Fort Point Q&A #6 – Barbara Vail

Welcome back to another Fort Point Q&A! With design in mind, we headed over to meet with Barbara Vail, an interior designer and the founder of Galyean Vail, a company based out of Fort Point that sells vintage furnishings and antique goods. Join us to hear all about her decision to enter the realm of interior design, influences, inspiration, and how she chose Fort Point for Galyean Vail to call home.


Could you tell me a little bit about your business and how you got involved in interior design?

My dad was an auctioneer, so I grew up around antiques and furniture and going to flea markets. I love art and my parents are artists too. We did it often at home, but my sister and I never thought of it as a career option. I really was interested in science and math as well and I really wanted to be a doctor. I think because when you’re little, there are really only like, four viable options.

And so I pursued that and just kept on that science track, studying nutrition, but still was really into art and design. I still took art classes as a hobby but I got my degree in science, because I think you feel a lot of pressure while you’re in school. Plus, you’re 18, you don’t really know what you’re doing. I didn’t even know that interior design was a viable career. I knew it was a major, but I didn’t know that you could actually have a career.

Long story short, I ended up getting my degree in nutrition and then moving to Boston. I was planning on going to grad school to become a registered dietitian but just thought ‘I just cannot move forward with this.’ So I moved here and I started school at Boston Architectural College and studied interior design there. Then I worked for a couple interior designers and a larger firm before starting my own company a few years ago.

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Date Night: Valentine’s Day Edition

On the hunt for a romantic Valentine’s day dinner out in Fort Point but don’t know where to begin? Fear not! Here at the Friends of Fort Point Channel we’ve got you covered. And so, as our Valentine’s gift to you, check out this list of 14 restaurants in the area this 14th that will be holding a special Valentine’s event that’ll be sure to impress your special someone.

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Fort Point Q&A #5 – The Wondertwins

(Photo credit: the Dance Complex)

Welcome back to another Fort Point Q&A! A hotspot for artists, innovators and performers, the Fort Point community is chock-full of creativity. For this edition we sat down with Billy and Bobby McClain, also known as the “Wondertwins.” The two identical twins have made a successful career for themselves in the dance world with their unique and dynamic approach to hip-hop and have lived in the Midway Artist Studios in Fort Point for about ten years.  

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Channels, Forts, and Points: An Exit Blog

(photo credit: Ian Strickland)

The perception of how time passes is a remarkable thing. Vacations and hangouts with friends seem to pass by all too quickly. Meetings and waiting in line at the RMV somehow has time regress to a slow crawl, with each second feeling like an eternity. At the time of this post, I’ve been with the Friends for over 7 months now. Yet there are still instances where I catch myself questioning just how long I’ve been here. In some ways I feel like a grizzled veteran who’s sat on the same exact bench by the Harborwalk for years. In other ways it all still feels very new. Life is funny that way. You could speak English fluently for 22 years of your life, but all it takes is someone asking what shape your tongue makes when you say the letter R to trip you up.

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A Visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum


I’m wandering around outside the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum on the Channel, waiting for my tour to begin. It’s an unseasonably warm January afternoon of sunny blue skies and melting snow on the waterfront. As I’m wandering around the building, over the sound of the colonial hornpipe music I suddenly hear something happening above me. A woman, dressed in colonial clothing, bursts out the top window and yells for me to join her in discussing my qualms with those presumptuous English. From there, I’m swept into the world of stamp taxes, tarring and hardtack for an experience that would prove quite revolutionary.

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Fort Point Holiday Stroll Preview

It’s that time of year again- the air is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and snow is falling onto our city’s busy streets. Winter coming to Fort Point signals our signature event- the Fort Point Holiday Stroll. Join us at the Friends of Fort Point Channel in celebrating our lovely neighborhood and its many businesses. From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. December 16th, stroll through our scenic neighborhood, nibble on sweet & savory treats from restaurants and bars, explore artist’s galleries & studios, and shop at boutiques & pop-up shops. Don’t forget to grab your map at any of the participating locations and collect stamps for a chance to win amazing prizes from local boutiques and restaurants. Some of the fine folks involved in the Holiday Stroll this year are 249 A Street Artists Cooperative, Barlow’s, Bon Me, Galyean Vail Design Studio, Made In Fort Point, and Tavern Road, businesses and people that really exemplify what makes Fort Point so great. Here’s a link to the full list for your perusal. This event is free and open to the public- so come on down to Fort Point, and shop in style this holiday season.

We really want participants to take the time to slowly take in everything that makes Fort Point unique among the other neighborhoods of Boston: the historic architecture, the shops, fantastic restaurants, the arts- there’s truly something for everyone here. Also on the 16th is the Boston Tea Party reenactment at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. The Holiday Stroll is the perfect activity to do before watching the tea get thrown into the sea. Make your holiday shopping a little bit more special and meaningful this winter, and head down to visit Fort Point today.

Still on the fence? Here are some testimonials from our great neighbors!

“We are so excited about the Fort Point Channel Holiday Stroll!  We are tucked away next to Bee’s Knees inside the building at 24 Farnsworth Street, so we are thrilled when people discover us and we get to see our neighbors and friends.”

InSpirit Gift and Bookstore

“The Stroll is a great chance to make new discoveries of what our wonderful Fort Point Neighborhood has to offer; not only the restaurants, but also the artists who are usually tucked away in their studios will be open.”

Linda Huey

“We enjoy being a part of the annual Holiday Stroll as it connects us to the great neighborhood of Fort Point. We like to be able to support local artists that have been a part of this community for years.”

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