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Present Perfect

A source for hand-blown glass and handmade gifts



un by two local artists, Gifted has the perfect name. Co-owners Marie Corcoran and Luke Adams keep it stocked with Adams’ hand-blown glass stars, globes, and popular glass-blown pumpkins (above), and Corcoran’s colorful ceramic bowls, mugs, vases, and beaded jewelry. But this comfortable and friendly shop (Corcoran brings her dog, Bo) also features other Boston artists, including Steven John, who paints images from popular culture (The Incredible Hulk, Star Wars), and sells everything from baby clothes, throw pillows, dog portraits, and handmade soap to scarves, greeting cards, and home goods. Don’t miss the other secret here: There’s a small art gallery downstairs. Modica



William Legge, the first earl of Dartmouth, for whom Dartmouth Street was named, was a minister in the court of Queen Anne, whose habit of laughing at his own jokes earned him the nickname “the Jester.”