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It's that time again—the seasonal update to our guide on Boston's essential shopping, the Racked 38. While we've released specialized maps for home goods and indie boutiques, our namesake list contains all the can't miss local venues in regard to fashion and tools for a stylish life across several categories. Today we are replacing South End furniture emporium Mohr & McPherson, Back Bay and North End go-to LIT Boutique, and denim expert in-jean-ius. In their place, we've added Orchard Skateshop (an Allston skate mainstay who expanded to Newbury Street), Olives & Grace (a "curtsy to the makers" full of regional goods), and quirky home shop Twelve Chairs (formerly of Fort Point, it has now relocated to the South End).
Per usual, we tried to strike a balance between major neighborhoods, price points, and aesthetics, leaving out food stores (Eater Boston has those covered) and any boutiques less than six months old. The list below is in no particular ranked order; rather, we're taking a look from North to South.
Do you have any other suggestions? We update the list quarterly and are always looking for reader input. State your cases for (or against) stores in the comments or email the tipline.
04/02/13: Added: Shake the Tree, North River Outfitter, Bobby From Boston, Mohr & McPherson
07/09/13: Added: Artifaktori, Salmagundi, Sault
10/03/13: Added: Orchard Skateshop, Olives & Grace, Twelve Chairs