The Newbury Street area, one of Boston’s most popular social destinations, undergoes many changes every year.
Here is a look at recent store openings, closings, and other highlights of the street and its surroundings, including Boylston Street.
The latest: Lou Lou Boutiques moved into 222A Newbury St.
Lou Lou Boutiques
Lou Lou Boutiques, an assessories store, opened shop on Newbury Street in late November.
The Virginia-based chain, located at 222A Newbury St., sells jewelry, bays and scarves.
It was recently featured in the Boston Globe’s “Bargain Bin’’ series.
Sel de la Terre
The French-Provencal restaurant Sel de la Terre closed its Back Bay location on Jan. 27.
The closure comes a year after the restaurant company shuttered its waterfront location.
The Sel de la Terre at the Natick Mall remains open and will accept gift cards.
Scotch & Soda, an Amsterdam-based fashion brand that sells clothing store for men, women, and children, is opening a two-story store at 352 Newbury St., the former home of local ice cream chain J.P. Licks.
The Newbury Street location will be the first American store for the Dutch clothing brand.
J.P. Licks closed its doors after 20 years on the busy street. After a brief hiatus, the ice cream shop will reopen in the Back Bay on Boylston Street in the former location of the Looney Tunes record store near the Berklee College of Music.
The building in which the store operated was bought by a new owner who wanted to rent the entire building to just one tenant rather than having the traditional retail shop on the first floor with offices above, according to J.P. Licks owner Vince Petryk.
“There was no way we could sell enough ice cream cones to pay that rent,’’ he said in a phone interview.
Bank of America is opening a “flagship” location at 440 Boylston St. in the curved building that once housed FAO Schwarz and Shreve, Crump & Low next summer.
Two nearby bank branches in Back Bay will close after the opening.
The huge space will offer specialized bankers, videoconferenced financial advisors, and the latest gadgets, said company officials.
The corner restaurant Charley’s on Newbury Street closed in September.
The discount division of a Seattle-based luxury department store is moving into the former spot of Filene’s Basement on Newbury Street.
Nordstrom Rack will be a two-level store with 38,000 square feet of space set to open in the Spring.
The store will join neighbors such as Victoria’s Secret and H&M.
Room & Board
A furniture company may move into the spot formerly occupied by The Otherside Cafe.
Room & Board, based in Minnesota, plans to open the store in late 2013.
The store will be located on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Newbury Street.
Georgetown Cupcake opened its first Boston-based location.
The original DC location has expanded into Maryland and New York City. The gourmet cupcake Boston spot will be located at 83 Newbury Street.
Pictured: Sisters and business partners Sophie La Montagne, left, and Katherine Kallanis, who own Georgetown Cupcake.
Luxury jeweler Shreve, Crump & Low moved its flagship Boston store to 39 Newbury St.
Dubbed America’s oldest jeweler, Shreve has operated in Boston since the late 18th century. Take a look in the new store.
Fred Perry recently held its grand opening on Newbury Street.
The British company is best known for snug-fitting casual clothing. The Boston store is the only location outside of NY.
From left: Keiji Tanabe, director of Fred Perry Holdings; John Flynn, managing director of Fred Perry Limited; Greg Wilson of Boston; and John Young, country manager for Fred Perry.
After avoiding shutdowns in December and January, The Otherside Cafe officially closed its doors on Saturday, April 28.
With “Game Over’’ painted in red on its outside wall, the vegetarian-friendly cafe and beer bar closed as patrons said goodbye to the Back Bay staple on the corner of Newbury Street and Mass Ave.
Hanson brothers Zac, Issac and Taylor, left to right, dined there.
Looney Tunes, a record store that’s been on Newbury Street since 1980, is closing its 1106 Boylston St. spot and moving to Allston. to merge with retro Store 54
The store is currently wholesaling its gargantuan collection of records, tapes, CDs, DVDs, and more.
Chuck Klosterman is pictured shopping at the Looney Tunes records store in 2006.
Tech Superpowers, a boutique Apple reseller, is leaving itsNewbury Street location more than 15 years after moving in.
The basement shop could not compete with the official Apple store a few streets away that opened in 2008, and will move to Stranhope Street in the Back Bay.
Pictured: A crowd watched a live feed of the announcement of Apple’s iPad in 2010 at Tech Superpowers.
New Balance opened a retail store in Copley Square three days before the Boston Marathon and just steps from the finish line.
The store took over space that formerly housed card and gift shop Copley Flair, which recently closed all three of its Boston locations including shutting down its flagship Copley Square shop last spring after a 35-year run there.
A new luxury building is underway on Newbury Street, offering six condominiums and a new storefront for one of the street’s high fashion staples.
The new six-story, 49,000-square-foot building, called No. 6 Newbury, will be built where a parking garage has sat to house House of Chanel on the first two floors.
At left, a rendering of the plan.
The popular food truck and operator and cafe Clover Foods will soon be opening a location near the Hynes T station exit on Newbury Street.
Pictured is a rendering of the future eatery.
The famed Victoria Munroe Fine Arts gallery announced that it was closing after seven years.
Many New England artists were featured in the gallery over the years.
“In Roy Lichtenstein’s Studio’’ is pictured at the Victoria Munroe Fine Art gallery in 2010.
L.A. Burdick, the chocolate shop based in Walpole, N.H. opened a fourth shop and cafe at 220 Clarendon St.
National Jean Company, a clothing chain with 11 stores on the East Coast, opened a new boutique on Newbury Street. The grand opening took place on Wednesday, April 25. To see more photos from the event, visit the shop’s Facebook page.
Restoration Hardware, a California chain that sells luxury furniture and home decor, said it has signed a lease for the historic building at 234 Berkeley St. in Boston, once home to the swank LouisBoston clothing store. The site is located between Boylston and Newbury streets.
At left: the Restoration Hardware store in Wrentham.
In December 2011, the iconic Bridal Salon Priscilla of Boston, which opening in 1945 and was shot to prominence after making Grace Kelly’s wedding gown, closed its doors on Boylston Street.
Max Brenner, a purveyor of everything from chocolate egg rolls to “choctails,’’ opened on Boylston Street, a short stroll from Newbury Street, in March 2011.
Levi’s opened its doors at 131 Newbury St. in the spring of 2011, showcasing a new collection called “Made Here.’’ The store describes it as an “assortment of handmade goods, crafts, and apparel, developed in the USA by emerging artists.’’
At left is a Marlin Spike necklace, part of the “Made Here’’ collection.
More than a dozen years after closing its Boston store, Timberland was back in business in March on Newbury Street, with a plan to operate differently the second time around.
At left, Jeff Swartz, Timberland Co.’s chief executive, provides details of the new strategy.
Pinkberry, a frozen yogurt shop that has a cult following all around the country, opened its first Boston shop in November 2010 on Newbury Street.
The popular sneaker brand Converse opened its first retail store, complete with special Boston-themed merchandise and a sneaker customization bar, in October 2010.
Dave Powers, vice president at Converse, said Newbury Street seemed a natural fit for the North Andover-based company’s retail store. The company was founded in Malden in 1908.
After 21 years on Dartmouth Street, Italian restaurant Papa Razzi moved to Newbury Street, taking over the Bouchée restaurant’s former location, in September 2010. Papa Razzi now features an expanded menu and has two levels of space, much larger than its previous spot.