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New to Boston or simply looking for new stomping grounds? Summer is the perfect time to explore our dozens of neighborhoods, so for your shopping ease, we'll be mapping the top shops in each area over the coming weeks.

Ah, good ol' Parkway—that's what we Boston natives call the cluster of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, and West Roxbury neighborhoods. A fresh crop of retail and restaurants has started to bring non-locals to the area, which is south of downtown and right beyond Fenway and Mission Hill. From Centre Street in JP to Centre Street in West Roxbury (yup, same one), here are nine shops we think are worth a trip through some of Boston's loveliest residential neighborhoods (just make sure you bring the GPS—no alphabetical street grid around these parts).


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Caramelo Clothing Company

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A JP newbie, Caramelo Clothing Company has taken over the former Cafe Society space to serve style-conscious gentleman. Pick up hard-to-come-by designs from Ted Baker, Penguin, and local company Osmium.

Boing Toy Store

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This family-friendly area requires a need for major toy supplies and Boing! is prepared to serve that demand. Stocking LEGO, Playmobil, and dolls, the shop is well-suited for creative kids with puzzles, musical toys, and art sets.

Kitchenwitch

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JP is quite the indie paradise, so it's no shock that stores like Kitchenwitch trump chains like Crate & Barrel for kitchen apparatus and decor. Shop everything from Bodum coffeemakers to locally-designed MBTA patterned water bottles—great for housewarming and wedding gifts.

Salmagundi

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With roughly 9000 hats, we think this shop can consider itself Boston's millinery expert. The JP boutique is owned by a husband and wife team that works with independent milliners for a wide selection of headwear, fit for varied tastes and price points.

Room 68

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Funky lighting, lacquered storage, and geometric shelving are the statement-makers in this tucked-away boutique in JP. Plus they have the uber cool Nervous System lamps that are designed right in Somerville.

Birch Street House & Garden

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This Roslindale Square shop stocks home goods from far and wide—Indian linens and Spanish glass bowls alongside Massachusetts-made soaps, stationery, candles, and jewelry. Enjoy a meal at Birch Street Bistro, Sophia's Grotto, Delfino, or Redd's in Rozzie while you're in the hood.

Seek Books

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Science fiction buffs will ooh-and-ahh at this West Roxbury book shop, which boasts certified vintage comics and also an unrivaled used book selection including pre-1975 titles from the scifi, horror, and fantasy genres—many of which are rare collectibles.

Boomerangs

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Boomerangs is no ordinary thrift shop—operated by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, it funds HIV/AIDS awareness and support. People love this location of the chain for its broad merchandise ranging from apparel to home decor to books and DVDS.

Kalembar Dune

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A hidden gem, Kalembar Dune offers antiques and funky found objects on a super wallet-friendly budget. Every look around the store delivers a new discovery, and artisan goods from area makers add a local touch. Next door is now home to a furniture-dedicated space for refinished pieces.

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Caramelo Clothing Company

A JP newbie, Caramelo Clothing Company has taken over the former Cafe Society space to serve style-conscious gentleman. Pick up hard-to-come-by designs from Ted Baker, Penguin, and local company Osmium.

Boing Toy Store

This family-friendly area requires a need for major toy supplies and Boing! is prepared to serve that demand. Stocking LEGO, Playmobil, and dolls, the shop is well-suited for creative kids with puzzles, musical toys, and art sets.

Kitchenwitch

JP is quite the indie paradise, so it's no shock that stores like Kitchenwitch trump chains like Crate & Barrel for kitchen apparatus and decor. Shop everything from Bodum coffeemakers to locally-designed MBTA patterned water bottles—great for housewarming and wedding gifts.

Salmagundi

With roughly 9000 hats, we think this shop can consider itself Boston's millinery expert. The JP boutique is owned by a husband and wife team that works with independent milliners for a wide selection of headwear, fit for varied tastes and price points.

Room 68

Funky lighting, lacquered storage, and geometric shelving are the statement-makers in this tucked-away boutique in JP. Plus they have the uber cool Nervous System lamps that are designed right in Somerville.

Birch Street House & Garden

This Roslindale Square shop stocks home goods from far and wide—Indian linens and Spanish glass bowls alongside Massachusetts-made soaps, stationery, candles, and jewelry. Enjoy a meal at Birch Street Bistro, Sophia's Grotto, Delfino, or Redd's in Rozzie while you're in the hood.

Seek Books

Science fiction buffs will ooh-and-ahh at this West Roxbury book shop, which boasts certified vintage comics and also an unrivaled used book selection including pre-1975 titles from the scifi, horror, and fantasy genres—many of which are rare collectibles.

Boomerangs

Boomerangs is no ordinary thrift shop—operated by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, it funds HIV/AIDS awareness and support. People love this location of the chain for its broad merchandise ranging from apparel to home decor to books and DVDS.

Kalembar Dune

A hidden gem, Kalembar Dune offers antiques and funky found objects on a super wallet-friendly budget. Every look around the store delivers a new discovery, and artisan goods from area makers add a local touch. Next door is now home to a furniture-dedicated space for refinished pieces.