About Bowl & Board

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Bowl & Board is a family-owned home goods business in the New England area, opened by Bill Giarusso in 1966. Since then the store has cultivated a reputation for quality products sold at reasonable prices to consumers who think it is important to shop locally.

Three of the Bowl & Board locations are owned and managed by Bill’s son Mark Giarusso, while the fourth is operated by Bill’s daughter Maria.

Bowl & Board chooses its merchandise according to the needs and desires of its customers, and will do its best to help you locate what you might need for your home, even if it is not currently on the shelf. An excerpt from the website:

Unlike many houseware chains, our buyer does not sit in some corporate office. Instead, she is on the floor of the Somerville store at least five days a week experiencing first-hand what customers are buying, staying alert of trends, responding to customer recommendations, and stocking shelves with a fresh selection of merchandise every day. At Bowl & Board, we believe it’s much easier to stock the items our customers want than to try and convince them to buy what we want to carry.

There are currently four Bowl & Board locations– one is Brookline, MA; one in Somerville, MA (Davis Square), one in Providence, RI, and one in Martha’s Vineyard. Orders may also be placed online at Bowlandboard.com.

Whether you need a garlic press, graphic shower curtain, natural fiber floor rug, handmade jewelry from local artisans, or a custom-made cutting board or butcher block, head to Bowl & Board, where Mark Giarusso or any of his staff would be happy to find exactly what you need.

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ralph kapinski  |  January 13, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    If you want to surround yourself in some down to Earth all natural, and locally made housewares this is the place to be. Thank you Bowl & Board for coming to Davis square! ! I’ve warmed up my attic apartment with some terrific stuff. Unlike the oversized McMansion furniture that’s everywhere, Bowl & Board’s furnishings “FIT”. Love the sofas that come apart, my friends can’t believe that i’ve got a sleep sofa in my apartment!

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  • 2. Denise  |  January 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I agree that Bowl & Board makes a nice addition to Davis Square. When I have time I love to set out, get a cup of coffee at Diesel, and take it into B&B. The store has a warm, positive vibe… the staff is friendly, and I like how they carry lots of natural products. This is the kind of store we need in our neighborhood.

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  • 3. Ty  |  January 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Love it. This store is funky (in a good way). Got my shower curtain here, it was Psycho-themed.

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  • 4. Alex  |  November 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I have been here once while just browsing Davis Square, unaware of the name of the shop. When I saw the photo of the inside, I knew exactly which store they were referring to. That speaks positively toward the store. The problem with stores like this, however, are people like me who like to browse it and find the stuff entertaining and different from the usual, but who won’t actually BUY anything there. It’s the sort of store, like Spencer Gifts in the mall, that you will have fun browsing but will rarely buy anything there. Stores like this are difficult to survive in a brutal retail market like this, and of course IKEA

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  • 5. Alex G.  |  November 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I have been here once while just browsing Davis Square, unaware of the name of the shop. When I saw the photo of the inside, I knew exactly which store they were referring to. That speaks positively toward the store. The problem with stores like this, however, are people like me who like to browse it and find the stuff entertaining and different from the usual, but who won’t actually BUY anything there. It’s the sort of store, like Spencer Gifts in the mall, that many more people will browse than will actually buy anything there. Stores like this are difficult to survive in a brutal retail market like this, and of course IKEA moving into Assembly Square would seriously hurt their business in a city like Somerville.

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