Commonwealth Books: Antiquarian Books and Prints
Commonwealth Books has two locations within a block of each other downtown. It can be a little confusing going from one to the other, so ask for directions. But, both stores have a great collection of used books and prints. One store has a knowledgeable but curmudgeon like lady to provide help, while the other store, which is slightly larger, has several knowledgeable people who staff the store. You can walk your dog into the store, but one of the stores has a declawed cat that will keep watch over your pooch.
What to buy: I have bought a collection of very nice 19th century color prints at reasonable cost, which I framed and gave as a gift. I have also bought antique books.
What to pay: I usually keep my iPhone handy to compare prices of books found with national marketplace of used book sellers via Abesbooks.com or Biblio.com. Commonwealth is not a discount store.Related to:
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City Place: Shopping and Dining Area In Theater District
the city place is a Major Shopping and Dining Destination in the Theater District of Boston, it is also beside Chinatown and is within walking distance of the major shopping area of Bolyston Street. This 5 storey builsing hosts a number of retail shops, major tour company offices, a large food court for budget conscious people and some restaurants bannered by Starbucks, Panera Bread, PF Chang's, Dunkin Donuts, Tantric Indian Bistro and more.
Opens: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
What to buy: not much to shop here except for local shops and crafts and a few souvenir items, most of the shops are local and some are artisanal products. Budget eating at the huge food court in the lobby area.
What to pay: not a dent on your walletRelated to:
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Logan International Airport Shops: Shops at Logan International Airport
the main gateway to boston and the New England Area (excluding southern half of connecticut where the gateway is the JFK in New York). Logan International Airport beside being the major airport of the Northeast, also have a large number of shops, stores, souvenir stalls, restaurants and more inside it's Four Terminals. So if you feel like doing last minute eating and shopping before you leave, then this is the place to be.
among the shops here are Alex & Ani, Automatic Apparel, Bead Factory, Be Relax, Black Dog, Boston Tops, Duty Free Americas, I Store Boutique, Local Charm, Love Boston, L'Occitane, Vinyard Wines and a lot more
Most shops are open from 8:00 am to10:00 pm everyday
What to buy: souvenir stuffs like fridge magnets, shot glasses, paper weights, post cards, stationaries, books and a lot more
What to pay: more exppensive than buying in Boston, this is an airport after allRelated to:
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Boston ProShop: Main Sport Shop at TD Garden
The Boston Proshop is one of the Retailers inside the Boston TD Garden and it sells various Sports Memorabilia and equipment and shirts, banners, pro gear, fridge magnets, shot glasses and more of the Boston Pro Sports Teams like the Boston Celtics Basketball Team, the Boston Bruins Hockey Team as both these teams have the TD Garden as their homecourt. You can buy assorted items is you are a fan of them (or forced by your friend to buy and wear it around hehehe).
The Proshop is open before, during, and after all Bruins and Celtics games. And Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What to buy: all the sports items you can think off like caps, hats, banners, official jerseys, trading cards, shorts, athletic gear and a lot more!
What to pay: $ 24.99 for a t-shirt, $ 39.99 for a polo shirtRelated to:
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L A Burdick: Chocolates to die for!
I chanced upon this shop on my first visit to Boston last year. I was walking towards Harvard Square and noticed a display of chocolates for Halloween in coffin shaped boxes. The gifts that I purchased were very well received and so this year on my next trip to Boston I made sure that I returned.
There is a huge variety of chocolate and staff are both knowledgeable and helpful. The chocolates are expensive but with chocolate I really believe that you get what you pay for. The taste of each chocolate is a wonderful sensation on the palate and you can really savour every chocolate. All in all they are perfect for that special gift.
What to buy: They have some amazing Halloween chocolate ghosts - perfect gift for Halloween.
What to pay: You can spend as much or as little as you like. Chocolates can be bought individually or in boxes.Related to:
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Brian Dugan - Made in Boston: Amazing array of original gifts
I found this small booth inside the Prudential Centre. Brian Dugan is a glass artist and he has made all of the products tat are on sale. At the time I was there, it was the artists wife who was selling the products at the stall and she could tell us a lot about the different pieces on sale. There is a fantastic array of items for sale, all of which are hand made and unique. If you are looking for something original to take away from Boston then you could do no worse than stop here and see what is on offer.
What to buy: Earrings and necklaces
What to pay: Earrings started at $24USD for a pair. Other items ranged in price depending upon the amount of work, materials and artists time that have gone into the making. At the time I was there, the stall did have a sale on which meant if you bought 4 items you got the cheapest free.Related to:
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Polka Dog Bakery: Just for Dogs
Polka Dog was inspired by a sato named Pearl from Puerto Rico (my 2 dogs are also satos). The make fresh baked dog treats in so many flavors it is hard to choose! There are specialty items such as jerky and chews as well. My dogs love the lamb jerky and peanut butter and jelly biscuits. They also offer a small boutique with beds, collars, leashes, toys, clothing and seasonal items and stock many brands of dog and cat food. Make sure you bring your dog, the staff is more than happy to let them sample the treats and choose what they like.
What to buy: My dogs say - one of each! All of the treats have been a big hit with them.Related to:
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Filene's Basement: Filene's Basement
I love Filene's. I have never actually been in the REAL store, but I love the basement. It's always one of my highlights of going to Boston because I do love to shop. It's not for the faint of heart, though-it gets kind of crazy in there. Not very organized and hordes of people. And if you're not into sales (I have friends that refuse to shop sales because it's somehow demeaning of them) then it probably won't be for you. BUT, if you like heavily discounted clothes, jewlry, and chocolate then you should check it out.
What to pay: They're supposed to mark down things every week but I think they sneak by on it and don't. For every week it's supposed to be marked down by 25%.Related to:
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Wine Emporium Liquor Store
Hmmmmmmm.........this is where me and ZIggy baught countless bottles of Bacardi and Wine.
Its a old fashioned, quaint, cute little liquor store. Everyone from the cashier to the lil old security dude at the front are mega nice and helpful.
What to buy: Bacardi................hahahahahaha!!!!
Landmark Center: Art Deco Restoration in the Fens
In 2000, the Landmark Center reopened its doors to the public. Built in 1930, this massive Art Deco building was the former home of the Sears Warehouse and Catalog Center. It stood unoccupied, and decaying for years until bought by the Abbey Group, which restored it and adapted it to today's standards, with offices on the upper floors and retail stores on the ground floor. It has won several awards for historic preservation.
It sits at the crossing of Park Drive, Boylston St., and Brookline Ave. and the Fenway T stop is right next to the parking lot.
The upper floors house many businesses, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the Harvard School of Public Health. There is also a day care facility.
What to buy: Some of what you'll find here:
The Art Store
Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Boston Sports Club
AMC Theater - 13 screens, all with stadium seatingRelated to:
Macy's: The serach is over.............
The Macy's in Boston is typical of any city Macy's store. They carry a large selection of housewares, jewelry, shoes, clothing and cosmetics. Macy's wasn't on out list of places to go but we wound up here in search of an item for my wife.
My wife has been hunting for the past three years for a hard to find shade of lipstick that she adores. After searching every store that carries the line it was miraculously here. The sales associate found three lipsticks in her desired shade and we bought all three. I was elated that we finally found what she was earching for so desperately.
What to pay: The lipstick was $14 each.
Outlet: good deals!
70 OUTLET STORES
Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Burberry, Coach, Cole Haan, Elie Tahari, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sony, Vera Bradley and more...
What to buy: clothes, shoes, etc.
What to pay: 50% - 70% retail priceRelated to:
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Harvard Coop: Stock up on books and Harvard kitsch
Beyond the typical kitschy Harvard souvenirs, Harvard Coop sells serious stuff like specialty books and the range is quite extensive. I could easily spend hours here - but wasn't in the mood to carry heavy hardbound books around with me. In case you need a caffeine fix or a hot drink on a cold autumn day - or just a shelter from the rain (my main reason for going here) - there is a Starbucks outlet inside that attracts students and tourists alike.
Christmas in New England: Christmas Ornaments
Christmas in New England had a large selection of Christmas ornaments. Many of the ornaments had a New England theme to it such as Lobsters, Seashells, Sailboats, Red Sox and Patriots. Liz and I enjoyed wandering through and seeing some of the quirky ornaments especially the wine themed ornaments.
Lord & Taylor: Good Winter Sales
Lord & Taylor is a department store that carries men's clothing, women's clothing, children's clothing, cosmetics, housewares, jewelry, shoes and accesories.
What started as a stop to use the restroom rurned into a shopping trip for me. There was an incredible winter sale going on at Lord & Taylor. While we wandered through the men's department; a jacket caught Liz's eye. The jacket was a nice brown suede. We found my size and I tried it on. The jacket fit perfectly and I like the style and material. The jacket was on sale at 50% off which was a steal; so of course I had to buy it.
What to buy: I bought a nice brown suede jacket.
What to pay: With the 50% off the tricket Price; I paid $175.Related to:
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