Explore and support Lowell like the locals do!

We know you have many places to go and do your shopping. Here are the top 5  reasons why we think you should #ShopLowell in every season!



Multiple studies show locally-owned independent restaurants return twice as much per dollar of revenue to our local economy than chain restaurants. Independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales than chain competitors.* 



Lowell business owners are knowledgeable of the products they sell and provide great costumer service. This personalized service is harder to find at big box retailers or online shopping. 



Locally owned businesses cater to the cultural base of the neighborhoods they serve. Where we live, shop and play is the foundation of our community. Unique businesses are vital to the diverse character of Lowell's downtown and its neighborhoods.



Shopping locally helps to sustain vibrant, walkable urban and commercial centers, helping to reduce automobile use and air pollution. 


#5: Create Good Jobs for Lowellians

Lowell small businesses provide jobs and are collectively one of the largest employers in the City. 


The City of Lowell is committed to support and encourage our locally-owned and locally-operated businesses. This holiday season, please join us as we celebrate the season by shopping with locally-owned and independent merchants. Let’s #ShopLocal and #ShopLowell! 


Here are our suggestions for exploring what Lowell's local businesses have to offer.


Canalway Cultural District

The Holiday Season is perfect for that long overdue date night or romantic evening. Lowell's Canalway Cultural District is the perfect place to come and visit. With plenty of art and entertainment and a selection of over 40 restaurants, we're sure you'll find a place to enjoy.

In a crunch to get your Holiday Shopping done? Well...the Canalway Cultural District has over 26 local shops and galleries to find that perfect gift. 


Canalway Partners

If you're looking for special artisan goods, unique items, or handmade local art, we suggest you stop by our Canalway Cultural District Partners.

Western Avenue Studios & Lofts

Lowell’s Western Avenue Studios is home to the largest artist community on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. The five
acre complex and its varied brick mill buildings host over 300 artists in 250 work only studios and 50 live/work lofts. Western Avenue Studios also houses The Loading Dock Gallery, a cooperative, artist run gallery, Navigation Brewery’s tap room and The Onyx Room Performance Space. 

122 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA 01851, Call (978) 710-8605
@WesternAveArts / www.westernavenuestudios.com

Mill No. 5

Mill No. 5 is an indoor streetscape of historic buildings and storefronts salvaged from throughout New England and beyond. Mill No. 5 is home to a variety of boutique shops, Coffee and Cotton (a farm-to table cafe), The Luna Theater (an independent movie theater) and Red & White Market (a farm fresh convenience store). Every Sunday the Hi-Hat features live local music as part of The Farm Market, the area’s only year-round indoor farmer’s market. 

250 Jackson St., Lowell, MA 01852, Call (978) 656-1828
@millno5 / hello@millno5.com / www.millno5.com

Image by ToryGermann, courtesy of Mill No. 5

Image by ToryGermann, courtesy of Mill No. 5

image by Western Avenue Studios

image by Western Avenue Studios

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* Data Source: http://www.amiba.net/resources/multiplier-effect