Hey Neighbor! Welcome to Boston and welcome to our South Boston community. There is no better way to explore the neighborhood than hanging out where the locals do so we've put together A GOOD GUIDE TO BOSTON, a list of our communities favorite small businesses.
How to use this Guide: Click on the Business name to take you to their website or Click on the Business Location for directions!
*IN GOOD COMPANY, Southie: Of course, we are bias to our women-owned, lgbtq-owned small batch gift shop!
LOVE CHILD, Southie: Women-owned flower and bottle shop, our go-to for hostess gifts!
COVET, Southie, Back Bay + North End: Consignment shop filled with sustainable fashion for the season.
DEVINE BOSTON, Southie: Our friendly neighborhood cannabis + wellness apothecary.
*HABIT, Southie: My (Kait's) forever favorite women's clothing shop in Southie and my go to a last minute date night outfit.
BOHDII, Southie: A fun women's clothing boutique on Southie's west side with a mix of trendy clothes, accessories and even some gifts!
*LUXE LEISURE, Southie: A mix of floral and edgy dresses and women's clothing + my favorite for athleisure.
BOS SHOP, South End: A thoughtfully curated gift shop by Black Owned Boston.
WYLLOW, South End: Curated goods from over 50 designers, artists + makers - all women owned companies. Silver/gold fill jewelry, clothing, art + gifts.
LOFT AND VINE, North End: Handcrafted items, local artists and beautiful gifts from around the world.
*SHAKE THE TREE, North End: A North End staple, this gift shop has been one of my favorites in the city even before our shop was a shop! Everything from ceramics to clothing and the best selection of coffee table books (which make great gifts!)
CURIO SPICE, Cambridge: A women-owned spice shop.
PROJECT PAULIE, North End + Seaport: A unique shopping experience mixing bright and fun clothing, art and accessories with philanthropy - you kinda have to experience yourself to understand it! Highly recommend!
THE VINTAGE UNDERGROUND, Brighton: Vintage clothing, band tees and an In Good Company Pop-Up!
WILD CHILD, Somerville: A culinary events + education space in Bow Market.
MONROE HOME + STYLE, Charlestown: A destination for inspiration & timelessly chic products, hand-selected to suit classic spaces and a modern lifestyle.
EAT + DRINK
AMERICAN PROVISIONS, Southie: Curators of artisan cheeses and cured meats to natural wine, curated spirits, and craft beer.
THE BROADWAY, Southie: A neighborhood bar and restaurant always hosting and welcoming community centered events. We love a business that gives back :)
*SULLIVANS, Southie: I mean is there anything more New England than a seafood shack by the water? Grab yourself some clam bellies and a spot facing the airport and watch the airplanes take off and land across the bay. Maybe even daydream about the destination you plan to fly to next.
CANNONBALL CAFE, Southie: Cannonball Cafe brings the revolutionary history back to South Boston and provide a welcoming atmosphere where you’ll become part of our family and together we’ll forge a community.
THE BARKING CRAB, Seaport: Fun bar and seafood shack in Seaport.
NEIGHBORHOOD WINES, South End: Neighborhood Wines is dedicated to natural wines from around the globe made without the addition of chemicals by farmers and people who care about us and the planet.
SOUTHIE COOKIE, Southie: Boston's most sought after cookie with new flavors dropping every month. Set your alarm for Sunday's at 5 - pick up at IGC the following Friday and get 15% off in the shop - and then do it again next week :)
REBEL REBEL, Somerville: Natural wine bar in Sommerville's Bow Marekt.
EARNEST DRINKS, Cambridge: Cocktail bar inside Gracie's Ice Cream, Kendall Square, Cambridge.
GRACIE'S ICE CREAM, Cambridge: This classic hard ice cream shop with a twist - blasting unique flavors into every batch.
EAST BOSTON OYSTERS, East Boston: Grocery shop with the making oysters, caviar and wine both exciting + accessible!
SUPER BIEN, Brighton: Empanadas, wine and a very cool interior.
DORCHESTER BREWING COMPANY, Dorchester
THE QUIET FEW, East Boston
*THE NADA CART, Boston: Female, latino, black owned empanada cart serving BOSTON'S BEST EMPANADA (yes, I said it), the Choriqueso.
*ROW 34, Seaport
DEAR ANNIE BAR, Cambridge: A communal space filled with great wine, food and people.
*GRAYS HALL, Southie: Go for the fresh farm to table menu, stay for the company. Dare I say that this place gathers the best crowd in Southie? It's a place for artists, creatives, business owners, community members and people who care about good food and good wine.
TORO, South End
*SRV, South End: Northern Italian dishes and some of the best service in the city. I am never not getting the tasting menu + wine pairing.
CASTLE ISLAND + FORT INDEPENDENCE, Southie: Where history and beach vibes collide. Enjoy a lazy Sunday on the beach, tour Fort Independence or grab a lobster roll from Sully's.
EASTSIDE YOGA + FITNESS, Southie: a unique neighborhood yoga and fitness studio. We offer yoga sculpt, yoga, strength and conditioning classes, .
EVOLVE POWER YOGA, Southie: A heated studio teaching Vinyasa-style Yoga that synchronizes breath and movement.
*CLAY LOUNGE, South End: A community-driven pottery studio and gallery located in SoWa Arts District in the South End.
CENTRAL ROCK GYM, West End: Indoor rock climbing gym.
GIRLFRIENDS BOSTON, Boston: A community for women who are adulting, dream chasing and could use new girlfriends to figure it out with!
PLAY PKL, Southie: A first-of-its-kind Premium Pickleball Parlor with food, drinks and games.
POTTERY WITH A PURPOSE, Boston: Handbuilt pottery events around Boston (and beyond!)
ICA, Seaport: The Institute of Contemporary Art
SNOWPORT HOLIDAY MARKET, Seaport: Maker-cenetered season Holiday Market in Boston' Seaport - open November and December.
GOOD SPOTS OUTSIDE OF BOSTON
SIMPLY PLACED, Beverly, MA
*SOY MUCH BRIGHTER, Beverly, MA
NOTED CANDLES, Hingham: Coming soon to Hingham, this Candle classroom and shop was a Southie fave before relocating to the South Shore. Candles inspired by nature with a minimal design - these are one of my go to gifts!
IDLE HOUR, Quincy, MA: A little funky, a little fancy - this is a great date night spot in Quincy + check their calendar for Drag Brunch!
MATRIARCH RI, Newport, RI: A bright new addition to Thames Street, owned by "Overseasoned" queen Amy Larson. This gift shop is for the food lover who also cares about their human rights.
DRIFT, Portsmouth, NH: Upcycled repurposed and vintage apparel, gift shop and art studio this is a unique gem and must stop shop on your way though New Hampshire.
*LOCAL NOMAD, Phoenix, AZ: This shop provided tons of inspiration for IGC. It's curated collection of gifts provides a glimpse into an idyllic chill Arizona lifestyle.
*GLAD + YOUNG, Atlanta, GA: Colorful leather goods owned by two bad ass women/best friends! Located in Ponce City Market, which is filled with other shops and good eats.