Best of Boston

2015 Best Shopkeeper, The Nurturer

Lana Barakat, December Thieves

At her SoWa and Charles Street boutiques, Barakat cultivates independent artisans with unique backstories and connects them with customers on her social-media pages. It feels like one big happy family, and Barakat’s approachable demeanor and fawning customer service—she’ll gamely bring goods to you if you’re double-parked, for instance—feel almost motherly. (Multiple locations.)

524 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-375-7879,