Helpful, energy-conscious, and fearless when it means crawling into the nooks and crannies of a home you are about to buy. 19 Fairview Rd., Weston, MA .
A favorite with designers for hand-sewn lampshades and finials of every description, this shop offers a limited but well-chosen potpourri of antiques, furniture, and paintings. 120 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA .
Sophie Hughes’s boutique is a trove of trendy mixed-metal bracelets, stackable rings, and delicate earrings, all done in the artisan’s minimalist style. By using high- quality recycled gold, silver, and gemstones, Hughes ensures her jewelry is not just beautiful but also ethically and environmentally sound. 80 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA 02116, sophiehughes.com.
Yeah, he should have played Brad Lohaus and Reggie Lewis, but for five years K. C. has been a stylish presence in town. And the Celtics did win a few with him on the bench. We'll miss him.
Ska may come and ska may go, but the BossTones are forever. Going on 20 years, the band is forcing listeners to again Pay Attention with a best selling new studio release. Notwithstanding some catchy hooks, the album features a more melodic side of the plaid-bedecked eight-some, or, as frontman Dicky Barrett says, songs that are "thought out, not just half-assed." Get your tix for the Throwdown now! bosstones.com.
A former pastry chef, MKS Design owner Adam Simha deftly marries form and function with his steely treasures, crafted from scratch for novice home cooks and local celebrity chefs like Jody Adams. Just tell him your culinary aspirations and material preferences, and he’ll deliver your one-of-a-kind gyuto, petty, boning, steak, or cimeter knives in six to eight months. mksknife.com.
Thoreau once walked the 40 miles of the Cape's pristine eastern coast and wrote a whole book on the experience. JFK, also a fan, ensured that the shoreline and its marshes, freshwater ponds, and lighthouses were preserved for future generations. On the southern end of the protected strip sits Coast Guard Beach. With its rolling dunes and ever-shifting conditions—roaring one day, serene the next—it's a breathtaking place to stroll, lounge, picnic, or surf. Doane Road, Eastham, MA 2642, .
With a lot of things having gone "poof" lately, it's good to have something tangible to hold on to—and even better if that something comes in high-thread-count Egyptian cotton, baby-soft cashmere, or even lamb nappa. Admittedly, the four-figure price tag on a sheet set from Milan-based Frette, that luxest-of-the-luxe bedding specialist that arrived on Boylston Street last year, might make one blanch, but the overall aesthetic of these wares is surprisingly restrained; the quality, downright uncompromising. In a time when most folks just want to go back to bed and pull the covers over their heads, the covers might as well feel this good. 776B Boylston St., Boston, MA 2199, frette.com.
A good trainer knows how to get people in killer shape. A great trainer is part fitness expert, part therapist, part motivational speaker, and—let's face it—part drill sergeant. Mitch Shechtman amalgamates all of the above, and adds to the mix a solid dose of humor that takes the edge off that grueling last set of squats. His understanding of just how hard to push clients physically and mentally is a sixth sense. None of which is particularly surprising when you consider that Shechtman is head trainer at BodyScapes, a fitness center dedicated solely to the notion that bodies benefit most from one-on-one time with an expert. Just as important, though, is Shechtman's other dedication: to make workouts tough but fun. One Huntington Ave., Boston, MA .
Generally, a top-notch cocktail bar attempts to cover all the angles in the wider spirits world. But there's something to be said for homing in on a smaller niche and perfecting it, and that's the case at Straight Law, the year-old offshoot of longstanding Spanish restaurant Taberna de Haro. Here, bar manager Sean Sullivan focuses on sherry and gin—appropriate, considering those are the sole ingredients of the refined, elegant cocktail from which Straight Law takes its name. 999 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, tabernaboston.com.
This standout vino peddler has always put up a broad range of bottles and good advice. But the wine jukebox—a nifty contraption that doles out samples for free—at its Brookline location has officially taken the mystery out of wine selection by making the whole process as easy as taking a sip and seeing for yourself. If further guidance is required, both shops boast well-educated clerks and intelligent tasting cards. Best of all, the markups are low and the discounts high, something that's sure to please, no matter your taste. 375 Boylston St., Brookline, MA wine-gallery.com.
A former project manager for a design-build company, Vickory is at home with interior architectur—she creates whole kitchens (from windows to molding to lighting) rather than plunking cabinetry willy-nilly into a room. Because her work is carefully considered and integrated, she avoids major kitchen no-nos like the overdominant refrigerator and the dinky pendant light. Vickory doesn't have a set style, but classic or modern, her designs are always delicious.
A professional-grade facial is more accessible and convenient than ever thanks to the pros at Beacon Hill’s LexRx. Its new Lex Refine + Peel treatment, which promises to exfoliate, brighten, and cleanse, starts with a personalized phone or video consultation, during which a nurse practitioner will pinpoint your skin type and coach you through the application process from the comfort of your home. It’s an effortless way to get that post-quarantine glow—and it’ll set you back just $45. 121 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114, lexrx.co.
If you were going to pick one person to fix the hellscape that is the American medical system, this surgeon, professor, and writer is probably the guy. Tapped by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. last year to head a revolutionary healthcare venture called Haven, he’s searching for ways to do more for less—like, say, relying on tried-and-true (and cheaper) meds instead of the shiniest thing on the market—to pull healthcare out of its spiral. atulgawande.com/.