Shopping in Porter Square

$249 for One Pair of Men's Italian Dress Shoes and a Silk Tie at Rulls Clothing From Italy ($500 Value)

Rulls Clothing From Italy

Rulls Clothing from Italy

$500 $249

Men's dress shoes imported from Italy include Mario Bruni designs, matched with an imported silk tie

$25 for $50 Worth of Adult Toys and Accessories at Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Coolidge Corner

$50 $25

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Personal and couples massagers, lubricants, and romantic accessories such as massage candles

Women’s Apparel and Accessories from Caché (50% Off)

Caché

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Day dresses, evening wear, and lifestyle separates sport eye-catching prints and rich colours, as well as demure neutral tones

Handmade Gifts at Gifted (50% Off)

Gifted

South End

$40 $20

Pieces of handblown glass, stylish watches, scarves, jewelry, wall art, and colorful tableware make for one-of-a-kind gifts

Fine Jewelry at Bromfield Jewelers (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Bromfield Jewelers

Boston

$300 $149

Unique pieces such as estate gold, diamond earrings and rings, and chelsea clocks

One- or Two-Year Subscription to Sustainable Food News (Up to 94% Off)

Sustainable Food News

Online Deal

$299 $19.99

News source for organic, sustainable, and natural food industry includes daily e-newsletters and archive of more than 20,000 stories

One or Two Pairs of Jeans at Boston Jean Company (Up to 53% Off)

Boston Jean Company

Redeem from Home

$159 $79

Flattering jeans made with comfort-stretch denim and emblazoned with local Boston symbols, signature grommets, and stylish embroidery

$25 for $150 Worth of iPhone Accessories from The Smartphone Mall

The Smartphone Mall

Online Deal

$150 $25

A selection of more than 500 different iPhone accessories and cases

12-Month Subscription to “Kearsarge Magazine,” “Upper Valley Life” Magazine, or Both (Up to 57% Off)

"Kearsarge" or "Upper Valley Life" Magazine

Online Deal

$15 $7

Magazines highlight happenings and news in New Hampshire and Vermont; written by well-travelled but homegrown writers

$595 for a Men's Custom-Tailored Suit Package at Cuffs and Collars (Up to a $1,644 Total Value)

Cuffs & Collars

Downtown

$1,644 $595

Two-piece suits made from fine Italian wool flatter figures with custom European-style tailoring, dress shirts, ties, and cufflinks

$20 for $40 Worth of Women's Shoes — Luigi & Lola Shoes

Luigi & Lola

Boston

$40 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Custom Chinos and Shirts at Custom Chino (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Custom Chino

Boston Showroom

$198 $99

The tailors make new a pattern for every client, and clothing is completed in less than four weeks

Two or Four Custom Shirts or Bespoke Suit with Option for Two Custom Shirts at BookATailor (Up to 64% Off)

BookATailor

Boston Showroom

$198 $99

Skilled tailors take clients' measurements and customize each suit and shirt with fabrics made in Italy and England

One, Three, or Five Custom-Made Shirts at Made II Fit (Up to 60% Off)

Made II Fit

Boston

$120 $65

Tailors take your measurements and customize well-fitting shirts

Vintage and Consignment Apparel at Deja Vu (Half Off). Three Options Available.

Deja Vu

Newton

$50 $25

Fill your closet with clothes and shoes from top designers such as Gucci, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, and Free People

Four-Hour or All-Day ElliptiGO Rental for One or Two (Up to 76% Off)

ElliptiGO

Multiple Locations

$38 $10

Low-impact exercise device combines movement of elliptical machines with road-ready nature of bikes

Beer- or Wine-Making Class with Equipment, or Bartending Class at The Wine Shop of Reading (Up to 61% Off)

The Wine Shop of Reading

Reading

$200 $99

The best student-made wine and beer will be sold at local stores

$30 for $60 Worth of 4G and Accessories at IM Wireless Verizon Wireless Retail Store

IM Wireless Verizon Wireless Retail Store

Multiple Locations

$60 $30

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Retail store with an array of Verizon Wireless smartphones, service plans, and phone accessories

Cheerleading Hair Bows at 8 Count Cheer Gear (Half Off). Two Options Available.

8 Count Cheer Gear

Canton

$20 $10

Custom cheerleading hair bows flaunt cute prints, bright colors, rhinestones, and sequins

Custom-Blended Bath Products at Bath Junkie Natick Mall (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Bath Junkie Natick Mall

Natick Mall

$30 $15

Eco-friendly bath soaps, salt scrubs, and lotions customized with your choice of size, color, and scent

E-Cigarettes at N.E. Vapors (Half Off). Two Options Available.

N.E. Vapors

Dracut

$20 $10

Smokers & quitters puff electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine with tar-free, flame-free & pollutant-free puffs of flavored water vapor

$10 for $20 Clothes, Jewelry, Purses and Accessories — Black Box Boutique

Black Box Boutique

Chelmsford

$20 $10

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$25 for $50 Worth of Women's Designer Consignment Apparel and Accessories atGetModa Designer Consignment Boutique

GetModa Designer Consignment Boutique

Ashland

$50 $25

Women’s designer consignment rotating selection includes Missoni shirts, Chanel sunglasses, Gucci scarves, and Louis Vuitton wallets

Party Supplies or Custom Balloon Decor at Snapdragons Party & Gifts (50% Off)

Snapdragons Party & Gifts

Stow

$30 $15

Family-owned party store stocks all the essentials to host the perfect event

Apparel and Accessories at The Fashion Truck on Main (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Fashion Truck on Main

Westford

$20 $10

At the brick-and-mortar location of this fashion truck, browse wrap sweatshirts, day dresses, silky shirts, necklaces, and scarves

$10 for $20 Worth of E-Cigarette Flavors at Boston Vapor

Boston Vapor

Salem

$20 $10

Puff away one flavored wisps of vapor, without the tar and smoke of traditional cigarettes

$10 for $20 Worth of Women's Clothing — So Social

Sosocial, Inc

Nashua

$20 $10

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

One- or Two-Year "Activity Maine" & "RaceME" Outdoor-Adventures Magazine Subscription (Up to 50% Off)

Activity Maine & RaceME

Windham

$19.95 $10

Magazine covers seasonal adventures, such as summer kayaking and surfing, and a comprehensive bike and road racing guide

Select Local Merchants

Combining her love of art and travel, Deb Colburn created Nomad to provide local homebodies and world-weary backpack buffs alike an opportunity to explore and purchase unique collections of clothing, jewelry, textiles, art, and home furnishings from around the world. Nomad is a supporter of eco-friendly clothing and fair-trade goods, often purchasing items directly from artisans. Pillage through a profusion of vibrant clothing to discover fashionable, one-of-a-kind sweaters or blouses, or pretend to be Bihari royalty with ornate ear adornments from the wide selection of domestic and international trinkets. Consider adorning a living-room shrine or baby's room with a piece of global folk art, such as a Día de los Muertos skull or a colorful, screaming dragon.

1920 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US

“It’s the challenging fits—either spectacles or contact lenses—that drive me," writes optician John Parrelli on his website. Since opening his first shop in 1978, these challenges have included cataract sufferers who were left without binocular vision following surgery. Parrelli and his team of lens specialists experimented with different materials, designs, and indices of refraction until they could fabricate a lens thin and strong enough to restore these patients’ sight.

Today, Parrelli Optical has grown to six locations, where optometrists inspect patients' vision with a comprehensive, 15-point eye-health assessment and complete visual analysis. Through digital corneal photography, they're able to diagnose corneal disease and increase the precision and comfort of prescriptions. The locations also host a wide selection of designer frames, ideal for experimenting with different styles, such as wearing 20 frames at once.

1 Porter Sq
Cambridge,
MA
US

Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.

2044 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US

A 40-foot mahogany bar dominates the space at The Spirit Bar, allowing bartenders to slide any of the 50 available brews to patrons while they watch up to eight different games on 12 televisions, including seven 42-inch plasma screens. The bar's year-round premium sports packages keep the apple-red walls echoing with the sounds of professional baseball, hockey, or college football, and it hosts viewings of every college-basketball tournament game and pay-per-view ultimate-fighting event. Dartboards and weekly pub-trivia nights help keep patrons occupied in between athletic broadcasts.

Even the menu strives for an inclusive neighborhood feel, featuring an eclectic combination of international and regional comfort foods. The cooks slather wings with one of 17 different sauces—such as chipotle-bourbon barbecue, caribbean jerk, or garlic and parmesan—and they hand-form each Angus-beef burger patty. Fried fish 'n' chips evoke the menu of a transatlantic pub, and nachos with homemade salsa and guacamole recall flavors from south of the international date line.

2046 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US

It all started with a deflated basketball. Though longtime friends Mike Kennedy and Eric Martin scoured downtown Boston for an inflating needle to fill it, no shops in the area carried one. They were frustrated—and they realized that other Bostonians looking for athletic gear were likely frustrated too. So in 1983, they opened City Sports, a shop stocked with all the footwear, athletic apparel, and sports equipment that the metropolis had been missing.

Nearly three decades later, Mike and Eric's neighborhood business has expanded to 20 shops across the East Coast. In addition to stocking popular brands such as Vibram, The North Face, and Patagonia, the store engineers its own CS by City Sports line. Shoppers include yogis, cyclists, and tennis players—anyone seeking to outfit active lifestyles, whether they're playing a team sport or braving the hike up the world's largest gumdrop. In addition to footwear and apparel, the staff stocks fitness equipment such as kettlebells, lifting gloves, and dumbbells.

1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US

Bike Boom functions as a fountain of youth for cycles that pass its threshold. Its technicians take in used and vintage models for renovation, transforming them into street-safe vehicles for all types of terrain. They track their makeover efforts on the shop's blog, highlighting retro specimens such as an overhauled Shogun Easy Street from the mid- to late ’80s and a ’70s Schwinn Collegiate Cruiser. Visiting guests can peruse the menagerie of multi- and single-speed road bikes, mountain bikes, and city bikes, which are designed for everyday trips around the block or up the walls of skyscrapers. Riders with a specific vision can also commission a custom-built cycle.

The professional mechanics in the repair shop perform tune-ups and install new parts. Shelves of accessories and gear—including helmets, locks, lights, and handlebar tape—equip pedalers for their commutes, and the staff readily orders items that aren't in stock or easily harvested from the derailleur tree in the backyard.

389 Highland Ave
Somerville,
MA
US

Porter Square Scene