The BHWF is proud to support the businesses and institutions which help to make Beacon Hill and the greater Boston area such a vibrant community. The coordinators for the Neighborhood Narrative for the 2017-2018 season are Jessica Harkiewicz and Emine Becirovic.

Check back soon for the next Neighborhood Narrative.

Past Neighborhood Narratives from the 2017-2018 Season

October 10, 2017

Helen’s Leather Shop

Established in 1969, Helen’s Leather Shop has evolved from a hippie leather goods shop to one which also represents the finest western cowboy boots, Stetson hats, Rockmount western wear, leather coats, bags, wallets, briefcases, backpacks, gloves, and belts. We have an excellent selection of western wear for country concerts, wild west parties as well as for those who wish to horseback ride in Jackson Hole. Motorcycle speed-devils can also invest in beautiful Schott jackets, leather pants, and Frye boots. Birkenstock and Naot brands are available for the leather sandal lovers! Helen’s also provides unmatched services for leather care and leather repairs. Stop by to experience the look that feels so good!

November 14, 2017


December Thieves, a Boston-born, multi-brand retail concept was founded by jewelry designer and veteran retailer Lana Barakat in 2013 as a way to capture the heart of the wandering traveler.  In the spring of this year, December Thieves welcomed a new little sister, HEIST at 51 Charles St.  With a focus on slow fashion, emerging design and small batch manufacturing, December Thieves + HEIST bring to market some of the newest and most talented brands in the apparel, accessories and home categories.

Moss covered walls, a ceiling dripping with crystals and swaths of natural light set a most romantic backdrop for the HEIST story.  With a daring and romantic edit in apparel, shoes and home décor store Barakat scours the globe for exciting new-to-market brands to bring back home.  Think German edgy women’s wear designer Rundholz, laser cut accessories from Italy’s Claudio Cutiliti, sparkling jewels from Santa Cruz designer Variance Object and handcrafted Cydwoq shoes from Southern California.


Jessica Harkiewicz

Jessica lives on Shawmut Ave in the South End.  After many years moving around between Asia and Europe and a career in fashion PR at Theory in their Shanghai headquarters Jessica moved to Boston 4 years ago when her husband David started his Boston based law practice.  Since then she has been a stay at home mum with her 3 year old son Alexey (and 2 Italian Greyhounds Loki and Enzo).  Her interests include anything related to health, wellness and all forms of exercise.  Travel and adventures off the beaten path are always on the calendar. And for her, good food, drinks and conversations with friends old and new are what makes a city feel like home.