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At its three locations in Harvard Square, South End, and Jamaica Plain, the Eye Q Optical team works to outfit clients with original frame styles. Most designs are its own innovations, manufactured in-house with inspiration from iconic eras and modern designers visiting from a far-off future. The Aphrodite frames play subtly on traditional cat-eyed styles, and the Apollo frames accentuate faces with bold rectangular shaping and primary blue colors. The Eye Q Optical team also carries frames by artistic independent makers including Rapp Eyewear, who hand-finishes its colorful frames in Toronto, and Rolf Eyewear, who manufactures frames and hinges entirely out of wood. In the Cambridge office, the Eye Q opticians collaborate with digital 3-D-fitting technology and a highly opinionated robot to select the perfect frames for each client.
544 Tremont St
Boston,
MA
US
See Eyewear is a basement-level store located at a chic Boston address on Newbury Street. The stylishly clean eyewear boutique‰Û÷s walls are covered with quality spectacles of every color, style, design and shape. The carefully curated selection of unique and eclectic options includes everything from classic designs to wild, brightly colored frames. ‰ÛÏHip without the rip‰Û� is the term coined to describe the shopping experience in this store, as their prices are competitive. Founder Richard Golden calls his products ‰ÛÏfashionomically correct‰Û� while also appealing to ‰ÛÏaccessory snobs.‰Û� The employees seem to delight in finding just the right look for you and making shopping for prescription eyewear fun. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to browse. They even do eye exams right then and there.
125 Newbury St.
Boston,
MA
US
L.A.-based hipster brand American Apparel is not for the faint of taste. Depending on the season you can find barely there gold bathing suits or a skirt that looks like it was made out of a space-age fabric. The selection of gloves, scarves and T-shirts in a groovy array of colors are the first thing that greets shoppers at this trendy Newbury Street clothing store. Splashes of color and texture in the form of skirts, sweaters and pants are complemented by accessories such as nail polish, umbrellas and backpacks. Small and extra small sizes are plentiful here, which can be frustrating for folks sized M or L. Don't forget to check out the fun lingerie department in the back of the store. American Apparel is sweatshop free, supports fair trade wages, and everything in the store in made in the USA.
138 Newbury St
Boston,
MA
US
Though the Rugg Road Paper Company of today stocks everything from greeting cards to bookbinding supplies, it began with only one product: handmade paper. From 1982 to 1994, the business inhabited a small studio, where its artist owners pedaled their unique paper exclusively to other artists and designers. But when the pair handed the reins to Amy Madanick and Casandra McIntyre in '94, not only did the location change—they moved to a stately brick row house on Charles Street, where the shop thrives to this day—the inventory and clientele did, as well. Of course, Rugg Road still caters to its artist clientele by stocking roughly 600 handmade papers from around the globe, but the shop also welcomes the general public to peruse its other paper products. From wedding invitations and photo albums to birthday cards and stationery, Amy and Casandra help customers sift through an impressive assortment, especially given the fact that the store only measures to 800 square feet, since that was the largest pad of paper the owners could find to use as a rug. Some of its finds include cards by Blonde, a design duo that goes heavy on soft pastels and flowers for birth announcements and wedding invites. Crane & Co., on the other hand, uses engraving, embossing, or letterpress printing to craft stationery formal enough for a sworn affidavit declaring innocence in the matter of the fridge's missing leftovers. The diverse collection of designers and products led _Boston Magazine_to name Rugg Road Paper Company the best place for stationery in 2008, 2009, and 2011.
105 Charles St
Boston,
MA
US
The bright pink-and-white sign outside the funky women’s clothing store known as Lipstick is displayed prominently on this Newbury Street brownstone, and the cozy one-room shop is just up the stairs. Inside, expect a mix of female formalwear, sleeveless dresses and lots of polka dots, making the sometimes drab winters of Boston pop with a bit of fun and flare. The looks are specifically designed by the owner’s brother’s studio in London, where they own a chain of shops similar to Lipstick. The Newbury boutique also sells scarfs, leggings, earrings and belts. For a great bargain, don’t miss the $20 T-shirt section located at the front of the room, and if you’re in the area check out the second location in the Natick Mall.
293 Newbury St
Boston,
MA
US
“There’s nothing flat about this fun collection of seasonal items, toiletries, toys, pillows, and whatever else catches the fancy of the shop’s young owner,” raves Fodor’s about Flat of the Hill. Indeed, the eclectic collection at this Beacon Hill boutique features an array of gift items and accessories that almost defies description. Handbags by MZ Wallace, candles from Nest, children’s perfume, and prints from Sugarboo are just a few items you can expect to see on the shelves of this 15-year old neighborhood boutique. And as Fodor’s points out, the owner has a special affinity for pets, meaning there’s likely no shortage of toys for the dog and books on world domination for the cat.
60 Charles St
Boston,
MA
US
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