Boston’s Best New Boutiques Of 2013

December 24, 2013 6:00 AM

(photo from Follain)

While plenty of debate remains over whether the economy is picking up or still slacking, Boston’s entrepreneurial spirit continues to rise. 2013 saw a huge increase in new businesses around the city. While many large national chain stores decided to open up new Boston flagship stores, the locally owned and operated boutiques are the ones that are really getting all the buzz. If you’re tired of shopping at the same old place or just want to spend your money locally, check out these brand new boutiques around Boston.
(Photo from Ceremony)

(Photo from Ceremony)

48 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 277-1669

Something old, something new. Ceremony may have just opened in Boston, but already brides in the know are raving about it. If you always dreamed about shopping for “the dress” and have found the reality of bridal shopping to be a little underwhelming, Ceremony is now your go-to dress shop. Full of fun and lacking in stuffy, it is Boston’s go-to boutique for stunning, eclectic, can’t-find-them-anywhere-else-in-the-city wedding gowns.

Related: Ask the Expert: Boston’s Most Stylish Places to Get Married

(Image from Covet + Lou/Facebook)

(Image from Covet + Lou/Facebook)

Covet + Lou

Ironically the closing of a Boston boutique is what led to the creation of Covet + Lou. This brand new online boutique is the brainchild of Tina Burgos, former owner of Stel’s, a Newbury Street boutique that closed a few years ago. Covet + Lou looks to take over where Stel’s left off. Only instead of the hefty price tag you’d expect of a Newbury Street location, the Covet + Lou website offers fashion-forward luxury for a smaller budget. The online boutique offers everything from vintage to high-end clothing made by the best emerging designers.

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80 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-7426

With the already high interest in handmade jewelry becoming even more popular, it should come as no surprise that among the best new Boston boutiques of 2013, there would be a jewelry store on the list. Jewelry maker Sophie Hughes has expanded to her own retail store, Ore, and is using the new shop to showcase the work of other local designers. With a focus on emerging female designers, the offerings at Ore run the gamut from formal to fun. The store space is relaxed and comfortable with no stuffy buying experience or pushy sales people.

(Photo from Caramelo Clothing Company/Facebook)

(Photo from Caramelo Clothing Company/Facebook)

Caramelo Clothing Company
606 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 942-8127

Before you start to think that the ladies are having all of the fun, check out Caramelo Clothing Company. This Jamaica Plain shop may have just opened, but it is already the talk of the town. It offers a great selection of men’s clothing and men’s accessories. Caramelo Clothing Company will quickly become a favorite place to shop for both casual and work days.

Related: Best Boston-Based Designers

(photo from Follain)

(photo from Follain)

53 Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA 02116
(857) 284-7078

If you’re one of the many who love living in a green city and try to bring that all-natural clean philosophy into your personal beauty routine, take note. Follain opened this year to rave reviews for its natural philosophy and products. Representing over 25 of the greenest beauty and personal care brands, many of them local or regional in nature, Follain is a great addition to our list of best new boutiques. The shop takes treading lightly so seriously that you can even buy your lotions and potions by the ounce and bring your refillable glass jars with you to keep your footprint at recycling centers and landfills as low as possible.

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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