Newbury Street, Boston
I was walking down Newbury Street when one of those "Duck Tour" vehicles was driving by and I heard the tour guide explain that Newbury Street is like the Rodeo Drive of Boston. Hmmm, I thought to myself, I've been to Rodeo Drive many times and I think Newbury Street (in my opinion) was very quaint. Yes, there are some upscale stores, lots of art galleries (which was great) and affordable restaurants here and there. Saw some amazing architecture on the buildings! I didn't see the Ferrari's and Lamborghini's that you typically see on Rodeo Drive. However, did spot a Mercedes SLS that has a price tag of over US$200,000.00!
I really enjoyed checking out Newbury Street. It's beautiful, nice shops and I really enjoyed looking through the art galleries. Make sure to check out my travelogues for more photos of Newbury Street!
I love candles and have them all over my home and when I want to purchase something a bit special, I make sure to pick up one of the many wonderful scented candles from Diptyque. The candles are quite pricey at about $42-$62 for a votive size candle.
Yes, you can probably find a less expensive candle in another specialty shop, (like another of my fave places, "Yankee Candles") but it isn't the same and the scents you find in Diptyque Candles are truly unique.
Stars (like "J-Lo and Beyonce" to name a few) are known to purchase these for their wonderful aromatic long lasting scents.
The candles make a great house warming or gift for that special someone.
What to buy: Candles, what else?! They also carry a selection of 12 differnet types of scented toilet waters, soaps and vinegars.
I absolutely love their lavendar, gardenia mint and freesia scented candles.
What to pay: Ranging from $42 and up.
I totally love this place. I swear by their "eye lash curler" the best in the market. Shu Uemuru is a speciality cosmetic store for anything a girl can want. I don't use much make-up and the eyelash curler is a must for me. I have natually long eyelashes but they need a bit of help to get them to curl.
What to buy: According to their website, "Award-winning, iconic shu uemura Eyelash Curler with an exclusive design that suits all eye shapes and naturally curls lashes with out crimping them. A 2005 InStyle Best Beauty Buy and awarded as one of Town & Country's "Top 150 Best Beauty Products".
A Doggy Bakery and Boutique, this store has everything for the pampered pet. Like most of my shopping trips, I always try seek out and find a dog boutique to stock up on new clothing, toys and treats for my little Cookie.
I had seen the "new" type of harness and leash and wanted to pick one up for her. I also picked up some great all natural treats.
What to buy: I purchased some peanut flavored all natual baked goodies, the new Puppia Soft Harness and Leash, and a few chew toys.
What to pay: The prices aren't cheap. Expect to pay above your normal pet store pricecs. The Puppia Harness was about $30 and so was the leash, the natural cookies were about $8 a bag and the chew toys ranged from about $5-$10. All for a very spoiled little girl!
There are a few shops on Newbury Street that aren't high end boutiques and the hardware store is one of them. We popped in because we foolishly didn't pack a bottle opener for our beer - and they gave us one for free. We will always pack this in future and think of the kindness of the man in the Newbury Hardware store with each beer. Wicked Awesome.
While I have been a long time fan of Raven's shop in Harvard Square, I am very excited that they opened a new shop on Newbury Street. The store is beautifully designed and is stocked with great books. Whereas the Harvard Square shop leans heavier on academic categories such as historiography, social sciences, linguistics and the like, the Newbury street store is a little heavier on Art, Architecture and Fiction....though they similarly to the cambridge shop also stock the best philosophy and history collection around.
Eight city blocks of shopping for the true addict.
What to buy: Whatever you wish! Start on the west end (the cheapest and funkiest stores) and work your way east (towards the 4star, high end shops) to find just what you're looking for.
Newbury is a great street to wander, shop, walk and dine. My favorite is always popping into Kate Spade to seeing what they have. A lot of high end stores located on Newbury, so a great place to window shop, even if you're not going to buy!
Oak is a cute little boutique on Newbury Street that carries great gifts made by independent artists and designers. There is a huge variety for men, women & children. Most of the items are made locally, and often with recycled elements.
What to pay: There are products from $2 lip balms to beautiful handmade dresses!
When I seen the same of this place I knew we had to check it out! So after checking out the Virgin Music Store we stopped in here! Its very cute... not trashy as many Adult stores tend to be. But they had a lot nifty little items ( Great for gag gifts for friends) such as the worlds smallest condom, combat condoms and one that glow in the dark. Most of these cant be actually used for ... what many would normally want to get condoms for but they are fun any way. So stop in and get a condom-pop... looks like a lolipop:) and shock your friends(or not...you know who you are). This place is not for the immature crowd everyone, NO CHILDREN!
What to buy: Condoms Galore! and other adult items of course
What else can I say but Multi-level Music Wonderland~~~ Sometimes we want to remember our trips long after they are over and want better way then to by a cd from your fave artist or from a new one, to be your sound track of your trip. You were going to by it anyway and you wanted to get a souvenir for yourself anyway. ... So go make some memories already! We stopped in here when we gave up on finding the Chruch from the Boondock Saints movie. Newbury Street is a long street full of nifty stuff so you can always find something ...even if its not what you started out to find:) !
What to buy: Cd's, Sheet music, Cases, cleaners....Anything! But all the fun is next door... see my next tip!
What to pay: Retail prices for music vary.
Newbury Street has been called the "Rodeo Drive" of Boston. Shops are quite pricey but the closer you get to Massachusetts Avenue the more reasonable they become. I went into Urban Outfitters (there is also one in NYC) and got a few things. It's a beautiful street, at least worth walking down to window shop!
What to pay: probably too much!
This is a small bookstore, but it is independently owned. My experience has been that the college-age staff is uppity and not all that pleasant to people who look like middle-age suburban housewives (I do look like that in comparison to proper Bostonians), however I may just be imagining it.
The cafe is great, though and I go here just for that.
This is the closest thing to 5th Ave in Boston, at least at the end that starts near the Boston Garden. Would be very cool to live in one of the many brownstones on this street, but they must be in the thousands for monthly rent.
What to buy: Designer duds at the Park end and funky stuff at the Mass Ave end, including CondomNation, a couple of Nepal and Tibetan gift shops, art galleries, vintage clothing and used music stores.
There are many many many small art galleries on Newbury Street, Boston. Michaelopolous is my favorite,... he is an amazing artist from Greece who first started painting houses in New Orleans, as he saw them, bright, and vibrant and ALIVE with music!! The houses appear to be able to dance off the canvas! Oh and here's his website, if anyone is interested:
Anyhow, I digress.... there are OTHER galleries on Newbury too, some independent artists like Michaelopoulos and others of groups of artists, such as at Gallery D'Orsay,......
Here's a link to what you can find on Newbury St. in Boston, the DEFINITE GO-TO street when you come here!
What to buy: ART!!
Visit the Spa, or Salon!
Clothes: see directory at Newbury St. for complete listing of all the places there!'
There ARE a even a few thrift stores like "Second Time Around"
What to pay: Oh boy.... how much do you have!?