Romantika Lingerie proprietors Sasha Tsupina and Kate Gordin lend their Eastern European sensibilities to fit American women with lingerie tailored for a range of sizes. Patrons glide through a store swathed in black and white with animal print accents, sifting through racks of lace and silk undergarments crafted by Californian, Italian, and French designers, including pieces by Christian Lacroix and bra strips bedecked in Swavorski crystals. Ladies can find accessories to fight fashion emergencies such as visible panty lines, perspiration, and accidentally wearing the same negligee as the lampshade.
Founded in 1971, Gand Music and Sound equips musicians with the gear and technical skills needed to improve their craft. Through private lessons, experienced instructors guide aspirant musicians toward mastery of their instrument or voice. The shop stocks guitars from Taylor and Fender, keyboards from Nord and Hammond, and boutique tube amps designed by owner Gary Gand.
The conference kicks off on Friday night with a cocktail party and keynote speech by industry mover and shaker Kathryn Falk, CEO of RT Book Review Magazine.
Saturday and Sunday will feature craft-building workshops and informative panel discussions.
Amy Bishop and Cheri Tracy, Three Twelve Tudor’s proprietors and close friends since high school, draw on their shared love of vintage wares and modern apparel to infuse the North Shore area with the latest designs from up-and-coming independent labels. Like a swim in the Panama Canal, the wardrobe at Three Twelve Tudor covers visitors in the best of both coasts, fusing the sharp urban chic of New York with the laid-back vibes of California. Amy and Cheri keep shelves and racks amply stocked with long, fitted cotton tanks, fluttery dolman tops, and cozy cardigans, as well as chunky stone bracelets, plant-based cosmetics, and handbags. They scour the styles of such brands and labels as Olive & Olivia, Green Dragon, Tyler Mackenzie, and Rosebud Perfume Company to curate their seasonal collections.
Students play the music they want to at North Shore Music Institute, where a staff of working musicians lead private and group lessons on instruments including guitar, keyboards, bass, ukelele, and buckets. The school's band program helps connect students of similar age, skill, and musical preferences in an eight-week program where they learn two assigned songs and two songs of their choice. Designed for garage bands with airport-size ambitions, the program guides groups through every step of the process, from instrument tuning to autotuning.
Valentina selects designer women's clothing for its ever-changing selection, nestling handbags, denim, and accessories next to eclectic displays of jewelry and hostess gifts. Hard-to-find lines such as Henri Lou Jewelry, Cut+Paste, and Lili Leather, along with brands Alice + Olivia, Trina Turk, three dots, and Splendid, deliver everything from jewelry and bags to basic layering pieces and party dresses, ensuring limbs stay stylishly swathed for occasions ranging from an elegant hotel brunch to a casual hotel dinner. Pull on a basic bobi T-shirt ($24+) or beglitter digits with a cocktail ring to dazzle visiting magpies ($24–$34). Shoppers can ward off fashion predators by shaking an armful of layering bangles ($18+) or donning a coveted Roberta Roller Rabbit tunic, which drapes and flatters physiques until they blush ($74).