Neighborhood Watch: Concord

By Brittany Jasnoff | Boston Magazine |

CLOSET CASE

The revamped Maggie Taylor Boutique & Apothecary (83 Main St., 978-369-4800), which recently merged with cosmetics shop Hidden Beauty, makes primping easy with skin care by Mario Badescu, alongside mod skirts by Tibi, jewel-toned Susana Monaco dresses, and tailored Beth Bowley tops. Nearby, the new menswear retailer Blue Dry Goods (16A Walden St., 978-369-1120) promises to update the prepster contingent with striped button-downs by Robert Graham and cool Ben Sherman sweaters. The subterranean fashion boutique Nicole Marie (32 Main St., 978-287-1469, nicolemariefashion.com) deals in trendy dresses, denim, and tops by the likes of Walter, See by Chloé, and Ted Baker, plus lacy underthings from Simone Pérèle and Princesse Tam.Tam.

SOLE SISTER

Newcomer Viola (38 Main St., 978-287-0775, violashoe.com), the eagerly awaited second installment of South Hamilton’s city-chic shoe purveyor, stocks an impressive cache of Pucci and Missoni pumps and Loeffler Randall and Claudia Ciuti boots, as well as exclusives like Barton Perreira shades and Rebecca Minkoff handbags. The elegant setting—complete with crystal chandelier—ensures browsers feel as glamorous as the shoes they (inevitably) take home.

PRESENT DAY

At the Muse’s Window (84 Thoreau St., 978-287-5500, themuseswindow.com), artisan jewelry, silk scarves, and crafts by local artists like potter Suzanne Hill invite customers to load up on gifts. For the more eclectic shopper, there’s Many Nations Trading Post (19 Main St., 978-369-0668), where owner Morningstar (who’s of Mohawk descent) has cultivated a deep inventory of turquoise jewelry, pottery, masks, and handwoven rugs that represents about 300 tribes from across the country. The Dotted I (55 Main St., 978-369-6050, thedottedi.net) supplies the pen-and-ink crowd with creative party invites and stylish custom stationery.

DOMESTIC BLISS

In West Concord, boldly colored décor and clothing from Finnish brand Marimekko dominate the Gatehouse Gallery (110 Commonwealth Ave., 978-369-0252, thegatehousegallery.com), which also peddles feather-light flatware from Iittala and other au courant home accessories. Down the street at Concord Teacakes (59 Commonwealth Ave., 978-369-7644, concordteacakes.com), locals bustle in and out of the plaid-curtained bakery toting chocolate-mint sandwiches and petits fours.