I work in the South End. My route often takes me down Tremont Street in search of my morning coffee or afternoon bag of cookies (there, I admit it). For the past couple of weeks I’ve been eyeing a new retail space that has been generating a lot of commotion in the area. This past Tuesday I decided to stop by with some friends and see just what it was all about.
Sault offers something new and interesting to the South End. It’s a vintage menswear and gift stop that carries an eclectic mix of interesting items. During my visit there I saw everything from in-house designed t-shirts to beer soap and quirky books. My friends and I chatted with Philip Saul, the owner and sole employee.
The store itself is decorated with an interesting mix of glass terrariums (an interesting way to merchandise wallets and pocket knives), antique saws and split wood. Sault’s decor is an interesting combination of woodsy, modern and vintage. Moreover, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that much of the merchandise that Philip has to offer was very reasonably priced.
After chatting with Philip for a while he confided in me that one of his biggest goals is to be “. . . that little place that you have to show family and friends visiting from out of town. . .” and that he doesn’t want Sault to be just a guy just sitting behind a desk staring at a computer.
Philip is an energetic character who loves chatting with customers and putting his own unique spin on fashion and gift items. During my visit he kept the conversation moving briskly and always seemed to have an interesting take on what I had to say.
No stranger to Boston (a ten year resident) Philip had no end of good things to say about our fair city, describing it as “. . . a really interesting mix of historic and green, not the kind of place you feel is a ‘concrete jungle’. . .”
I can definitely say that I can think of a couple friends who will be visiting this holiday season that I’ll have to take for a walk down Tremont. I wish Sault all the best in this neighborhood, I think it is a perfect match for Boston’s South End.