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Best Small Business List North of Boston – Shop Local!

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Activities | Artists | Auto | Books | Boutique | Candy Shops | Coffee Shops |Food and Beverage | Fitness | Flowers | Gifts | Glasses | Home | Jewelry | Medical Spa | Music | Pets | Photography | Restaurants | Salons

Below is a list of small businesses recommended by community residents North of Boston. Let’s shop local, buy gift certificates and/or give our favorite businesses excellent reviews online.

Is one of your favorite businesses missing? Let us know and as long as they have a Facebook Page, a solid following and good reviews, we will add them! Email us their name and town to [email protected]


Ceramica – Stoneham, MA

Cerámica provides a safe and welcoming studio for people of all ages to express their creativity. Drop in & treat yourself or come in with friends & family. We welcome large groups for birthday parties or corporate events.

(781) 666-1718

Facebook: @CeramicaPaintStudio

380 Main Street Stoneham, MA 02180

Kidcasso Art Studio – Wakefield, MA and Andover, MA

Kidcasso is an art studio designed for students from ages 6 months-Adult to study, explore, and create original works of art. Classes are offered by session and family night workshops are offered monthly.

Sports Zone 101

We are an activity company designed to teach the value of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. We specialize in children’s programs and parties!

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Antea Amoroso Design – Reading, MA

My signs and decor are unique-everything is hand painted and crafted by myself. These are items that you would not find in your average store, and items selling for a pretty penny (plus shipping!) on most websites. My rentals are divided into packages based on what I find most clients are looking for, including but not limited to the seating chart, table numbers, card box, signature drink sign etc. Each package is designed and geared towards your unique style and taste, customized to you! I am also known for my custom hand painted and letter signs! Whether it be a gift or for your home, come check out what I have ready for you or place your custom order!

By appointment only!Book online:

Facebook: @anteaamorosodesign 

Linda Balek Art

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Travelling car detail shop with base location in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Offering complete list of services for both interior and exterior including vacuuming, restoring, and surpassing the original condition.

(781) 850-5189


Wakefield Tire and Automotive Repair – Wakefield, MA

Wakefield Tire and Automotive Repair, offers complete automotive and tire services. Since 1973, they have been servicing the community of Wakefield with their expert knowledge of automobiles and automotive parts. They provide the latest scanning and diagnostic services as well as a full range of maintenance services.

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The Book Oasis – Stoneham, MA

Proudly serving the Stoneham, Reading, Melrose, Woburn, Wakefield area and beyond. New & gently used books, gifts & greeting cards. We have PUZZLES. 132 T bus is 2 doors down. Virtual Book Fairs

The Book Oasis is a general-interest bookstore carrying used and new inventory, as well as gifts, hand-made gifts, greeting cards, games/plush and more. We have gift certificates in any amount, teacher credit and book club discounts. We have a non-fiction room with history, cookbooks, travel, science, self-help and much more. There is also a children’s nook for young readers of all ages. The Book Oasis now offers school book fairs! Visit for all the details. Check out the difference and keep your book fair local. Our book fairs are virtual for the Fall 2020 season, cash-based commission, CDC protocols followed, small staff, contactless 🙂

(781) 438-0077

Facebook: @bookoasis

311 Main St Stoneham, MA 02180

Whitelam Books – Reading, MA

Family-owned, independent neighborhood book store. Book clubs, story times, book signings and author events, community events.

(781) 779-1833

Facebook: @whitelambooks

610 Main Street Reading, MA 01867

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Aine’s Boutique – Reading, MA

Visit us Soon! Winner of BONS Best Women Casual Clothing, Accessories, & Jeans 2016,2017,2018,2019,2020Shop us online anytime!

(781) 944-0429

Facebook: @ainesboutique

662 Main St Reading, MA 01867

The Merry Lion – Wakefield, MA

The Merry Lion is a children’s boutique and gift shop featuring trendy and modern children’s clothing and lifestyle products along with a selection of women’s items!

We are a “mimi and mama” team with two of the best little helpers around! At The Merry Lion you can find unique items that are fun, fashionable, and comfortable. Come by and check us out, we’d love to meet you!

Diane & Lauren

(781) 587-0286

Facebook: @themerrylionwakefield

253 North Avenue Wakefield, MA 01880

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Coffee Shops

Kushala Sip Coffee House – Stoneham, MA

Kushala Sip is a Coffee House in Stoneham, MA. We offer specialty coffee, tea, pastries, wraps, salads, live music and parking on the rear.

Buy Gift Cards online: HERE

(781) 971-7195

Facebook: @kushalasipcoffee

335 Main St, Ste 101 Stoneham, MA 02180

The Studio Cafe – Woburn, MA

The Studio Cafe, located at 327 Main St in Woburn MA, offers specialty coffee, tea, smoothies, breakfast sandwiches and bowls, brick-pressed lunch sandwiches, desserts, and pastries – all with a side of art.

(781) 404-6056

Facebook: @thestudiocafewoburn

327 Main Street, Woburn MA 01801 Woburn, MA 01801

True North Coffee – Burlington, MA

True North is a locally-owned, independent coffeehouse dedicated to serving the Burlington community. We have created an atmosphere that is always warm and inviting for you to meet family and friends, do some reading, check your email, or simply relax.

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Activate Fitness + Nutrition – Woburn, MA

Personal and Group Training – Nutrition – Pilates Open Monday – Saturday (by appointment only)

(781) 962-0986

Facebook: @activateboston

186 Cambridge Rd, # 11 Woburn, MA 01801

Fit Revolution – North Reading, MA

Fit Revolution offers classes for every body including: Barre, Bootcamp, Cardio Kickboxing, Core, Cycling, Rowing, Strength Training, Tabata, Treadmill, Yoga, and more!

(339) 933-0293

Facebook: @FitRevolutionNR

55 Concord St North Reading, MA 01864

Fitness Within – Reading, MA

We are the #1 fitness studio serving Eastern Ma. We specialize in one-on-one personal training, small group training, bootcamps, and nutrition. We don’t just deliver amazing nutritional guidance and training, we deliver RESULTS!

(781) 942-2919

Facebook: @fitnesswithinllc

545 Main St Reading, MA 01867

Sweat Fixx – Wakefield, MA

It’s rowing- and so much more. SweatFixx is a boutique fitness studio specializing in low impact, high-intensity full body Row and Sculpting workouts. This your one stop shop for all cardio, strength, and flexblility. Our goal is to build a community where each member can push past their edge- its the hardest workout that EVERYONE can do!

(781) 245-1841

Facebook: @SweatFixx

383 lowell st Wakefield, MA 01880

TITLE Boxing Club Woburn MA

TITLE Boxing Club delivers the amazing results of boxing, minus the combat, to sculpt and strengthen your body from head to toe. Perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels, we combine no-hit boxing and kickboxing techniques with cardio and toning exercises to help you reach your goals quickly and continue conquering new ones. Our stress-busting, high-sweat group fitness workouts are as fierce as they are fun. Try our signature POWER HOUR free and see how good it feels to blast away calories.

Total Inspiration Athletics – Wakefield, MA

A youth cheer, tumble, fitness & character development program. Building champions with character. New Client Trial 4 weeks of unlimited classes for $49.99

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Food and Beverage

Beacon Hill Wine/Spirits/Gourmet – Melrose, MA

Boston is the most rocking 400 sq ft. of alcohol in town – and Melrose is the same boutique but with gourmet food and more! Special orders welcome – and our specialty. If you can’t find it anywhere – chances are, we can find it for you. From the ordinary to the extraordinary – from beer to caviar and everything in between, our goal is to make your dinner table and gathering with family or friends – special.

Big Rich’s Gourmet Hot Sauce and Marinade

Nine delicious flavors – the great on anything sauce! Visit our website for product information and details.

(978) 886-3168

Facebook: @bigrichshotsauce

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Cupcake City-Reading

Shop Owner Karin DiNapoli, longtime Reading resident, looks forward to welcoming you to Cupcake City. We are located at 137 Main Street in Reading, MA. We offer a wide selection of amazing gourmet cupcakes baked on-site. We have a great party room for Birthday celebrations and other special events where participants will decorate cupcakes and make their own fondant decorations to create their own special treats! We also have a mobile cupcake truck which travels to festivals and events near and far. The pink truck can also be rented out for larger private events

(781) 944-0400


137 Main St Reading, MA 01867

Deano’s Pasta – Somerville, MA

Gourmet Pasta created with honest quality and all natural ingredientsForms of Payment: No Credit or Debit Cards

We are fourth generation local pasta makers in Somerville, MA and happen to be one of the oldest fresh pasta companies in the country as we have been making artisan noodles, raviolis, and sauces since 1947. Our pastas and sauces are all natural, non-gmo, locally handcrafted and hand packed to assure the highest quality. To this day, Deano’s Pasta uses our signature 100% semolina dough and we work in small batches daily at our FDA approved factory in Somerville.

(617) 623-0013

Facebook: @deanospasta

15 Garfield Ave Somerville, MA 02145

Doodle’s Dinners

Fully prepared, restaurant quality, ready to reheat meals. Available in portions of 2 or 4.Local delivery. A new menu is published weekly on Wednesdays with items available to pre-order for the following week. Orders accepted until Sundays 9am

(781) 439-1206

Facebook: @doodlesdinners

Gingerbread Construction Company – Reading & Winchester, MA

(781) 246-2200

562 Washington Street in Winchester, MA

Howe’s Station Market

A 100yr old retailer of everyday items (groceries, snacks, soft drinks) but also tobacco, lottery, beer and wine! Try some freshly made subs from our deli!

(978) 774-0859

Facebook: @HowesStationMarket

229 Maple St Middleton, MA 01949

Lord Hobo Brewing Co

We believe craft beer is the world’s most affordable luxury item and we’re determined to prove the value of the beer we bring to your table.

(781) 281-0809

Facebook: @lordhobobrewing

5 Draper St Woburn, MA 01801

Professor’s Market – Reading, MA

Professor’s Market is a specialty grocery store specializing in local and imported products and prepared foods!Our artisan shop boasts a wealth of high-end charcuterie and fine cheeses, produced both locally and abroad. We also specialize in freshly made artisan pastas, tempting pastries, and quality coffee. Tired from work? Have a busy week and don’t feel like cooking? Then don’t! Turn to Professor’s Market delicious entrees-to-go like veal Marsala, paninis, and homemade soups. And when you’re planning an event, large or small, you can trust our catering department to be your one-stop shop for all of your get-together needs. We look forward to seeing you soon at Professor’s Market!

(781) 779-1794

Facebook: @professorsmarket

505 Main St Reading, MA 01867

Rapid Liquors

Two Knives and a Pan

Two Knives and a Pan offers personal chef services and private cooking classes throughout Greater Boston and New England.

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Andrea D’Amelio Floral Design

The Flower Shoppe of Eric’s

Artfully Designed. Creative and Fresh. The Flower Shoppe of Eric’s has provided quality designs and fresh arrangements for over 40 years to the town of Reading and surrounding areas.

(781) 944-0547

Facebook: @theflowershoppechicks

10 Brande Ct Reading, MA 01867

Hillside Florist

Hillside Florist has been proudly serving the Woburn area since 1950. Family owned and operated. Committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt.

(781) 933-2670

Facebook: @hillsidefloristandgifts

888 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801

Parker Florist

Locally owned and operated floral design company in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

(781) 245-0745

Facebook: @Parker-Florist

9 Lincoln St Wakefield, MA 01880

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The Branch Olive Oil Co.

Welcome to The Branch! We offer the world’s finest premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars in a fun and unique shopping experience! Our goal at The Branch Olive Oil Company is to provide consumers the best options for gourmet extra virgin olive oil, infused oils and vinegars in a fun, inviting atmosphere. Our tasting bar experience allows you to sample all our premium oils and vinegars from around the world.

(978) 531-1920

Facebook: @thebrancholiveoil

210 Andover St. Peabody, MA 01960

Brissonte – North Reading, MA

Busy B’s Artistry

Holiday decorations

Facebook: @BusyBsArts

By Meg LLC – Masks and Gift Bags

Ceramica – Stoneham, MA

Cerámica provides a safe and welcoming studio for people of all ages to express their creativity. Drop in & treat yourself or come in with friends & family. We welcome large groups for birthday parties or corporate events.

(781) 666-1718

Facebook: @CeramicaPaintStudio

380 Main Street Stoneham, MA 02180

Fiorella Soapery

We are a handmade soap and bath products company that focuses on bringing customers the highest quality bath products made with natural ingredients.

Facebook: @fiorellasoapery

Fringe on Main

Fringe on Main is a retail boutique that provides repurposed and refinished furniture; new and vintagehome décor, handcrafted gift items and custom orders.

(617) 763-8437

Facebook: @Fringe-on-Main

897 Main St Wakefield, MA 01880

KT Creative Goods

Create, sniff, rub & feel good. KT Creative Goods creates all natural, essential oil based bath, body and wellness goodies for your sense & healing. All of my goodies are made in small, artisan batches to ensure freshness and quality – no preservatives! I’m a busy working mom, who loves all things crafty. I stumbled upon essential oils after doing everything I could think of to help my sore joints & hips…and then I found the magical essential oil called copaiba. I was hooked. Needless to say, it’s changed my life. I started out creating essential oil rollers for any ailments & occasion … and have now expanded to all natural body products that are as much fun to make as they are to use! I hope you can feel the love & passion that go into each one of the handmade goodies I create.

(617) 304-0839

Facebook: @KTCreativeGoods

Lilah-Rose – Melrose, MA

Serenity Sage – Melrose, MA

My love of gardening, crafting, home decorating and spiritual exploration have all crashed together. Organically grown herbs and flowers from my garden hand wrapped and dried for burning rituals or decoration. Plant based skin care, pottery and candles.

Facebook: @serenitysagemelrose  

Sunrise Gift Shop – North Reading, MA

Gift shop full of handmade products of all kinds – soap & skincare, jewelry, home decor, pet items, greeting cards and SO much more! It’s an everyday craft fair!

(781) 507-5043

Facebook: @sunrisegiftshopnr

246 Main St North Reading, MA 01864

The Sweetbay Shop

We are a family-run business in our hometown of Wakefield, MA. Beth and her daughter, Liz specialize in gift gifting, accessories and fresh and faux floral decor.

(781) 245-8451

Facebook: @Thesweetbayshopwakefield

478 Main St Wakefield, MA 01880

Tin Bucket

Tin Bucket is a place to shop for creative goods, or make them yourself! Pam “El” Keating is an artist and graphic designer whose latest passion is creating “Custom Panes” to add rustic decor to your home.

(781) 439-9051

Facebook: @TinBucketShop

12 Woburn St Reading, MA 01867

The Vintage Vault & Company

Decorating with Memories and Bringing Back the Love with a Dash of Vintage Flair

(781) 603-3659

Facebook: @thevintagevaultandcompany

Wakefield Un-Common Antiques & Collectibles

Our hours: Friday and Saturday, 11- 3; or by appointment Wakefield Un-Common Antiques & Collectibles will carry antique furnishings, paintings, prints, vintage clothing, vintage jewelry, glass, china, coins and currency, country items, books — you name it! We are a group shop, with some limited dealer space available.

(781) 246-0300

Facebook: @WakefieldUncommonAntiques

306 Main St Wakefield, MA 01880

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Spectacle Eyeware – South End, Boston, MA

Introducing…SPECTACLE…a unique eyeware experience…they only look expensive! Their passion is to help you choose the perfect eyeware sans logos/branding… the focus should be on you!

(617) 542-9600

Facebook: @spectacleeyeware

505 Tremont St Boston, MA 02116

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The Jewelry Vault – North Reading

We are a full service jewelry boutique focusing on providing the best customer experience possible.

(978) 357-8470

Facebook: @thejewelryvault

4 Lowell Rd North Reading, MA 01864

Tin Box Jewelry – Online Local Vendor North of Boston

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Alpha Omega Music Studios

Alpha Omega Music Studios was founded with one purpose: to help musicians reach their full creative potential. And since 2007, we’ve been doing just that. From online lessons to in-studio instruction, our teachers tailor their expertise to meet your unique needs. When you’re ready to share your music with the world, you can even reserve time to record with experienced engineers in our professional studio. We’re passionate about all things music, and we can’t wait to share that passion with you. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or you’ve never picked up an instrument, we’ll help you overcome obstacles and discover a new appreciation for the art of sound. Visit our website or call (978) 613-2255 to book a recording consultation or your free first lesson today!

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MEM Home Staging and Design

Whether you are selling your home and need professional staging to get top dollar or you are in a design dilemma, I would love to help! I am a RESA certified home stager and redesigner. I can take your home from drab to fabulous!

(781) 640-5022


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Medical Spa

Stay Beautiful Medspa

Empowering women & building confidence through beauty.Over 10 years in the aesthetics industry. Natural-results driven with a ‘less is more’ philosophy offering anti-aging skincare services to help you relax, rejuvenate and get the perfect glow!

(978) 203-0172

Facebook: @staybeautifulmedspa

23 Warren Ave Woburn, MA 01801

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The Dirty Doodle – Stoneham, MA

The Dirty Doodle offers self-wash, staff-wash & grooming options in our full service tub room, as well as holistic foods and unique hand made accessories.

(781) 872-1676

Facebook: @thedirtydoodle

236 Main Street Stoneham, MA 02180

everything but the dog

At Everything But the Dog you will find a unique selection of accessories and necessities for your four legged family member. All-natural foods, toys, treats, collars, and bedding for all shapes and sizes.

(781) 944-5300

Facebook: @everythingbutthedogreading

2 Haven St Reading, MA 01867

Gone to The Dogs

Gone to the Dogs is a dog specialty store with a great selection of healthy, fun, practical, and delicious products for your dog. Gone to the Dogs makes shopping for your dog fun and interesting. Learn about a new product, sample a new treat, or find a special gift for the dog or dog lover in your life. We search far and wide for special products for your special friend. Choose from carefully selected foods, treats, and chews which are all-natural and a well-stocked, fresh bakery case with hand-decorated cookies and flavorful biscuits – perfect for gift giving! Find warm winter coats, rain gear, sweaters, sweatshirts, tees, and dresses for the well-dressed pup. Fun toys, tough toys, and first toys for puppies can always be found as well as bedding, travel equipment, and grooming products. We have the largest selection of collars, leashes, and harnesses in the area and we happily take special orders for that hard-to-find item. Visit us and shop local – you will see the difference!

(781) 245-6787

Facebook: @gonetothedogsMA

55 Albion St Wakefield, MA 01880

Nana’s Tea Time Treats

Sold at: Jodi Crowley Brissonte’, 7-Eleven, Ryer’s Country Store, Doc’s Petland, and Lucci’s Supermarket in Wilmington. Registered as a 501c3 charity and 100% of the purchase price is donated to dog rescue.

Nana and Abby were both dumped at shelters because they were old and sick. This page is simply to raise awareness about saving senior dogs.

Facebook: @NanasTeatimeTreats

Pet Companions Bed & Biscuit

Pet Companions, est. 1985, is recognized as the nation’s 1st cage-less overnight and daycare facility. We are dedicated to providing a home-like environment that promotes safe, social and recreational enjoyment for dogs of the greater Boston area.

(781) 944-5445

Facebook: @petcompanions

271 Main St Reading, MA 01867

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Advanced Photo

Advanced Photo, 28+ years. We offer you services that no Box store even knows of. From printing your digital prints to video, scanning, portraits, film processing and printing, Old movies to DVD VHF movies to DVD, Slide scanning, Photo Booth Rental,

(978) 664-5272

Facebook: @AdvancedphotoNR

135 Main St North Reading, MA 01864

Lara K Photography – Newborn & Baby Portraiture – Woburn, MA

Boston photographer specializing in Maternity, Newborn, & Baby photography. Helping to preserve the special moments of a newborn through their childhood is the most rewarding job, and I’m so lucky to be able to be a part of that!

Facebook: @LaraKPhotography

Tasher Studio – Woburn, MA

We have taken our distinct brand of creative photographs for more than 20 years, and our staff members are well-versed in all styles and aspects of portrait and event photography, including current industry trends. While we are on the cutting edge of our profession, we never lose sight of what makes a portrait a timeless treasure. The easy-going manner of our photographers brings out your more relaxed and natural smile, which will translate into beautiful images you can cherish for years to come. Business Hours Open are by Appointment.

Through My Lenz Photography – Shannon Rivera

Uniquely creates each session to represent you. Fun, passionate, creative and friendly! Owner/Photographer Shannon Rivera specializing in Newborn, maternity, , toddlers, family, & more

(781) 315-9493


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Salon 77 – North Reading, MA

Salon 77 is a modern, luxurious salon experience just north of Boston! Reserve your next service today!

(978) 664-7877

Facebook: @SalonSeventy7

161 Main St North Reading, MA 01864

Skin Savvy Skin Care – Reading, MA

Skin Savvy skincare salon is a full service skin care salon located in North Reading, MA. Our licensed professional estehticians will provide you with results oriented treatments customized for you and your specific needs. We offer advanced facials for adults & teens, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, head to toe waxing, laser hair removal & special event makeup applications. We also have a nurse on staff to provide Botox and facial fillers.

Hair Saloon® For Men – Burlington, MA

Hair Saloon® For Men is the only premium hair cutting franchise that is built on the belief that Men Deserve Better®.ImpressumWhile today’s world is filled with numerous clip joints and fancy salons, Hair Saloon is building something better. We’re filling a void that has as much to do with the restoration of men as it does the business of men’s haircuts. We call it an Honorable Rebellion Among Men®.

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Jodi Crowley

I’m Jodi Crowley, lifestyle blogger and Realtor at Lamacchia Realty. I live and work North of Boston and love everything this beautiful area has to offer. If you live North of Boston or are thinking about moving here, you have come to the right place! Stay up to date with North of Boston Events, Restaurants, Outdoors, Real Estate and more!


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