This Montreal-based store carries mostly moderately priced European imports. From pumps for women to rugged boots for men, there is something for every foot, but there's only one pair per size in most styles, so get there often. 180 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Whether your look is designer chic, fifties retro, or Elton John outre, this place can meet your specs. It's also one of only a few local sources for the popular Oliver Peoples line of antique-style frames. 755 Beacon Street, Newton Centre, MA .
Fur upkeep is a specialized craft, one that the artisans at this multi-generation family shop take seriously. Older shearlings and minks are repaired with care and stored during the summer, keeping them in pristine condition. M. Miller also makes its own line of stunning skiwear. 519 Albany St., Boston, MA 2118, mmillerfur.com.
After one too many blowouts left us looking like a Dallas cast member, we were ready to throw in the (salon) towel. Then came Tim Robishaw at Jeffrey Lyle, who transformed our limp strands into "look at me" locks that lasted the entire weekend. 135 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, .
While it might seem like a contradiction in terms, colored hair that doesn't look colored is precisely the effect of a coloring session with Joanna. She does not subscribe to the one-color look but prefers to mix a number of warm and cold highlights to create, even with the finest hair, a sense of vibrancy and vitality. Solus, 115 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
After quizzing you to establish expectations, Brady Brumfield will deliver a natural look that can be comfortably worn straight out of the chair—not one that starts awkward and takes several days to grow into. His attention to detail, from wash to product recommendations, adds a level of service seldom seen in run-of-the-mill chop shops. 134 Newbury St., Boston, MA roffisalon.com.
Boston doesn't yet have that one great health club, but in the meantime, BAC is the best thing in town. There are basketball, tennis, racquetball, and squash courts galore, not to mention the basics such as Nautilus and aerobics. It also offers cardio-boxing, golf, a hair salon, chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists. 653 Summer St., Boston, MA .
Play high-speed racquetball or share the Gravitron with your crush, who is probably competitively athletic and making good money at Lotus or one of the other high-tech companies in the neighborhood. Then schmooze in the Jacuzzi or share an intimate dinner at the club restaurant. 215 First St., Cambridge, MA .
At a spot that has the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria (if said neighborhood were full of top-tax-bracket Italians, that is), this defining cocktail is appropriately light and socially lubricious, and sports a Mediterranean twist. Made of iced Ketel One shaken with fresh lime and garnished with shredded basil, it's like a burst of Tuscan sunshine. 79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA viamattarestaurant.com/.
If you can make your way through the supercool front-of-the-house impressarios, and manage to obtain one of the precious few tables in the back dining room, Nicholas Tischler's food will delight, amaze, and just plain satisfy. He's got a way with fish and is equally adept and meat and game dishes. Restaurant Zinc, 35 Stanhope St., Boston, MA .
Consider yourselves warned: This place features the same rough-and-tumble ethic as the B's defensemen. Sure, there are other bars with superior viewing experiences, cleaner bathrooms, and more-refined crowds. But no one captures the spirit of the sport the way Sullivan's Tap does. Plus, the beer here is about as cheap as it gets. 168 Canal St., Boston, MA 2114, .
The Red Lion's lure as a hangout is potent, and has been since 1704. The rustic, cozy bar inside has an original old beam ceiling, huge brick fireplace, wide plank floors, and outdoor patio seating. And if you've had one too many, there are 15 gorgeous suites upstairs, all with fireplaces and Jacuzzis. 71 South Main St., Cohasset, MA redlioninn.com/.
You'll never have an "I'm going to kill him!" moment with Phillips. The one-time Associated Press shutterbug has shot such heady assignments as New York Fashion Week, but is just as excited to photography newlyweds smooching. Impressively unobtrusive and down-to-earth, he unfailingly captures the details that matter. brianphillipsphoto.com.
Delivering a stylish scissoring and blow-dry in under an hour, one-name-wonder Kashmir is adept at making chair-side chitchat, which puts her clients quickly at ease. At less than 60 bucks a session, their wallets feel much the same way. 297 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2115, visellisantorosalon.com.
Hungry Mother has become one of the Hub's hottest tables not just for its smart take on Dixieland fare, but also for its southern hospitality. Credit the latter to Miller Munzer's knack for making patrons feel they're in their own private dining room, even when the place is packed (and heck, when isn't it?). 233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge, MA 2141, .