Whether you’re looking for a pastel-pink ombré that fades just so or you need help with a few pesky grays, these ladies listen well and execute flawlessly. Unlike at salons in the city, you won’t find tiers of stylists: Here the whole team comes highly recommended and highly trained. 8 Standish St., Duxbury, MA 02332, beehiveduxbury.com.
This Dorchester destination offers up traditional home-style dishes for those daring to venture beyond bowls of pho or bánh mì. Hungry? Pair ca kho to (caramelized clay-pot fish) with an order of canh chua (sour soup) and a side of white rice, or spring for the seven-course beef, bò 7 món. 291 Adams St., Dorchester, MA 02122, .
For years, this Charles Hotel lair was home to the most dedicated Mad Men fans in New England, thanks to its debonair screening parties. The show may be over, but the hangout’s sexy, mysterious vibe—and the top-notch scotch flights—live on. One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138, noir-bar.com.
Fort Point is home to more than just tech-bro-approved selfie spots—it’s still an artists’ stronghold, too. Duck into this store—which showcases prints, handcrafted textiles, and more by some 50 community artists—for a reassuring splash of old Fort Point. 315 A St., Boston, MA 02210, fortpointarts.org.
The perfect fried clam belly is a thing of beauty: crisp on the outside, tender and saline on the inside, the whole thing offset by a dunk in piquant tartar sauce. Neptune’s Ipswich clam appetizer, which comes with a massive helping of pickle-y, slawlike tartar sauce, is a master of the formand well worth the hour-plus wait for a table. 63 Salem St., Boston, MA 2113, neptuneoyster.com.
Julia Child loved Savenor's because it offered the finest cuts and good advice on what to do with them. The same holds true today, whether you seek lamb, prime beef, organic chicken, or trendier fare like kangaroo and yak. 160 Charles St., Boston, MA savenorsmarket.com.
There are plenty of high-end shops in town to satisfy sophisticated tastes, but we keep coming back to Circle, Boston's source for New England-built beds, chairs, and more. You can furnish your entire home here. Just remember: This is custom stuff. It takes time to build, but it's worth the wait. 31 St. James Ave., Boston, MA 2116, circlefurniture.com.
Michaud will travel to your home or hotel and make you look picture-perfect for the big day, if it's a natural glow you're after or something more dramatic. She'll also give you a care package including the right shade of lipstick, liner, and powder for touch-ups throughout the momentous event. 297 Newbury Street, Suite 21, Boston, MA prettyology.com.
First, he beats Notre Dame, then he beats feet for Jacksonville—doing, of course, only the Best Thing for His Family. We certainly hope BC invites him back when they raise that Carquest Bowl banner this fall.
Whether its flat and functional, high and impractical, slides for poolside posing, or rubber soles for pavement pounding, Saks has the shoe. Brands like Prada, Gucci, Miu Miu and Sigerson Morrison share shelf space with Ferragamo and Stuart Weitzman. In short, the shoe department runs the gamut of age and fashion preference. Prudential Center, Boston, MA .
They definitely got the funk. Thom Brown boasts the biggest selection in town from the hipper side of Kenneth Cole to platforms in all shapes and sizes. Here's where our boys find shoes that express their personality without getting too ridiculous. 331 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Loaf on the couches, chitchat with owner Jodi Malone, or mosey through the well-stocked stacks. This place feels like home, complete with a cat stunning in the front window. And the prices penciled in the front of the books are tough to beat. It's sweet relief from the sour pretension so often found in used bookshops. 1309 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA .
Connoisseurs of pure and simple ice cream are all about two things: richness of flavor and quality of texture. Picco delivers both, first by using the most intense ingredients available in every batch (Vietnamese cinnamon; fudgy chocolate chunks), and second by making everything from scratch—a whole new meaning for cold comfort. 513 Tremont St., Boston, MA 2116, piccorestaurant.com.
Homemade buckwheat blini and every fixin' you could hope for accompany the osetra caviar ($60/ounce). Yellow roses decorate the block of ice that chills a bottle of Stolichnaya (it comes with each order). All ceremoniously rolled out on a trolley. Does it get any better than this? Le Meridien Boston, 250 Franklin St., Boston, MA .
"Bibimbop" yourself to where every stone pot runneth over with savory dishes starring rice, fish, the freshest veggies, or practically the whole darn cow (from tongue to blood to feet). Novices can find Korean food inedibly strange, but Koreana's savory dishes make it easy to learn to like the cuisine. 154 Prospect St., Cambridge, MA .