Best of Boston

2005 Best Art Supplies

Artist & Craftsman Supply

Just down the psychedelic stairs at this subterranean Central Square art-supply mecca you’ll find artfully arranged rows of paints, brushes, paper, and tools for every possible occasion. The unpretentious, approachable staff sprouts encyclopedic knowledge of everything from paint viscosity to the finer points of epoxy.

580 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-3636,