Situated 40 miles west of Boston, Worcester combines small town charm with big city amenities – including a number of excellent shops and boutiques.
If you’ve spent any length of time in Worcester and found you’ve exhausted all of its attractions, that might be the cue for indulging in a spot of retail therapy. The city is home to a wide assortment of retail outlets, offering the chance to pick up everything from daily essentials to clothes to gifts or souvenirs. Below we’ve selected 8 of the best shops and boutiques that Worcester has to offer.
A bohemian clothing boutique with locations across Massachusetts, Haberdash has two Worcester outlets, including a flagship store specialising in accessible, affordable women’s fashion, shoes and accessories – including Plus sizes – as well as jewellery. The store is located in the Crompton Place Building on Kelley Square, one of the city’s major retail hubs and surrounded by a vibrant mix of fellow independently owned businesses, from plant shops and bookstores to bakeries and restaurants.
138 Green Street
The brainchild of Worcester resident Jessica Walsh, Worcester Wares grew out of its founder’s passion for collaborating with local artists. What began with creating pin badges for friends soon evolved to tote bags, shirts, posters, ornaments and stickers. Today, with two stores across Worcester, she licenses designs from local artists to print on a range of products including handmade goods and gifts. At the stores you can find clothing, as well as items like tea towels, candles, cutting boards, and glassware, plus fun accessories such as Worcester-themed keychains, jewellery, tie clips, enamel pins, stickers, pouches and more. They also provide a range of artwork to decorate your home or office.
105 Commercial Street
Bem Bonita Boutique
This little corner of Brazil in the heart of Worcester is ideal for those seeking some exotic additions to their wardrobe. Located a few minutes’ walk from Cristoforo Columbo Park, the stylish women’s boutique features the best in Brazilian designer brands spanning a wide range of apparel, shoes and accessories. As well as their in-store outlet, they also ship anywhere across the US and Canada.
103 East Central Street
Worcester Center for Crafts
Housed within the Worcester Center for Crafts, this gallery store celebrate the beauty of handmade. Working with emerging and established artists across the country, the store curates a collection of ceramics, jewellery, fibres, home goods and more. Visitors can shop the selection of Simon Pearce glassware alongside a diverse array of contemporary functional and decorative goods. Together, they create an experience that gives you a breadth of selection from everyday items to special occasion gifts.
25 Sagamore Road
Sweet Jane’s Designer Consignment
Perched on Main Street in Worcester, Sweet Jane’s is a cosy little hole-in-the-wall designer consignment clothing store offering everything from designer clothes to shoes, handbags to accessories, and jewellery to hats. Mannequins wearing designer brands in the windows entice window shoppers inside, while crystal chandelier dangling from the ceiling provides a dramatic entrance. Positive messages and mirrors cover the walls, adding to the sense of good-natured fun.
120 Main Street
Located in a historic Worcester mill building in the city’s bustling Canal District, this curated gift boutique marketplace and mall is designed to celebrate local, independent makers and their love of old things. Featuring over 70 vendors – most local to Worcester – the store sells a wide assortment of vintage and new home décor, antiques and local handmade gifts across it’s 9,000 square feet of retail space.
138 Green Street
Twenty Two Knox
Originally an online boutique, Twenty Two Knows took their clothing, housewares and accessories to a new brick-and-mortar location a couple of years ago. Perched just off of Shrewsbury Street, their in-store selection features women’s clothing, jewellery, accessories and gifts, including trendy items one might find on Pinterest that are especially relatable to a younger customer base. Adding to the quirky vibes, the store looks like it was made for social media, with custom, distressed wooden furniture, an Instagram wall and a floral patterned backsplash behind the counter.
14a East Worcester Street
By Paul Joseph