Sets the bar for independent shoe shops with a stellar selection of brands including Aerosoles, Born, Diesel, Simple, Wanted, and Dansko.
Stocks a multitude of shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays, and relaxers — and that’s only the hair products.
A shop selling a mix of functional and artistic Italian ceramics.
Sells an eclectic, eccentric, and egalitarian treasure trove of secondhand books, and hosts occasional in-store shows and author events.
Offers a wide range of comic books to complement the selection of board and card games up front.
Ace has all the equipment one needs to turn a dilapidated backyard into an oasis — from composters to fertilizers, lawn tools, garden tools, pest control, birdhouses, outdoor furniture, power tools, planters, watering tools, and wheelbarrows. Ace doesn't have a large inventory of plants but it does have the tools to work with them. And that's only half the story; Ace also has a glut of home renovation tools if you're looking to fix up more than your garden.
Carries a wide selection of magazines, from Hi-Fructose to Atlantic Monthly, in addition to books and a cool selection of old punk and rock 'n' roll pins, tapes, and T-shirts.
An upscale home-furnishings store that doubles as a cafe/bakery; it makes its own muffins, scones, cookies, sandwiches, and more — many vegan and gluten-free — fresh daily.
Best known for its jaw-dropping selection of beautiful (but not bank-account-emptying) brushed silver and semiprecious stone jewelry, made by its namesake designer, the store also sells jewelry by local designers and baby items.
The bookstore has a politics section that could take an entire afternoon to browse, as well as ample labor studies and art sections. Walden also hosts a monthly mystery book club.