3 Things: Coolidge Corner Edition

3 Things I like this week:

1.  Melt.  305 Harvard Street.  Brookline.  617-391-9890.   Anne from Northeastern was my friendly guide through all things at the store.  My sensitive skin was loving the idea of the pronounceable and good for you ingredient lists of the essential oil soaps and bath salts.  Who could go wrong with flavors like Marzipan, Citrus Maximus, Cucumelon, and Honey Almond?

2.  Papersource.  1361 Beacon Street.  Brookline.  617-264-2800.  Chris’ aunt recommended that I stop by this  paper mecca.  I was expecting paper when I walked in the door but didn’t expect such an amazing selection.  They have a calendar of how-to workshops and sale stuff to sift through.  I bought a colorful vintage travel stamp zip pouch and circular blue cardstock.

3.  Downtown Shooz.  307 Harvard Street.  Brookline.  617-734-1411.  Walk walk walk.  I needed new shoes and ducked in here because they had a funky selection of flats.  I decided on a pair of Merrells with the help of Mel, shop owner/comedian.  He told Chris to come inside and check out the “nice selection of Florsheim shoes on the wall” and the quick stop became a fun visit.  We got the scoop on which shoes Theo Epstein bought last week and which event he bought them for, Mel’s take on his hardworking college student staff, and why it’s important to stay a few extra minutes to chat and make new friends.

4.  Brookline Booksmith.  279 Harvard Street.  Brookline. 617-566-6660.  Everyone thought the Booksmith wouldn’t last when the big book store moved into town.  One walk through this place and you realize why this indie retailer prevailed.  New releases, bargain books, a great kids section, and a funky shop area complete with local artisan jewelry and hand-made Matzos pot holders.