Royal Jewelers is to David Yurman addicts as Massachusetts is to Mitt Romney—a second, and maybe first, home. There's good reason for that: The family-run, gem-packed store literally holds the largest and most complete Yurman boutique outside his Madison Avenue shop. And it hardly stops there. Royal also houses case after case of delectable works by other highstyle designers, including John Hardy, Kieselstein-Cord, Luca Carati, Michael Beaudry, Doris Panos, Elise Rosenstock, and Charriol. 58 Main St., Andover, MA royaljewelers.com/.
Who knew cloth could be such a passion-inducing topic? The folks at Fabric Place, apparently. Even domestic neophytes are blown away by the possibilities in this store. Bolts by the thousands—in shiny floral chintzes, neo-Yankee plaids, and high-tech eggplant-colored sheers (many handbeaded and embroidered)—are enough to send up visions of everything from simple slipcovers to whole-home makeovers. If you'd rather not pay for the designing and sewing services on offer, sign up for any of the 300-plus classes, and stitch it all up yourself. 136 Howard St., Framingham, MA fabricplacebasement.com/.
Fenway became a regular venue for musical acts 15 years ago, enlivening the Sox stomping grounds with a no-holds-barred set by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Since then, America’s most beloved park has enchanted audiences with surprisingly strong acoustics, ample seating both on and off the field, and a stellar lineup of A-list acts including Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and (coming this summer) Billy Joel and Pearl Jam. A home run, indeed. 4 Jersey St., Boston, MA 02215, mlb.com/redsox/tickets/concerts.
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/.
Not the scented-soap type? You'll still find yourself coveting the goods in this thrice-expanded shop. With Yves Delorme towels, Le Jacquard Français tablecloths, and more, La Petite Maison is a breath of French air in preppy New England. 142 North St., Hingham, MA 2043, lapetitemaison.us.
Whether you're after an MTV Cribs-worthy home movie theater, a multiroom system that lets you watch in your bedroom and bath, or a 7.1-channel surround-sound setup, the audiophiles here will help you find it. Aesthetics are also a consideration: Avalon speakers come in a range of veneers, and if you desire installation services, Goodwin's will collaborate with your architect. 899 Main St., Waltham, MA 2451, goodwinshighend.com.
Jill Goldberg's four-year-old shop perfectly captures the new Boston aesthetic: a charming balance of country chic (whitewashed woods, salvaged signs), old-money signifiers (vintage French settees), and a touch of modern chrome. Few homeowners can nail the upscale-casual look without a pro's help—Goldberg offers styling services, too—but a couple of well-placed items from Hudson are an excellent start. 12 Union Park St., Boston, MA 2118, hudsonboston.com.
It used to be that there were two things you couldn't avoid, no matter how hard you tried, while shopping on the island: James Taylor and antiques. That was before Emily Milstein opened Mix. Her funky corner shop eschews stately china in favor of throwback salt and pepper shakers, salvaged photography equipment, and vintage jewelry pulled from Milstein's countrywide searches. Newer items include bright, oval-shaped Mud Australia dishes and 1960s-inspired Bloom nylon or mesh handbags. So that takes care of one stuffy staple (and, hey, James ain't so bad anyway). 65 Main St., Vineyard Haven, MA 2568, .
You could go to Pottery Barn. Or you could go to the Gifted Hand and—gasp!—buy something original. This well-lit Wellesley gallery sells handmade ceramic bowls, contemporary blown-glass vases, and hand-woven chenille throws that you won't find anywhere on the mass market. Pick up a vibrant tiled mirror, antique gold compass, or engraved wooden picture frame and add some unhomogenized touches to your home. 32 Church St., Wellesley, MA 2482, giftedhand.com.
What has a white picket fence, country charm, and more classic décor than a Vermont B&B? If you answered 'heaven,' you'll adore Dianthus. Chockablock with delicate linens, Shaker furniture, handmade rugs, intricate quilts, and a made-to-order selection of country-style curtains, this quaint shop is a trove of accents perfect for dressing up rooms in the trappings of classic New England. 130 Camelot Dr., Plymouth, MA 2360, dianthusltd.com.
It doesn't take a very discerning eye to look at Sarah Cihat's reglazed vintage plates and know that they are cool. Knowing whether they'll look good on your dining room table paired with a particular Michael Aram eucalyptus-branch candlestick—now, that requires talent. Koo de Kir's straight-out-of-a-Dwell-spread salesclerks take the intimidation out of mod design with their friendly, helpful hints and advice, letting shoppers spice up their abodes with confidence. 65 Chestnut St., Boston, MA 2108, koodekir.com.
It doesn't take a very discerning eye to look at Sarah Cihat's reglazed vintage plates and know that they are cool. Knowing whether they'll look good on your dining room table paired with a particular Michael Aram eucalyptus-branch candlestick—now, that requires talent. Koo de Kir's straight-out-of-a-Dwell-spread salesclerks take the intimidation out of mod design with their friendly, helpful hints and advice, letting shoppers spice up their abodes with confidence. 65 Chestnut St., Boston, MA koodekir.com.
Stopping by this tiny garden-level shop feels like visiting your friendly but gruff grandfather's house: Cobbler Mike Damirshian won't hide his disappointment in your shoes' subpar appearance, but he will assure you that they can, in fact, be saved. And each and every time, he's true to his word—heels that have been worn to metal posts are miraculously rebuilt, holey soles are replaced, and scuffs are polished away. You'll walk out with kicks that look (almost) brand new. 84 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114, .
This Hanover workout center is less a gym and more a lifestyle dojo. Named for Japan’s "Twelve Lakes" and cofounded by jujitsu world champ Daniel Gracie, Juniko takes a fitness-academy approach to wellness, offering adult- and child-level formats to suburbanites investing in their whole family’s health. Held in a sleek studio, the classes—including Brazilian jujitsu and aerial yoga—feel more like performance art than exercise. But you’ll still want to reward yourself with a visit to the on-site juice bar for kale smoothies, avocado toast, and take-home cleanses. 1376 Washington St., Hanover, MA 02339, juniko.com.