This sliver of an antique shop in Jamaica Plain manages to cram many great pieces of furniture and small gifts into the available space. Typical finds include a roll-top desk, Victorian chairs and great curio boxes that would make wonderful additions to anyone's dresser. Smaller items abound, including letter openers and cigarette cases, but you will have to look carefully to find them nestled throughout Cobwebs.
The wonderful selection of books and gifts in this shop places a special emphasis on children book and Spanish works. The store also sells puzzles, games, posters, and music, and documentaries on DVD. Events such as book signings, book reading, and lectures are often held here. For further details check the website.
This is a comfortable and inviting bookstore and music shop, complete with listening stations so you can try out your selection before purchasing. You can also relax among the comfortable tables and chairs while sampling books and magazines before you take them home. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you chat with the gregarious, knowledgeable owners about the neighborhood and upcoming events. A fine selection of books, new and used CDs and a great cup of coffee all make this a store to remember.
Located next to the university, this Boston outlet of Symposium books is one of two in the country along with its sister store at Providence. The large availability of academic books render the location of the store apt for students looking for that odd reference book. Combining the collection for the technically sound, a range of routine fiction and non-fiction covers are also stacked up the shelves. Generating a sense of togetherness amongst its readers, recommendations and reviews are available at easy disposals through ongoing blogs. Book signing sessions by authors whose books are on store spices up the place from time to time.
If you are into outdoor activities and adventure sports, this is the right place to visit. The North Face is part of a retail chain and has locations all over the United States. This adventure and sports gear shop is well stocked with a variety of men's and women's sports apparel, footwear, sleeping bags, tents, back packs and accessories like hats and socks. The shop offers the most technically advanced sports goods to adventure climbers, mountaineers, snow sport athletes and explorers alike.
The faces painted on the windows are a tad unusual, but past these gruesome sprites you will find one of the city's foremost inventories of international cigarettes. Check out the huge selection of Zippo lighters, hand-rolled Dominican cigars and cigarette papers for rolling your own special blends. For the classical smoking enthusiast, pipes line the back wall. Always filled with students, this Kenmore Square store is sure to please any smoking connoisseur.
Tucked away in Kenmore Square, Nuggets pays the best money for your used records, videos, CDs and cassettes. It sells enormous quantities of them as well, and offers a discount on exchange. You'll find all the lost hits from your childhood here along with all kinds of other titles you'd never imagine. Find full copies of epic video series, or bask in the sound of a old albums.
Shattering the stereotype of dark, cluttered comics shops, this Kenmore Square store is organized and well-lit. You will quickly find what you need in their wooden cubes labeled with large, brightly colored tags-and if you cannot, the staff is sure to help you. The stock is a good mix of mainstream and darker, avant-garde titles. New shipments arrive on Wednesdays.
Named after David McPhail's children's book, this extraordinary toy store has been a Boston institution for decades. Unusual toys of all kinds and brands are found amongst the shelves at this Cambridge location. Interactive games, books and toys are specialties, providing fun and education for children. Plays, storyteller hours and puppet theater are also part of the store's curriculum. Perks include free shipping, gift wrapping and a frequent-buyer card. See website for weekly in-store Story Time schedule, events calendar, online shopping and other regional locations.
A block outside of Harvard Square sits one of the only antiquarian booksellers in the city. You might not expect much inventory from a store, which specializes in volumes published before 1700, but they have built an impressive collection from private estates and other sources. They take exquisite care of their stock, refurbishing some and rebinding others. Highlights include an ancient copy of the Canterbury Tales.
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