architecture and a deep respect for the historical past. By bringing Cedar Chest in as one of its anchor stores—expanding its offering to include everything from soaps to stationery—and recruiting talent from food to fashion, Thornes Marketplace quickly became the place to meet, to eat, and to shop.

 

Today, Cedar Chest has grown into a beautifully merchandised retail space, filled with light and scent and color...where carefully selected products for home, body, and heart are lovingly displayed on two levels...and where familiar faces are happy to bring you the kind of service you deserve. Still located within Thornes Marketplace, our Main Street entrance welcomes shoppers to a first floor filled with the very best in sleepwear, fragrances, jewelry, and body products. Visit our CLINIQUE and ORIGINS counters for personal pampering, and delight at our window of wind-up toys that are sure to make you smile. Climb the staircase to our home department where you'll find linens for your table...along with artful rugs, and thoughtful gifts. Step into our bath department and browse the largest selection of shower curtains in the valley. On level 2 you'll also find toys galore, goods for gardeners, kitchen gadgets, and everything you'll need for hostess gifts and entertaining.

Welcome to Cedar Chest. Amazing products...stellar customer service...a whole lot of fun.

Come Visit

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.

 

 


Get In Touch

GIVE US A CALL...

Looking for that special Cedar Chest something from seasons past? Have a question about product particulars? Our offering is vast and varied, but our dedicated staff is ready to help with ordering questions, gift ideas, and information about exciting new items for Home, Body, and Heart! Give us a call and experience for yourself what Cedar Chest shoppers have come to love—customer service the way it should be!