Flush with man's-man appeal, State Street has mastered the traditional art of the coif. The careful shampooing and scalp and shoulder massages feel like what they are: masculine indulgences, not girly frivolities. 1313 Washington St., Boston, MA .
European folk art jewelry, hand-painted chess sets, nesting matryoshka dolls, exquisite beads—there's a treasure trove of discoveries in this tiny shop—a great browse. 228 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
It used to house a Howard Johnson's. Now it's gourmet Italian for Provincetown refugees (and anyone else who appreciates fine modern art and an attractive setting, and who has the patience to wait out the sometimes agonizingly slow service). 500 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
There's a good reason Museum School grad and MassArt prof Taylor Davis captured the ICA's Artist Prize: her minimalist plywood installations deconstruct spaces and myriad truths with beautiful simplicity.
Set up in the lobby of an old theater, this place radiates history, stays open most nights until 4 a.m., serves homemade-tasting food, and sponsors poetry readings, jazz performances, and art exhibits. 610 Washington Street, Boston, MA .
State-of-the-art facilities (two complete studios, synthesizers, in-house musicians and engineers) on a hundred-year-old farm. Sauna, Jacuzzi, horses, the works. It was good enough for Stevie Wonder. West Brookfield, MA
The seasonal outdoor arts-and-crafts market remains SoWa’s headliner, but the indoor vintage market, open year-round and filled with all manner of antique gems, has also become a perennial favorite. sowasundays.com.
An opening at the Institute of Contemporary Art, which hasn't succumbed yet to the need to attract suburban hordes a la the Metropolitan Center.
This team of masters—including a metalsmith, a furniture restorer, and a wood-carver—can restore anything antique: furniture, metals, paintings, and objets d'art. 45 Bartlett Crescent, Brookline, MA .
Waterworks boasts a gorgeous catalog of responsibly made and stylishly designed bathroom fixtures and accessories, from freestanding copper bathtubs and Carrara-marble vessel sinks to graceful accessories like art deco inspired soap trays and braided organic jute bath rugs.Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 147, Boston, MA 02210, waterworks.com.
For custom wedding invitations, stationery, and an excellent if overwhelming selection of fine papers from across the globe, this Beacon Hill shop is unparalleled. There are more than 600 papers to choose from and a savvy, helpful staff that gives each customer special attention. Classes are offered seasonally in the arts of bookbinding, origami, and candlemaking, to name a few. 105 Charles St., Boston, MA .
The team at Michaud Cosmetics has brow shaping down to a fine art. Errant strays are whisked away, and the brow is coaxed into movie star-perfect arches. Though the artists here prefer to pluck, they will wax on request. Just make sure to allow some time. Eyebrows this good take at least a half hour. 297 Newbury St., Suite 21, Boston, MA .
Early American, Victorian, and Art Deco furnishings, oak, wicker, and rattan pieces, arcade and slot machines, antique books, dolls, china, jewelry, glassware, oriental rugs, silverware, telephones . . . Make a junket out to Brimfield September 15-16 for the last of three fairs this season. MA
New-wave pizzas, pan-blackened shark, goat-cheese lasagna—these dishes are a far cry from the usual linguine with red sauce or stuffed manicotti. And they'll make you feel as though you've rediscovered the art of eating. 245 First St., Cambridge, MA .
What was once a stuffy North Shore institution has become a must-visit attraction. From a comprehensive look at Joseph Cornell to the unveiling of one of the greatest private collections of 17th-century Dutch art, the shows under chief curator Lynda Hartigan's direction have solidly positioned the PEM on the world stage. East India Square, Salem, MA pem.org.