Great Barrington Antiques Trail 2
You may want to stop for lunch at this point as there are over a dozen fine eateries in
this town, which has become the area's watering hole-sushi extravaganza. Some
highlights are: Union Bar and Grill, just 2-3 doors up from The Emporium, a Soho-
esque bar with great calamari and other treats. Across from there on the opposite side
of Main (cross the crosswalk -- pedestrians have the right of way here, but still LOOK
to be sure) is BabaLouie's with the best thin crust pizza outside Europe, sourdough
crust made in a wood fired kiln. Walk down the corrider of the BabaLouie's building
and you will find two take-outs, a Mexican enchilada bar and a Cuban sandwich
maker. There are tables to sit at; while you order, be sure to walk down and get a Club
Helsinki schedule -- a treasure trove for nighttime entertainment, featuring national
and regional recording artists. Helsinki doubles as a cafe most suitable for lunch, and
has afternoon tea. Next stop on the trail still on Route 7/ Main St, go two traffic lights
down, noting the fine stone Searles Castle on your left. 7 houses past second traffic
light on your left, with French flag, you come to:
Quirky and colorful touches you'll find here include painted
furniture, bright pottery and Provencal paintings, plus many
afforable "smalls" such as lamps, inkwells and Quimper. The
owner is completely and utterly devoted to antique French
objects spanning the 17th C. through Moderne.
Turn left continuing down Route 7, barely accelerate, and on your right you will find
Some of the finest period American, English and
Continental furniture and accessories.
Further down about 1/8 of a mile on your right is North Star Books. From his attractive,
cosy reading room with couches, you will see out the window the restored local
cemetery, nearly demolished by a freak tornado 8 years ago!
North Star Books
The owner excels in fine old books (no worn
paperbacks here). He has first editions, historical
literature, manuscripts and more.
Continuing south, crossing over into Sheffield, and about 2 miles down on your left:
Boasts a colossal inventory of French, Italian and other
formal pieces. The owners do shows in New York and are
extravagant in their taste. This shop almost seems out of
place in the Berkshires, more like a fine Paris dealer's
Antiques trail, 2
Details from 2002, showing the
wide range and fine quality of the
town’s antiques shops.