Store We Adore: Alchemy 925

48 Leonard St., Belmont, Mass. When Kirsten Ball moved to the United States from London nearly a decade ago, she began taking local metalsmithing classes with Munya Avigail Upin. Several years later, Ball sought out her former instructor to ask her advice on where to sell her work. “Munya joked that we should just open up our own gallery,” says Ball (pictured, right, with Upin). Less than four months later, in 2012, the pair opened Alchemy 925. “There’s a Yiddish word, bashert, and it means ‘meant to be,’ ” Upin says. “We just felt it was bashert!” Modern Elegance Alchemy 925 is nestled within a building in downtown Belmont that dates back to the 1800s and, rumor has it, once housed a blacksmith shop. Along with its fitting history, the Victorian-style store features a double front and restored oak floorboards. “It has character; people love this building,

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