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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 restaurateurs, 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.

Cedar Chest History - McCallum's Department Store

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 offerings to include everything from soaps to stationery—and recruiting talent from food to fashion, Thornes Marketplace quickly became the place to meet, eat, and to shop.

Cedar Chest History - Thornes Front Entrance

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 Pioneer 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.

Cedar Chest History - 2nd Floor Store Entrance