Don't be put off by the location: Jean Palmer picks up and delivers. This is where to take the super-expensive, delicate items in your closet. It's also one of the few places in town that can handle those red-wine stains, lipstick residues, and other nasty accidents. 3C Bryant St., Woburn, MA jeanpalmerco.com/.
No one is too hirsute for the deft hands of Amy Kernahan. She's as adroit at Brazilian bikini waxes as she is at removing facial hair, and manages to perform each treatment meticulously and as painlessly as possible. Most importantly, her friendly chatter puts you genuinely at ease. 297 Newbury St., Suite 21, Boston, MA .
The only downside to fake lashes is that they often look, well, fake. But when Andrea Starr is the one painstakingly applying length to our lids, we believe. After an appointment with the former LuxLash manager, you'll enjoy your new fringe for four to six weeks with minimal maintenance and nary a mascara tube in sight. 170 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 2116, eyestarr.com.
Crystal-shaped Piedmont-hazelnut bonbons. Chunky walnut-caramel clusters. Star-anise truffles. The chocolates at this new Porter Square shop, displayed like delicate china, are as pretty as they are decadent. The Wonka-like environs, meanwhile (one wall is lined with pastel-taffy-filled dispensers), make it all the more fun. 1702 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA .
Where else in the city can you sample creations—okay, they're just sandwiches, but still—from top local chefs, all off one menu? The inventive combinations include a Vietnamese grilled-chicken sandwich with mint-and-coriander mayonnaise, created by Clio's Ken Oringer. 361 Boylston St., Boston, MA parishcafe.com/.
The heart foundation might not exactly endorse the Macaroni Simoni (the ultimate rich and creamy macaroni and cheese), but who cares? Celebrity chef Todd English conceived of the idea while looking for a good restaurant to eat at with his kids—one without the kitsch and the deep-fried dishes, hamburgers, and hot dogs on a typical children's menu. 42 Charles St., Boston, MA .
Suzi doesn't mix drinks, because Bukowski is a wine and beer bar only—albeit with one of the selections this side of Brighton. But she has everything else a top bartender should: easy charm; a great memory for faces, names, and the drink that goes with each; and a tolerant ear for sob stories and bad jokes. 50 Dalton St., Boston, MA .
The only difference between one cold glass of gin and another is where it's served and how (assuming, of course, it's good gin to begin with). The Bristol takes the prize with its tableside pouring, the generous garnish of olives, and the comfy seating. Four Seasons Hotel, 200 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
When snowy nights descend upon us again, there's only one thing to do: Revel in them. Tramp over to the Dogwood Cafe in Jamaica Plain and order up a hot, crisp, and gooey blueberry pie a la mode. Winter weight gain, be damned. 3712 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA .
Chef Stephen Lancaster serves up imaginative food with accents from Asia, the Mediterranean, and his native Scotland. Bridget, his wife, is the talented pastry chef. The dining room is one of the city's most intimate and theatrical, and the wait staff can hustle if you must make that 8 p.m. curtain. 123 Stewart St., Boston, MA .
Her Sunday cable talk show, Clapprood Live, featured Marjorie flirting with Jack Kevorkian. In a surreal interview, Clapprood praised Mr. Sleepy's choice in ties and promised to find him some female companionship. Maybe Der Silber was the sane one after all.
"The milk was in the cow on Friday," one cheese vendor proudly announced on a recent Sunday visit. That's fine proof that this buzzy market in the Tannery complex offers some of the freshest goods around—from sustainably grown produce and hormone- and antibiotic-free meats to locally crafted wine 50 Water St., Newburyport, MA 1950, thenewburyportfarmersmarket.org.
Mrs. Robinson is one of the sexiest characters in Tinseltown history, hands down. But while The Graduate's opening was highly anticipated, Kathleen Turning's disrobing in the Broadway-bound play left us feeling cold and clammy. This version of seduction felt as awkward as adolescence.
Dock your boat, park your dinghy at no extra charge, fish for striped bass around the corner, and best of all, swim in Constitution Marina's new outdoor pool. One added perk that makes this the best deal in town—free parking for boat-owners. 28 Constitution Road, Charlestown, MA .
There's the selection: 70-plus styles from labels both trusted (Rock & Republic, Citizens of Humanity) and up-and-coming (Goldsign, Fidelity). But it's owner Alison Barnard's uncanny gift for knowing precisely which one will give us longer-looking legs and a perkier behind that lures us back time and again. 441 Hanover St., Boston, MA injeanius.com.