Goods & Services

Olives & Grace
Photo Credit: Nicole Popma


Olives & Grace

Sofi Madison has a gift—well, dozens, in fact. The owner of Olives & Grace has an eye for well-crafted wares and local foodstuffs like Jan’s Farmhouse crackers and McCrea’s caramels…

623 Tremont St., Boston (617-236-4536)
  • Antique Store

    Ramble Market

    Making your way to Waltham may require more than a CharlieCard, but this new collaborative of more than a dozen antique and vintage dealers is worth seeking out…

    39 Green St., Waltham (781-790-5260)
  • Bike Shop

    Community Bike

    Great inventory is key for a bike shop, but this one doesn’t stop there. The repairs are speedy, the prices are fair (check for coupons on the website) and the staff is savvy…

    496 Tremont St., Boston (617-542-8623)
  • Papercuts J.P.
    Photo Credit: Holly Rike

    Book Nook

    Papercuts J.P.

    For a literary city, Boston proper boasts fewer bookstores than you might expect, so we cheered in November when publishing veteran Kate Layte opened Papercuts J.P.…

    5 Green St., Boston (617-522-3404)
  • Caterer

    East Meets West

    If you’ve been to a wedding, bar mitzvah or corporate event in the Boston area, chances are you’ve dined with East Meets West…

    212 Old Colony Ave., Boston (617-269-2662)
  • Dry Cleaner

    Holly Cleaners

    With 59 years of service and four locations, Holly Cleaners’ credentials were earned long ago. But this family business doesn’t rest on its reputation…

    1314 Centre St., Newton (617-527-0770); additional locations in Wellesley, Needham and Sudbury;
  • Bloom Couture
    Photo Credit: Holly Rike

    Floral Studio

    Bloom Couture

    To simply call Bloom a flower shop wouldn’t do the studio justice. Owners Suphoj Chancheaw and Scott Vanich, an interior designer and a graphic designer, respectively…

    769 Tremont St., Boston (857-263-8062)
  • Furniture Store

    Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

    Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showrooms stretch from Bogota to Taipei, but the multi-level South End flagship is considered a model for other outposts…

    142 Berkeley St., Boston (617-266-0075); 625 Worcester St., Natick (508-650-1400);
  • Gardening Boutique


    Just because you don’t have a yard doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden. Niche, a wee garden shop that sprouts from a subterranean storefront on Tremont Street, caters specifically to city dwellers…

    619 Tremont St., Boston (857-753-4294)
  • Home Boutique

    Pioneer Goods Co.

    The style at Pioneer Goods Co. falls somewhere between urban hipster and rustic New England. Owner Justin Power peddles vintage, new and repurposed furniture and accessories…

    764 Tremont St., Boston (857-263-8799)
  • Kitchen Store

    Local Root

    The sibling of furniture fave Didriks, Local Root is a sophisticate’s kitchen boutique with a decidedly French accent…

    221 Concord Ave., Cambridge (617-354-2400); 2284 Washington St., Newton (617-916-1943);
  • Just Add Cooking
    Photo Credit: Nicole Popma

    Meal Service

    Just Add Cooking

    “I don’t have time to cook,” is a popular refrain (and excuse for getting takeout), but the team at Just Add Cooking knows that it’s not the cooking that’s time-consuming…

  • New Addition

    Society of Grownups

    College may have been fine for mastering math and history, but chances are you never became as well-versed in real estate, career networking, salary negotiations or stock investments…

    1653 Beacon St., Brookline (617-505-3636)
  • Pet Resort

    The Urban Hound

    The Urban Hound is no kennel—it’s a five-star canine hotel. There’s a pristine lobby with potted shrubs and apothecary jars of treats…

    129 Malden St., Boston (617-755-5775)
  • Skippy White’s

    Record Store

    Skippy White’s

    Fifty-four years ago, local DJ and record shop owner Skippy White shook up the airwaves and introduced Boston to a sound previously unknown to much of the city…

    1971 Columbus Ave., Boston (617-524-4500)
  • Sporting Goods

    City Sports

    We love our mom-and-pop stores, but we also couldn’t be prouder that City Sports is a homegrown hit…

    480 Boylston St., Boston (617-267-3900); additional locations in Boston, Cambridge, Dedham, Wellesley and elsewhere;
  • Toy Store


    Soon-to-be parents with a checklist of essentials should head to Tadpole, a shop stocked with everything from car seats to swaddles to cuddly Wubbanub pacifiers…

    58 Clarendon St., Boston (617-778-1788)
  • The Urban Grape
    Photo Credit: Holly Rike

    Wine Store

    The Urban Grape

    There’s the kind of wine store where you blindly grab a bottle of whatever’s featured on the end aisle, and then there’s the Urban Grape, where you can actually try 16 wines before you buy them…

    The Street, 7 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill (617-232-4831); 303 Columbus Ave., Boston

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