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.
Find your way to the rear of this building complex and you will be in for a treat. The fantastic exhibitions of African tribal art including deity masks, sculptures, textiles, clothing, old artifacts from Ghana and Kenya, ornate jewelry, and even a small selection of books. A wonderful place to view some of the most beautiful examples of African art in the city.
Ritual Arts stocks an eclectic mix of incense, herbs and books on pagan rituals and ceremonial traditions. The distinctive odor of sandalwood incense greets you as you step into the store, followed assuredly by the cat that keeps the guard from evil spirits. The shelves are filled with titles on ceremonial witchcraft, pagan beliefs and other alternative religions. There's even a photocopy machine for emergency copies.
This wild selection of men and women's leather jackets is perfect for both casual and formal wear. The wide assortment of styles and colors ranges from suede and calfskin to thicker, more durable leather. Leather pants, belts and Birkenstock sandals round out the inventory at this Beacon Hill shop. If your needs run more towards business wear, you'll find a diverse selection of briefcases and backpacks, along with an extremely friendly staff. Not to mention, boots are available up to size 15!
This simply spectacular shop just outside of Coolidge Corner focuses on bringing local artisans to the attention of a loyal customer base. You will find some amazing jewelry by over 150 artisans, including work in dichroic glass, which offers incredibly vivid colors as well as interesting designs. Daring to be different? Try the affectionately titled 'art to wear' clothing, bursting with zany colors and intricate patterns. You may want to check out the glassware, housewares and other great gifts as well.