A hub for dining, shopping, events, and nightlife on the edge of Boston in downtown Brookline: Coolidge Corner is a vibrant, one-stop-shop location just off the C line on the MBTA.
Coolidge Corner has been welcoming shoppers for more than 150 years. The neighborhood takes its name — originally Coolidge’s Corner — from the Coolidge & Brother store that opened at the corner of Harvard and Beacon Streets in 1857. A grocery and a general store, it was the only commercial business in north Brookline for more than 30 years.
All that changed with the widening of Beacon Street and the coming of the electric streetcar in 1887-88. The landmark S.S. Pierce building that opened in 1898 on the site of the original Coolidge & Brother store was one of many businesses to open in the decade after the widening.
A major new shopping district took root in the growing neighborhood over the next few decades, serving shoppers from near and far. Businesses have continued to change with the times, but Coolidge Corner — where almost all of commercial establishments are in the original buildings constructed between 1890 and 1930 — has continued to thrive.
Description and photo courtesy of the Brookline Historical Society, http://brooklinehistoricalsociety.org
Coolidge Corner Merchants Association
The CCMA is commited to making your visit to Coolidge Corner a pleasant one. The association is comprised of local businesses who see our area as a community and not just a collection of storefronts. Through neighborhood-wide annual events, clean-up projects, sales and community outreach, we provide a family-friendly, welcoming environment to residents and visitors alike.