Here at Boston General Store, we love spending time outdoors this time of year. The New England landscapes have so much to offer when it comes to outdoor activities, especially camping and hiking, and we like to take full advantage of that.
Today, some folks are opting for an upgraded kind of camping experience, called glamping, and while we understand lengthy stays out in the wild aren't everyone’s style, we definitely prefer to keep our excursions a little more unpolished. But, that also doesn’t mean we like heading into the woods empty handed.
We take what we need to get by and leave all the rest at home.
People who've followed along on our journey know how important makers are to Boston General Store.
When the shop first launched online, the idea was to create a small assortment of products from around the world featuring craftsmen who truly cared about their trade. Today, four years after opening the business, we still carry almost all of the items from that original collection, speaking to the significance these makers have had in the continued success of BGS.
Spring isn’t only a season of growth, it’s also a season of anticipation. It’s almost like a buffer zone between the long, dark, hostile winter and the bright, shining weather of the summer – at least that’s the story here in New England. The flowers start to bloom, birds are chirping, and thank goodness for clocks moving forward because this is about the time we start to beg for more sunshine.
So, with nature slowly getting us ready for all those lazy beach days and trips to the Cape, it’s time to start thinking about one thing and one thing only...the annual ritual of spring cleaning.
There comes a moment when keeping good news to yourself is impossible. And because we're ready to burst at the seams, literally and figuratively, we'll cut to the chase.
Boston General Store is growing.
Yes, this is our official announcement that we'll be opening a second permanent home in Dedham next month, made possible after a first-year success that wouldn't have happened without help from a lot of people.
There are lots of things that set the tone for the holiday season each year; warming spices, colorful landscapes, cheerful music. But something about stocking stuffers excites us during this time more than anything else. Small, wrapped, thoughtful surprises. What's not to love?
If you're scrambling to find presents for your friends and family, here's a guide to a few of our favorite pint-sized presents in the shop this year:
Most people familiar with Boston General Store know our goal: to bring long-lasting, well-crafted products, made by people driven by the love of what they create, to the rest of the world.
Meeting makers is the best part of doing this work because experiencing their passion firsthand re-inspires us to keep working toward that goal. Which is why we are so excited to introduce the newest maker to our store...
Boston General Store!
The first time I organized my own Thanksgiving, I was so exhausted I think I may have fallen asleep at the table. But what I remember most - what left me with the greatest feeling - was when everyone finally sat down together in my home, their eyes wide, and shared the meal I prepared.
For people who've hosted Thanksgiving before, you're all too familiar with the amount of planning and preparation involved in getting everything on the table, hot and ready to serve to your guests on time...
A couple of weeks into November, you'll sit down, with coffee in hand, and finally arrange the menu for your Thanksgiving dinner.
We always hope it's a quick process but it usually isn't. What tends to happen is we overcompensate for expectations and create a complicated menu that's unrealistic, or we act too quickly and choose recipes that sound great without considering if their preparation is practical for the biggest dinner day of the year.
Just about a year ago, when the Boston General Store was opening in Brookline's Coolidge Corner, there was a certain sense of uncertainty during the shop's inaugural days. Long nights of restlessness rotated like the Earth eventually turning into long days of distracted deliberation.
It wasn't that we grew skeptical of our vision. The ideal that folks needed an outlet to buy honest, well-made, long-lasting products is what drove us to expand from an unassuming online store, and it hadn't faltered in any way.
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