> In case you missed it: Two acid-green taxidermy coyotes have moved in on Newbury Street near the Public Garden, and they brought an Alexis Bittar retail store with them. In October, the glam-gem king’s fine jewelry is set to join a lineup dominated now by semiprecious stones set in rustic metals as well as his signature Lucite pieces.
ALEXIS BITTAR 130 Newbury Street, 617-236-0505, alexisbittar.com
> Vans and New York skate shop Dqm opened their second co-branded location under the name The General late this summer. Their skate-wear for sophisticates (men’s clothing, plus shoes for men and women) is sold alongside antiques and flea market finds.
THE GENERAL 174 Newbury Street, 617-262-0333, vansdqm.com
> Amsterdam-based menswear label Scotch & Soda has transformed the old J.P. Licks space on Newbury near Massachusetts Avenue. One part European edge and one part nostalgia, the upstairs-downstairs store also stocks sister label Maison Scotch — a taste of the hard stuff for the ladies.
SCOTCH & SODA 352 Newbury Street, 857-400-9401, scotch-soda.com
> Clean-cut, preppy practicality and edgy surprises drive the roster at Caramelo Clothing Co., which offers local brands, including Fall River-based New England Shirt Co. and Stoneham’s Osmium, and international labels. Open since the early summer, it is located in the Centre Street space that once housed the vintage shop Cafe Society.
CARAMELO CLOTHING CO. 606 Centre Street, 617-942-8127, carameloclothing.com
> C. Wonder opened a pop-up at the Derby Street Shoppes late this summer that will stay through the holidays. Monogram-stamped home goods, gold-buttoned cardigans, and more fun, easy pieces please the college crowd and their mothers, and fit the whole family’s budget.
C. WONDER Derby Street Shoppes, 781-749-3435, cwonder.com
> Dress closed its Newbury Street doors in 2012 but reopened in the Charles Street Meeting House in Beacon Hill just two weeks ago. Look for both familiar and under-the-radar labels, as well as home goods from Nina Farmer Interiors.
DRESS 70 Charles Street, 617-248-9910, dressboston.com
> Wares from Parisian power players Isabel Marant and Jerome Dreyfuss and New York’s Yigal Azrouel are stocked alongside chic shoreline staples at Viola Lovely’s new South End outpost, the third for owner Lisa Cancelli, joining sister locations in Concord and Wenham.
VIOLA LOVELY 1409 Washington Street, 857-277-0746, violalovely.com
> Fabrizio Di Rienzo moved from Milan less than a year ago and opened a North End boutique in June — he just felt Boston was “the right city for a project” like his. Officina 189 is dedicated to niche products from Italy, including luxury fragrances, chic-simple watches, sumptuous bags, and extremely handsome bicycles that blend old world sensibilities with of-the-moment metropolitan design.
OFFICINA 189 189 North Street, 857-233-4300
COMING TO CHESTNUT HILL
> The Street, the new shopping center anchored by the swanky Showcase SuperLux movie theater, Del Frisco’s Grille, and The Container Store (plus the less exciting Star Market), is set to debut several new stores this season, including J.McLaughlin and Intermix in October and Splendid, Calypso St. Barth, and Ku De Ta in November.
THE STREET 55 Boylston Street, thestreetchestnuthill.com