Situated just down Washington Street maybe a block from the center of Brookline Village (two blocks from our home) is my favorite place to buy gifts, gaze upon beautiful displays, hang and chat with the locals, and pet the co-owner/dog, Tulip.
313 Washington Street
Owner Julie, canine Tulip and fellow pod staff, Meighan and Mara have created really not a store but a salon.
A place where you might like to pull up a chair, chat about the latest HBO series or political kerfuffle.
But pod is so much more than that. It's a fabulous boutique that has an amazing collection of the most unique gifts, housewares, and apparel one can find in the general Boston area.
To quote a recent article in apartmenttherapy that featured pod and owner Julie:
"pod style is a simple, cohesive mix of unpredictable, modern and vintage, and she supports up-and-coming designers too. It feels like every piece in the store was carefully selected, the way we do in our homes."
Julie has such an eye for beauty in so many different things. One might find a bucket of polished stones, dried sea urchins, or a glass jar for a fill-your-own sachet of dried lavender.
It's the simple and sublime. All very real and natural.
Chilewich, Heath ceramics, Hable Construction, Kathleen Lewis candles and body creams, In Fiore body balms, and CB perfumes might be discovered among the shelving on the first floor, just next to an exhausted Tulip. (She's really tired.)
And on the second floor, one could possibly find goods from Kerry Cassill, John Robshaw, 8.15 August Fifteenth, Loomstate Organics, Stewart+Brown, Christina Lehr, and dosa to name a few.
I stopped in today -just happens to be right on my way to the kids' school- and found Julie and Meighan knee deep in a just-received shipment of Utility Canvas.
In preparation for an upcoming Utility Canvas trunk show, they were anxious to get the goods organized.
Thursday, June 5 from 5-8pm pod will be hosting an opening reception, featuring the art of Shannon Rankin as well as a Utility Canvas trunk show.
"In search of connections among geography, anatomy and botany, she combines the visual elements of maps, anatomical illustrations and natural forms to explore themes of travel, healing and time." from http://creativemapping.blogspot.com
Discovered by Meighan O'Toole., the artwork of Shanon Rankin is a combination of several media, combining texture, watercolor and embroidery.
Besides finding Shannon's work at pod you can find additional work on her site and etsy.com
I stopped by at pod today ready to just hang and chat and I left with a new Utility Canvas dress. Something perfect for opening reception or summertime cocktails in an Adirondack chair.