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Charles Street Cleaners
17 Charles St, Boston, MA 02108

Charles Street Cleaners offers a variety of laundry services, including alterations, repairs, washing and dryMore cleaning. Located on the ground floor of a traditional red-brick row house, the business also offers same-day service and fur storage. 

 

Black Ink
101 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

Black Ink's flagship location on Charles Street is a visually intriguing shop full of surprises covering every inchMore of its fewer than 500 square feet of space. Featuring floor-to-ceiling shelves, and rows of merchandise in between, you could spend hours inquisitively browsing and still discover new items.

There's really no rhyme or reason to this eclectic assortment of merchandise. Ribbons of all colors and patterns are sold by the yard. It's got 50 to 100 different styles of rubber stamps, and a diverse selection of wrapping paper. Rows of beautifully letter-pressed greeting cards are positioned in the center of the store between walls of candles, erasers, games, soaps, items for brides, grooms and babies, and books including The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin and other titles you rarely find anywhere else. The vintage storefront is sure to lure you in. But be careful. You may not want to leave.

Club of Odd Volumes
77 Mt Vernon St, Boston, MA 02108

The Club of Odd Volumes is a private social club and library housed in a federal-style row home on Mount VernonMore Street.

While membership is private, the club has a reputation for great dining and is a popular spot for wedding receptions.

During the fall and winter the club hosts lunch on Saturdays, which is open to the public. Stop by to taste chef Gerald Pearce's culinary creations and dine among a collection of books, art and 19th-century furniture.

Union Boat Club
144 Chestnut St, Boston, MA 02108

Founded in 1851, the Union Boat Club is Boston's longest continuously operating rowing club. Today the UBC operates aMore squash and fitness club house on Chestnut Street and a boat house located directly on the Charles River Esplanade. Built on long-standing traditions of camaraderie, sportsmanship and friendship, the UBC now holds a membership of 700 men and women.  

The club offers its membership participation in a variety of social and athletic events throughout the year, including the popular Head of the Charles Regatta.

Somerset Club
42 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

The secretive Somerset Club is a private social club housed inside two towering, white granite row homes on BeaconMore Street.

Founded in 1852, the interior of the club is grand, with stately furnishings and walls covered in Renaissance art. You must be invited to join and if you're not a member you're unlikely to make it past reception in the lobby.

In 1988 Somerset opened its doors to women and minorities for the first time. 

Hennessy's
25 Union St, Boston, MA 02108
Snag a table at the front window to watch the bustle of historic Union Street, or climb up on a stool at one of theMore round tables topping a whiskey barrel. Voted Boston's Best Irish Pub six years in a row by the Improper Bostonian, this watering hole boasts an impressive selection of single-malt whiskeys. You'll find shepherd's pie, fish and chips and the traditional Irish breakfast on Hennessy's menu, and live music seven nights a week.
Louisburg Square
Louisburg Square, Boston, MA 02108

The small, charming park and the rows of historic, uniform-brick homes flanking either side make Louisburg Square aMore pleasant place to stroll on the way back from shopping on Charles Street. 

Louisburg Square is cooperatively owned and maintained by its residents -- it's a private park and non-residents are not allowed inside the wrought-iron fence. The park was established in 1826 on land purchased from the painter John Singleton Copley. The brick homes were erected around the park a few years later.

The park features statues of Aristides and Columbus at either end.