Boston 101: Local Shops & Services


The shopping information below is not inclusive, but only a list of stores that HLCA members have recommended. Remember to check the phone book or Google for additional listings.
HI-RISE BREAD COMPANY 208 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-876-8766. Reputed to produce the best bread in the area, but really expensive. Always busy during breakfast hours. Take-out location in Harvard Square as well.

PARTY FAVORS 1356 Beacon St. (Coolidge Corners), Brookline, 617-566-3330. The best
cakes and cupcakes around (plus a full line of party supplies and greeting cards).
If you love to read, you are in the right place!
BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC 10-24 School St., (downtown) Boston, 617-557-7188. 300
Boylston, The Atrium Mall, Newton, 617-630-1120.
BUCK-A-BOOK 30 John F. Kennedy St., Harvard Square, 617-492-5500.
CHILDREN’S BOOK SHOP 237 Washington, Brookline, 617-734-7323.
CURIOUS GEORGE GOES TO WORDSWORTH 1 John F. Kennedy St., Harvard Square,
617-498-0062. Children’s books.
THE COOP 1400 Mass Ave., Harvard Square, 617-499-2000. The Coop (pronounced
“koop”) is not only Harvard’s bookstore (and the Law School’s, with a branch in the
Hark) but is also an independent business. Recently renovated with the help of Barnes
& Noble, this “superstore” includes a coffee shop and a large children’s section. The
“back building” of the Coop carries Harvard texts and Harvard-logo items.
HARVARD BOOK STORE 1256 Mass Ave., Harvard Square, 617-661-1515. Contemporary
scholarly selections; has new and used books.
NEW ENGLAND MOBILE BOOK FAIR 82-84 Needham St., Newton, 617-527-5817. All
books are 20% off. Huge selection. Books are organized by publisher. Recommended
for children’s books.
OUT-OF-TOWN NEWS Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-354-7777. Has newspapers,
magazines, and journals from all over the country and the world.
SCHOENHOF’S 488 Green St., Cambridge, 617-547-8855. Has huge selection of foreign
language books.
WORDSWORTH 30 Brattle St., Harvard Square, 617-354-5201. Discounts all books from
10-30% off the publisher’s list price. The other dominant bookstore on the square.

ARROW DRY CLEANERS 1134 Mass Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-3233. 290 Main St.,
Cambridge, 617-354-4088.
CRIMSON CLEANERS 1609 Mass Ave., Cambridge, 617-876-0268, next to HLS 362
Huron Ave., 617-354-8155.
HILLSIDE CLEANERS 49B Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-354-1872. Same-day dry cleaning
and laundry services. Pick-up and delivery in the Harvard Square area.
SPARKLE ONE-HOUR CLEANERS Multiple locations including 679 Mt. Auburn St.,
Cambridge, 617-661-1888. (near Star Market Plus)
ZOOTS 9 White St. (Porter Square), 617-864-5374 and tons of other locations. Fast
and reliable service, but not cheap.

MILLION YEAR PICNIC 99 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Square, 617-492-6763. Great service
and lots of rare comics in a fun atmosphere. Has a good subscription program.
NEW ENGLAND COMICS 14A Eliot St., Harvard Square, 617-354-5352. Good back issue
selection. Simpsons “Comic Book Guy”-like service.
NEWBURY COMICS 35 JFK St., Harvard Square, 617-491-0337. 211 Alewife Brook
Parkway, 617-491-7711. NOT REALLY a comic book store despite its name. More
famous for an incredible selection of used and new CDs and fun toys and merchandise.

ATHENS MARKET 532 Tremont St., Boston, 617-482-6390. Greek groceries.
ATOMIC MARKET 1010 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-864-9131. Portuguese groceries.
JAY’S DELI 340 Boston Ave, Medford, 781-391-0370. Terrific Italian grocery.
JIN MI ORIENTAL 313 Walnut St., Newton, 617-964-2668. Chinese, Japanese, Thai,
Filipino and Vietnamese food and spices.
LEO’S GROCERY 121 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-864-2450. Spanish and some
Portuguese groceries.
SAVENOR’S 160 Charles St., Boston, 617-723-6328. Exotic meats and gourmet foods.
DEVINCENT FARMS 378 Beaver St., Waltham, 781-894-7342. Quality fruits and
vegetables, as well as gardening needs.
HAYMARKET Haymarket T stop (Green Line). Open air market with extremely cheap produce and fish. Friday and Saturday 5:00 am to 5:00 pm (cash only). Be prepared to elbow and nudge co-patrons.WILSON FARMS 10 Pleasant St., Lexington, 781-862-3900. Top quality fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry, dairy, flowers, etc., at fair prices. Check out their pies and half-cooked frozen breads. From Cambridge, take Rt. 2 West, exit at Lexington/Bedford (Rt. 4 and Rt. 225), take right at ramp end, go approximately 1⁄2 mile.

ARSENAL MALL 485 Arsenal St., Watertown, 617-923-4700. Located at the intersection
of Arsenal St., Arlington St., and Coolidge Ave.. Stores include Ann & Hope,
Marshall’s, Filene’s Basement, The Children’s Place, Old Navy and many more. (Best
Buy across the street).
THE ATRIUM 300 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, Newton, 617-527-1400. Stores include
Border’s, Godiva, Gap, Baby Gap, Limited Express, The Forgotten Woman, Henri
Bendel, and Victoria’s Secret. It also has a wonderful toddler playground.
BURLINGTONMALL 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, 781-272-8667. The Burlington
Mall is just off Rt. 128 (also called I-95); take the Middlesex Turnpike exit (#32) heading
north. It is a beautiful mall, with moderate to expensive stores including: Macy’s,
Filene’s, Sears, Lord and Taylor, Laura Ashley, Ann Taylor, Talbot’s, and a food court.
It also has a movie theater and a Legal Sea Food restaurant. “Picture Perfect” is a great
place for family photos.
CAMBRIDGESIDE GALLERIA 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, 617-621-8666. Over
100 stores including: Sears, Filene’s, J. Crew, The Limited, Gap, Baby Gap, Banana
Republic, and a food court. This mall is accessible to the Lechmere stop on the T
Green Line and walk-able from Kendall on the Red Line.
MALL AT CHESTNUT HILL 199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, 617-965-3037 (just east of
The Atrium). The Mall is one of the fanciest of the local malls. Stores include
Crate and Barrel (including a separate furniture store), Filene’s, Bloomingdale’s, and a
movie theater.
COPLEY PLACE 100 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-375-4400. Parking available, but you
should call ahead for rates. The T stop is Copley Place. It is upscale, with stores like
Tiffany, Gucci, Ball of Switzerland, Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, and Neiman
DOWNTOWN CROSSING Popular shopping area in Boston with its own Redline T stop.
Includes Macy’s, Designer Shoe Warehouse, Filene’s, and Filene’s Basement for bargains.
FANEUIL HALL Downtown Boston, 617-523-1300. To reach Quincy Market and Faneuil
Hall, take the T to Government Center or Haymarket. This shopping place has over
150 stores including many boutiques, small stores, craftstands, flower stands, restaurants
and bars. It is built on what used to be Boston’s old market district. Faneuil Hall
itself was built in 1742. The top floor is a public meeting place and the ground floor
houses many shops. On the weekends, Faneuil Hall is packed with street performers
and musicians who entertain you as you shop.
HARVARD SQUARE Mass Ave., Cambridge. The Square is technically located at the intersection
of John F. Kennedy St. and Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. However, it is
really a four-block radius around that intersection. Here you can find every type of
store imaginable, from clothing, to art, to gourmet foods, and books.

KITTERY, MAINE OUTLETS Take I-93 North to I-95 North to the first exit in Maine. Alternative
route: take Rt. 1 north out of the city and follow it for about 90 minutes. Kittery is a
shopper’s haven, home to hundreds of quaint outlet shops, outlined by the Maine
wilderness and the Atlantic coastline. Crate and Barrel, Polo, Lennox, Boston Traders,
London Fog, Nautica, Liz Claiborne, Anne Klein, DKNY, J. Crew, Magnavox, and
Brooks Brothers are just a few of the many stores. There are books, housewares, appliances,
clothes, and lots of other items. Kittery can be packed with people at peak shopping
times. Don’t miss out.
NORTH SHORE MALL 210 Andover St., Peabody, 508-531-3440. A large mall with some
more middle-price stores (like JC Penney’s), as well as Filene’s, Lord & Taylor’s, Sears,
and Macy’s. Also has a Borders Bookstore across the street.
PHEASANT LANE MALL Nashua, New Hampshire. Part of a great shopping town that
contains at least one of every chain store in the U.S. A great place to take advantage of
New Hampshire’s no sales tax policy. Also, all liquor sales have fewer taxes and lower
prices, which can justify the 40 mile drive.
THE PRUDENTIAL 800 Boylston, Boston, 617-266-0590. This is a new and fun shopping
place with stores from Saks Fifth Avenue to delicious chocolate
ROCKINGHAM MALL Salem, New Hampshire. This large mall is worth the extra drive. It
is north of Boston, just off Interstate 93 a couple of exits past the New Hampshire border.
There is plenty of parking and a wide variety of stores that make this a great place
for holiday shopping.
WRENTHAM VILLAGE Wrentham, 508-384-0600,
Excellent Outlets! Stores include Brooks Brothers, Gap, Jones
New York, Williams Sanoma, Reebok, Timberland, Banana
Republic, J. Peterman and many more.
WOBURN MALL Woburn, 781-935-2698. Take I-
93 North to Rt. 128 South, then take the first
exit (#36). Stores include Fabric Place, CVS,
and Market Basket grocery store.

PEAPOD Online grocery shopping and delivery. We’ve never tried this,
but our friends say it’s great. Plus, they offer a ton of coupons every time you order.
STAR MARKET 699 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, 617-876-1450.
49 White St., Porter Square, 617-492-5566. 275 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-354-
7023. 400 Western Ave., Brighton (Boston), 617-787-5266, and more locations. Star
Market is the largest grocery chain in the area.
STOP AND SHOP 905 Mass Ave., Arlington, 781-646-8072. 700 Pleasant St, Watertown,
617-923-2007. A general grocery store offering liquor and a floral department.
MARKET BASKET 400 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-666-2420. Cheaper and carries
some hard to find ethnic items.
BROADWAY MARKET 468 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-547-2334. A neighborhood
market with some gourmet items very close to campus.

CUSTOM BARBER SHOP 49 Brattle St., Harvard Square, 617-876-7986. Old-fashioned men’s
barber shop.
GREAT CUTS 297 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-3225. 1 Eliot Square, Harvard Square,
617-576-3920 (no appointment needed)
LORD’S AND LADY’S Arsenal Mall, Watertown, 617-926-7945. Cambridgeside Galleria,
Cambridge, 617-577-0022. 102 Tremont St., (downtown) Boston, 617-451-5359.
MI & MIYA’S HAIR SALON 95 Main Street, Concord MA, 978-369-0569. A favorite among
several years-worth of law school spouses who express that “seeing Mi is worth the drive.
SNIP-ITS Burlington, Framingham and other locations. Specializes in children’s haircuts;
the “Chuck E. Cheese” of barbering.
SUPERCUTS 1083 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, 617-782-5290. 2150 Mass Ave,
Cambridge, 617-492-0067. 20 McGrath Highway, Somerville, 617-666-1640. Cheap.
TOCCO CLASSICO 1638 Mass Ave, Cambridge, 617.497.5585. This salon is a short walk
up Mass Ave from the law school. Susan O’Connell is an excellent colorist.
VIDAL SASSOON 14 Newbury St., Boston, 617-536-5496. Ask for Angela, one of the
mid-priced stylists.
HINT: Stay away from Judy Jetson’s on Mass Ave. We’ve received enough bad comments
about this salon.


AC MOORE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOPPERS WORLD Framingham, Liberty Tree Mall,
Danvers. An HLCA favorite for it’s excellent selection and very low prices. Good for
crafts, stamping and memory books.
BEN FRANKLIN 89 Trapelo Rd., Belmont, 617-484-6656. All kinds of craft materials,
including a small selection of fabric. Great for holiday decorating. Good prices.
BOB SLATE STATIONER 63 Church St., Harvard Square, 617-547-7181. Good office supplies,
stationery, and some art supplies.
CROSS-STITCH UNLIMITED 127 Mass Ave., Arlington, 781-643-8399. Incredible selection
for cross-stitch materials. Extremely helpful in answering any questions; they will
even get you started!
MICHAEL’S ARTS & CRAFTS Gateway Plaza, Everett, 617-381-8102. Arts and crafts supplies
PAPER SOURCE 810 Mass Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-1077. Upscale stationary store near
Porter Square
PEARL ART AND CRAFT 579 Mass Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-
6600. Great art and craft supplies.
SEW-FISTICATED FABRICS 264 Msgr. O’Brien Hwy., Twin
City Plaza, Somerville, 617-625-7996. Great buys on
fabric; few craft supplies.
SEW-LOW FABRICS 473 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-
661-8361. Good buys on zippers and fabrics.

BROOKS 1740 Mass Ave, Cambridge. 617-876-4010.
CVS Harvard Square, 617-354-4420; Porter Square, 617-876-4037 and dozens of other
locations. The dominant drugstore chain in the area, although not cheap. Open 7 days
a week (some locations are open 24 hours).
Square), Arcade (1st floor).. 617-495-5797. Open Monday-Saturday. Will only fillprescriptions
written by UHS or a UHS referral provider. Harvard ID card required.
If the UHS Pharmacy stocks an item, it generally costs less to buy it there.
SKENDARIAN APOTHECARY 1613 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-354-5600. Open
7 days a week and will deliver.
BREAD & CIRCUS 115 Prospect St., Cambridge, 617-492-0070. 186 Alewife Brook
Parkway, 617-491-0040. All natural grocery store with organically-grown fruits and
vegetables. It’s expensive (Trader Joes has many of their products at lower prices), but
their cook-at-home pizza is exceptional.
HARVEST CO-OP 581 Mass Ave., Cambridge, 617-661-1580. Cooperative grocery store
offering fresh produce, bulk items, a deli, and some basic grocery items.
PURITY FOOD 171 Watertown Ave., Newton, 617-969-6410. Offers a huge selection of
fruits and vegetables as well as staple items at a reduced cost. It is very large and will
take about 2 hours to get through it all. There is also a smaller store at 2151 Mystic
Valley Parkway, Somerville, 617-395-4998.
TRADER JOE’S 727 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, 617-491-8582. 1427 Mass Ave.,
Arlington, 781-646-9138. 1317 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-278-9997 and many
more locations in the Boston area. Amazing grocery store that sells gourmet items at
discount prices. For example, it has many of the same products as Bread & Circus for
less. Excellent and delicious frozen foods section for those of you too busy to cook.
And check out their giant tubs of cookies and candies. Mmmm…

BJ’S CLUB 278 Middlesex Ave., Medford, 781-396-0235. Great for bulk food and house
supplies—membership required ($25/year). 800-BJS-CLUB.
COSTCOWHOLESALE 520 Winter St., Waltham (just off I-95/Route 128) or #2 Mystic Ave. in Everett. Great deals on
bulk food, alcohol and house supplies—membership required ($45/year).
SAM’S CLUB 1225 Worcester Rd., Natick. Bulk food, alcohol and household—membership
required ($35/year) 508-650-9105.