Abigail's Children's boutique, Wellesley, Ma.
Talbots, Wellesley, Ma.
Wellesley Books, Wellesley, Ma.
Dover Saddlery, Wellesley, Ma.

Winter Sales in Downtown Wellesley

Welcome to Scenic Shopping™ ! Our feature town today is Wellesley, Massachusetts. Wellesley is a thriving residential shopping area supported by the residents of this wealthy Boston suburb. Wellesley is also home to Wellesley College, a wonderful liberal arts college with a rich history and lovely grounds. Even though it's cold outside, Wellesley is a great place to explore for sales and discounts at this time of year, though some of the high end stores' sales are still extremely pricey. Several women's and children's clothing shops, gift shops, jewelry stores, and galleries are all within walking distance in the downtown shopping area. Several chain stores reside in the downtown, such as Talbots and GapKids. Warm up at Susu, a sun filled comfortable bakery in Church Square. They offer hot chocolate, coffees, lattes and teas alongside delicious and beautiful baked goods. Afterward take a left at Church Square to explore  (More)

Washington St., Wellesley,  Ma.

a handful of cute shops. One of them, called The Gifted Hand (closed June 2014) has an interesting and diverse collection of pottery, glass and wooden items, good for wedding presents and one-of-a-kind gifts. If you take a sharp right outside Susu you see the inviting window displays of E.A. Davis, which carries Lilly Pulitzer and Leon Levin apparel. Rugged Bear has great durable children's clothing and this is their sale season.

Talbots and the Gap post winter sales occasionally also. Two consignment shops can offer surprise finds but these are designer items and imports that even used are expensive. There is a Dover Saddlery shop which sells horseback riding apparel and equipment.


As for snacks, baked goods and restaurants, Wellesley has lots to offer there too. Blue Ginger is next to E.A. Davis. Altastrada, Cafe Mangal, Amarin of Thailand and Lemon Thai offer lunch and dinner. Some offer brunch on weekends. For a more casual sandwich or a warm bagel and coffee, try Bruegger's Bagels near Abigail's Clothing shop.


There is a Starbucks if you are in a hurry and must have your customary cup of caffeine. If you really want strong coffee to keep up your stamina while doing errands and shopping the town, try Peet's Coffee. J.P. Licks ice cream shop has moved in if you are one of those New Englanders who loves ice cream no matter how cold it is out. Wellesley Booksmith has a great selection of children's books and used books too.


Parking can be a challenge in Wellesley, but there is on street metered parking as well as several public lots. There is two hour parking in back of Central Street (route 135) for patrons of the stores: Altastrada, GapKids, Wellesley Booksmith and a few other small shops in that block of stores. There is a public lot off of Church Street and another one near the Wellesley Public Library on Cameron Street.


When the weather is nice, families feed the ducks at Hunnewell Park near Wellesley Town Hall. There is a playground a short drive away, just up Washington Street (Route 135/16). More shops and restaurants are in that direction, like Bertucci's if you are out with the family.


Wellesley also has many walking trails, several museums and an arboretum. The commuter train stops in the town if your base is Boston or if you would like to visit Boston from Wellesley. The ride can be a half hour to an hour depending on whether you can get an express train or not. Wellesley is a pretty town with lots to see and do. And you may find the home decor, outfit or gift you've been looking for!




-M.A. Barrett (Winter, 2010; updated Winter 2012)

CLOSED - The Gifted Hand, Wellesley, Ma.
E. A. Davis Dept. Store and Blue Ginger Restaurant

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