Davis Square Boutique Opening Arlington Center Location

The owners of Davis Squared are opening Arlington Centered at the recently vacated Main Event Tuxedo spot on Massachusetts Avenue.

Davis Squared, a “fun and funky” gift shop in, well, Somerville’s Davis Square, announced Thursday afternoon that it’s opening a store in Arlington Center at the end of the month.

The boutique is moving into the recently vacated spot at 487 Massachusetts Ave. (which is to the left of ). The new location will fittingly be called Arlington Centered or “aC” for short, according to the store’s press release. Davis Squared also goes by “d2.”

Davis Squared, which opened five years ago at 409 Highland Ave. in Somerville, is known for its industrial floor, gothic welded steel display casings and chalkboard-paint wall, according to the release. The Arlington location, which is currently undergoing renovations, will have the same look, but the boutique’s owners, husband-and-wife Paul and Melisa Christie, and manager, Christopher Derosier, hope that it will develop its own identity.

“We want to bring the funky, urban, vibe with us to Arlington, but we also want Arlington Centered to stand on its own,” said Derosier, who will manage both sites. “We won’t have a kids’ section in Arlington, so we’ll be focusing on new men’s gifts, wallets and barware, and we’ll have plenty of great women’s stuff, too.”

Main Event Tuxedo had been open for more than 15 years.

Are you excited for Arlington Centered? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Michelle September 13, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Looking forward to Davis Squared new store right here in Arlington Center!
Kathy September 13, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Is Arlington EVER going to have a store in town where you can actually buy something useful...like, a shirt, sweater, pants, etc., etc., etc. I think the last store we had like that was Cherry & Webb...and, you could actually buy a pair of shoes there, also. Kudos to Lexington and every other town around for having stores everyone can shop in.
Drew September 14, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I agree with Kathy that there is not one useful practical store in Arlington for those items and there hasn't been in years--just these funky useless places that are in one year and out the next. One would think business owners would figure out that trend here before they open things up. My brother is firemen in the Center and all the guyshave been taking bets for years on how long these oddball stores will stay open.!.
SLL September 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I think this store sound fun and useful - especially if they're going to offer men's gifts. Give it a chance! I don't know what your fireman friends are talking about. Divinity Splendour Glow/Artful Heart has been in it's location at least 20 years, even more I think, Maxima has thrived in E. Arlington for 15 years, Coyote Impressions has been around for over 10 years, the Art Gallery in E. Arlington is doing well - these "oddball" stores seem to be pretty successful around here. I don't know what kind of pants, sweaters and shirts you want. Unfortunately we don't have any men's stores, but we have women's boutiques (Orange Hanger, Helenas) and children's stores (Wild Child, Isis Maternity). Yes, they're more expensive, that's because the square footage is small and the rent is high! For basics, people go to Target, Kohls, The Gap, etc. because it's cheaper. A store that sells basic clothing items for a lower price point would not fit into the small space where aC is moving into. People have to be realistic here.
SLL September 14, 2012 at 03:02 PM
P.s. - Kathy - where is the store in Lexington that everyone can shop in? I'm not being snarky, I genuinely want to know.
Patricia September 14, 2012 at 03:46 PM
These stores are usually overpriced and not many people go into them. How many gift shops do we need? It would be nice to have a small, functional clothing store. These stores are just another way for people o waste their money.
kerry September 14, 2012 at 08:50 PM
D2 is an *excellent go-to store when you want a gift for somebody, a card or a little pick-me-up treat for yourself. It's so nice to be able to have a really good selection of cool, pretty, fun, or funky gifts at a varied, reasonable- not over priced -spending range. And, from a local independent owner. I do so much holiday shopping in the Somerville location, and I am VERY excited to welcome them to arlington!
Alice Lim October 04, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I'm thrilled that D2 is coming to Arlington (I've been wondering what is coming into that space)! As a former Davis Sq resident, I frequented D2 a lot for all those special occasions that always seem to pop up. Sometimes, I even treated myself to something fun (but quite reasonably priced). This is why I moved to Arlington - few chain stores, locally-owned businesses (Orange Hanger, Forest 13 Gallery, Helena's, Batiz, Barismo, are some of my favorites). Welcome aC!


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