Mill No. 5 in Lowell welcomes visitors with the creak of hardwood floors that rest underneath a streetscape of small businesses. The fourth floor of the textile mill, built in 1873, has been reawakened as a gathering place where shoppers can have authentic experiences with unique products.
All shops are open Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m.until 8 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Most shops have additional hours.
Mill City Cheesemongers
A commitment to supporting small-scale, sustainable agriculture and small businesses across New England has given rise to this market where customers can find unique flavors and reinterpretations of condiments, confections, and specialty foods. And of course, there are also the artisan cheeses.
At Crose Nest’s Botanical Pharmacopoeia, customers are empowered to create herbal teas, bath soaks, face masks, and other herbal blends in-store, with staff support and recipe books to browse. They also retail many goods and gifts, including handmade greeting cards, artwork, mugs, succulents, and jewelry.
Red Antler Apothecary
The folks at Red Antler proudly craft soaps and other household products in small batches using natural ingredients and old-world recipes. Soap can be cut in store to your desired size, and each variety is more interesting than the last.