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While the Back Bay boasts world class shopping, we also love to poke around our city's distinct neighborhoods for stores with flavor and finesse. We've asked some local gurus to offer hidden gems so you can try out boutiques beyond the usual suspects. Make room in your retail repertoire for these beloved spots.
Image via Paul Niski Projects
Cate Brinch is a spinning enthusiast-turned-spin studio owner. Upon moving to Boston from New York, she couldn't find a dedicated outlet for her cycling fix and decided to open her own fantasy one. Savvy women citywide have fallen under the Recycle Studio spell, so taking yet another recommendation from Cate, we suspect they will beeline it to this shop as well.
When I am not in the South End or Back Bay, you'll find me in Beacon Hill. I love walking Charles Street and popping into the boutiques and a favorite of the bunch is Good. The name says it all, although sometimes I think they should have gone with Great. Anyway, it's my spot for a John Derian housewarming gift, a place to bring a friend's clueless boyfriend on her birthday to show him a locket she might like, or where I go for that nice piece of stationery that feels a little extra special to drop in the mail.· Good [Official Site]
Paul has a great eye for original without being over the top—it is a store that captures the true essence of this town's style. The items in the shop may appear simple but on second glance you realize the depth is enormous. Be sure to ask them about anything that catches your eye as there is likely a story behind it, or its designer.
· Recycle Studio Encourages 'Social Sweats' [Racked Boston]
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