Gifting your grad a piece of the city is as simple as shopping at Worcester Wares.
There are few stores as unique as Worcester Wares, located right here at the DCU Center. Jessica Walsh opened the quirky, Worcester-centric store in 2015 after her love for Worcester began a search for products that celebrated her favorite city, only to discover how little there was to be found.
In-store and online, you will find Worcester pride in a wide variety of handmade goods and unexpected gifts at Worcester Wares. Everything is thoughtfully curated, with a focus on local artist collaborations and in-house designers, making this nearby shopping destination as true to Worcester as you can get.
And as one does while in the spirit of gift-giving this graduation season, we made a list of six grin-worthy, Worcester Wares gifts for the Worcester geek at heart.
1. T-Shirt designs by local artists, these multi-occasion wearables are one way to represent the Heart of New England. Eric Lecuyer's design of Worcester's iconic Kelley Square is a timely gift, as the infamous and beloved intersection has plans for a redesign in the near future. Be sure to mark this period of time with a Kelley Square-inspired T-shirt, and a keep piece of history.
2. Let them follow the etched streets of their old or new stomping grounds with Worcester Ware's sharp drinkware collection, available in-store. Their wine, rocks, pint and champagne glasses would make an attractive addition to any Worcester graduate's kitchen or bar.
3. Books, groceries, party essentials—whatever it may be; pack it up with a tote bag in true Worcester fashion. These clever and original canvas totes are a practical way to show off Worcester's local artists. Some do come in limited supply, so grab the ones that catch your eye while you can.
4. If you are going to cut anything, make it happen on a Massachusetts state cutting board, available in-store. While these may not be Worcester themed, these eco-friendly, bamboo beauties are Made in the USA and are trendy enough to be displayed. Two sizes available and, yes, the islands are included.
5. Enamel pins are more popular than ever right now, and store owner Jessica Walsh, and manager Danielle Montgomery are two local artists known for creating these colorful collectibles. Tote bags, jackets—maybe even even stick one on a grad gown if they are keen. These distinctive pins carry well on almost anything.
6. And for the understandably indecisive, Worcester Wares offers Gift Cards. Load up any amount and you will ensure peak excitement on graduation day.
There are so many exciting and fun things left to discover at Worcester Wares—kitchenware, art, apparel, books, cards, you name it. You can find the colorful storefront right here at the DCU Center, 105 Commercial Street, Door 22. www.worcesterwares.com
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