SUMMER FAVORITES/Apothecary

TOP 4 SUMMER FAVORITES – August 2018

KOBO soy candles, made in NY -fragranced Mediterranean olive blend with fresh lavender, lily, hyacinth, and eucalyptus

 

Meow Meo Tweet Soaps – small batch, organic, vegan – our favorite is the Grapefruit Mint Body Soap!

Boy Smells Candles – made in LA – KUSH fragrance – hints of cannabis, suede, white musk, and tulip

West Third Brand eau de toilette, made in Austin, TX – green floral notes with tuberose, white flowers, musk, amber and ylang-ylang.

 

Hygge

Have you heard the word “Hygge” around the design world lately? This Danish word refers to a feeling of coziness and wellness – imagine sitting snuggled in front of a fire in the middle a wild snowstorm, wrapped in a hand knit blanket, sipping hot cocoa, with a favorite novel. Scandanavian winters, filled with ice and darkness,  are legend. Boston winters are not quite so bad, but we all love that feeling of home. As our first snowstorm has arrived and the holidays are coming up, we assembled a few of our favorite things to help you get your Hygge on this winter!

Scandanavian Baking
tea and cookies

Ho Ho Holidays

Happy Holidays

Need the perfect gift for your main squeeze? Holiday Cards? Cool new ornaments for your Charlie Brown Christmas Tree? Cookbooks for Holiday Parties? Secret Santa treats for your office mate? Yankee Swap Sweets for your Book Group?  A little something for your Best Gal pal? Stocking stuffers for the whole Fam?

We’ve got you covered for all of your Holiday Giving! OPEN daily till xmas 10am till 8 pm

Local Love

Just sending some big love to our favorite local KNITTER (and Shaker) Deanna DeRouchey who hand knits our super popular Pom Pom hats! Deanna started her homegrown business (under the name DeRoucheau) in 2009 when she was living in California! She moved to Boston in 2014 and has her hats (and gorgeous blankets) in Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and in small shops from Brooklyn to Japan! We love carrying her wool blend hats and love having her on staff!

local knitwear

Ceramics….patterns or neutrals.

I’m realizing that my home design aesthetic runs the gamut from wildly colorful patterns to serene neutrals. Wandering through my home, I see that some rooms are painted in earth tones with soft pale furniture and a small pop of color, while others are straight up boho style with beautiful colorful ceramics and sparkly woven fabrics that I have collected from trips to Laos, Morocco and India.

When buying for Shake’s ceramic section, my tastes have spanned the patterned to neutral as well..Here are a few fall favorites…

North End Salumerias! A short guide to north end shopping!

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Since moving my shop to Boston’s North End (“Little Italy”) neighborhood 12 years ago, I have had so much fun wandering through the small streets, discovering hidden gems, including a few mom and pop old world salumerias. We love entertaining at home and often spend hours cooking for friends, but on a busy work day it can be tough to find the time. In a quick trip to the local Italian charcuterie and cheese shop, I can gather Piave cheese, Fennel Sopressata, Castelvetrano green olives and Rosemary Crackers and be ready with appetizers in a flash! settingnit up is always my favorite part and I love to use the slate board from the shop forma distincitve presentation!

Favorite places include Monica’s Mercato on Salem Street, Depasquale’s on Hanover and Salumeria Italiana on Richmond Street!

Create Boston

Brooklyn hipsters move over. Boston is stepping up its game.

“Create Boston” celebrates the collaboration of local visual artists, chefs, bartenders, DJs and musicians. This year’s festival happened in the warehouse spaces of the Design Center near the Seaport. Each artist displayed their work and was paired with a chef and a bartender who created delicious food and unusual cocktails inspired by the artwork! This year’s event included chefs/bartenders from Tavern Road, Oak + Rowan, Drink, Back Bar, Whole Heart Provisions, Bar Mezzana, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, Committee and Tiger Mama! Extra shout out to Tavern Road’s amazing shredded pork tacos!  Our favorite music was from a local band Cask Mouse ( with ties to our friends at neighboring Neptune Oyster)!

No date set for 2017 but absolutely go next year!image

Myers + Chang

One of our most favorite restaurants in town in Myers + Change, a collaboration between James Beard award winner chef/owner Joanne Chang and Executive Chef Karen Akunowicz! This little indie spot serves up their own dazzling versions of Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese specialties! We love going there on their Monday and Tuesday “Cheap Date Nights” when you can choose from three select menus for $45 for two! Get the “Netflix + Chill!” (photo courtesy of Myers + Chang)