Historic Boston Inc. Signs Holiday Themed Shop for Old Corner Bookstore

Historic Boston Inc. Signs Holiday Themed Shop for Old Corner Bookstore

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Historic Boston Inc. Signs Holiday Themed Shop for Building Along Freedom Trail

BOSTON — Old Corner Christmas, a holiday-themed gift and Boston souvenir store, has leased space in the historic Old Corner Bookstore complex owned and operated by Historic Boston Inc., the active preservation nonprofit organization, in Downtown Crossing.

Old Corner Christmas is owned and operated by New York based N&F Global Corporation and will occupy 1,245 square feet on the ground floor of 11 School St., on the Freedom Trail.

“HBI extends a warm welcome to our newest retail tenant in the historic Old Corner Bookstore complex, Old Corner Christmas,” said Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director of Historic Boston.

Old Corner Christmas is owned and operated by N & F Global, whose expanding portfolio of festive shops has other locations in Faneuil Hall, Times Square New York, Hollywood, San Francisco’s Pier 39, and Miami’s Bayside Marketplace.

“Not your average seasonal Christmas pop-up, Old Corner Christmas aims to transport visitors into a winter wonderland experience where it’s Christmas all year,” store officials said. “Merry elves staff the store, ready to help customers shop an impressive selection of personalized ornaments, holiday decorations, collectibles and souvenirs.”

Fatih Hidirligil, President of N & F Global, added, “We aim to make every customer who enters any of our stores feel glad that they came in. We create the ambiance of a year-round Christmas Wonderland, by the sight of all the beautiful trees, ornaments, and gifts, the sound of Christmas music, and the smell of Christmas-fragranced candles. Our staff displays the Christmas spirit at all times, to complete the magic.”

In business for more than 16 years, N & F Global has built a fan base of tourists and locals. Shops have been featured in magazines and on popular TV shows such as Project Runway, Doctor Who, Cake Boss, and the popular Netflix series “Unbreakable”.

One customer at the Hollywood location wrote,“Just take one step into this store and you’ll feel the Christmas magic in the air. The Christmas season is there year-round and is filled with the most creative knick-knacks and the best service you’ll ever find.”

Old Corner Christmas will open next month. The shop will highlight other celebrations throughout the year, including Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July Fourth, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.  Visitors can also find unique gifts for personal occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. The store ship worldwide from its website, www.christmasandcity.com.


Constructed in 1718, the Old Corner Bookstore is downtown Boston’s oldest commercial building.

Located on the site of Anne Hutchinson’s home, the Old Corner Bookstore was constructed in 1718 by Dr. Thomas Crease as his home and apothecary shop. It later housed a number of booksellers and publishers, the most famous of which was Ticknor and Fields, publishers of many well-known American titles including Thoreau’s Walden, Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Alcott’s Little Women, Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the Atlantic Monthly.

Many of the great writers of the American Renaissance — Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and many others — were first published here, and the first American editions of Charles Dickens works were issued from this building.

In 1960, when the site was to be demolished for a new parking garage, a group of Bostonians, concerned about the impending loss of an important piece of the city’s architecture and heritage, formed the non-profit Historic Boston Incorporated and pooled their resources and connections to acquire and restore the building for continued use as retail shops and commercial offices.

HBI is a nonprofit preservation and real estate organization that rehabilitates historic and culturally significant properties in Boston’s neighborhoods so they are a useable part of the city’s present and future.  HBI works with local partners to identify and invest in historic buildings and cultural resources whose reuse will catalyze neighborhood renewal. HBI acquires and redevelops historic structures and provides technical expertise, planning services and financing for rehabilitation projects. HBI
projects demonstrate that preserving historic properties is economically viable and that they can be useable and functioning assets in a community. Please visit HBI at  www.historicboston.org .

For more information, please contact:
Tom Palmer, Tom Palmer Communication
617.755.7250,  tompalmer@rcn.com