Best of Boston

2009 Best Shopping, North

The Tannery

Despite recent hubbub over Salem’s retail revival, the miles-walked-to-treasures-found ratio at the Tannery—an old leather mill packed with more than 40 shops and services—remains the most enticing on the North Shore. It boasts two previous Best of Boston winners, Shanti Salon and luxe homegoods shop Wishbasket, as well as two of our favorite kinds of independents: bookstore (Jabberwocky Books) and toy store (Eureka). Summer has the added lure of the local farmers’ market; during the holidays, the Tannery has a lock on one-stop gift shopping.

75 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-7047,