The holiday season always seems to bring a more active social schedule and this year seems no different. My adventures at Wellesley College and meeting The Sartorialist was just the beginning of a very fun week. From holiday shopping to consignment hunting, here are some of local places I’ve visited this week!
British Beer Company, Framingham
Its not unusual for Dad and I to end up here on a Saturday to sip on some brews, munch on some nachos and talk politics. This week, we brought my brother so I went a little wild and ordered cider instead of my usual Guinness, onion rings and their Fish ‘N Chips. This is a cozy spot to enjoy sports games in the winter, local craft brews and tasty bites whether you’re posted up at the bar or at one of their high-rise tables!
Natick Collection, Natick
I still refer to thing wing across from Lord & Taylor “the new section” but the truth is, this mall has had more turnover since Neiman’s, Nordstrom & Tiffany’s came to town. I am incredibly thankful the “Collection” introduced me to Zara, Madewell and Ralph Lauren’s Rugby store and diversified my shopping taste and style. It can be a little overwhelming to shop here if you don’t have a plan but that’s usually when I stop at Teavana for a sample of tea to calm me down. If only they’d get a Starbucks in this place…
Natick Outdoor Store, Natick
For the sports enthusiast on your list, no place is better to pick up athletic gear. What may very well be one of the last true Mom-and-Pop places for “townie” sports apparel, this store is a gem. I’m never sure who’s face is more exciting to watch when I’m in here; Dad as he fawns over A2000 gloves, little brother as he tests out the weight of baseball bats or the sales associates who seem to be having a ball in whatever “department” they’re working in.
Wrentham Outlets (Juicy Couture, Banana Republic, David Yurman etc.), Wrentham
My mantra for shopping here goes a little like, “Do it early and do it often.” In seasons past I’ve been known to make multiple trips to score great deals on everything from Moroccan Oil to velour tracksuits. Being a Triple A member gets you a coupon book (1 per membership card) at Customer Service you can use throughout your visit. I’d recommend getting here first thing (stores open at 9am) to secure a good parking spot and even better deals!
Tasty Burger, Boston
What was formerly a late night snack spot for me and my friends during my undergrad years, has become more of a broad daylight hangout complete with an interesting beer selection, burgers and tasty onion rings. If milkshakes are more your thing, order up a “Green Monster” frappe (mint chocolate chip flavored) and go visit the real thing, just a brief walk down the street.
Urban Renewals, Allston
If someone had told me thrifting could be this fun I would have started doing it a long time ago. The only downside to my trip here was finding a Christian Dior blazer in size 8 and coming to terms with the fact that tailoring it within an inch of its life might defeat the purpose of the purchase. Lucky me, I found a 100% real camel blazer in my size a few minutes later for $4.99…and I happily hugged it all the way to the register.
Buffalo Exchange, Allston
This place really brings consignment shopping to a whole new level. If you’re in Allston and need something trendy but don’t feeling like trekking down to Newbury St., meet this little gem of a store. The people here are so fashion conscious it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Also, if you’re feeling desperate for dough (or retail therapy), they have a “new & recycled” program you can participate in to earn cash or store credit for former favorite garments and accessories!