Over the weekend I had the chance to explore an area in Boston that technically isn’t even part of Boston. Sandwiched between Fenway and the Allston/Brighton neighborhoods, Brookline is a municipality of its own. Not unlike other areas in Boston, Brookline boasts a small town feel with small businesses and restaurants situated between residential buildings. Brookline is a walkable area with ample parking, which made it the perfect way to spend a beautiful Saturday with my boyfriend.
Brookline Porch Fest & Coolidge Corner Arts Fest
This weekend was Brookline’s first Porch Fest as well as the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. Both events drew crowds to the area to enjoy the outdoor music played on residents’ porches, browse local artists’ wares, and indulge in food truck fare. I enjoyed walking around and listening to the different types of music that faded in and out from each side street.
The Arts Fest brought artists of all types including jewelry, clothing, and home decor. In particular, the art from the Pop Zoo Etsy Shop stall caught my eye. The unique pop art creations and custom pet portraits were simply awesome—who does’t need a pop art pillow of a naked mole rat?!
Shopping on Harvard Avenue
Brookline’s Harvard Avenue is filled with small businesses. Two of my favorites from Saturday were Simon’s Shoes and Boston General Store.
Simon’s Shoes is a locally owned shoe store carrying hard-to-find brands like Naot Footwear. The small business has been a Brookline staple for years and prides itself on its commitment to the community. On June 11th and 12th, Simon’s is hosting a Naot Trunk Show and Donation Event—Everyone invited to attend the trunk show will be able to contribute to Rosie’s Place, a women’s non-profit in Boston. Try on a pair of Naots at the event and a pair will be donated to those in need. For every pair of Naots purchase, two pairs of shoes will be donated.
Boston General Store is relatively new to the Brookline area and occupies half of the KaBloom flower shop. The store is full of American-made household wares, accessories, and everything you never knew you needed.
Lunch at Pizzeria Dante
After walking around and shopping, my boyfriend and I stopped at the newly relocated Pizzeria Dante. The Brookline pizza and sandwich shop moved from it’s Beacon Street location to 415 Harvard Ave just a couple of months ago. My boyfriend has been eating here for years but this was my first time. I had a salad with grilled chicken but will definitely be ordering one of their huge sandwiches the next time I go. If you’re looking for delicious pizza, salads, and sandwiches you must check this place out!
Have you been to Brookline? What are your favorite spots in town?