In general, Cambridge is a town that’s known for its small businesses. It’s filled with craft brewers, local restaurants, and plenty of independent shops. So, next time you need to freshen up your wardrobe, try stopping by these local boutiques rather than the big department stores. You’ll be sure to find unique, high-quality products at these seven stops.
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Specializing in independent designers both from Greater Boston and afar, Looks has been in the Harvard Square area for over 30 years. They recently moved to a new location where you’ll always find an attendant ready to help. The quality of their selection is impeccable, and while prices may look high at first glance, always be sure to check out their sale rack.
After being open for 16 years, Boutique Fabulous has become a permanent fixture in Inman Square. Not only can you find apparel and locally sourced jewelry here, but it’s also a great place to collect household wares and vintage furniture. Their ever-changing and eclectic selection has made it a favorite for locals. When the weather is nice, they’ll even adjust their hours to stay open later so that you can stop in after dinner.
The owners of Zinnia Jewelry have a long history of expertise in jewelry, meaning you will get top notch quality when you shop here. They only sell handpicked jewelry at their now seven shops scattered throughout New England and the East Coast. They pride themselves on having a wide selection that ranges from classic, affordable jewelry to bold statement pieces. Browse their online collection here.
Susanna brands itself as an independent boutique with an ‘urban, bohemian, and romantic vibe.’ It’s no wonder, then, that you can find unique pieces at every visit. Be sure to follow their social media for frequent sales, as you can score great deals on their designer products. They are also constantly updating the page with new collections, meaning you know when exactly to stop in.
If you’re shopping around for cute and classic clothes, Mint Julep is the place to go. While their storefront in Harvard Square looks small, it’s filled with dresses, shirts, shoes, and plenty of jewelry and accessories. The shop is run by Brooke Garber and Stephanie Nist who met on their junior high school bus. They started with shops in New York City, which have since closed, and now, they operate Mint Julep full-time in Cambridge and Brookline.
If you’re looking to steer away from a classic look, you’ll want to browse the collections at LF. They’ve made it their mission to stock women’s clothing that is cutting edge, reflecting only the most upcoming trends. They have locations across the country in places like Newbury Street, SoHo, and Beverly Hills, so you know you’ll be getting high-quality products.
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Forty Winks is the solution for anybody who is tired of mainstream manufactured lingerie, underwear, and sleepwear. The independent shop handpicks their products from around the world, ensuring you get the best quality. Store attendants are always available to answer questions and give fittings if needed. They receive new product every day and will help with special orders if you need one.