When I was a kid, there was no place in my mind cooler than Boston’s Newbury Street. I just wanted to be there, shop there, stroll there, eat there, & someday live there. It’s funny, a street known mainly for it’s shopping may not mean much to others, but when I think back, Newbury Street has really been there for me when I needed it.
As a teenager, every high school semi-formal and prom brought my mom and I to the Back Bay. My first apartment – a studio at Beacon & Hereford, was 3 blocks from Newbury Street. Sure, I was sharing one room with my best friend, but it’s all about location, location, location, right? And, as a bonus, we got lots of free “stress tests” living next to the Church of Scientology.
Years later, after realizing my hips didn’t lie in my “Running of the Brides” wedding dress, Newbury Street was there for me again. The gals at L’Elite “projectrunwayed” me a fab frock in less than a month.
For years, any days off, shopping runs, celebrations, haircuts (Roffi) brunches, lunches, interviews by the pool (Notorious BIG anyone?), most likely took place on the eight blocks spanning from Arlington St. to Mass Ave. In all the years I’ve known her, Newbury Street just hasn’t lost that quintessential Boston charm.
It’s only getting better. Newbury Street is really stepping up its game. Long lauded as one of Boston’s finest shopping streets, US News & World Report Travel recently named the chic collection of shops one of America’s Best Shopping Streets. Over the past few years, Newbury Street has added a few of my favorite stores, including All Saints Spitalfields, Madewell, Pinkberry, Anthropologie, Marc Jacobs & Zara. And this September, Newbury Street outdid itself, hosting the fantastic Fashion’s Night Out.
An epic Holiday Stroll is on tap for this coming Saturday. Dozens of Newbury Street retailers are throwing fabulous in store events that include live entertainment, music, food, drink, spa demonstrations and giveaways. So, skip the mall and hit the streets. Why not make the Newbury Street Holiday Stroll part of your December traditions?