Those who read the blog regularly know that though I refer to myself as a lifelong Bostonian, the truth is that I grew up in a suburb west of the city called Newton. There are 14 "villages" of Newton and though my childhood home was in the village called Newtonville, I spent all of my shopping and dining out time in the village called Newton Centre.
For me, the hidden gem of Newton Centre is a gift shop called Folklorica that specializes in jewelry. My mom, my sister and I are all serious devotees.
Two weeks ago I popped into Folklorica in search of a birthday gift for someone special and while I was checking out I told the sales girl that I was really impressed with their Facebook page and all of the photos they had been uploading lately. That comment led to me meeting the store owner and him inviting me to contact their marketing person about coming back to visit and highlighting my favorite pieces for the blog.
Today I had the privilege of spending an hour and a half at Folklorica getting lost in all things sparky! The staff allowed me to hand pick and photograph all of my favorite pieces.
Right when I walked in the door I noticed these Pono bangles ($22 each).
Hanging at the register are these Nashelle initial necklaces. I love these as a birthday or holiday gift. They are embellished with semi-precious stones ($68 each, you can custom order the letter and the type of stone).
The Folklorica team was kind enough to disrupt their current window display to allow me to examine and fall in love with their collection of Alexis Bittar jewelry. On Thursday April 12th Folklorica will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a party featuring Robert Penn, brand ambassador for Alexis Bittar! Too cool. The party is from 5pm - 9pm and is free to attend. Come to drink wine, nibble on tasty treats and to meet Robert!
I recognized these hand cut, lucite Alexis Bittar bangles right away.
Now ladies, if you happen to drag your husband or boyfriend with you to Folklorica, fear not, they also have amazing gifts for men! For example, this bottle opener from Tokens & Icons is made from the original parquet floor of Boston Garden ($75)!
There is a code on the bottom of every opener and if you visit the manufacturer's website and you plug in the code, it will tell you which Red Sox player swung/broke that exact bat! Seriously, how cool is that?
Folklorica has fun gifts for every person in your life. I was taken by these beautiful luggage tags which would make a great honeymoon gift or a gift before a friend or family member goes on a big trip or to study abroad.
Are you ready to head to Folklorica? Mark your calendar for Thursday April 12th, 5pm - 9pm for their 40th anniversary party. Meet Robert Penn of Alexis Bittar and perhaps treat yourself to something sparkly!
Visit Folklorica at 61 Union Street in Newton Centre. They are directly across the street from the Newton Centre T stop.