okay, parades aside, there was another purpose for our visit to somerville. we can come from afar to seek out magpie, the only indie craft shop i know of in the boston area. started as a collaborative project between five folks, the shop shifted into solo-owner dave sakowski's care just over a year ago. i understand the feelings involved in taking on a collaborative project all alone. some things are harder and some things are easier. dave seems to have an interesting game plan, though. instead of stocking the shop from the divergent aesthetics of five brains, he has been working to fill the shelves with reasonably priced staples as well as some exceptional one of a kind art/craft pieces - like former-local, ryan o'rourke's hand painted bird houses and large ceramic owls pit fired on the beaches of los angeles (not pictured, sadly).
i am very happy to announce that the shop is now stocked with a wide array of sweetie pie goods. they even have some of more adult stuff (maybe ask behind the counter is you want something smutty for that special someone).
dave and the entire shop are a delight. i highly recommend a visit if you are in the area or live there. thanks for the great afternoon, magpies!