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16 Boutiques Making Charles Street a Shopping Destination

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New to Boston or simply looking for new stomping grounds? For your shopping ease, we're mapping the top boutiques in each Greater Boston neighborhood.


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Beacon Hill is a teeny little neighborhood, topped off with the gold dome of our State House, and full of charming—and notoriously valuable—townhouses and gaslights. Many of the historic district's businesses boast colorful storefronts along Charles Street at the base of the hill (probably the only sidewalk you can actually wear heels on this side of the Public Garden). Just a stone's throw from the big brand stores on Newbury Street, Charles is a world apart, with exclusively independently owned boutiques. Here we've mapped 16 must-visit stores that make this narrow street a shopping destination.


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Good has been a haven for unique buys for over a decade, finally upgrading to a space four times bigger than its original Charles Street location last fall. Come here to seek out collected items ranging from regional home goods designers to transcontinental inspired jewelry and leather bags. [Photo]

Crush Boutique

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Shoppers step in to Crush for a blend of contemporary favorites including Alice + Olivia, Shoshanna, and Parker alongside accessible footwear and jewels from brands like Dolce Vita and House of Harlow 1960. What keeps 'em coming back is the styling-centric service (they even host private parties) and freshly updated goods. [Photo]

KM Hudson

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This Boston outpost of the Mashpee-based company is staffed by the owner herself, Katherine Hudson. Dark wood floors and Persian rugs set an inviting tone for a bra fitting, with brands like Cosabella, Simone Perele, and Zinke on the racks. [Photo]

Uncle Pete's

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This Beacon Hill shop brings streetwear to a street usually dripping in Lilly Pulitzer. Named for Peter Tam’s niece, Uncle Pete’s is a revolving door of cool with a selection of COMUNE denim, Jordans, their own logo tees, and Red Wings. [Photo]

Artifaktori

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Artifaktori is a subterranean shop for curated vintage alongside vintage-inspired contemporary pieces. Added bonuses: a men's corner sits at back and everything is marked with its era of origin. [Photo]

NRO Kids

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Alice Indelicato has a burgeoning empire along Charles Street, anchored by the original North River Outfitter store and including this children's space. Mini versions of Ralph Lauren, Barbour, Sperry, and Patagonia live on the racks, while toys from Lego and Playmobil keep kids smiling. [Photo]

NRO Sport

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North River Outfitter opened its NRO Sport wing to serve as Boston's destination for popular sports in the area: skiing, sailing, tennis, squash, fly fishing and more. Expect to find soft goods from Saucony, Henry Lloyd, Brooks, KJUS, Ray-Ban, and more. [Photo]

North River Outfitter

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NRO serves the city's preppy community dutifully, stocking the latest wide variety of goods from Boston-loved lines like Milly, Alden, Calypso, Vineyard Vines, and dozens more. Last year, it expanded to a kids store directly next door and sport store across Charles Street, plus it has additional locations on the Cape and Nantucket.

Rugg Road Paper Company

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Leave Hallmark to the amateurs and select a card (they've even got a bunch of pop-up ones) from this perfectly edited Charles Street alcove. Discover quirky designs from companies like 9th Letter Press and Jonathan Adler, with creative paper displays always rotating in the front window. [Photo]

Black Ink

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The hodgepodge of trinkets at Black Ink is kind of like an in-person Fab.com. It's pegged as a "one stop design shop," and has found many lovers of paper goods, decorative items, and rubber stamps in its force field. [Photo]
Former Newbury Street boutique Dress has been reincarnated just this past month on Charles Street. Its new space on the quaint sidewalks of Beacon Hill has a modern Nina Farmer-designed interior that lets pieces from Vanessa Bruno, Dannijo, and MiH Jeans speak for themselves. [Photo]

Holiday Boutique

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Holiday is the epitome of girly with its "Pretty Little Sister" private line, feminine frocks made in Massachusetts, a signature cashmere collection, and designers like SF-based Kirribilla, Bell by Alicia Bell and Erin Fetherston. Also find knick knacks for your abode and jewelry box throughout the vintage-inspired store. [Photo]

The Flat of the Hill

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This 15 year old boutique is known for its gifts and accessories, ranging from Mariposa home decor and cookbooks to Lauren Merkin clutches, TKEES sandals, bags, and beyond. [Photo]
Moxie focuses on adornments for your extremities: shoes in every silhouette and plenty of arm candy (in bling and bag form). Shoppers here swoon over a curated mix between classic and trendy footwear and accessories from Rebecca Minkoff, Foley + Corinna, Loeffler Randall, and Brian Atwood. [Photo]

Core de Vie

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This fitness center-meets-spa hosts Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Cross Core classes, performs acupuncture and massage...and also, sells yoga wear from beloved brands like Vibram and lululemon. Busy customers appreciate the ease of shopping and sweating all in the same trip. [Photo]

The Beauty Mark

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This souped up cosmetics boutique stocks selected merchandise from brands including Kai and Lipstick Queen, but its true mark on Beacon Hill is the service menu. Best known for award winning eyelash extensions, the beauty destination offers makeup applications and basic nail services as well. [Photo]

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Good has been a haven for unique buys for over a decade, finally upgrading to a space four times bigger than its original Charles Street location last fall. Come here to seek out collected items ranging from regional home goods designers to transcontinental inspired jewelry and leather bags. [Photo]

Crush Boutique

Shoppers step in to Crush for a blend of contemporary favorites including Alice + Olivia, Shoshanna, and Parker alongside accessible footwear and jewels from brands like Dolce Vita and House of Harlow 1960. What keeps 'em coming back is the styling-centric service (they even host private parties) and freshly updated goods. [Photo]

KM Hudson

This Boston outpost of the Mashpee-based company is staffed by the owner herself, Katherine Hudson. Dark wood floors and Persian rugs set an inviting tone for a bra fitting, with brands like Cosabella, Simone Perele, and Zinke on the racks. [Photo]

Uncle Pete's

This Beacon Hill shop brings streetwear to a street usually dripping in Lilly Pulitzer. Named for Peter Tam’s niece, Uncle Pete’s is a revolving door of cool with a selection of COMUNE denim, Jordans, their own logo tees, and Red Wings. [Photo]

Artifaktori

Artifaktori is a subterranean shop for curated vintage alongside vintage-inspired contemporary pieces. Added bonuses: a men's corner sits at back and everything is marked with its era of origin. [Photo]

NRO Kids

Alice Indelicato has a burgeoning empire along Charles Street, anchored by the original North River Outfitter store and including this children's space. Mini versions of Ralph Lauren, Barbour, Sperry, and Patagonia live on the racks, while toys from Lego and Playmobil keep kids smiling. [Photo]

NRO Sport

North River Outfitter opened its NRO Sport wing to serve as Boston's destination for popular sports in the area: skiing, sailing, tennis, squash, fly fishing and more. Expect to find soft goods from Saucony, Henry Lloyd, Brooks, KJUS, Ray-Ban, and more. [Photo]

North River Outfitter

NRO serves the city's preppy community dutifully, stocking the latest wide variety of goods from Boston-loved lines like Milly, Alden, Calypso, Vineyard Vines, and dozens more. Last year, it expanded to a kids store directly next door and sport store across Charles Street, plus it has additional locations on the Cape and Nantucket.

Rugg Road Paper Company

Leave Hallmark to the amateurs and select a card (they've even got a bunch of pop-up ones) from this perfectly edited Charles Street alcove. Discover quirky designs from companies like 9th Letter Press and Jonathan Adler, with creative paper displays always rotating in the front window. [Photo]

Black Ink

The hodgepodge of trinkets at Black Ink is kind of like an in-person Fab.com. It's pegged as a "one stop design shop," and has found many lovers of paper goods, decorative items, and rubber stamps in its force field. [Photo]

Dress

Former Newbury Street boutique Dress has been reincarnated just this past month on Charles Street. Its new space on the quaint sidewalks of Beacon Hill has a modern Nina Farmer-designed interior that lets pieces from Vanessa Bruno, Dannijo, and MiH Jeans speak for themselves. [Photo]

Holiday Boutique

Holiday is the epitome of girly with its "Pretty Little Sister" private line, feminine frocks made in Massachusetts, a signature cashmere collection, and designers like SF-based Kirribilla, Bell by Alicia Bell and Erin Fetherston. Also find knick knacks for your abode and jewelry box throughout the vintage-inspired store. [Photo]

The Flat of the Hill

This 15 year old boutique is known for its gifts and accessories, ranging from Mariposa home decor and cookbooks to Lauren Merkin clutches, TKEES sandals, bags, and beyond. [Photo]

Moxie

Moxie focuses on adornments for your extremities: shoes in every silhouette and plenty of arm candy (in bling and bag form). Shoppers here swoon over a curated mix between classic and trendy footwear and accessories from Rebecca Minkoff, Foley + Corinna, Loeffler Randall, and Brian Atwood. [Photo]

Core de Vie