I've been wondering how much we'd see of the "contemporary crafts" stores that were cropping up in San Francisco before we left, Urban Knitting Studio and Stitch Lounge in particular. While there are plenty of yarn and craft supply places in woolly old Cambridge, so far all I've seen of the sleeker model of shop is (not surprisingly) centered in Davis Square.
Spark Craft Studios is cool because you can do so much there: knitting, sewing, jewelry-making, paper arts, plus other one-off things. It's a combo of workshop, classes, and crafts lounge, with a sort of skylit loft feeling.
On the purely retail side of things is Magpie, a boutique that specializes in hipstery trinkets and T-shirts by indie designers.
A few covetable things at Magpie...
Addie Pearl's appliqued felt skulls, just in time for Dia des los Muertos:
A big chicken by Ambrosia Porcelain, and related critterware:
There are currently no squirrels in my life, but maybe I could attract some if I had Ryan O'Rourke's Skwerl Haus:
And most favorite, Meomi's kitty iPod/cell phone cozies:
Fly high, little Magpie!