5 Locally Owned Shops in Boston That You Wish You Knew About Earlier

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Let’s face it: supporting small, locally owned shops is the jam. Supporting the smaller businesses is what community is about and luckily, Boston has a lot of that. Whether you're a long-time local or you'll be playing tourist for a couple of days, Boston has a huge selection of local shops to explore.

From tons of hand-crafted jewelry to plant shops galore, there's something for everyone in the Boston metro area. Here are just a few of my favorite locally owned shops in the city.

Niche Plant Shop

Out of all of my favorite spots in the city, Niche is hands down my favorite. I mean, who can say no to some cute plants? I recently attended one of their workshops a few weeks ago to make succulent arrangements and it was so much fun. With two locations (one in Cambridge, one in the South End), it’s easy to get to either shop no matter where you are to chat plants, learn more about the local makers, and pick up a new plant baby or two.

For Now

Mary Bret Earrings

One of my new favorite spots in the city, For Now gives brands that prominently e-commerce based a place to showcase their products in a brick and mortar setting so they can be felt and touched. The Incubator carries everything from jewelry to household items (think candles, hand towels, and soaps) and shoes, clothing, and some fun ways to continue that sustainable lifestyle you’ve been itching to incorporate into your life. For Now is located in the heart of the Seaport and just opened their second location on Nantucket. Can’t make it into one of the stores? Almost all of the products are available to shop online and For Now links to the retailer’s website as well so you can shop everything else they have. 

Neatly Nested

Are you one of those types of people that simply can’t say no when faced with an item for your home that’s available for purchase? Me and you BOTH. Located in South Boston, Neatly Nested is fill to the brim with everything you need for your home, the best gifts for your S/O, your BFF, and even the newest addition to your family. I guarantee that you won’t be able to leave Neatly Nested without SOMETHING. And the team – They’re AMAZING!

Rouvalis Flowers

Rouvalis Flowers

Since the first time I stepped into Rouvalis Flowers a few weeks ago, I’ve probably been in a solid five times since. When you know, you know. With everything from gorgeous flower arrangements to plants and accessories, the shop has everything you could need to prepare for a dinner party or gift a friend that has had a rough day.

Olives & Grace

I feel like everyone under the sun follows Olives and Graces on Instagram and has fallen in love with Sofi and her amazing spirit. From bringing the community together to creating a safe space, Olives & Grace supports emerging makers (food, gifts and more!) that made the scary decision to leave their 9-5 and do what fuels their soul.

Shopping locally is such an important part of contributing to a local community — plus, it's super fun. Whether you're just taking a vacay in Boston or are a local expert, these spots are must-sees. 

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