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Art in Back Bay

International Poster Gallery

This niche gallery stocks thousands of vintage posters from around the world. Thousands. The posters span the globe, with themes ranging from food and drink to travel to political propaganda. They are all there for …
Clothing in Back Bay

Three Wise Donkeys

Cool concept, awesome designs and quality product add up to a win. Three Wise Donkeys works directly with artists (some local) who have created the unique artwork that lines the walls. Find a design that you like an…
Books in Back Bay

Trident Booksellers & Café

Pick out a pile of books and retreat to a quiet corner of the cafe to decide which ones you really want to buy. There’s a little bit of everything here, and the ‘hippie turned back-to-the-lander, turned Buddhist, tu…
Clothing in Back Bay

Hempest

The Hempest is not a well-stocked smoke shop, though there is a small selection of pipes and bongs. But it's more about stylish clothing, organic soaps and lotions, and fun home-furnishing items. Most of the product…
Sports & Outdoors in Back Bay

Marathon Sports

Specializing in running gear, this place could not have a better location: it overlooks the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It’s known for attentive customer service, as staff work hard to make sure you get a sh…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Back Bay

Fairy Shop

If you believe in fairies, don't miss stopping in here for pixie dust, pet unicorns, magical trinkets and the like. A labor of love for owner Michael Selletto, this quirky shop changes its inventory and theme on an …
Clothing in Back Bay

Ibex

Based in snowy, cold Vermont, Ibex makes outdoor clothing from soft, warm, breathable merino wool. It's not the itchy stuff you remember – this wool is plush and pleasurable, thanks to the fineness of the fiber. Cat…
Shoes in Back Bay

Converse

Converse started making shoes right up the road in Malden, MA, way back in 1908. Chuck Taylor joined the 'team' in the 1920s and the rest is history. This retail store carries sneakers, denim and other gear. The ico…
Clothing in Back Bay

Ball & Buck

The hunter logo is indicative of Ball & Buck's target audience – manly men who are not afraid to wear camouflage and look good in it, too. These attractive, durable duds are meant to be worn, for work or play, t…
Music in Back Bay

Newbury Comics

How does a music store remain relevant in the digital world? One word: vinyl. In addition to the many cheap CDs and DVDs, there's a solid selection of new-release vinyl. Incidentally, it does sell comic books, as we…