Wellesley Holiday Boutique, Central St., Wellesley, Mass.
Papyrus, Central St., Wellesley, Mass.
North River Outfitter, NRO, Central St., Wellesley, Mass.
European Manor, Washington St., Wellesley, Mass.

Winter Sales in Downtown Wellesley

Welcome to Scenic Shopping! Our feature town today is Wellesley, Massachusetts. Wellesley is a thriving residential shopping district with the historic Village Church in the town square and the Wellesley College campus nearby. 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 are still 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. A few chain stores reside in the downtown, such as Eileen Fisher and Gap. Take a break and warm up at Starbucks or Pete's Coffee. J.P. Lick's has warm beverages like cider and hot chocolate as well as (More)

Comina, Washington St., Wellesley, Mass.

a handful of cute shops. One of them, called Cache has a selection of women's pajamas along with lots of home decor items, such as tableware, cookware, bedding, throw pillows and holiday gifts. There is J. McLaughlin, Sloane & Ivy and Lyn Evans. If you make a right onto Washington St., you see the inviting window displays of E.A. Davis, which carries Lilly Pulitzer and Leon Levin apparel. Next there is the Dover Saddlery shop which sells horseback riding apparel and equipment.

Many shops are advertising sales to entice you in from the cold. European Manor has a sale on Holiday decor. Irresistibles, NRO, Jarbo, Bobbles & Lace and Footstock are among the shops with sales on apparel. GettiGear, GretaLuxe, Wellesley Holiday Boutique, Lynn Evans, J. McLaughlin and E.A. Davis also feature sale priced clothing and home decor. Comina which sells home decor and furnishings is having its annual floor model sale. Stationery and card chain store, Papyrus is having its half-yearly sale. Beauty and Main is running a sale on certain dry skin spa products.

 

As for snacks, baked goods and restaurants, Wellesley has lots to offer there too. Altastrada, Cafe Mangal, Amarin of Thailand and Lemon Thai offer lunch and dinner. Some have brunch on weekends. Bocado Tapas Wine Bar opens daily for dinner and stays open late. For a more casual sandwich or a warm bagel and coffee, try Bruegger's Bagels. There is also a B. Good across from Bruegger's. B. Good serves sandwiches, burgers, salads and soup made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Next to Bruegger's is the Upper Crust pizzeria with many choices of toppings, plus calzones and salads. A short drive away, there are more options in the Linden Square area, such as Cottage, California Pizza Kitchen, Captain Marden's and Takara Japanese.

 

Wellesley Books has a great selection of adult, young adult, children's books and in the basement, used books. Staff can help you find any books not stocked. Employees pick their favorite reads and post their advice on notecards attached to the shelves. The shop features works by local authors and holds book signing events and book group meetings. There are gifts and cards too. If you park in the lot in back of the shop, you will pass their community billboard letting you know about the many events going on in town and at nearby Wellesley College.

 

Parking can be a challenge in Wellesley, but there is on street metered parking as well as several public lots. You can try the two hour parking in back of Central Street (Route 135) for patrons of GrettaLuxe, Florijn Home, Gap, Wellesley Booksmith, Alta Strada and B. Good. 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 (their greenhouses are currently closed for construction). 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 item for your home, outfit or gift you've been looking for!

 

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-M.A. Barrett (Winter, 2010; updated January 26, 2018)

Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Central St., Wellesley, Mass.
Lyn Evans, Church Square, Wellesley, Mass.
Footstock, Central St., Wellesley, Mass.
Irresistibles, Central St., Wellesley, Mass.
Gap, Central St., Wellesley, Mass.
Bobbles and Lace, Central St., Wellesley, Mass.