Before beginning this blog, I want to say hello to all of the Future Boston Alliance fans, as well as you sporadic readers. Hailing from Los Angeles, I moved to Boston two years ago to begin college knowing absolutely nothing about the city, but within hours of arriving (but actually, truth) became instantly impressed with the shopping culture. I had never been to Boston before, but since then, I’ve racked up a substantial number of hours perusing the streets and storefronts for new and unknown stores. This blog will chronicle my visits and thoughts of Boston-based stores, with a handful of Instagram-ed photos thrown in here and there.
Upon beginning school at Emerson College, less than a week had passed before I heard about the glorious Bodega—specifically its secret agent-style entry way—but you’ll have to find out more about that on your own. Just a few blocks from the Hynes T stop, Bodega sits hidden behind an inconspicuous convenience store, and is home to the swankiest and chicest streetwear you’ll find this side of New York. Once inside, sleek wooden floors and high ceilings immediately indicate that this is the store you go to when craving luxury.
During my most recent visit, I had the chance to talk with one of the salesmen, who gave me some insight as to the most popular products as well as some history about the store.
Bodega first opened its doors six years ago. The owners’ goal was to create a store that was unique and represented their individual styles, without overshadowing the brands it sold. Inside, the shop is built around shoes, hats, shirts, jackets, and the odd accessories, housed within shiny wooden fixtures and shelving units. The store carries a variety of brands in addition to a specific section dedicated to Bodega merchandise.
The price range for items is pretty wide, with some jackets costing a pretty $1,200, like this ACRONYM jacket.
Since the store’s infancy, I learned that Nike has consistently been the top selling brand. Over time, the most popular products have transitioned from Nike Dunks to Nike Running, specifically the Nike Air Max 90.
Despite the store being a tad Nike-crazy, the store isn’t strictly athletic apparel by any means. Below is a photo of my new obsession for guys and favorite item in the store, the Mark McNairy Amsterdam Snuff Suede Country Brogue. Made in England, the shoe costs a pretty $435, but really, they’re irresistible.
Here’s an example of a sweater from Bodega’s own line—you can check out all of their stuff here.
Throughout the store it’s obvious that tribal prints are still alive and well, with shoes, shirts, and jackets all sporting various Native American-style patterns.
Overall, the store is just as exciting to visit as it is to actually buy the products. Don’t let the outrageous price stickers of some of their more posh items scare you off, as there really are plenty of affordable items as well.
Bodega is located at 6 Clearway St Boston, MA 02115. I’d tell you how to find it, but that would be way too easy.
–Xakota, Future Boston Intern