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Posted by Lysa Miller, guest blogger of Ladybugz Interactive Agency

Do you want to support local businesses? Look no further than your backyard. Central Massachusetts is full of adorable, creative locally owned businesses that are a joy to visit shop and offer unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. 

If you don’t want to risk leaving the comfort of your own home, these adorable local retail shops also fill your needs for retail purchasing simply online. 

With some amazing shops to browse through, there is truly something for everyone here, especially for the holidays.

Support a local business in our region, small business is the heart of Central Massachusetts. 



Located in the quaint town of Hudson, Haberdash sells homemade items, home goods, and other gifts. Haberdash also has a sister store in Worcester with similar goods. The Haberdash has a wide variety of interesting clothing and accessories to choose from. Here is also a perfect place to find the perfect small gift for a friend. The Haberdash broadcasts its offerings all over social media including selling daily on their Instagram stories.

To visit one or both of these stores in person (check their hours first), use the addresses below. 

138 Green Street
Worcester, MA 01604


77 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749

Beyond the Barn Boston

Located in Hudson, MA, Beyond the Barn Boston offers all things home decor. Their modern farmhouse aesthetic will keep your house feeling warm and cozy. I mean they even sell candles and throw blankets on top of traditional household necessities! If this seems to spark your interest, Beyond the Barn Boston has several social media platforms located on their website above. Do you want to visit the store? 

Beyond the Barn Boston is located here (make sure to check their hours first though): 

15 Washington St. Hudson, MA 01749

Bedlam Book Cafe

Bedlam Book Cafe

The Bedlam Book Cafe is located in Worcester MA. Would you want to relax in a bookstore with a smoothie in hand? If so, this is exactly the place for you! This hidden gem of a shop sells an abundance of used books and organic smoothies/juices. This bookstore was born when it’s two founders moved to Worcester. They couldn’t seem to find a cool bookstore anywhere! To read more about the store history, visit the website linked above. If you want to visit in person, be sure to check their hours, and then use the address listed below. 

138 Green St., Suite 1
Worcester, MA 01604, US


Located in Hudson MA, Crose Nest offers apothecary and home products. Crose Nest allows people to create their herbal treatments right in the store. The store offers many recipes that customers can follow. This offers a very unique and cozy experience for anyone interested! Care to hear more? Visit Crose Nest’s website linked above or visit in person with the address below. Don’t forget to check the store hours before visiting!

35 Main St
Hudson, MA 01749, US

Purple Rose

Purple Rose Home

Purple Rose Home offers a lovely assortment of farmhouse decor styles. Whether you’re going for the festive farmhouse, urban farmgirl, or pickled rose looks, Purple Rose Home offers many collections to suit your taste. They even offer decor to suit every season. To learn more about Purple Rose Home in Northborough, visit the website linked above. To pay a visit, use the address below (make sure they are open before going). 

140 Main St
Northborough, MA 01532

A Thyme and A Place

A Thyme and A Place

Have you been craving some unique home decor? Want to mix it up a little bit? Well, A Thyme and A Place may be the place for you. Their website offers pictures and descriptions of their current offerings. Most of these items are either handmade or extremely unique. So if you’re looking to jazz up your space a bit, check out their website linked above. To visit A Thyme and Place, use the address below (check their hours first). 

52 Gardner Rd
Hubbardston, MA 01452

Harvard Sweet Boutique

Has your sweet tooth been aching lately? 

Well, Harvard Sweet Boutique has you covered! You can now order delicious treats right from the comfort of your home! From cakes to pastries, the possibilities are endless! Harvard Sweet Boutique even offers gluten-free and vegan items. To enjoy some sweets, visit their website linked above. To visit in person, use the address below (check their hours first though). Harvard Sweet Boutique also offers shipping for corporate and holiday personal gifts. 

25 South St. 
Hudson, MA 01749

Vibes Candles

Another small business in Massachusetts, Vibes Candles carries candles of a wide variety. However, they also have some other items for sale. These include fragrance diffusers and cleansing bundles. Vibes Candles sells their items off of their website. To virtually visit Vibes Candles, use the link above. Vibes Candles™ are hand poured in small batches out of a little studio in Massachusetts, using a coconut and soy wax blend. Paired with custom blended fragrances, or potions, as we’d like to call them and crackling wooden wicks.

Elsie Kaye Glassworks

Elsie Kaye Glassworks is a cute art studio and gift shop. Over 70 New England artists are represented in the works displayed/sold here. Not to mention Elsie Kaye Glassworks also offers workshops, summer camps, and hosts events! Elsie Kaye Glassworks can even offer some things right from your own home! They are now selling homeschool art kits. If any of this appeals to you, check out their website linked above. Elsie Kaye Glassworks is also located at the address below (check their hours first).

3 Union St.
Westborough, MA 01581

Avenue C. Design

Avenue C. Design

Looking for unique home goods to add some much-needed flare? Some farmhouse style furniture? Or maybe some custom signs? Avenue C. Design can provide exactly that! If this sounds promising to you, visit the website linked above. They also are located at the address below (be sure to check the hours first). 

1062 Edmands Rd
Framingham, MA 01701


Located in the heart of Groton, MA, Lavender offers a wonderful selection of flowers. From daffodils to roses, Lavender carries most flowers that one could desire. They even carry out custom flower arrangement orders for specific events! This adorable store is also filled with various gifts for any occasion. To explore Lavender some more, check out their website above. To visit in person, use the address below (check their hours first). 

137 Main St
Groton, MA 01450

Wicked Good Henna

Wicked Good Henna is Central MA’s only brick-and-mortar Henna Studio, offering clients the opportunity to relax into a warm environment and receive beautiful body art steeped in ancient tradition. Artist Mandy Roberge hand-crafts each batch of henna paste and creates unique, intuitive designs or designs by request. Sessions range from a mini-session for one person valued at $25 to a one-hour session for a group of up to 6 people for $100. Wicked Good Henna also offers a variety of virtual kits and activities for those not wanting to meet or come to the shop in person. 

Roberge, who began learning the art of henna 15 years ago, has evolved from a traveling artist servicing clients at parties, corporate functions, libraries and festivals and has adapted to the safety requirements of pandemic life by creating a safe and sterile space for clients to visit. Through the studio and also via her website, people can also access some of her henna-inspired pottery and other art.

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