Proprietors of Boston Goods & Curiosities
In addition to our extraordinary makers, we have worked with supportive, insightful, and talented individuals who have helped us bring 1630 from an idea to a movement in Boston.
We’d like to thank:
Polly Becker, Jo Ann Blatner, Alberta Chu, Austin Cox, Kent Dayton, Robyn Duffy, Howard Elkus, John Goll, Adam Grant, Pier Gustafson, Luke Hatfield, Chris Himmel, Kevin Hoskins, Lisa Hughes, Julia Jensen, Marni Katz, Kristen Keefe, Jackie Lake, Barry Lustig, Kimber Lynch, Alexandra Metral, Honah Lee Milne, Paul Niski, Joey Petrillo, Philip Saul, Katie Scallon, John Schachter, Britton Stipetic, Michael Tavilla, Doug Weathersby, David Wisholek
Showcasing Boston goods across the ages.
Our name, 1630, draws from Boston’s nearly 400-year history. We present New England traditions wrought with a contemporary twist. We bring together unique, well-designed products, curated vintage goods, and the best of local makers. Our original shop opened in 2015 at 119 Newbury Street and relocated to Faneuil Hall were it operated for 1000 days from December 2015–August 2018 (see video here)! Then, we curated a small boutique in the lobby of Kimpton’s Nine Zero Hotel on the Freedom Trail through 2020. Stay in touch by following us on Instagram @1630Boston.
The 1630 collection combines Boston’s historic spirit with a smart and simple design sensibility. Our products–which showcase the history, intellect, pastimes, and local lore of New England’s cultural capital–include apparel, paper goods, and new items we introduce. Share your love for the Hub of the Universe or find the perfect gift for Bostonians old and new.
Over 400 years of settlement have turned New England into a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles. We’ve scoured the best vintage fairs and markets to bring you curated, one-of-a-kind home goods, jewelry, and artwork. Each of these unique objects tells a story–so you can bring a piece of history home.
New England artisans started crafting their wares back in the day of the Pilgrims and this tradition continues to thrive in Boston today. 1630 showcases a select group of locally inspired, locally made products by Boston-area designers and artists.
Handmade in Cambridge by Melissa Campbell, this minimal and modern jewelry with whimsical touches can be worn everyday. Details like hand hammered metals and vintage materials mix to make one of a kind pieces that are built to last.
Matteo was born in a small town in Southern Italy and raised in Boston, He is a designer, hand typographer, and illustrator pursuing his American dream. Matteo draws from historic inspiration, using traditional media and a modern, minimalist approach to combine old-world aesthetics with new-world design.
Jason and Kate McCrea set out to make the most delicious caramel in the world right here in Boston. Their hand-crafted caramels are made with natural ingredients and flavors ranging from the traditional to the cutting-edge. These slow-cooked, small batch caramels make the perfect gift–if they make it home.
Mona Enamel is a contemporary jewelry line designed and created by Simone Parker. Each piece is handmade by Simone in her Boston studio, utilizing simple shapes and settings in order to focus attention on the brilliance and depth of each color.
Originally designed for a private event–this kit can now be enjoyed by the professional and occasional shucker alike. Included in the kit: New Haven Style Oyster knife made in Massachusetts, 100% cotton, hand-printed shucking cloth and artfully printed and beautifully illustrated ‘how-to’ guide with a few of our favorite recipes for slurping! Just add your own oysters (we recommend Wellfleets) and enjoy!
Mystic Knotwork (of Mystic, Conneticut) creates handmade knot products based on maritime traditions. Matt Beaudoin inherited the business from his grandfather, who first opened his knot shop out of his own house in 1957. For over 50 years, Mystic Knotwork has created bracelets, keychains, amd tabletop decor adapted from traditional sailor knots.
Moriah works out of Needham, Massachusetts and creates decorative baskets from a continous cotton rope that is zig zag sewn. They reference coil basket weaving and can be used to hold a small plant, jewelry, change, mail, etc.
Of Note Stationers was founded by friends Isabel Bonenfant and Kate Kellman–avid writers and believers in the power of the handwritten word. All of their card and tag designs are letterpress printed in Somerville, MA and use 100% cotton and recycled papers.
Old Try was founded by Micah and Marianna Whitson: two Southerners who moved to New England and couldn’t convince themselves to leave. Each one is letterpress printed from original wood type and hand cut plates in Somerville on 100% cotton paper.
Porcelain and Stone’s jewelry draws inspiration from New England’s coastline, featuring ceramic, nautical, and organic elements paired with fine metals. All pieces are hand-crafted in Boston by Kimberly Huestis.
Designed, engineered, and manufactured in Boston, the Schon DSGN collection turns an everyday item into a prized possession. We feature silver or black anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and an exclusive brass model, all with pressurized ink cartridges. 100% made in the U.S. of A.
Todder is the workshop of Ted Harriss located in the small New England town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. All leather goods are made in the shop–and made by hand–using the highest quality materials including hand-selected leather, solid brass hardware, and thread from Maine Thread Co.
Our original 1630 collection is currently SOLD OUT. If you purchased one of the limited-edition items we created, consider it highly coveted. We look forward to introducing new items to our collection.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Check out our all the press we received and special events we hosted at the shoppe.
“Deep,” was an exhibition we hosted by artist Resa Blatman
We were honored to be named Boston’s Best “Local Flavor” Shoppe by The Improper Bostonian
“Shuckit” was featured in The Boston Globe’s “Who’s your daddy?” Father’s Day gift guide
Democracy Brewing and Slow Money Boston hosted a beer tasting at our WORKSHOP
Ashley Procopio popped-in at our WORKSHOP showing her sterling silver jewelry perfect for V-day gifts
Kimberly Heustis, with her jewelry inspired by the New England coast, was featured in our shoppe
Chronicle from WCVB 5 stopped by to tape “A Store with All Things Boston”
Porcelain and Stone’s Kim Huestis will be in Workshop with her gorgeous handmade line of nautically-inspired earrings and necklaces
Ian Schon's unique metal pens were a fan favorite
Susy and Keith of PilgrimWaters, brought their artist-designed textiles and products to our WORKSHOP
Fun for all at Sip & Shoppe, our holiday celebration with libations and snacks
Calligrapher Emily Gallardo hand-lettered custom ornaments and bookmarks during the holiday seasons
Jewelry maker Melissa Cambell of Little Pancakes popped-in with her silver and gold and little gems
Local historian Lori Stokes shared stories about Puritans’ holiday traditions
Our Pop-in with illustrator/designer Matteo Gullo featured his cocktail series of silkscreened prints
Micah Whitson from Old Try popped-in Faneuil Y’all with his Southern-inspired letterpress prints
Todder’s Ted Harriss took over our Workshop with his handmade leather goods during the holidays
Shelley from Albertine Press featured her letterpressed stationery in our shoppe
WORKSHOP Grand opening
Our new pop-up space featuring local makers debuted at Faneuil Hall in November 2016
“Boston Campaign Headquarters” Closing
The Improper Bostonian profiles our shoppe in "Haute History"
Local makers pitched their products for a chance to be carried at 1630
Pop-in by Boston calligrapher Emily Gallardo who hand-lettered custom ornaments
Pop-in by Albertine Press featured letterpress cards depicting Boston and Cape Cod scenes
Pop-in by MassArt illustration students, featured unique products designed exclusively for 1630
Lisa Hughes from WBZ Channel 4 stopped by our Newbury Street Shop.
Pop-in by Julie Vician of Fairbanks Fancy Goods, altelier of classic, clever and tailored soft goods
Talk by Beth Carroll-Horrocks, head of Special Collections at the State Library of Massachusetts
Design maven Marni Katz featured 1630 in her Style Carrot blog, “Shopping Trip: 1630 A Colonial Chic PopUp by Visual Dialogue”
Pop-in by Emily Gallardo, calligrapher and maker of fine paper products
Pop-in by PilgrimWaters, designers of table top, canvas, and wool accessories
Fish McGill gave artist talk and debuted his version of the Boston Tea Party
International design blog Dexigner featured our launch in “Visual Dialogue Opens Retail Store in Boston”
The Boston Globe labeled us "Colonial chic"
1630 was conceived and created by the team behind design and branding firm Visual Dialogue. Proprietors Susan Battista and Fritz Klaetke have worked with Boston’s leading developers, businesses, and organizations for over 25 years, creating brands, websites, interiors, wayfinding, signage, large scale graphic installations, publications, and packaging. With 1630–their first retail store–they celebrate Boston’s unique history in a new way. See video of our first pop-up here.. (And for those of you wondering about the name, 1630 is the year Boston was founded.)
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