Test out the Merchandise Yourself at These Five Interactive Stores
Browsing the aisles is just the beginning at these local stores, where hands-on experiences take retail to the next level.
For the Flower Fiend
Table & Tulip
Love plants but don’t have much of a green thumb? Try your hand at flower arranging courtesy of Table & Tulip. When the South End florist’s talented designers aren’t busy whipping up gorgeous custom bouquets, centerpieces, and installations for homes and special events throughout the city, they’re sharing secrets of the trade through in-store workshops such as this month’s “Spring Bulbs,” dedicated to early blooms like tulips and daffodils.
461 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-262-3100, tableandtulip.com.
For the Crafter
It may be March but, baby, it’s still cold outside. Embrace New England’s chilly early-spring days at Dorchester’s Stitch House, where—in addition to selling all the supplies you’ll need to craft cozy sweaters, hats, and shower-friendly baby blankets—staffers teach courses on knitting, crocheting, sewing, and more.
846 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, 617-265-8013, stitchhousedorchester.com.
For the Adventurous Kid
Legoland Discovery Center
More amusement park than toy store, this Assembly Square standout wows little ones with a handful of play areas, a new virtual-reality experience (think: Legos meets Mario Kart), and not one but two interactive rides, to say nothing of the wide range of classic and limited-edition Lego sets. Attractions cater to children ages three through 10—the over-18 crowd, in fact, can’t partake without a tot in tow—but that doesn’t mean the kiddos have all the fun. Legoland opens its doors to kids at heart during monthly Adult Night events, too.
598 Assembly Row, Somerville, 855-323-4008, boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
For the Golf Enthusiast
PGA Tour Superstore
Opened in 2019, Braintree’s PGA Tour Superstore redefines golfers’ shopping experience by bringing the game indoors. Take a spin through the fitting area, where experts use top-of-the-line simulator technology to hook you up with custom clubs, then head to the 1,600-square-foot putting green or reserve a practice bay to work on your swing.
450 Grossman Dr., Braintree, 781-817-8988, pgatoursuperstore.com.
For the Beauty Queen
This Newbury Street boutique doesn’t just sell high-end clean-beauty products; it makes sure its customers know how to use them, too. Taught by Credo employees and experts from brands such as Vapour and Tata Harper, previous classes have covered everything from Ayurvedic skin-care techniques to the delicate art of eye-makeup application. Follow the shop on Insta to find out what’s happening this month, or just pop by anytime for a little advice on how to look and feel your best.
177 Newbury St., Boston, 617-530-1980, credobeauty.com.