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The Shops at Echo Bridge Mall

Echo Deco Antiques

Timeless Treasures from Around the World

Thai-an Smolski fills her shop, Echo Deco Antiques, with items that bring her joy and, she hopes, bring joy to others, too. A world traveler, Thai-an collects a little bit of everything, from fine jewelry to antiques, porcelain dolls, paintings, figurines, and more. All of the merchandise in Echo Deco Antiques is hand-picked, not because the items are trendy, but because Thai-an feels they’re beautiful and fit in her meticulously organized and spotless shop. Alongside timeless treasures from different lands, Thai-an’s glass cases are filled with intricately beaded jewelry created from her designs.

Originally from Vietnam, Thai-an emigrated to the US in 1975 with her two young children. After a long career in IT, Thai-an opened Echo Deco Antiques 16 years ago, and is open Fridays & Saturdays from 11-4. During Newton Open Studios, her shop will be open Sunday, too.

Nina Rachele Decor

Mid-Century Modern & Vintage Furnishings

With the popularity of mid-century modern furniture and home accents, Nina Rachel Decor is bustling with interior designers and home owners hunting for home furnishings with that distinct retro-modern vibe. The shop has even expanded into a second space at the Echo Bridge Mall. Stocked with furniture, lamps, objets d’art, collectibles, and some fun, kitschy items, a visit to Nina’s takes you back in time—but not too far back—with lots of vintage items at reasonable prices. While the shop is stocked with larger home furnishings, there are plenty of smaller items, too, like vintage barware, glassware, jewelry, pots and planters at a range of price-points. Shopping at Nina Rachele Decor is always fun, and with new items added every week, there’s always something to explore. Open Sat & Sun during Newton Open Studios. Regular Hours: Fri & Sat 12-5, or by appointment: 339-225-0500.

Lara B Designs

Artisan Bags & Leather-Making Studio

Come meet Lara of Lara B. Designs, a leather artisan and handbag designer, during Newton Open Studios at The Echo Bridge Mall in Newton Upper Falls. Lara’s working studio also features a retail boutique showcasing her leather handbags, totes and clutches ~ perfect for Mother’s Day, graduation and special occasions, or just to add a little polish to your spring/summer wardrobe. Lara’s handbags have been featured in NBC The Hub Boston, Boston Globe, British Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan. Hours during Newton Open Studios: 11-5, Saturday and Sunday. Regular hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 12-4 or by appointment: lara@larabdesigns.com

RAD Estate Buyers

Jewelry Buying, Up-cycled Jewelry, Repairs

RAD Estate Buyers is like two stores in one. There’s the estate buying part run by owner Ryean Rad and there’s in-house jeweler, David, who designs jewelry, crafts new jewelry from old pieces, and takes care of all repairs.

With gold at record highs, those interested in making money by selling baubles languishing in jewelry boxes can bring them to Ryean and he’ll tell you what they’re worth and pay on the spot. Ryean is also happy to give estimates for other items like china, statues, lamps, and toys.

David, a professional jeweler, specializes in bringing new life to old pieces of jewelry. He works with customers, salvaging gems and other elements from existing jewelry, and uses them to craft new pieces. The shop is open 11-4 Tuesday-Saturday, but will be open on Sunday 11-3 during the Newton Open Studios weekend. (And while David isn't formerly on the Newton Open Studio's map, he'll be at his jewelry bench during Newton Open Studios!)

Lynne's Vintiques

Newton Maps & Local Specialty Foods

Lynne’s Vintique now carries vintage maps of Newton and other towns and cities in Massachusetts and New England. The maps are suitable for framing, adding character and a sense of history to local homes. In addition to the map collection, Lynne’s Vintique is stocked with curated local foods and vintage finds. It's Newton's go-to source for truly local raw honey, and fans of locally roasted Dean’s Beans coffee know that Lynne’s has the best prices and widest selection in the area. Hours: Mon-Fri: 11-4; Sat: 11-5; Sun: 12-4.

Steve's Antiques

Greater Boston’s Antique Powerhouse

Physically the largest antique store in the Echo Bridge Mall, Steve’s Antiques is a greater Boston antique powerhouse, attracting dealers and shoppers throughout New England. Owner Steve Lubar buys and sells a little bit of everything—antique fine sterling from around the world, Asian antiques, jade, porcelain, European antiques, coins, jewelry, gold, silver and platinum—you name it, Steve has it. His business is decidely old school (don’t even bother looking for a website or Instagram account), but his customers don’t mind. They come in looking for estimates on items to sell, or browse through the treasures that line the walls, are displayed in cases, or piled high. If you’re spring cleaning or downsizing, bring your treasures to Steve, and he’ll give you an estimate of their value and an offer. If you’re hunting for that perfect piece to add interest to a bookcase, fill out a set of silverware, or expand a collection, save time and make Steve’s Antiques your first stop. He’s open 12-4 Mon-Sat, but during the Newton Open Studios weekend will be open both Saturday and Sunday.

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