Mill District General Store & Local Art Gallery
We make sure that every visit to The Mill District General Store is an amazing in-person experience.
When you walk inside, you are welcomed by our friendly staff and our huge candy by the pound counter. Bet you can’t have just one piece!
We stock a mix of nostalgic and modern products, art supplies, home goods, kitchenware, pet supplies, toys and games, skincare and beauty products, home and bath necessities, and seasonal clothing. We also have an ever-growing supply of beautiful local items from Western Massachusetts.
Just past our main counter you will find a coffee station where you can pour a cup of locally roasted coffee from Esselon Coffee Roasters in Hadley, MA and then take a stroll through the Local Art Gallery to view the work of over 20 local artists who create pottery, paintings, jewelry, and more!
The latest in a long line of family businesses at this location dating back to 1741, The Mill District General Store is inspired by the 7th generation owner, Walter Cowls Jones, who was always quick with a homespun quip. We are proud to introduce a new store with a touch of nostalgia that has everything you need, as well as the fun things that Walter would say are “Handier than a pocket in a pair of under drawers!” Every visit is truly an experience.
The Mill District General Store flows directly into the ever-changing space of our Local Art Gallery. Seamlessly browse from our general merchandise to truly one of a kind pieces from members of our community. The Local Art Gallery is a living, breathing space full of unique, vibrant artwork that also hosts pop-up classes, events, and conversations led by the artists themselves. The partnership between The Mill District General Store and Local Art Gallery gathers us to bring you the creative hub of the North Amherst community.
The Mill District General Store sits on a patch of land that was known for generations as the Cowls Home Farm. For 9 generations, the Cowls’ family has pivoted to meet the needs of the day, from agricultural products to dairy cows, trolley lines to one of the nation’s first electric sawmills. This has been a site for creativity and regeneration for over 275+ years.
The Mill District was created to meet today’s needs and The Mill District General Store is at the heart, hosting community events and connecting you to local goods, artists, and the folks who make it all possible.
Come on by sometime, we can’t wait to meet you!