Who ever thought we would be sharing a post about shopping, let alone shoe shopping. New Balance shoes are made in nearby Boston, but they also have a very large factory in Lawrence. So after a restful complimentary night at Walmart, we set off to spend our savings.
Once we arrived in Lawrence, we were awestruck, and not because of the comically named Big N Beefy Burger shack we passed. Lawrence is best described as an authentic worn out factory town. One can easily drift off thinking about what Lawrence would have looked like during the 1940’s. Factories the size of small cities sit like old tombstones in a cemetery, row after row, deserted and forgotten (at least for now).
In comes New Balance Shoes, they purchased the Ayer Mill constructed in 1909 and converted it into a modern shoe making facility.
Another bonus: No sales tax on clothing or shoes in Massachusetts.
Lets just say neither of us will be in the market for new shoes for a few years.
After escaping the mayhem inside, we admired the industrial beauty of Lawrence.
Even if shoes are not your cup of tea, Lawrence is a must see if you are in the greater Boston area. (For us West-Coasters at least, Bostonians are used to this architecture)