Mill No. 5 is the reawakening of a textile mill from 1873 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Our renovation preserves its historic character and keeps the spirit of imagination, craft and industry alive, relevant and contemporary. We are a partnership of collaborators that is fueled by passion. We participate in each other’s success. We engage our community to create connections. We invite people to step in and explore what is possible. We do this by providing beautiful space, and a supportive community for people with ideas and a passion to bring them to life. Mill No. 5 is an ongoing experiment in building a vital and unique experience for independent businesses, visitors and creatives who are drawn to the variety of opportunities for commerce, culture and community.


Mill No. 5 is indicative of a place that we believe Lowell can become.


Mill No. 5 is the tangible result of a vision to:


  • Provide a place for authentic, personal experiences and for opportunities to simply gather
  • Build/inspire/nurture a community with passion
  • Lead collaborations and shift creative culture towards a sense of being better together
  • Make a destination that is desirable to give people a reason to come and to come back to Lowell
  • Create beauty and wonderment to inspire passion in others


Our Values

  • Choose kindness
  • Create beauty
  • Make a difference
  • Keep a sense of humor
  • Sustainability
  • Be collaborative
  • Be authentic, honest and respectful
  • Be inclusive, value diversity
  • Be happy for the success of others
  • Value the overlooked

Important Coronavirus Update:

An Important Message from Mill No. 5:

After monitoring the Coronavirus situation we’ve come to the conclusion that it is our responsibility to be proactive leaders in our community. It is clear that the recommendation to practice social distancing and to avoid large gatherings is essential to slowing the spread of the infection, which is the key to avoiding the overwhelm on the medical system that many countries are now facing.

This being said, we also acknowledge the hardships that small businesses and entrepreneurs will face as more and more events and spaces close.

It is clear that the situation will change, and that we will need to be constantly monitoring, communicating and adjusting plans. For now, this is our plan:

Coffee and Cotton will remain open. We will expand on our serve safe practices with extended sanitization of surfaces. We will have to continuously monitor this decision as well.

-The Shops will be open based on their own individual preferences. Please check in with your favorite shops to see what hours they will be keeping.

-The Farm Market will run as a limited event. We understand that the farmers and producers rely heavily on market sales, and that many of our customers depend on the food they purchase on Sundays. We will re-evaluate this decision daily and work on precautions and sanitary procedures as well.

A Little Bazaar, The Luna Theater and Dows will be closed for the remainder of the month of March 

If you would like to support Mill No. 5 during these difficult times, you can purchase an e-gift card which can be used at Coffee and Cotton, Dows Soda Fountain, and The Luna Theater.


Thank you for your continued support!