Another bit of old Boston gets ripped out: Windsor Button to shut down

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District tweets that Windsor Button, 35 Temple Pl., starts a going-out-of-business sale on Feb. 11. It first opened in 1936.



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    I'm so sad.

    They had a great variety of yarns, notions and the most amazing button collection. It's really the only shop left in Downtown Crossing from my childhood. What a huge loss. I'm sure some bar or restaurant will move in.


    100% worst news ever. Every time something I've loved forever closes, I think to myself, "someday, this will happen to Windsor Button, and then I will weep bitter, bitter tears." And now it's happening!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

    I just need....

    It's the notions I'll miss. the little stuff that you don't realize you're out of until you need them. A short trip to Windsor is a lot nicer than a major hike to ac moore... Doubly sad that this due to a plain old rent increase. Like we need another expensive restaurant...

    Love Knit and Stitch

    And Greys and Gather and the other crafty/sewing stores that have opened recently. But Windsor Button was a classic and for most of us a nice connection with our mothers and grandmothers who shopped here back when everyone made their own clothing on a regular basis.

    "a drink or two or three at Stoddard"?

    Speaking of old Boston stores... where did that eating and drinking spot get their name?

    Stoddard's cutlery store, of course. The web says they still have a store in the Nonantum section of Newton.

    From a recent Yelp review (according to Google): "If Stoddard's ever goes out of business then Boston is far worse for it."


    1) I hate it anytime a unique local place goes away

    2) I just got my Mom a gift certificate for her birthday, and now she's got to come in from far flung Central Mass if she can schedule around the snow :(


    I remember being unimpressed by the selection of knitting supplies just a few years ago--very old school, acrylics, etc. and then they brought in all of this wonderful yarn--I wonder if it wasn't just a little too late? Still just so sad to see this place go.

    Definitely a loss

    I loved their yarn selection, the helpful staff and the classes as well. I took a tatting class there a few years ago, something I'd never seen offered anywhere else. My great-grandmother tatted some beautiful linens that have been passed down in my family, but no one ever learned the skill from her. I was so happy to finally be able to fix some her pieces and make new ones.

    Really sad to see Windsor go.

    More sadness

    Erin McDonald, who writes Knitting in Beantown is, as you might expect, not very happy:

    I feel like someone just punched me in the gut, I am breathless and incredibly sad. I know some of you may think this borders on melodramatic.... go ahead, judge me, because I will be guilty as charged.