Category Archives: Closings

Curious George Will No Longer Be Going to Wordsworth

Curious George Goes to Wordsworth, 1 JFK Street, Harvard Square

Curious George Goes to Wordsworth, the wonderful, red-trimmed children’s book and toy store in Harvard Square is closing, Publishers Weekly reported on Friday. Word in the Square is that the shop will shutter by month’s end. This comes just days after Globe Corner Bookstore announced that it will close its bricks-and-mortar bookstore in Harvard Square too. And old time stationer Bob Slate shut its three shops back in March.

The charming shops will definitely be missed. I enjoyed many fun evenings with the kids at the Border Cafe, Lizzy’s Ice Cream, and Curious George. More recently, Bob Slate was a favorite stop after lunch. When the boys saw the windows of the Church Street location papered over, they were absolutely dismayed.

I won’t digress into discussing the merits and downfalls of paper versus computer screens. I love and support both, with more than my share of expenditures at Apple, book stores, Hearst, and Condé Nast, but alas, the world moves on. Bye bye little monkey.

Now you’ll have to go to Target, or worse, CVS, to buy your pens and paper.

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Sabon Closes; No More Free Soap

Sabon, 129 Newbury Street, Boston

Those of you who have been relying on those colorful slices of free soap that Sabon salespeople incessantly handed out on the street are going to have to find another dealer. This soapy, scrubby spot is closed for business. It’s too bad, though I suppose not surprising. While I like the company’s products, as well as the lovely sink/fountain in the store, I rarely ventured in, instead opting for, well, the free samples that I was handed literally every time I passed.

Is the secret to success no sampling? Lush seems to be persevering, despite the not so pleasant scent that seeps out the store to the sidewalk.

Lush, 166 Newbury Street, Boston

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It’s Looc’s Last Day; Audra Slashes Prices 60 Percent

Audra Boyle in front of Looc, May 24, 2011

I was running errands for the Boston Globe today in the South End, so of course I popped into Looc. It’s the boutique’s last day in business. I remember meeting Audra and her then partner Shawna almost four years ago, to interview them about their new store (“Je T’aime Paris,” Daily Candy). In a former photography studio, with flea market sourced decor, and a roster of labels mostly unknown to Boston, Looc perfected the sophisticated but easy-to-wear aesthetic of Nantucket by way of St. Tropez.

Today, many well wishers from the neighborhood stopped in to say goodbye. Luckily, Audra was there too (sans bébé). She says she’s not quite sure what’s next, but with her impeccable taste and creativity, we’re certain to be hearing about another venture.

There are still a few pieces left in store, including looks by Rag & Bone, What Comes Around Goes Around, Ulla Jackson, Isabel Marant and under-the-radar jewelry designers.



Bye bye Looc. It’s been cool. ; )


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Passport Checks Out of Harvard Square, Holds Big Sale

Passport, Harvard Square

If you haven’t heard yet, Passport boutique owner Jessica Good has decided to close up her shop, located in Harvard Square. On Monday she tweeted from @Passportboutiqu:

“After 3 wonderful years in Harvard Square we are closing our doors at the end of May. We will miss all our customers & friends of the store.”

In an email she told me that she decided the store was simply too big, and since her lease is up at the end of the month, she opted not to renew. She’s contemplating a smaller space, possibly this winter. And, she’s having another baby this summer, so she will keep plenty busy.

No exact closing date yet, but the doors will shut by Memorial Day at the latest. In the meantime, everything in the store is 25% off (full price and markdown items).  She says:

“We still have a lot of inventory in the store so I’d love to get the word out to people.  The designers include MZ Wallace, Vince, Rachel Pally, and Three Dots to name a few, as well as luggage, bags, and travel accessories – lots of great items.”

Passport, 43 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617.576.0900

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Walker Contemporary Closes, Takes Show On Road

CLOSED: Walker Contemporary, 450 Harrison Avenue, SoWa

Stephanie Walker has decided to close her SoWa gallery, Walker Contemporary. The gallery closed at the end of April, and Stephanie is heading back to L.A. in the fall.  She’ll stay submerged in the art world, of course, and already has plenty of projects lined up,  including the release of a limited edition fine art print, curating exhibitions in new and unusual locations, and continuing to work with clients.

First up:

“30 Under 30”
Gallery263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridgeport
Juried by Walker Contemporary’s  Stephanie Walker
Friday, May 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

I still adore the paintings by Elisa Johns, whom Walker represents, that I blogged about two years ago:

Daphne and the Laurel Tree
72 x 48 inches • oil on canvas

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