This is the rare boutique fitness studio that does it all—or most of it, anyway: cycle, treadmill, and small-group training, with more than a dozen classes a day that focus on one of the three or a combination. Here, community is the thing that keeps the (very fit) regulars regular: Owner Lori Haverty and her team of experienced instructors strive for, and consistently achieve, a motivational and inclusive vibe. treadreading.com/.
Your relationship is conflict-free—shouldn't your ring be, too? The pros at Brilliant Earth go well beyond the industry standard, tracking diamonds from the time they leave the mine to the time they're cut and polished. A selection of fresh settings made from recycled metals and one-of-a-kind vintage looks, meanwhile, make it even easier to say yes. 38 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, brilliantearth.com.
On a menu loaded with raw fish and kimchi, the Hojoko cheeseburger reads like a nod to timid palates. And maybe it is—but it's also one of the tastiest fast-food-style burgers we've tried. The Wagyu-chuck-and-short-rib patty is juicy, amply salty, and practically dripping with American cheese and "special sauce," the richness cut with red onion shavings and dashi pickle chips that add a touch of funk. A heap of leggy, golden fries complete the package. The Verb Hotel, 1271 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215, hojokoboston.com.
Just because it's not in the shadow of Fenway doesn't mean this Somerville staple can't hang in the big leagues. Catch any game on one of a dozen TVs while knocking back $10 cocktails and craft beers from the small but stacked list—or fried-plaintain-topped nachos from the kitchen Parlor shares with neighboring Trina's Starlite Lounge. 3 Beacon St., Somerville, MA 02143, parlorsportsbar.com.
The bad news is that the nearly windowless room feels like the perfect setting for a bar brawl. The good news is that most nights, the bartender is also a pro boxer. History and blood run deep in what has become one of the last vestiges of old-time Southie: The drinks continue to be strong, and the pool is free, but the stories you'll hear are priceless. 268 W. Broadway, Boston, MA 02127, crokeparkwhiteys.com.
In the sea of noteworthy Italian restaurants that have opened recently (Benedetto, Bar Mezzana, Mida), small-plates-focused SRV edges out the competition with its umami-rich one-bite cicchetti and bold pasta dishes made with house-milled flour, from garganelli with 'nduja-carrot sugo to strozzapreti with sausage and salsa verde. And thanks to the upgraded dessert program created by new pastry chef Meghan Thompson, the South End hot spot has only gotten better since it clinched this title last year. 569 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02118, srvboston.com.
From the moment Jessica Thornton asks her first question—"What do you want your hair to say about you?"—it's clear she genuinely wants you to love your locks. The stylist leaves hair so perfectly voluminous that some of her regulars can't resist visiting her one-woman shop for a blowout ($85) multiple times a week. 40 River St., Boston, MA 02114, greenroomboston.com.
Harbor views and cool summer breezes augment a listening experience that provides access to big-name acts (the coming months will bring Slayer and Diana Ross) without the hassle of stadium seating. A shifting naming-rights situation may make it hard to keep track of what to call this outdoor music emporium, but it's long been one of the best reasons to visit the Seaport. 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210, .
You found it. The dress. Now it’s your bridesmaids’ turn. Choose a frock they’ll want to wear again (really) at Flair, where owner Stacey Kraft helps bridal parties sift through rack upon colorful rack of shifts, one-shoulders, and A-lines from top designers such as Jenny Yoo, Anna Elyse, and the Dessy Group. Beloved by wedding pros, the airy studio offers top-notch service and refreshingly honest advice. 140 Newbury St., Boston, MA flairbridesmaid.com.
After dropping off your bags in one of this waterfront hotel’s plush rooms or suites, each decked out in teals and taupes, order a cocktail at the in-house bar Henry’s (the Thyme After Thyme is finished with local sea salt) and take it out to the wraparound porch. Sip and savor sweeping views of Chappaquiddick and Edgartown lighthouse. Repeat. You are now officially on vacation. 131 N. Water St., Edgartown, MA 02539, harbor-view.com.
When it comes to giving your guests custom photo keepsakes, it's best to think outside the box—or, in this case, the booth. Danger's open-air, freestanding unit (complete with a touchscreen, flash, and printer) can be as civilized or as crazy as you desire, with photo-fun experts on hand to hem a themed fabric backdrop, print out a step-and-repeat, or even hook you up with a designer for one-of-a-kind scenery. Move over, Instagram. thedangerbooth.com.
Enthusiasm, thy name is Kate. Just one look at this shutterbug's standout portfolio and you'll be giddy. McElwee is adept at capturing the big day's subtle, playful side—a bride's reflection in her groom's glasses, a surprise twirl during the first dance. She works well with natural light outside and shadows inside, so every photo she snaps is worth a thousand words. katemcelweephotography.com.
Turnover on Newbury Street is all too common, but John Fluevog Shoes has sold its unconventional footwear on the strip since 1987. The vast selection of boots, booties, sandals, platforms, and heels offers shoppers the chance to keep it simple or get edgy. And if you get lucky, you'll wander in during one of the staff's spontaneous midday dance parties. 302 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115, fluevog.com.
In a region with four distinct seasons, it can be near impossible to find a retailer that stocks bathing suits year round. Rather than resign yourself to hit-or-miss online shopping for that midwinter trip to warmer climes, head west to Everything but Water. Looking for a retro-inspired one-piece? A specific shade of orange to match your new lipstick? This Natick store has it all, from designers like Nanette Lepore and Trina Turk, gorgeously displayed in January, July, and every month in between. Just add water, indeed. Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester St. #1126, Natick, MA 01760, everythingbutwater.com.
A licensed plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience, Leonard Miller is the perfect battle buddy in the war against gravity. And we’re not talking radical changes; he firmly believes that less is more. Miller specializes in subtle, natural-looking facial Botox that will have you looking healthy and well rested in just 10 minutes. 69 Newbury St., Boston; One Brookline Place, Brookline. 69 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, leonardmillermd.com.