Nikki’s Liquors is the hoppy home of one of the state’s largest selections of American and foreign craft beers—boasting more than 1000 selections in its fermented arsenal—as well as a vast bevy of wine and spirits. Browse the walls of beer ($5–$17) for something new to fill the drink holders in your straw-outfitted thinking cap, or pick up the ideal bottle of wine ($10–$50) to aromatically complement the next monster-truck-themed dinner party. Soda ($2–$5) is available for customers looking to avoid hangovers, and an extensive selection of spirits allows whiskey and rum connoisseurs plenty to browse.
As its name implies, Sports And More stocks an extensive supply of officially licensed goods catering to the fan bases of nearly every major American sport. Its shelves boast stadium photos, custom displays, autographed sports memorabilia, apparel, and novelty items?from banners and automotive decals to key chains. In-store celebrity appearances and signings also draw sports enthusiasts.
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.
Since 1968, Jerry’s Artarama has stocked shelves with multitudes of tools and supplies and helped artists show off finished work with custom framing. The comprehensive inventory fulfills artists’ every need, featuring everything from acid-free blank stretched canvases to Lukas oil colors, which have been transmitting images to paper since 1862. Although prices vary depending on matting and glass choices, a custom frame can protect and showcase a diploma, favorite 8”x10,” or beloved box of cereal.
Cellar Stories has been collecting tomes, titles, and vintage collectables for more than 26 years and is currently stocked with more than 70,000 books. Newer titles peacefully co-exist with gently used books in Cellar Stories' paper paradise, including leather-bound classics such as The Sound and the Fury ($20), pulp paperbacks such as Dangerous Trade ($27), and kitschy collector’s items such as a signed copy of Blackstone's Secrets of Magic ($500). In addition to an impressive collection of modern first editions, the knowledgeable staff can point you to a notable selection of art history, architecture, poetry, children's books, and autobiographies written by famous postmaster generals.
Pow! Science! makes good on its one-two exclamation-point punch with a vast collection of toys, games, and educational kits for budding paleontologists, potential physicists, and future-mad scientists. Specialty items include the wizard stick ($15.99), which shoots genuine fog at the pull of a trigger, and the electro chemistry wiz experiment set ($17.85, ages 5+), which potentially lets young scientists invent a new type of adhesive that, unlike glue or thumbtacks, isn’t mistaken for food. The smart lab car design studio ($19.89, ages 7+) gives grade-school gearheads a pre-license outlet for their vehicular devotion, and Sea-Monkeys ($16.49) teach kids that life is created by adding dry powder to water.