Small businesses are the heart of our business scene and the embodiment of our city’s entrepreneurial spirit. So while it’s easy to get caught up in online shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the perfect place to find truly unique gifts this holiday season is at small businesses. from Boston.
We’ve selected 15 of our favorites in town that reflect the geographic and artisanal breadth of our local business scene. From dispensaries to trendy sneaker outposts and bookstores, there’s something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, so get out there and spend while supporting Boston’s top artists and small businesses.
This speakeasy sneaker shop has not missed a step in 25 years of existence. Hidden behind an unassuming facade that appears to be a run-down bodega is a store that stocks the sharpest sneakers on the market. But it doesn’t stop there: women’s and men’s clothing and accessories are also available, as well as boots and outerwear, so there’s something for everyone on your shopping list.
Imagine a consignment shop so popular there is sometimes a queue inside – that’s how good the collection is. Covet’s two stores offer the perfect selection of designer shoes and bags, designer sunglasses, dresses and fashionable pieces, all of which rotate with each season so you and your gifts can be both elegant and environmentally friendly.
These aren’t your everyday chocolates, these are confections in the grandest and most indulgent sense. With candies, caramelized peanut butter cups, artisan candy bars and outlandish solid barks, there are plenty of amazing gifts if you manage to not eat them yourself first. Plus, if you shop on Small Business Saturday, you can get a luxurious advent calendar before the start of December.
This community bookstore puts black authors at the center of its collection and offers a particularly impressive selection of books for young adults about activism, history and race. Did we mention co-owners Leonard Egerton and Clarrissa Cropper will order any book for you that you don’t see in the store? Bonus: a little birdie tells us that they’ll be hosting a holiday popup on Small Business Saturday; keep an eye on Instagram for more details.
Why buy a candle for your present when you can make one for him instead, with wine? The bright new space inside Charles River Speedway regularly hosts organic candle-making workshops for beginners, including one on Small Business Saturdays; the gift shop also sells the all-natural candles made by owner Steysy Clark.
If we had a bottomless bank account, we would just furnish our whole apartment in Lekker and stop. The South End home institution celebrates European-inspired modern design in homewares large and small, and in fact many designers are actually small-batch makers from places like Montana and New York. upstate New York.
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How lucky are we to have an independent shop dedicated to the art and care of indoor plants? Whether you’re a seasoned green parent or just looking to learn more about how not to kill living flora, Niche is a one-stop shop for browsing and educating houseplants, from cacti to oversized ferns. . We all say this with a sniffle, because the South End store is closing on December 24, so make time now to visit the original location before dedicating yourself full-time to the Davis Square store.
Looking to add a European flair to your wardrobe? This bright boutique offers one-of-a-kind finds from Denmark, Italy, and Belgium, as well as a curated selection of cutting-edge American designers. Even the sweatpants and pajamas manage to look stylish AF, perfect for WFH life.
2022 has been the year of the hat, but it’s not too late to jump into the fray. Salmagundi in Jamaica Plain sells an equal number of men’s and women’s casual hats, many of which are made locally.
There’s only one place to go when shopping for a guy in your life, and that’s this cozy underground space with a neatly curated collection of clothing, homeware, outerwear , wooden accessories and manly candles. There is also a smaller collection of clothing and accessories for women and children, and home accessories and gift ideas are ideal.
Jamaica Plain’s first adult clinic was well worth the wait. Edible collections include gummies, chocolates, and more. Don’t leave without visiting the Core Social Justice Cannabis Museum located inside, which explores the consequences of the war on drugs and national cannabis laws, particularly their disproportionate impacts on communities of color.
It’s the little shop that could. For over 20 years, the long-running North End storefront has offered a little something for everyone: home accessories (wall decor, stationery, pillows, charcuterie boards) and candles, as well as jewelry and a collection of women’s clothing.
The small jewelry boutique highlights the work of independent designers who work in sustainable materials. Owner Sophie Hughes is a jewelry designer herself, often working in gold to forge raw yet delicate pieces, including bespoke engagement pieces incorporating recycled materials. The store also makes its own custom pieces, including taking an existing heirloom from a customer and turning it into something much more modern and wearable.
You don’t need to use a shopping vacation as an excuse to step into this divine BIPOC-owned wine store. Spend an hour or more chatting with employees and finally overcoming your oenophile fears; the whole experience is welcoming even though the etiquettes go far beyond anything you’ll encounter at your local packie. Co-owners Hadley and TJ Douglas even launched their own label, Progressive Wine Co, celebrating Sonoma County’s small suppliers. Regular in-store tastings, especially during the holidays, mean you’ll be the hit at your parties this season.
Calling all analog geeks: the record store is a licorice pizza heaven, with both vintage and new albums and nightly DJ events that spotlight all sorts of staff picks. And did we mention they serve drinks inside the store? If you want to be the coolest aunt or uncle in the world this holiday season, enroll the child of your life in the Kids 45 club, a monthly subscription to 7-inch records.
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