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Address: 35 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111-1305
Phone Number: +1 617-482-4969
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Being my first trip to Boston, and an avid fiber junkie, I also scour the internet for local yarn shops that might be of interest. Eureka for Windsor Button. Not only do they... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 June 2012
Nancy M
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Pleasanton, California
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Canberra, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Looks derelict. Notice in window indicates the shop cannot be reopened until fire regulations compliance rectified. Name of shop taken off the front of the building (but you can see the 'ghost' of the name). A shame.

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Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

Being my first trip to Boston, and an avid fiber junkie, I also scour the internet for local yarn shops that might be of interest. Eureka for Windsor Button. Not only do they have an amazing selection of buttons, but also yarn, notions, fabric, etc. Found everything I needed for a new sweater project and as an added bonus, I... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

I planned to visit the store on my day off. Located on a side street in the theater district area, I parked my car and ventured in. The store is very large and not something I would ever picture in Boston. The entire left side of the store is a wall of buttons. All sizes, shapes, and textures are available.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2009

I'm a lifelong resident of Boston and have been inside Windsor Button maybe once or twice in my teens. I never found it that remarkable nor did I find the staff there to be very friendly. Back then I wasn't crafty at all, I was usually sent there under duress by my crafty grandmother who had mobility issues. My memories... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2009

In reading some of the reviews of Windsor Button, I have to comment. Boston is an eclectic place; diverse and crunchy and conservative and liberal and prickly and quirky and laid back and wide open to interpretation. I think knitters and yarn stores have a lot in common with that description. There are knitters who fall into the gregarious, expansive,... More 

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new hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2009

In addition to the United States, I travel all over the world, Paris, New York, London etc., for yarns, buttons and beads. My most recent shopping trip included a trip to Boston at the Windsor Button which I happened upon by going through the yellow pages! I was greatly inpressed the minute I saw the window display as there were... More 

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Boston, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2009

They get at least 4 stars for an excellent selection of buttons, although it is annoying trying to peer across the counter to see which ones you want. It wouldn't be so bad if there was actually someone free to assist and bring over trays you're interested in, but the place is always short-staffed. 3.5 stars on yarn: The yarn... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2008

A young clerk helped me find just the right glass buttons for my coat. I didn't have to wait for help. She was pleasant and made sure I was happy with my choice before she rang me out -- showed me many buttons without making me feel as if I should decide and be done with it. Parking is difficult... More 

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Olympia, Wash.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2008

This incredible sewing shop is on the opposite side of the block from Brattle Books. I could hardly believe my eyes! It's a very old-time operation, with drawers behind the counter full of all manner and color of buttons. My mother had just been complaining about being unable to find decent buttons, so I dropped everything and called her on... More 

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Eastern US
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2007

We were visiting our son at MIT's family weekend had some time to kill before meeting up with him, so we went to Windsor Button. I'd discovered them online before leaving home and was looking forward to finding some cool & unusual buttons, and who knows what other goodies they might offer. I am always looking for something neat and... More 

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