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Boston’s Best Local Shops To Visit On Black Friday

November 5, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo from Louis Boston/Facebook)

Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, has become such a phenomena that it can be hard to decide where to go. Do you hit the mall and look for deals from the big name brand stores? No way! The best gifts are unique and can’t be found just anywhere. Shop local and get something special. With all of the specialty boutiques in Boston, you can be sure to find something your loved ones won’t get two or three of this holiday season. If you loved our guide to Black Friday shopping last year, check out these other great places to start your Christmas shopping.
(Photo Credit: Motley)

(Photo Credit: Motley)

623 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 247-6969

The name really says it all. Motley prides itself on its Motley collection of goods. Whether you’re looking for clothes, home goods, silly stocking stuffers or cool coffee table books, you can find them all in this one place. You’ll also fall in love with the prices. No matter what your budget for Black Friday shopping, Motley can meet all of your needs. The shop is fun, funky and fresh.

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Photo Credit: Felicity Sweets via Facebook

Photo Credit: Felicity Sweets via Facebook

Felicity Sweets
579 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 262-0707

Who doesn’t let themselves indulge a little for the holidays? When it comes to Felicity Sweets, the hard part isn’t finding a gift for everyone on your list, it’s trying to walk out of the store without buying a few sweet gifts for yourself. From sweet craft chocolates to kits to make your own cake in a coffee cup, there are tons of great gift ideas at Felicity Sweets. And if you find yourself having a hard time deciding, the staff is great at helping you narrow down your choices.

(Photo Credit: Black Ink)

(Photo Credit: Black Ink)

Black Ink
101 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 723-3883

If you’re headed to Black Ink on Black Friday, be sure to plan to spend a lot of time there. The store is filled with such a fun and eclectic mix of items that you’ll want to be sure to give yourself time to “oohh” and “ahhh” over every little thing. The store really shines for Christmas as you can stock up on lovely little holiday-themed housewares for yourself. It also has a great selection of whimsical cards and gift wraps.

(Photo from Louis Boston/Facebook)

(Photo from Louis Boston/Facebook)

Louis Boston
60 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 262-6100

While many people are jumping on the buy-local, buy-handmade bandwagon, there are still plenty of people on your list who want something luxuriously brand name. Do you give the people what they want or do you stay true to your ideal and shop local? Why not do both? Enter Louis Boston. At this department store, you will find a whole host of nationally and internationally recognized brand name clothing, handbags and accessories. But the store is as local as it can get. Created in the 1800s, Louis Boston has been owned and operated in Boston by the same family ever since. You can still buy recognizable brand name goods and be supporting a local business at the same time.

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Photo Credit: Shake The Tree via Facebook

Photo Credit: Shake The Tree via Facebook

Shake the Tree
67 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-0484

Shake the Tree is another great Boston boutique that features a little something for everyone. It has a wide selection of gift items ranging from jewelry to housewares and clothing to perfume. What really makes this store shine is just how local its flavor really is. You’ll find that the shop not only carries a wide range of Boston artisans, designers and artists, but that it hosts a series of events featuring local Bostonians too. From local authors to local shop owners, Shake the Tree really does highlight the best of Boston both in store and during its special events.

Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at

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