Let the beauty influencers have their 24-karat-gold facials—at this cozy spa, hard work and expert technique lead to stunning results. With two decades of experience as an aesthetician, French-born founder Anne-Cécile Curot eschews a one-size-fits-all approach to skin care in favor of treatments tailored to each client’s unique challenges, from hormonal acne to changes caused by chemotherapy treatments. 125 Broad St., Boston, MA levisageboston.com.
Even if you didn’t know that colorist Annalouise Rusk is the direct descendent of hair-care royalty—her parents, Irvine and Louise, created the globally recognized Rusk prouct line—you’d probably guess that her talent for effortlessly prescribing and executing spot-on color treatments lies deep within her DNA. See: our head-turning balayage highlights in all the right places. 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA greentangerinespa.com.
All too often, long-haired gals find themselves at the mercy of scissors-happy stylists with their own agenda. Not at this new South End salon. Owner Sam Kane approaches each cut as if it’s art in the making, shaping her canvas by listening carefully and never passing judgment. Case in point: She declined to scold us for waiting 10 months between cuts—and left our revitalized locks at just the right length. 61 Berkeley St., Boston, MA blackroomsalon.com.
Psst—you over there with the weekly date at the blow-dry bar. Yeah, you. Tired of getting your locks pulled and your scalp burnt as you’re rushed from sink to dryer to cashier? There’s a better way. Namely, placing your hair in the skilled hands of Timothy Ro. Drawing on his experience backstage at Fashion Week, the SalonCapri stylist confidently (and efficiently) churns out runway-worthy looks—no laminated menu required. 11 Newbury St., Boston, MA saloncapri.com.
It’s a good bet any well-heeled lady in town boastfully swinging her locks around is rocking extensions from this talented stylist. Specializing in long-lasting Keratin bonds, Furxhi makes what can be a timely process enjoyable, interspersing lively conversation with details about where she’s placing your new tresses and why. 9 Newbury St., Boston, mariorusso.com.
Similar to having your hair cut or colored, investing in nail art has the potential to completely transform your look—especially at Tinailery, an adorable Japanese-style salon that creates tiny masterpieces for your digits. Thumb through its vast collection of options (gems, glitter, and painted butterflies, oh my!) while enjoying tea served in graceful china, then let your nail artist work her magic. 92 State St., Boston, MA tinailery.com.
Getting your makeup done sounds glamorous—until you look in the mirror and don’t recognize the face staring back at you, that is. That never happens when Bailey is the one wielding the brush. The makeup artist has a light hand with foundation, skillfully applying just the right amount so your freckles still shine through, but your blemishes do not. You’ll leave every time looking (and feeling) like the best version of yourself. 28 Charles St., Boston, MA townhousebeautybar.com.
Why bother with waxing, threading, or micro-needling when all you really need to achieve flawless brows are Rachel Lockhart’s tweezers? After years of working in the local beauty biz, the shaper extraordinaire has amassed what can only be described as a cult following, garnering praise from legions of longtime clients for her meticulous technique. Call or text for face time with the Sharon native, and watch in amazement as she whips even the most unruly of brows into shape with just a few strategic plucks. 271 Newbury St., Boston, MA rachelsmakeupstudio.com.
To newbies, the fine art of lash enhancement can seem downright confusing. Extensions, lifts, tints—where to begin? Thankfully, Cori Kurker is here to break it down for you in her cozy Beacon Hill studio, then deliver the goods, whether you decide on a classic full set with come-hither appeal, an on-trend curl, or simply a darker lash hue to accent those twinkling eyes. 135 Charles St., Boston, MA crkbeauty.com.
Old World spirit mixed with New World magic: That’s the mantra of Boston Yoga Union, located in the former Back Bay Yoga space. In an inspiring environment that includes a tapestry in the lobby and a 300-year-old carved archway imported from Rajasthan, India, in one of the practice rooms, co-owners Emily Tevald and Tim Kelleher provide instruction that’s both relatable and empowering for all skill levels. 1112 Boylston St., Boston, MA bostonyogaunion.com.
No hybrid cardio/bags classes or fancy locker rooms here—this small Newbury Street studio is dedicated to the no-frills art of boxing. Former professional Irish boxer John Murray starts by teaching novices proper mitts technique before they move on to heavy bags, all with personal attention from the master himself. Be prepared to keep blocking and throwing punches until the final bell rings. 350 Newbury St., Boston, MA backbayboxing.com.
They may not be traditional, but Alanna Perry’s barre classes incorporating mini trampolines, dancing, and even weighted pom-poms sure are a blast. The former New England Patriots cheerleader will have you jumping 360s and throwing your hands in the air before it’s even time for your first water break. 52 Province St., Boston, MA barregroove.com.
Skilled in both Chinese and Japanese techniques as well as electro-acupuncture, Marcy White has more than 20 years of experience helping clients who are dealing with pain, digestive problems, and infertility. She’ll take the time to determine which method is best for you before you even hop on the table, so you’re ready when the needles approach. 667 Boylston St., Boston, MA copleyacupuncture.com.
Mother Juice’s liquid diet is as tasty as it is virtuous, designed to satisfy cravings at just the right time (we’re particularly thankful for the hearty and sweet “Cashew Mylk” right before bed). The local chainlet will even deliver its freshly made elixirs to your door daily. 291 Newbury St., Boston, MA motherjuice.com.
Who says massages are just for relaxation? Whether you’re feeling a little sore after a particularly hard-core workout or just coping with everyday aches and pains, the talented technicians at this South End wellness center are here to help with a variety of massage techniques tailored to your needs. Calming music, hot-towel compresses for the face, and a beautiful Himalayan salt lamp all add to the ambiance in the treatment room. 142 Berkeley St., Boston, MA treatmenttrainingwellness.com.
Sure, you could stop by for a quickie body scrub or facial at this recently relocated Back Bay spa, but we wouldn’t recommend it—not when you can spend the whole day pampering yourself between treatments in the flotation pod and salt cave. After 25 years in the relaxation biz, G2O knows exactly what its clients want, and that’s as many blissful ways as possible to escape the chaos outside. 33 Exeter St., Boston, MA g2ospasalon.com.
What makes the Handle Bar stand out is the community. Founder and CEO Jess Fracalossi’s students are loyal not only to their favorite instructor, but also to their fellow riders: Unlike some studios that prioritize personal wins, the focus here is on the group’s well-being and spreading only positive vibes throughout the room. 141 Dorchester Ave., South Boston, MA handlebarcycling.com.
The futuristic-looking new sibling of Brooklyn Boulders, BKBX landed in Allston earlier this year to bridge the gap between the work you put in inside the gym and the work you put in outside of it. That means you’ll find a comprehensive training studio in addition to recovery-focused amenities such as cryotherapy and an infrared sauna. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Brooklyn Boulders gym without a massive bouldering wall—go ahead and summit it when you’re feeling adventurous. 211 Western Ave., Allston, MA bkbx.fit.
This charming spot in Weston overflows with toys and games, making it easy to keep the kiddos entertained while the fun-loving barbers work their magic in the chair. 483 Boston Post Rd., Weston, MA westonvillagebarber.com.
No noisy, messy pizza parties here: Choose between the sunny Children’s Room, featuring cozy hangout spots with neon-colored furniture, and Teen Central, a stylish space with two 80-inch monitors for gaming or movies. It may be pricey, but we’re sure they’re worth it. 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA bpl.org.
This bright, modern gathering spot is as much an oasis for parents as it is for kids, with group sessions that focus on building skills and exploring creativity and motion through music, sign language, and “messy” art. 778 Tremont St., Boston, MA littlelovageclub.com.
Cold water and newbie swimmers don’t mix. That’s why the pool used for kids’ lessons at FitRec Swim School is heated to a toasty 84 to 85 degrees, making it the perfect place for youngsters to learn how to make a splash with the help of Red Cross–certified instructors. 915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA bu.edu/fitrec/aquatics.
Students in the classical ballet program have the chance to perform in the Nutcracker, but the school isn’t just for future Claras: Its inclusive approach involves classes for all ages (even toddlers!) and abilities. 19 Clarendon St., Boston, MA bostonballet.org.
From the latest Pusheen merch and Tegu block sets to all sorts of crafts and STEM-themed kits, this spot stocks everything the kids in school are talking about and more. Best of all are the unfailingly friendly staffers, who are enthusiastic enough to tell you about their after-work games of Rat-a-Tat Cat. 17 White St., Cambridge, MA henrybear.com.
Forgo the soulless online registry in favor of this family-owned baby wonderland, where a turquoise door leads to all the quirky cotton onesies, ultra-modern cribs, and baby carriers your little angel will ever need. 58 Clarendon St., Boston, MA shoptadpole.com.
As a grandparent or auntie, shopping occasionally for kids’ clothes is a treat. But as a parent, it gets a little tiresome. Reclaim the joy with a trip to CouCou, where shelves are stocked with the latest from French and American designers in muted color palettes and classic cuts, and a playroom keeps little sprouts entertained. 24 Union Park St., Boston, MA coucou-boston.com.
Looking to rub elbows with your favorite A-listers? Chances are if they’re in town, they’ve snagged a room at the Mandarin Oriental. It’s no surprise when you consider the hotel’s dedication to discreet yet over-the-top service, helmed by charismatic GM Philip Knuepfer: Whether you’re dropping by the sprawling spa, the on-site restaurant, Bar Boulud, or the check-in counter, you’re bound to get the star treatment. 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA mandarinoriental.com.
If heaven were a place on earth, it would be the Boston Harbor Hotel’s new John Adams Presidential Suite. Showcasing drop-dead-gorgeous waterfront views from its floor-to-ceiling windows and terrace, the 4,800-square-foot retreat is bolstered by a glass-domed ceiling, a freestanding soaking tub overlooking the harbor, and a private elevator (because if you’re paying $15,000 a night, why mix with the hoi polloi?). 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA bhh.com.
Sign up your four-legged friend for 30-to-60-minute walks that avoid toxic ice melt in the winter and hot pavement in the summer; off-leash pup playgroups; or daycare, where they’ll enjoy lounging on couches and playing with toys. Your dog will come home tired but happy and ready to snuggle. thedailystrollllc.com.
You can’t make your dog enjoy getting groomed, but you might be able to trick him into not hating it here. Upon walking in, Fido will be distracted by buckets of treats and chew toys at snout level; by the time he reaches groomer Sarah Sneyd, even the most anxious pooch will be primed for a top-notch wash and cut. 313 Belgrade Ave., Roslindale, MA bostonpaw.com.
Bonner is like the fashionable friend you wish you could bring along on every shopping spree: patient; quick with a joke to enliven fitting-room tedium; and known to go great lengths to find the perfect pair of jeans. The best part? Getting whisked away to her cozy office to try on your haul in blissful privacy. Copley Place, Boston, MA barneys.com.
Too busy to whip up a dazzling meal for your next dinner party? Just call Kate’s Table. An alum of some of the city’s top restaurants, chef Kate Papaleoni and her team prep dishes in small batches before artfully displaying them in a curated collection of vessels and custom display pieces. And if you want to pretend you did it all yourself, they also offer a drop-off service. katestable.com.
Searching for the right bike mechanic is like searching for the right doctor: You want someone trustworthy, friendly, and not looking to gouge you. For 15-plus years, this basement shop on Harvard’s Radcliffe Quad has been doing work so affordably, and so well, that it’s become an open secret among cyclists. 51 Shepard St., Cambridge, MA quadbikes.org.
Unlike mechanics who speak in what feels like a foreign tongue, Fred and Robert Morrison are warm, conversational, and give it to you straight, simply explaining the problem and the solution. Vehicles, meanwhile, are always finished on time, if not early, and at the quoted cost. 475 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA morrisonsautorite.com.
Here, talented staffers act like whatever garment you bring them is the most beautiful they’ve ever seen—and yet somehow they manage to make it even more beautiful, whether they’re hemming jeans or mending a torn handbag. 324B Newbury St., Boston, MA newburytailors.com.
Favorite boots need a little TLC? These experts can quickly reheel, resole, or reinforce your kicks—sometimes even on the same day. They’re also honest enough to let you know when it’s time to retire them altogether. 101 Summer St., Boston, MA colonialshoerepair.com.