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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.
Mint Julep in Cambridge, via A Sip of Style
We've professed our affection for Hannah Blount's beautifully worked silver and gold jewelry (that Sticks and Stones collection, in particular), so learning her number one shopping destination was of the utmost importance. If you want to master ladylike dressing, take note of this Somerville-based designer's favorite place for denim and frocks, with both Brookline and Harvard Square locations.
Having worked there at one time, I can't help but be partial to Mint Julep—I love just about every single article of clothing in there. I'm more of a casual girl myself, loving their awesome jean collection and cool tops. Citizens of Humanity fits me just right, and since I started wearing those I can't go back to any other brands. But what Mint Julep is really known for is their selection of party dresses. MJ has classic and charming cocktail dresses with a twist, carefully chosen by the two owners. It just has that old southern charm, with interesting prints and bright colors from the likes of Shoshanna, Nanette Lepore, and Milly, among others. They also bring on their funk with Tracy Reese, Free People, and BB Dakota. Every time I stop in I am dizzy with clothes envy!