Linden Square – Lovely All Year Round

Linden Square – Lovely All Year Round

When my children were little, I was in Wellesley every week for my wonderful Tuesday playgroup and I was introduced to Roche Brothers for groceries, but really, I went for the drummies,  and the Linden Street Deli for fantastic sandwiches. Then when Linden Square was added, I still went for drummies groceries, to The Cottage for lunch, or to work at Starbucks, and to pick a baby gift at Magic Beans and I knew there were other shops there – I just hadn’t explored them yet.  So when I was invited to explore Linden Square as part of a blogger event, I said yes without even checking my calendar.

Our first stop, Roosters, a charming  men’s grooming center (shaves, haircuts and more) where they handed me a straight edge and let me shave a person’s face balloon. I was nervous at first and although I did lose the straight edge in the towel – only once! – my instructor was kind and patient.  I really liked how the warm wood of the shop gives it an old-timey feel. This would be a great gift for Dad or your father-in-law (I’m adding it to my best gifts to give) and a great father-son outing for big boy haircut time!

Nest up was Tobey Grey Boutique and I did know this was here because I managed to fall into a pre-inventory sale here this past summer while I was supposed to be working with Leah, but I digress. Great graphic tees with positive messages, super well-fitting jeans and a slew of yummy cashmere sweaters and pretty, flowy tops.

Then on to CERI Boutique for more fashion and accessories. Another gorgeous store with some sweet jewelry and accessories. I like the little bags and am buying a few to fill with fun things – maybe make a winter survival kit with lip balm, hand cream, a headband, and some cozy socks or mittens? There were too many pretty clothes to try on in the time allotted so I’m heading back next week.

 

Next stop, Pure Barre.

I have friends who take classes here  – really fit friends, I might add – and I have always been a little intimidated by the idea of a mirror and a barre – but not after visiting Pure Barre! The staff is warm, enthusiastic, welcoming and reassuring that there are accommodations made to the program for all fitness levels and abilities and even injuries. I have been wanting to up my work out routine for a while so this looks like a great place to try that.

Sara Campbell was our next fabulous stop – what a pretty store! Gorgeous sweaters, dresses, gifts, and at a variety of price points – an incredibly helpful staff. We met the store model who was a lovely spokesperson and Shift Your Style was running a pop up and they can help with anything from closet editing to dressing for a special event. I was actually complimented by their stylist on my color choice of sweater and scarf – wow! and to think I was going to go with a basic black sweater.

 

 

One of my favorite toy stores has long been Magic Beans. This lovely local shop always has toys of great quality and their staff is friendly, well-trained and incredibly helpful with suggestions for gifts. Take my recent assignment – get Legos for a 6 year old. Easy, right? Umm, no. Have you seen the vast array of Legos lately? I was out of my depth until I asked the salesperson for advice. I knew only Lego and something possiblt artic. Suffice to day, all set! And good that I know my nephew doesn’t read my blog because his present is pictured below.

 

Changing it up and moving onto home decor, next stop Bonsoir Fine Linens. Our group watched in amazement at the napkin folding demonstration and I even tried it despite my skill set normally limits me to folding  napkins into rectangles. And I could do the fancy folds, well, one of them. And I do so want this shiny gorgeous table runner for the holidays – it adds a touch of glam to any table.  Another gorgeous store with a great variety of items in all price ranges – gorgeous candles and ornaments to full bedding sets. I can’t wait to try out my new mad napkin folding skills on my unsuspecting family.

 

Next stop, adorable Kenzie (formerly Kenzie Kids) a terrific shop for tweens. It’s a great place to find occasion dresses, shoes and accessories that aren’t too much for a tween (you may not be ready for the juniors department, I know I wasn’t). The day to day wear is cute as a button but on trend in a way you and your tween will appreciate. They even carry women’s clothes now, too, and I really like this beautiful Bogner coat modeled by the incomparable Charlene DeLoach from Charlene Chronicles. This coat is luxe enough for her new website, Cleverluxe! And they had donuts for us which, yes, I tried, and yes, they were worth it.

And tiny hanger with the cutest clothes for kids ever. Their tagline is curated cuteness and I won’t even try to improve on that. Check it out.

then came lunch at The Cottage! What a lovely room and such delicious food. I love the stuffed avocado with chicken salad and hats off to Kim for remaining calm when I almost upended the entire table. One cool mama, that one. My phone was charging at the front desk – so accommodating!  – during lunch so no food pics –  it was all delicious and gorgeous.

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I was also out of battery for Belle Sante  but I am going back soon and will make up for it then. There was a prettily packaged gift card in my gift bag and I am going to use it toward one of their signature treatments. I have been to the Boston location – my mom took us all one year – and I can’t wait to try Wellesley, and maybe I should bring my mom.

Unleashed by PETCO dropped by at lunch with gift bags for our pets – am I ever going to be popular with my dog!

Then, off to dessert at IMPULSE but we were all distracted by the something shiny and didn’t really eat (although I did take a coffee for the road and a Quebrada cupcake for my daughter).

The Sisco & Berlutti line of bracelets are perfectly stack-able and a great gift. Started by two sisters from Westwood, these beaded bracelets are a fantastic gift. I also loved the Heather B. Moore line – personalized or stock items – these wonderful handcrafted charms are a warm and personal keepsake.

I missed getting a gorgeous updo at Salon Maleah (that was Emily Roach with her post here), but there was a gift card tucked in my gift bag so I’ll happily head back to Linden Square for dome pampering!

So, a whirlwind day filled with laughter, shopping, great food and fun! And after this day in the Square, the well-designed Linden Square, I ran into Roche Brothers to pick up ingredients for dinner. No drummies, this time, though.

The place to go for great gifts for everyone on your gift list! Also Linden Square is running the cutest Elf on the Shelf Contest from December 1-19 (there’s still time!) Three people will win – so if you find him in any of the stores, take a pic and post on social media – the shoppers with the most ‘likes’ win! More info on the Facebook Page below for another contest, too! What fun!

Linden Square Wellesley
181 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA

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Disclosure: I attended this blogger media event and left with a lovely gift bag, and` all opinions are always my own.

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