Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Shopping

drinkwater'sGary Drinkwater of Drinkwater's. Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

MEN’S CLOTHING: Drinkwater’s

If you agree that “trendy never lasts,” then Gary Drinkwater’s eponymous shop—with its high-end fabric, custom shirts, gorgeous suits and personalized care—is tailor-made (sorry) for you. No one leaves this Porter Square store looking less than perfect.

2067 MASS. AVE., (617) 547-2067DRINKWATERSCAMBRIDGE.COM

 

WOMEN’S CLOTHING: Susanna

Bohemian cool meets urban chic at Susanna, where the shelves are stocked with colorful, patterned tunics and tops that’ll have you standing out at the office or while strolling the street. And the shop truly shines on the accessory side, with statement scarves, earrings and necklaces that can elevate just about any outfit.

1766 MASS. AVE., (617) 492-0334 SUSANNACAMBRIDGE.COM

 

EYEWEAR SHOP: See Eyewear

Innovative styles, exclusive collaborations, handmade frames—See is the place to go if you want glasses that are themselves a vision. With an emphasis on design, each of their carefully crafted pieces will have you turning heads.

1276 MASS. AVE., (617) 868-1500 SEEEYEWEAR.COM

 

THRIFT OR VINTAGE SHOP: The Garment District

Need a denim vest? Tie-dyed tee? Overalls? Tutu? Vintage Nike track jacket? Or, perhaps, a patterned tuxedo? You’ll find it at the Garment District, where you can easily spend hours rooting through racks or digging through the ever-popular clothing-by-the-pound pit, and where you’re sure to come home having added a little more “wow” to your wardrobe.

200 BROADWAY, (617) 876-5230 GARMENTDISTRICT.COM

 

LIQUOR STORE: Inman Square Wine and Spirits

For the beer or liquor fan who wants something a little offbeat, nothing hits the mark like this tiny Inman Square shop, where beloved local beers share the shelves with artfully-designed cans from Øl in Denmark and ultra-limited brews from places like Prairie Artisan Ales.

1226 CAMBRIDGE ST., (617) 945-2902, INMANSQUAREWINE.COM

 

WINE SHOP: Cambridge Wine and Spirits

Trying to track down a hard-to-find wine? Cambridge Wine and Spirits has that covered—like, really covered, thanks to an entire section of their website titled “hard-to-find wines.” If you haven’t been able to get it elsewhere in Cambridge, this Fresh Pond emporium is without a doubt your best bet.

202 ALEWIFE BROOK PKWY., (617) 864-7171 CAMBRIDGEWINESPIRITS.COM

 

KIDS’ SHOP: The World’s Only Curious George Store

curious george store

Photo by Jess Benjamin.

We’re not monkeying around when we say this is the best place to find gifts and games for the pint-sized set. As much a tourist destination as it is a neighborhood staple, the truly one-of-a-kind shop (it actually is the only one in the world) has the best books, puzzles, toys and more to inspire creative kids.

1 JFK ST., (617) 547-4500 THECURIOUSGEORGESTORE.COM

 

BIKE SHOP: Broadway Bicycle School

It’s not just a school and it’s more than a store—this worker-owned collective will teach you to fix your wheels or do it for you, and they’ll sell or rent you the tools you need for the job. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more experienced shop anywhere; Broadway Bicycle School just celebrated its 45th birthday in August.

351 BROADWAY, (617) 868-3392 BROADWAYBICYCLESCHOOL.COM

 

BOOKSTORE: Porter Square Books

If we’re looking for a book recommendation, we’re heading to PSB, where the staff will happily hand-sell you the best novel you’ve read in months or suggest a nonfiction read you never would’ve picked up on your own but are guaranteed to love. It’s hard to walk out without a stack of new stuff… we should really just start depositing our paychecks here.

25 WHITE ST., (617) 491-2220 PORTERSQUAREBOOKS.COM

 

FRAMING: Artist and Craftsman Supply

Everything about Artist and Craftsman makes it our favorite art supply store in Greater Boston, but the framing deserves a special shout out. They’ll make your favorite prints, portraits and posters wall-ready, and they’ll do it without breaking the bank. Plus, they’re so friendly, we could practically come here just to chat.

580 MASS. AVE., (617) 354-3636 ARTISTCRAFTSMAN.COM

 

GIFT SHOP: Joie de Vivre

There might not be another store in the world as accurately named as Joie de Vivre—seriously, try not to let out a little smile when you step inside. In here, whimsy reigns supreme; trinkets and treasures line every single surface, and whether you walk out with a wind-up toy or wind chimes, your giftee will no doubt love what you find.

1792 MASS. AVE., (617) 864-8188 JOIEDEVIVRE.NET

 

HARDWARE STORE: Tags Hardware

Tags, you’re it—the place we go when the landlord won’t answer our texts and we’re left to our own devices for any number of home maintenance projects: leaky sinks, drafty windows, renegade vermin. We couldn’t pretend to be competent caretakers without you.

29 WHITE ST., (617) 868-7711 TAGSHARDWARE.COM

 

FURNITURE OR HOME DECOR: Circle Furniture

Step away from the klubbo and exit the Ikea; you deserve better than prefab particle board. You’ll find it at Circle Furniture, where the amazing selection of modern options for the kitchen, bedroom, office and more is rivaled only by the outstanding customer service.

199 ALEWIFE BROOK PKWY.(617) 876-3988, CIRCLEFURNITURE.COM

 

RECORD SHOP: Cheapo Records

Cheapo has been around since 1954, so they’ve really seen it all: the heyday of vinyl, the brief reign of eight tracks, the time of cassettes, the CD era… the second heyday of vinyl. You can (and should) spend days sifting through the stacks of this Central Square staple.

538 MASS. AVE. 617-354-4455 CHEAPORECORDS.COM

 

GARDEN SUPPLIES: Pemberton Farms

Pemberton Farms is our happy place. Well, one of them. It’s the perfect pre-picnic destination, where you’ll find artisanal snacks, an array of cheeses and a well-curated craft beer selection to boot. Fresh flowers, too? Don’t mind if we do.

2225 MASS. AVE., (617) 491-2244 PEMBERTONFARMS.COM

 

GOURMET OR SPECIALTY SHOP: Formaggio Kitchen

Nothing makes us pity the city’s vegans and lactose intolerant folks like a trip to Formaggio. Hundreds of rare cheeses, the incredible charcuterie… it’s a veritable meat and dairy paradise. And don’t forget, barbecue fans: each summer, Formaggio fires up the grill for its Saturday sidewalk BBQ series, which continues through October.

244 HURON AVE., (617) 354-4750 FORMAGGIOKITCHEN.COM

 

KITCHEN SUPPLIES: China Fair

Love kitchen gadgets? Of course you do! And you’ll love China Fair, a no-frills spot to grab cooking necessities, oddly specific accessories and clever cookie cutters, always at a price that seems way to low for the city.

2100 MASS. AVE., (617) 864-3050 CHINAFAIRINC.COM

 

This story originally appeared in the September/October issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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