That’s where I’ll be doing my holiday shopping this year. I’m lucky to live in a part of the country that still has many one-location, independent, locally-owned shops — enough that I rarely set foot in a mall. It’s important to me that I support fellow small business owners, interact with people who live and work nearby, and contribute to my local economy.
Here are some of my favorite shops that I’ll be visiting in the next few weeks. Hope you give them a chance too!
- Sarida – I just love this place! Small gallery features artwork, crafts and gifty things made by local artists.
- Birch St House & Garden – The name says it all: Unique furnishings & accessories for your home and garden.
- Minerva’s Owl – Women’s clothing and gifts from small artisans.
- Joanne Rossman: Purveyor of the Unnecessary & the Irresistible – How can you stay away from a store with a name like that?
- Boing! JP’s Toy Shop – Toys, games, puzzles… in short, everything a kid could want.
- Fire Opal – Truly gorgeous handmade jewelry, clothing, ceramics and art. Trust me, you will drool.
- On Centre – Fun, gifty, and some smarty-pants kind of stuff.
- Brookline Booksmith – My favorite bookstore of all time! They’ve expanded their gift shop — you can find something for everyone here.
- Mint Julep – Women’s clothing and accessories from US and European designers. Orla Kiely, anyone?
- Henry Bears Park – A really great selection of toys and games for all ages.
- Helena’s – Simply perfect women’s clothing boutique. Think Anthropologie, but better quality, better prices, and a staff who knows their stuff. (So it’s not exactly Cambridge, but it’s just up Mass Ave. And as far as I’m concerned, anything on that side of the river is Cambridge)
- Nomad – For that eclectic globe-trotting look. Clothing, jewelry, home décor and folk art from around the world.
- Abodeon – Mid-century modern furniture and home accessories. They were around before mid-century became the new black.
- Porter Square Books – Another awesome local bookstore. Stop at their little café for a snackytizer and coffee.
Any local gems from your part of the world that you’d like to share?