I have only been to Ferris Wheels Bicycle Shop once. I was in Jamaica Plain to go to Harvest Coop but then saw this bike shop across the street and decided to buy a bike helmet. The store was really busy so I had to wait a while to get some help deciding what to buy and if it fit or not. But when I did get help the guy was really personable and friendly. I will definitely go back if I'm in the area again!
Curious George Goes To Wordsworth is a children's book store in Harvard Square. It has the best selection of children's books I have every seen anywhere. Along with the books they also carry accessories, decorations, some toys, and stuffed animals of famous book characters. It is always tons of fun for kids and adults a like to visit Curious George's.
Broadway Bike School in Cambridge is the best place to get you bike fixed hands down. They will look your bike over for free and give you suggestions on what to do yourself. Alternately they will fix it for you quickly and cheaply (if possible). The other day I went in there with a problem and after 30 minutes it was fixed with no charge.
Very friendly and knowledgable!
Trident Bookseller and Cafe is another one of those hip cafe / coffehouse places with wireless. You see alot of people typing away at their computers at these sorts of places. But Trident is better than your standard cafe because it also sells books! This means you are free to read and eat at the same time. They have a pretty good selection of vegetarian food there too!
The Somerville Theater is an independent movie theater in Somerville's Davis Square. It shows second run movies at a fraction of the cost of going to a first movie. But even more exciting is the fact that the theater also serves as a performance venue for indie bands and folk musicians.
The Cambridgeside Galleria is located near the Kendall T station. But I suggest you take the free shuttle from the subway to the mall as it isn't exactly next door or easy to find. Once you are there prepared to be overwhelmed. Stores everywhere, glitzy decorations, massive and unhealthy food court, and people at kiosks trying to give you massages. No! I do not want a massage.
Beadworks is a crafts store located in Cambridge's Harvard Square. It specializes in selling...you guessed it...beads. They have quite a selection of beautiful beads for you to purchase. They can also advise you and sell you tools and other supplies you might need to assemble your beads into jewelry or accessories.
Very fun, good place to make your mom a present for mother's day.
The Hempest is located on Newbury Street in Boston. It specializes in selling all natural clothes and accessories made of Hemp. Hemp turns out to be a remarkable useful material and the clothes here are quite nice but expensive. It is a good place to find sneakers though that are not made of leather or items such as a wallet or belt. So it is good for vegans.
This is good dance store and as far as I know really the only dance store in Boston. But it always seems to be really busy with little girls being fitted with ballet shoes. This means it is hard to get a staff member's attention if you need help. Other than that it's good. My girlfriend and I were able to get vegan tap dance shoes there.
This store sells everything you need to get started in keeping your own fresh or salt water aquarium. The staff are incredibly helpful and knowledgable about what you need and how to start off on this challenging endeavor. They also have an interesting selection of fish and keep them in good condition. Highly recommended (T: green line to lechmere).