A home is an extension of one's personality, and if you're looking for a chic refurbishment of yours, Twelve Chairs is the right place. Classmates and Interior Design graduates Roisin Giese and Miggy Mason join forces to create a thriving business of home furnishings and decor. Built on responsible design, their aesthetic eye combines with their experience in retail to give way to a thoughtful selection of furniture, linen, tableware, lamps and a host of decorative interiors to liven up your personal space.
Founded in 1882, the Coop operates student-oriented stores offering a wide selection of textbooks, general-interest books, office supplies and school insignia merchandise, including Harvard and M.I.T. gear. Members are entitled to annual rebates based on their purchases. You do not have to be a member to shop here, however. Shop at Harvard Square Coop and you are sure to vouch for the quality of goods and friendly service offered by this store.
Founded in 1939 in Cambridge and later in the capital, Savenor's Market (which takes the family name) has established itself as a premium specialty grocer in Massachusetts. The butcher shop supplies ethically raised and locally sourced produce to homes and restaurants across the state. Familiar meats like poultry and lamb share space with exotic varieties like kangaroo and ostrich. The ingeniously-lined collection of organic food, spices and condiments, imported jams, marinades, oils, vinegars and confectionery are of top quality. Their selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie have garnered global recognition. The quaint Beacon Hill mart caters to serious gourmet cooks including the likes of Barbara Lynch and Michael Schlow, self-proclaimed patrons.
This Harvard Square tobacconist has been around for more than a century. Not only will you find a wide selection of cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smoking accessories, but an array of other novelty merchandise. Like many other stores in the area, this store stocks Harvard University memorabilia. It also carries a fun selection of shaving kits, board games and antique toys.
Comics and science fiction melt into one giant maelstrom of fun at this popular Harvard Square store, where the shelves are lined with every conceivable comic and an impressive display of sci-fi novels. Superheroes and aliens keep watch over the entire store, which also includes a mighty poster selection, toys and T shirts. Not to mention the who's who of the comic world and Sci-Fi action figures. So head down to this store to add to your collection.
If you are looking for funky gifts, then be sure to check out this store on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Past the usual offerings for proud alumni you will find a world of robots, electronic paraphernalia, puzzles, games and other cool gadgets. Be sure to slip your feet into the hilarious Einstein slippers, whose beady eyes and lots of hair make it all the more fun.
Tired of bookstores with paltry science fiction sections that offer you the cliched and limited collection of books? Shop at the Pandemonium Books & Games, because it knows that there is more to fantasy and science fiction than Star Wars, and more to horror than Stephen King. New, used and autographed books are the main attraction, but expect to be tempted by assorted role-playing games and toys. No request is too obscure; no question is too weird.
This Harvard Square stores specializes in the sale and service of fine watches and other timepieces. Try on some of the dozens of models from around the world that are contemporary, classic or funky in style. The repair experts will make replacement parts to get your timepiece back in working order. Engraving services and special ordering are also available.
This bookstore has one of Boston's most exhaustive selections of New Age books and paraphernalia. Soft music and wafting incense will greet you as you enter the store. Crystals, incense, books and videos can be found here, and you can also get a psychic reading. This is a major meeting place for Boston's large New Age community. The place has a good vibe and a specific theme. All in all a great store to mingle with the locals and to find good reads.