About Us!

Pinecones & Needles  is a Waldorf inspired one-of-a-kind boutique located between Waverly Square and Cushing Square, Belmont, MA where we strive to create an environment of reverence for Mother Nature and our community while creating beautiful crafts and selling traditional and European toys and gifts made of natural and eco-friendly materials!

 Anne Gates, the owner and founder of Pinecones & Needles, wanted to provide a space where families gather together, reconnect, explore a way of living closer to nature, and rediscover a deep respect for life cycles.  Deeply committed to child growth and development, Pinecones & Needles is devoted to all types of educational, natural toys that improve cognitive ability making learning as simple as playing. 

Our Mission is to provide an alternative environment and community where families will find inspiration and support on how to provide a simpler life for their children.  Our vision is to provide parents and children of all ages with the traditional, hand-made European toys that Anne and her sister played with throughout their childhood while growing up in Paris, France.