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Shopping in Boston in many ways mirrors 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. The well-heeled also will find 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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Alpha Gallery

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This gallery specializes in paintings, drawings, watercolors, and mixed media works from contemporary American and foreign artists. It...

Barbara Krakow Gallery

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Emerging and established regional and international artists fill the walls here. Mediums include contemporary painting, photography,...

Bromfield Art Gallery

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Tucked among dozens of art studios in the artsy SOWA (South of Washington) area, this artist-run, members-only gallery mounts monthly...

Childs Gallery

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The large selection of works for sale in this gallery, established in 1937, includes paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, and sculpture...

Copley Society of Art

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After more than a century, this nonprofit membership organization continues to present the works of well-known and aspiring New England...

Gallery NAGA

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Specializing in contemporary paintings, primarily oil, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media, this striking gallery in the neo-Gothic...


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You'll find only the highest-quality lithographs, etchings, contemporary arts and photography here, including such masters as Moore,...

Samsøn Projects

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A truly cross-cultural blend of exhibits, this gallery shows the experimental works of young contemporary and emerging artists. Head...

Vose Galleries

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Established in 1841, Vose specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American art, including the Hudson River School, Boston School, and American...

Nielsen Gallery

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Both established and aspiring artists show their representational and abstract paintings and prints. ...


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