Nestled in a corner store on the edge of Tremont and West Springfield in Boston’s South End is Pioneer Goods Co., an antiques and home-goods store curated for the modern man.
I’ve never been one for vintage goods myself, always turned off by the dusty, dark shops full of three thousand dollar tables. On the other end of the spectrum are events like Brimfield, equally overwhelming in their own, slightly more low-brow, regard.
However, walking into Pioneer in the South End is an easy experience. It’s exactly what you don’t expect an antique shop to be: cool. A playlist right out of your hipster friend’s computer grooves throughout the small, one-room shop. The owner himself, Justin Power, is casually clad in a bright red beanie and crew neck sweater. He takes sales on an iPad coolly hidden behind a vintage cash register.
Aimed at an authentic New England experience, Justin describes the experience of swinging by the store as “stepping into a rustic New England cabin or your grandfather's den.” This isn’t too far off the truth – it just has a few more price tags.
Pioneers sells a pretty wide array of stuff, new and old: books, home accessories and stationary. Basically, everything you need to deck out your next home office in a way that would make your grandfather proud.
You can swing by the store 764 Tremont Street in Boston's South End.