Master puppeteer Basil Twist's adaptation of Stravinsky's ballet about a tragic love triangle among a clown, a ballerina, and a Moor managed to convey humanity and grace in the movement of Japanese-style marionettes. One compact hour long, it begged for repeat viewings from both kids and adults. Unique productions like this during ArtsEmerson's inaugural season have proven that this organization should be central to Boston arts for years to come. 559 Washington St., Boston, MA 2139, artsemerson.org.
Packed every weekend with straight-from-the-beach diners, this casual 14-booth Italian-Mediterranean outpost is as much about laid-back socializing as its menu is about great flavor. Locals lounge against the white lattice under the faux grape arbor, tucking into fresh-as-can-be tiger shrimp with truffle fettucine and cream sauce. Even better are the tender scallops with ricotta and asparagus ravioli. Factor in well-priced wines, and you've got one sweet slice of Florence on the South Shore. 11 Rockland Circle, Hull, MA saporitoscafe.com/.
Past the bustling ground-level salon is one of the area's most soothing (and healing) oases. Andrew Zona's second floor is a temple of quiet body treatments, cleansing facials, and massages so relaxing they're practically coma-inducing. And if you just can't stand to bypass the boutique, browse its selection of international products and pick a tube of Kérastase shine serum or Sundãri moisturizer that will keep your skin in shape until the next visit. 65 South St., Hingham, MA .
Long's wrote the book (The Diamond Book) on buying diamonds, and eagerly uses it to educate customers at regular diamond seminars. But when it comes time to pony up and buy the rocks, this is old-fashioned shopping—complete with meticulous, informative salespeople and some of the brightest gems around. As one of the few stores in the region with both AGS (American Gem Society) and GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certification, Long's has not only a high-quality stock but also a knack for finding the right stone for each customer. 60A South Ave., Burlington, MA longsjewelers.com/.
Except for his feckless attempt at twisting the Globe's arm during the Barnicle scandal, Stemberg has made one right move after another in building his office-supply company into the industry leader. As a topper, he bagged the naming rights to the soon-to-be completed Los Angeles arena—just in time for next year's Democratic National Convention. At least someone from Boston came out a winner on that deal.
There are kids so adorable they make clothes look cute, and then there are clothes so cute they make kids look adorable. This shop has plenty of the latter, with Baby Lulu tangerine plaid capris, New Potatoes red wagon—covered jumpers, and Mulberribush polos. These clothes will withstand any childhood adventure until your little one outgrows them. 1945 Ocean St., Marshfield, MA oliviarosechildrensboutique.com/.
No prepster would be caught dead without a pair of Nantucket reds, and Murray's happily sells pair after pair of the pinkish shorts and slacks to covetous customers. The other inventory (including equally preppy madras shorts) remains traditional and in good taste. And you can count on great service from one of the many Murrays who operate this family-owned staple. 62 Main St., Nantucket, MA nantucketreds.com/.
This casual spot offers a three-for-one boozing experience: The bustling biergarten, which features beer, wine, and spirits from Nantucket's own Cisco Brewers; the relaxed upstairs bar, perfect for kicking back with a cocktail mixed with the island's own Triple Eight Distillery spirits; and the cozy 19th-century-style "whaling bar' downstairs, where you can chat up the bartender about the band that's playing—and which scotch to try next. 23 Broad St., Nantucket, MA 2554, brotherhoodofthieves.com.
When we showed Michelle Lee our hair inspirationa shot of actress Kate Mara’s chic and shaggy shoulder-length bobshe nodded knowingly and got to work. As she snipped, she explained that razor-cutting the ends would create a perfectly imperfect base for her volumizing vertical layers. And she wasn’t kidding. On our way out, our tresses bounced with vigor, proving that you don’t need to be a superstar to look like one. 118 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, salonevamichelle.com.
Let’s get one thing straight: A bikini wax is not a spa treatment. We’re here to break the news that a wax requiresabove all elsecleanliness and precision. That’s how it is at European Wax Center: Employees wear medical scrubs, and all locations use a special pre-wax cleanser and oil. The hard wax (no strips), meanwhile, is made in Europe with 100 percent natural beeswax. 309 Cambridge St., Boston; and other locations, waxcenter.com.
How does a boutique Boston wine shop become one of America’s most lauded? First, owners TJ and Hadley Douglas introduced the world to their proprietary Progressive Scale, a newbie-friendly system that smartly sorts wines by weight, from light minerality to full-bodied fruitiness. Now they’re working to change the industry by establishing a fully endowed, annual Wine Studies Award, which provides university education and work experience to promising professionals of color, and by curating the country’s coolest collections of wines by female, BIPOC, or LGBTQ+ producers. 303 Columbus Ave., South End, MA 02116, theurbangrape.shop.
So often a salon visit is like a blind date — one that leaves you wondering what you’ll look like when it’s all over. Not at ultra-thorough Salon Beau: A consultation begins with a meticulous prescreening, during which clients send the team three hair photos from various angles as well as thoughts on creative inspiration and favorite styles. They also ask about appointment personas (are you chatty? Zen?), reasons for leaving a prior stylist, and even follicular care priorities. The personal attention pays off, with gorgeously styled locks and absolutely zero surprises. 63 Park St., Andover, MA 01810, thesalonbeau.com.
Sometimes it’s good to let your roots show. At Uni, Tony Messina unexpectedly draws from his Eastie-Italian heritage to bring something new to the burgeoning-in-Boston izakaya genre. That translates to dishes like his signature lubina sashimi with gremolata and chermoula, and hot plates such as spaghetti with nori. And Messina and partner chef Ken Oringer aren’t afraid to have fun within the luxe dining genre, either—as anyone who’s eaten one of Uni’s cheeseburger sushi rolls can attest. 370A Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, uni-boston.com.
This spot lives by the mantra "Kane’s Donuts Are Love." Sink your teeth into one of its pillowy treats, and you’ll quickly understand why: Delighting dough devotees since the Eisenhower era, Kane’s has mastered flavors both classic (the glaze-drenched honey-dipped) and creative (the "turtle" with caramel frosting, drizzled dark chocolate, and crushed Heath bar). The cake- and raised-style offerings don’t skimp on toppings, either, so whether you pop into the original Saugus outpost or sidle up to the counter at the much newer Financial District spot, you’re guaranteed a mouthful of flavor with each bite. Multiple locations. 90 Oliver St., Boston, MA 02110, kanesdonuts.com.
Or views, more like it: Nowhere else in Boston will you find three options for al fresco dining under one roof. All you need to do is pick your floor. Snag a coveted seat on the ground level’s harborside deck and tuck into fried clams while listening to the concert rocking at the nearby Pavilion; savor a splurge-worthy meal on the second floor’s secluded outdoor patio (complete with fireplace); or head all the way up to the third floor’s roof deck, where you can sip, snack, and savor views of the water and the city skyline rain or shine thanks to retractable glass walls. 270 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210, legalseafoods.com.