Editors’ Choice: Humanity, Lowell

Lowell may not be the first place that comes to mind for a fruitful shopping spree, but this historic mill city is home to Humanity, a boutique shop that rivals Boston’s best. Ladies be warned: You will need at least an hour to browse the funky, tasteful, and diverse selection of outfit adornments. Put this place on your radar! 128 Merrimack St., Lowell, 978-458-7467

Readers’ Choice: Bobbles & Lace, Newburyport, 22 Pleasant St., Newburyport, 978-462-2320


Editors’ Choice: Andrew Spindler Antiques & Designs, Essex

A choice collection of antique furniture, paintings, works of art, ironstone, lighting, silver, and the like beautifully curated and displayed makes Andrew Spindler Antiques & Designs arguably the region’s most tasteful showcase of pieces from the 16th-20th centuries. All items are in mint condition having been expertly restored to their original condition, and owner Andrew Spindler-Roesle is a fountain of information that stems from his days at Sotheby’s and years spent dealing and consulting in the fine antiques industry. 163 Main St., Essex, 978-768-6045

Readers’ Choice: White Elephant Shop, Essex 32 Main St., Essex, 978-768-6901


Editors’ Choice: North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester

Founded in 1922, this prize gallery has been in the same locale since its doors opened. Sitting on Gloucester’s waterfront, NSAS houses three exhibition halls with over 400 pieces of art on display and for sale; in fact, it is the largest gallery of American fine art on Cape Ann. Open seven days a week from May through October, the space rotates exhibitions at least once a month. Representational oil paintings of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits make up the bulk of its collection, though watercolors and charcoals make regular showings. 11 Pirates Ln., Gloucester, 978-283-1857

Readers’ Choice: The Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport 47 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-499-4411


Editors’ Choice: Art Supplies Wholesale, Beverly

Don’t let the name fool you. Though they sell art and crafts supplies nationwide at wholesale prices, they are headquartered right here in Beverly and open to walk-in shoppers. The 3,500-square-foot space is organized into areas of interest—from oils, acrylics, and watercolors to decorative arts, drafting, drawing, screen printing supplies, and well beyond—this is a goldmine for serious artists, professionals, and dabblers of every medium. 4 Enon St., North Beverly, 800-462-2420

Readers’ Choice: Boston Bead Company, Salem 10 Front St., Salem, 978-741-2323


Editors’ Choice: Kaminski Auctions, Beverly

Kaminski has earned its gold-star reputation by serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years. Specializing in the sale of Asian art and antiques, silver, glass and lamps, couture and vintage clothing, photography, and modern design, the full-service auction house provides expert appraisal services. From its Beverly art gallery and historic barn comes a wealth of experience with fine art, antiques, and estates values. 117 Elliot St., Beverly, 978-927-2233

Readers’ Choice: Kaminski Auctions, Beverly


Editors’ Choice: Soak, Newburyport

Anything you could need to relax in the bath, Soak has in stock; bars of herbal soap from Provence and sea salt scrubs for the tub, organic body butters and moisturizing lotions for after your wash, and even bath robes and candles to add to your comfort. No matter what your favorite scent is, the staff at this small shop will help you find something that will turn a soak in your tub into a spa-like experience. 7 State St., Newburyport, 7 State St., Newburyport, 978-465-7625

Readers’ Choice: Soak, Newburyport


Editors’ Choice: Rouge Cosmetics, Salem

From skincare systems to foundation favorites, Rouge Cosmetics carries every product for your everyday beauty routine. This beloved boutique sells makeup, brushes, hair products, fragrance, and more from brands such as Bumble and bumble., Bare Escentuals, Clarisonic, and Deborah Lippmann. Whether you go in to treat yourself to something new or to replace an old favorite, the staff will help you leave feeling glamorous. 322 Derby St., Salem, 978-740-1044

Readers’ Choice: Rouge Cosmetics, Salem


Editors’ Choice: Depot Liquors, Beverly

Depot Liquors houses a comprehensive selection of unique fine quality beers. Buying from boutique brewing companies like Cape Ann, Brooklyn, Tröegs, Cambridge, Mayflower, Clown Shoes, and Lagunitas, they recognize the heart and soul of the beer-making craft and deliver it to North Shore folks who want to support that time-honored approach. 23 Enon St., Beverly, 978-922-1550

Readers’ Choice: Kappy’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Peabody 175 Andover St., Peabody, 978-532-2330


Editors’ Choice: Salem Cycle, Salem

Voted “Businessman of the Year 2009” by the Salem Chamber of Commerce, owner Dan Shuman carries bikes marked by quality workmanship. Services include a “Body Scan” for custom fitting and a 30-day guarantee on purchases. If a customer doesn’t love a new bike, staff will re-fit, adjust, or exchange it; replace components; or give a full refund. The official bike shop for the Salem and Peabody police departments, Salem Cycle is a trusted business. 72 Washington St., Salem, 978-741-222

Readers’ Choice: Riverside Cycle, Newburyport 50 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-5566


Editors’ Choice: Andover Bookstore, Andover

In an age when independent bookstores are becoming harder to find, the second oldest continually operating bookstore in America stands steady and for good reason: It is the North Shore’s best. Host to a voluminous and wide-ranging selection (new and used) of major and indie genres, Andover Bookstore offers readings by renowned authors, writing classes, and a well-read, approachable staff. 89R Main St., Andover, 978-475-0143

Readers’ Choice: Jabberwocky Bookshop, Newburyport 50 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-9359


Editors’ Choice: Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers

When it comes to blissful wedding planning, Bella Sera Bridal is the beacon of the North Shore. Gowns by Allure, Casablanca, Justin Alexander, Paloma Blanca, and a host of other designers grace their racks. Veils, jewelry, headpieces, shoes, handbags, and all manner of accessories carry award-winning names and make every woman’s bridal wardrobe a masterful collage. 85 Andover St., Danvers, 978-774-4077

Readers’ Choice: Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers


Editors’ Choice: John Farley Clothiers, Newburyport

For the casually dapper male, John Farley is the name to know. Since 1988, the clothier has demonstrated fine taste in men’s fashion. Tailored clothing, sportswear, shoes, and accessories by names like Joseph Abboud, Jack Victor, Victorinox Swiss Army, and Robert Graham line the shelves and dress the figures of the North Shore’s most stylish men. 31 Water St., Newburyport, 978-462-5401

Readers’ Choice: John Farley Clothiers, Newburyport


Editors’ Choice: Giblees Menswear, Danvers

For over 50 years, Giblees has provided the finest in upscale menswear, featuring bold-face brands like Boss, Brioni, Canali, and Zegna. With its high-touch service and uncontested offerings, Alan Giblee’s showroom is celebrated by local pro athletes and TV personalities alike. Tuxedo and suit rentals are also offered, as is all-occasion, everyday wear, making Giblees a prime destination for the dashing. 85 Andover St., Danvers, 978-774-4080

Readers’ Choice: John Farley Clothiers, Newburyport 31 Water St., Newburyport, 978-462-5401


Editors’ Choice: French Lessons Boutique, S. Hamilton

Inspired by the effortless beauty in the south of France, Gilda Tunney’s French Lessons Boutique provides a unique and glamorous shopping experience. The boutique offers shoppers not only their favorite department store brands, but also more diversity from lesser-known designers. Browse the racks at its multiple locations for styles from Elie Tahari, Alice + Olivia, Elizabeth and James, and soon-to-be discovered favorites. 26 Bay Rd., S. Hamilton, 978-468-1399; 18 State St., Newburyport, 978-499-0499

Readers’ Choice: Smitten, Newburyport 23 Inn St., Newburyport, 978-499-7912


Editors’ Choice: Lorraine Roy at Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers

In its new showroom at Bella Sera Bridal in Danvers, Lorraine Roy Designer Collections carries an impressive array of gorgeous gowns for all occasions, from high school proms to cocktail parties to weddings. In addition to her jaw-dropping inventory, owner Jeanne Hennessey is known for offering deeply personalized service to her clients and for giving to organizations that support female service members, medical research, and more. Now that’s good style. 85 Andover St., Second Floor, Danvers, 978-774-4077

Readers’ Choice: Lorraine Roy at Bella Sera Bridal, Danvers


Editors’ Choice: Viola Lovely, Wenham

Shopping at Viola Lovely in Wenham is like perusing the closet of that inherently stylish girlfriend who’s always ahead of the trends and never makes a fashion misstep. In this case, that girl is owner Lisa Cancelli, whose meticulous boutique brings a touch of savvy Los Angeles style to the North Shore by offering fine apparel and accessories—think structured blazers, diaphanous scarves, and embellished boots—by fashion-forward labels like Yigal Azrouël, NSF, Mother, Veronica Beard, and more. Cancelli’s innate sense of style, knack for editing inventory, and constant eye toward emerging designers has helped turn her one-time shoe shop into a go-to boutique for Boston-area ladies who are serious about style. 148 Main St., Wenham, 978-468-1775

Readers’ Choice: J. Mode Fashions, Salem 17 Front St., Salem, 978-744-7007


Editors’ Choice: Madam Had’em, Marblehead

Without too much damage to your designer-label wallet, at Madam Had’em, you can find a fabulous outfit for any occasion with the help of knowledgeable owner Cheryl McGuire. In business for the past eight years, this designer consignment boutique regularly carries clothing from Chanel, Escada, Jimmy Choo, and Bottega Veneta, among many other upscale brands. 160 Washington St., Marblehead, 781-639-7798

Readers’ Choice: Modern Millie Vintage and Consignments, Newburyport

3 Central St., Salem, 978-745-0231; 41 Pleasant St., Newburyport, 978-961-1569


Editors’ Choice: New England Running Company, Beverly

With the help of NERC’s attentive associates, you won’t only look good while you’re exercising—you’ll feel good, too. New England Running Company offers a selection of products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and New Balance and will help you find the best running shoe for you through a personalized gait assessment. 43 Enon St., Beverly, 978-922-8870

Readers’ Choice: Lululemon Athletica, Burlington

#1301-2 75 Middlesex Tpk., Burlington, 781-221-0179


Editors’ Choice: Andover Eye Care, Andover

A hands-on approach employed by owner Todd Berberian, a well-edited selection of designers and styles (including Berberian’s self-designed line, Todd Rogers), and impeccable products and service make Andover Eye Care stand out among area eyewear shops in our book. In addition to its fabulous frames, Andover Eye Care provides on-site eye exams, making it a one-stop shop for your optical needs. 77 Main St., Andover, 978-749-7300

Readers’ Choice: The Newburyport Optique, Newburyport

28 State St., Newburyport, 978-465-2405


Editors’ Choice: Urban Elements, Newburyport

An entire home can easily be furnished with specialty finds from Urban Elements. Whether it’s headboards and footboards for the master bed or chairs for the dining room table, there are choices aplenty. Be they “big-ticket items” you’re in search of or little things that give a room character, Urban Elements delivers. From cocktail tables and consoles to wall décor and sectionals, there is something here for every home décor plan. 20 Pleasant St., Newburyport, 978-462-3333; 75 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-358-7121

Readers’ Choice: Urban Elements, Newburyport


Editors’ Choice: Corliss Brothers Garden Center and Nursery, Ipswich

It’s hard to say which is better—Corliss Brothers’ expert staff or high-quality stock. The full-service, family-owned garden center and nursery is well organized and full of healthy plant material. Ask any one of the readily available staff members for information, and they are able to provide it or find it. A huge catalogue includes hard-to-find varieties and a stellar selection of ornamental trees. 31 Essex Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-5422

Readers’ Choice: Wolf Hill Home & Garden Center, Ipswich

60 Turnpike Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-6342


Editors’ Choice: Pisces, Gloucester

Now and then, we need to find that certain something that can’t be found at ho-hum haunts. For that gift, consider Gloucester’s Pisces, where a diverse assembly of silver and gemstone jewelry; glass and ceramic bowls; stemware, metalware, clocks, and mirrors; and stained glass and wall art are better browsed than described. 96 Main St., Gloucester, 978-282-0900

Readers’ Choice: The White Lilac Giftware and Home Goods, Manchester-by-the-Sea

38 Union St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, 978-526-8338


Editors’ Choice: Two Girls Shop, Salem

Handbags make statements, and when it is something fashionable that needs saying, a bag from Two Girls Shop is always ready to talk. The brainchild of Pia Schoeck and Emily Edelman, the little Derby Street shop stocks vintage and high-end designer labels, like the ever-popular Hobo bags. No matter your style, Two Girls has the bag to suit. Two Girls Shop 320 Derby St., Salem, 978-744-5191

Readers’ Choice: Two Girls Shop, Salem


Editors’ Choice: Moynihan Lumber, Beverly

For over 50, years the Moynihan family business has served top-quality products to its community and, despite the competition of corporate enterprises, they have thrived. The store’s success is the result of excellent service, reliable and knowledgeable staff, and an enormous selection of wares. The hardware department alone, with its soup-to-nuts-stock, makes it a fierce mom-and-pop-shop holdout—one deserving continued support. 82 River St., Beverly, 978-927-0032; 164 Chestnut St., North Reading, 781-944-8500,

Readers’ Choice: Dawson’s True Value Hardware, Beverly

50 Enon St., Beverly, 978-927-1320


Editors’ Choice: Urban Elements, Newburyport

It turns out furniture isn’t the only category in which Urban Elements excels. Bigger purchases are readily complemented with choice picks from among their wide selection of décor solutions. From wall art to wine holders to bookends to “fish hotels,” you’ll find some funky twist on home décor at this tasteful, imaginative storehouse. 20 Pleasant St., Newburyport,

978-462-3333; 75 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-358-7121

Readers’ Choice: Urban Elements, Newburyport


Editors’ Choice: Izzy’s Emporium, Andover

Hot jeans are hard to find. Don’t waste any more time; go to Izzy’s Emporium, where sweet jeans are king (or queen, as the case may be). “The Great Wall of Denim” pays towering tribute to the staple of all wardrobes. Hundreds of styles, washes, sizes, and brands are in stock, and expert tailoring is available. It’s a one-stop shop for the essential and the of-the-moment. 21 Barnard St., Andover, 978-475-0194

Readers’ Choice: Izzy’s Emporium, Andover


Editors’ Choice: DeScenza Diamonds, Peabody

There are occasions and sentiments for which “boutique-style” treasures just aren’t enough. The jewelry for life’s bigger moments is found at DeScenza Diamonds, where designer pieces have been hand selected from among the best in the world. Diamonds and gems by the likes of Garnier, Coast, Thistle & Bee, and Sylvie dazzle daily. The family business has bestowed fine taste on the North Shore since 1915. 161 Andover St., Peabody, 978-977-0090

Readers’ Choice: M.K. Benatti Jewelers, Newburyport

11 State St., Newburyport, 978-462-2768


Editors’ Choice: Soufflés, Newburyport Seeking a stylish salt dish, a clever gadget, or the perfect teapot? In Newburyport, Soufflés surprises with a vast selection packed in a tiny space. Cooking aficionados will want one of everything. Need time to decide? Get a cup of coffee and a treat while you ponder. We especially love the blueberry iced coffee. 14 Market Sq., Newburyport, 978-465-1523

Readers’ Choice: Soufflés, Newburyport 311 Western Ave., Lynn, 781-595-0026


Editors’ Choice: Lucia Lighting & Design, Lynn Shopping for light fixtures becomes an incredibly stunning and unique experience once you pass through the entryway of the former funeral home that now houses Lucia Lighting & Design. Lucy Dearborn and her knowledgeable staff will help you select from the seemingly infinite stock of chandeliers, lamps, fixtures, and anything else you could envision to brighten your home. 311 Western Ave., Lynn, 781-595-0026

Readers’ Choice: Newburyport Lighting Company, Newburyport 38 R Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-499-9777


Editors’ Choice: The Ivory Corset, Andover Foundations. Shapewear. Lingerie. The Ivory Corset is a palace of designer intimate apparel by names like Simone Perele, Prima Donna, Eberjey, Hanky Panky, and Cosabella. Premium bra and panty sets, fine silk chemises, babydolls, teddies, and traditional bridal lingerie are all at the ready in several sizes (including plus). For special occasions and just-want-something-new-and-exciting moments alike, shop The Ivory Corset. One Main St., Third Floor, Andover, 978-409-1941

Readers’ Choice: The Ivory Corset, Andover


Editors’ Choice: Rouge Cosmetics, Salem Whether you are looking to try a new product, replenish a favorite, or have your makeup done for a special occasion, Rouge Cosmetics is the ideal boutique. With more personalized service than at large retail stores but with the same quality brands— Stila, NARS, and bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals—Rouge is colorfully fit to cater to clients’ needs. 322 Derby St., Salem,


Readers’ Choice: Rouge Cosmetics, Salem


Editors’ Choice: Marblehead/Salem School of Music, Marblehead To learn the art of sound one needs masterful instruction. That is what is found at Marblehead/Salem School of Music. There are lessons in everything from voice to guitar, piano, drums, violin, cello, saxophone, sitar, and…well, the list goes on. Suffice it to say, they address all possible areas of interest. For anyone looking to expand his musical horizons, this is the place to get started. 13 Essex St., Marblehead; 3 Pleasant St., Salem, 781-639-7070

Readers’ Choice: Marblehead/Salem School of Music, Marblehead


Editors’ Choice: Marblehead Pet Supply, Marblehead Owner Jo-Ann Cerase knows the value of a returning customer, and so remembers her second-time visitors. In addition to friendly, never-pushy customer service, shoppers find holistic, organic, and natural pet foods and snacks; a standing “baker’s dozen” price on canned foods; tough chew-resistant toys; a well-rounded stock of other pet supplies and accessories; and reliable information. 30 Bessom St., Marblehead, 781-631-3500

Readers’ Choice: The Barking Cat Pet Emporium, Salem 266 Essex St., Salem, 978-745-2275


Editors’ Choice: Landry & Arcari, Salem The Landry & Arcari family has cornered the market on hand-woven Oriental rugs and carpets. They are the No.1 source for reasonably priced choice rugs from around the world. Holding one of New England’s largest and most prestigious collections, their Salem showroom features The Carpet Mezzanine, where hundreds of signature pieces are displayed to powerful effect. 63 Flint St., Salem, 978-744-5909

Readers’ Choice: Custom Floors Design Inc., Stoneham, 271 Main St., Stoneham, 781-435-0707


Editors’ Choice: J.L. Coombs, Newburyport For a wide selection of comfortable and stylish casual and outdoor footwear for men, shop J.L. Coombs. Lines like Olukai Chaco, Mephisto, New Balance, Ecco, Merrell, Patagonia, Cushe, Naot, and countless others make it the best option on the North Shore for the active and fashion-conscious male shopper. 1 State St., Newburyport, 978-462-2262

Readers’ Choice: Nordstrom, Peabody, Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody, 978-278-7400


Editors’ Choice: Sole Amour, Andover Good things come in small packages, and Sole Amour in Andover is no exception. Owned by Amy Finegold and Stephanie Sipley, the intimate shoetique touts all manner of beautiful shoes, from embellished pumps and textured flats to colorful wedges and anything-but-average pairs for the office. Delman, Missoni, Loeffler Randall, and Rebecca Minkoff are only a few of the luxury labels you’ll find lining Sole Amour’s shelves, but one of the things we love best about this always-current boutique is its ever-changing inventory of fabulous footwear. 10 Post Office Ave., Andover, 978-409-1541

Readers’ Choice: Nordstrom, Peabody Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody, 978-278-7400


Editors’ Choice: Amesbury Skate & Sport, Amesbury You can find just about anything you could need for your sport of choice in Amesbury Skate & Sport’s expansive 4,000-square-foot retail space. In addition to a full-service bike shop and year-round skate sharpening service, the shop carries equipment for hockey, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, and football, among other sports. 77 Macy St., Amesbury, 978-388-4544

Readers’ Choice: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Danvers 96 Commonwealth Ave., Danvers, 978-646-6400


Editors’ Choice: Royal Jewelers, Andover From classic to elegant and everywhere in between, Royal Jewelers carries the watch that will fit your style and complete your look. With pieces from Cartier, Omega, David Yurman, and many other covetable brands, you are sure to find a statement piece so perfect that you won’t want to remove it from your wrist. 58 Main St., Andover, 978-475-3300

Readers’ Choice: Royal Jewelers, Andover


Editors’ Choice: Andover Liquors, Andover Whether you know just what you’re looking for or know next to nothing about wine, Andover Liquors is the place for anyone searching for a bottle. Approachable in-store experts offer advice to novice inquirers and carry on intelligent, studied conversations with aficionados. Tastings, special events, wine consultations, delivery services, and the ordering of difficult-to-find varietals are part of the Andover Liquors experience. Customers will leave content, informed, and with a bottle or two in hand! 209 N Main St., Andover, 978-470-0500

Readers’ Choice: Leary’s Fine Wines & Spirits,  Newburyport 202 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-462-4451