Did You Know?

Created in 1963 for the State Mutual Insurance Co. in a morale boosting campaign, the world famous Smiley face was first drawn by Worcester artist Harvey Ball.

By The Numbers

The first American-made valentines were created and sold by Worcester resident Esther Howland in 1849. Today over 1 billion valentines are bought and sent each year - 85% by women.

Shopping

Greendale Mall

Whether you're looking for Abercrombie & Fitch duds or used CDs for cheap, Worcester has a variety of stores to match its eclectic character.

Bargain-hunters flock to "Sally's Boutique" — the Salvation Army Thrift Shop on Cambridge Street. For used records and CDs, try the legendary Jelly's Discs on Park Ave. More bargains are available at the Sunday standby, the 30-year-old Grafton Flea Market, with hundreds of dealers and acres of objects.

Shopaholics will find many choices in the region. There's the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlboro and the Auburn Mall, both anchored by Filene's and Sears; the Greendale Mall featuring TJ Maxx, the Gap Outlet and Best Buy; and the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, featuring Target and Kohl's — all just minutes from campus. The Natick Mall , the largest mall in New England, is located about 40 minutes away and features 200 upscale retail stores, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Lord & Taylor. About 45 minutes away are the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, with nearly 200 stores, including Banana Republic, Polo, and Bebe.