Quincy-based womenswear brand A Ruby is popping up at Copley Place through at least Jan. 15, bringing not only its staple leggings, boyfriend jackets and crisp white button-ups, but a collab with South Ender Dylan Uscher of Dylanium Knits. The self-taught knitwear designer has made fingerless mitts, scarves and pom-pom hats, and he’s taking orders for custom handmade sweaters (place yours by Dec. 5 to get one under the tree by Dec. 25).
Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston. aruby.net
Dozens of vendors are descending on City Hall Plaza for its inaugural holiday market on Dec. 2-31, but crafty types should be sure to visit the Etsy Artists of Boston chalet. It’s stocked with a rotating selection of ceramics, edibles, jewelry, paintings, woodwork and fiber art, like these cacti crocheted by Jillian Audrey of Islay’s Terrace, who often draws inspiration from the three years she spent in the Southwest.
City Hall Plaza, Boston. facebook.com/etsyartistsboston
Through Jan. 2, Nantucket’s TownPool is packing the old Staples space with a boatload of preppy presents, from Colby Davis’ nautically inspired jewelry and F.H. Wadsworth’s ribbon belts to Harding-Lane’s needlepoint caps and Res Ipsa’s one-of-a-kind loafers made from vintage Turkish rugs. Come for the shopping; stay for the nine-hole mini-golf course in back.
899 Boylston St., Boston. townpool.com
Since October, The Shop has served as Back Bay’s blank canvas, welcoming a new pop-up each week or so. Next up, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 4, it’ll house wares by homegrown footwear brand York Athletics, helmed by a husband-and-wife team who’ve worked for Reebok, Puma, New Balance and Nike. They’re also hosting free daily workouts, like a fighter conditioning class led by boxing trainer Raf Montes.
144 Newbury St., Boston. newburystboston.com