Beacon Hill Shops
70 Charles St., Beacon Hill
On picturesque Charles Street in Boston’s Beacon Hill, Dress is the boutique for the pieces we never knew we wanted. All the bases are covered with clothing, outerwear, shoes, accessories, fragrance, and jewelry. Dress champions smaller, more niche designers, with significant square footage allotted to Americans brands, like Clare V, Nili Lotan, and Janessa Leone. The store itself is a serene space to shop, with extra-roomy dressing rooms we wish every store had.
88 Charles St, Beacon Hill
December Thieves could be described as a home and lifestyle store infused with an international aesthetic. (The owner, Lara Barakat, was born in Lebanon and raised in Jordan.) Loose Japanese-style clothing and unusual bags and shoes set the store apart from others on Charles Street—Dress is just a few elegant doorways down. We’re especially partial to the interesting selection of both delicate and chunky jewelry studded with rare gems—the kind of interesting jewelry you pick up while traveling and rarely see in the US. Barakat’s boutique is the perfect place to pick up gifts or something to make your own home coffee table or bathroom more exciting, with the candles, Turkish soaps, towels, and French ceramics at the top of our list.
133 Charles St., Beacon Hill
Owner Paul Niski is personally responsible for the artful merchandising of this shop, which changes all the time. Currently, he’s focusing on local, hand-made pieces with what he likes to call a “New England Modern” aesthetic. You’ll find antique homeware and pottery, leather satchels, new hand-crafted furnishings, and beautiful vintage jewelry, all falling under this made-up category of his own invention.
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