Boston Shopping

Shopping in Boston is a lot like the city itself: a mix of classic and cutting-edge, the high-end and the handmade, and international and local sensibilities. Though many Bostonians think too many chain stores have begun to clog their distinctive avenues, there remains a strong network of idiosyncratic gift stores, handicrafts shops, galleries, and a growing number of savvy, independent fashion

boutiques. For the well-heeled, there are also plenty of glossy international designer shops.

Most stores accept major credit cards and traveler’s checks. There’s no state sales tax on clothing. However, there’s a 6.25% sales tax on clothes priced higher than $175 per item; the tax is levied on the amount in excess of $175.

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A Matter of Face

  • Spa/Beauty

Bliss cosmetics and Paula Dorf tools put this spot on any makeup maven's hit list. ...

Acquire

  • Household Items/Furniture

The bright space boasts the perfect mix of modern and vintage furnishings, including lamps, pillows, pictures, and chairs. ...

In-Jean-Ius

  • Clothing

The name says it all. Citizens of Humanity, Rock & Republic, Paige, and more denim cult favorites reside here. ...

Shake the Tree

  • Clothing

This one-stop shop has an eclectic array of contemporary clothing, bags, jewelry, gifts, and home items. ...

Twilight

  • Clothing

This neatly organized boutique is where you'll find the perfect dress for a date, cocktail party, or wedding. You also can save some...

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