Concierge: What's In Store

By Blythe Copeland | Boston Magazine |

A peek into the best new shops in Boston.


True fashionistas know that even a trip to the gym requires stylish clothes, which is where Vancouver- based yoga apparel company Lululemon Athletica comes in. The first Boston location, which opened this spring, sells men’s and women’s workout tanks, shorts and pants in sweat-friendly (read: moisture-wicking) fabrics and cheery colors—it’s easy to find the clothes that will get you excited about hitting the mat. Lululemon Athletica, 376 Boylston St., Ste. 304, 877-263-9300, www.lululemon.com

Outfit the tots you know in the latest European and American fashions from the North End’s Bella Bambina, where you can stock up on precious tees, pants, skirts and jumpers for the younger set. The store is the only stateside retailer of the happy prints and trendsetting cuts from the Italian children’s line Mirtillo, so your kids can develop their style sense early. Bella Bambina, 425 Han-over St., 617-722-6060

A top-notch florist can be as indispensable as your favorite colorist, mechanic or dry-cleaner. Head to Ilex Designs, which opened a Beacon Hill shop in April, for elegant calla lilies that your most discerning relative will adore, fresh tulips to brighten up any space, and sleek, modern arrangements to dress up a dinner party or make a friend’s birthday even happier. Ilex Designs, 15 Charles St., 617-973-0505, www.ilexflowers.com

If a good piece of chocolate can melt away the stress of a long day, consider Beacon Hill Chocolates a veritable spa. The shop offers countless choices, including decadent truffles imported from Belgium, couture chocolate confections from Moonstruck Chocolate Co. and whimsical delights from New England chocolatiers. The serene store also has delightful gift boxes adorned with images of paintings that hang in the Boston Public Library. Beacon Hill Chocolates, 92B Pinckney St., 617-725-1900, www.beaconhillchocolates.com

Unless you’re a truly dedicated bargain hunter, second-hand shops can lead to more frustration than fashion. At Second Time Around’s new Beacon Hill location, style-searching never feels like a waste of time; it’s actually a treat to search through layers of designer pieces, boutique finds and high-end denim. Second Time Around, 99 Charles St., 617-227-0049, www.secondtimearound.net