Owner Paul Niski culls the world for art and oddments seldom seen here in Boston, and consequently Good's inventory of goods—which run the gamut from furniture to linens to pure objets d'art—is almost continuously refreshed. Among the constants in this tiny, museumlike space: John Derian's eccentric découpage pieces, handcrafted jewelry from the likes of Melissa Joy Manning and Chan Luu, and pristine Japanese lacquerware by Morihata. Above all, there's Niski's own exquisite taste, which, if you're unsure of your gift recipient's style—or even your own—is quite a reliable one to adopt. 133 Charles St., Boston, MA 2114, shopatgood.com.
The large-format meaty feasts here are an excursion unto themselves. One Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, MA 2139, bellywinebar.com.
For high-end bling you won’t find anywhere—or on anyone—else, look to Long’s treasure trove of vintage and estate baubles. The venerable jeweler has been collecting unique necklaces, earrings, pins, and more for 135-plus years, with new pieces continually added to its diverse catalog. And if you decide later that you’re more art deco than art nouveau, it even offers a 30-day grace period for your purchase. Multiple locations. 100 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110, longsjewelers.com/.
Fancy antiques, but can't stomach the usual price tags? The once-a-month Skinner Discovery auctions offer estate furnishings, jewelry, books, art, and objets d'art that aren't quite high-end enough for the company's specialty auctions. The large, varied lots promise any level of buyer the thrill of bidding and winning. 274 Cedar Hill St., Marlborough, MA 1752, skinnerinc.com.
Even if the proceeds didn't benefit Asian-art mecca the Peabody Essex Museum, we'd still spend like drunken Qing-dynasty mandarins here. There are all-occasion gifts like Mariposa salad bowls alongside Far East-inspired finds both reverent (addictively collectible netsukes) and less so (pop-art trays printed with a bespectacled Pu Yi). Each new exhibit brings fresh goodies: Look for quirky jewelry and clothing to arrive this fall with 'Rare Bird of Fashion,' showcasing style icon Iris Apfel. 161 Essex St., Salem, MA 1970, pem.org.
Life imitates mediocre art.
Stylish, excellent exhibitions, and a new commitment to contemporary art. Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln, MA .
The Viennese pastries at the Museum of Fine Arts café.
The Boston showing of "A New World Masterpieces of American Painting, 1760-1910" at the Museum of Fine Arts.
A tremendous selection of foreign and art films, and a staff of knowledgeable buffs. 160 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Tune-up heaven in the city where bicycling is an art form. 3 Bow St., Cambridge, MA .
Samuel Beckett's demand that the ART put an end to its version of Endgame.
Tony photographs in a gallery owned by a man passionate about the art form. 162 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Melding art gallery, record shop, and streetwear boutique, Lab's mad scientists have created a retail space with monster potential. 113 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 2134, .