Comfortable environment. Great buys for men and women. Norwood and Peabody, MA
"Cardinal Sin" by Kristen Lombardi in the Boston Phoenix, March 23, 2001, which reported four months before the Globe that the court had sealed documents related to whether Cardinal Bernard Law knew in 1984 about Geoghan and did not remove him.
From the elite eight to losing their troubled blue-chip recruit in one year. Already a "where are they now?" trivia question.
At the behest of U. S. senator John F. Kerry, the prestigious Boston law firm agreed to provide free legal counsel to Quincy shipyard workers who opted for early retirement. Unfortunately, the pro bono offer was not extended to laid-off workers, who could really have used the help.
With charming clothing and accessories from lines like Zutano, Aden + Anais, and Petit Bateau; a dressing room with a handpainted toile motif; and a French armoire that doubles as a display area, this place is way more sophisticated than the big-box stores—which makes it perfect for your precious darlings. Once Drive, Scituate, MA 2066, bundleofhope.net.
Hand-selected by proprietor Panamai Manadee, the au courant dinnerware patterns at this Back Bay boutique can convince browsers to send their own plates packing. Great news for those of us who, during our engagement, went blithely over to Ye Olde China Shoppe and, after scanning the matronly selection, grabbed the least offensive style. At Bliss Home, pick from brands that your mother never heard of, decked out in colors invented only last week. Then relax—because with table settings this eye-catching, your dinner guests won't even notice that you overcooked the poor asparagus. 225 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, .
We all know the standard china and silver registries backwards and forwards, but at Bliss Home, newlyweds learn to expect the stylishly unexpected. This is where they find not only exquisite Spanish handcrafted rugs and French crystal Champagne glasses, but avant-garde curvilinear bookcases and natural-horn pâté spreaders. Bliss consultants can guide you through the registration process even if you're a flat-, serve-, bar-, dinner-, or stemware novice. And if you think it all looks good here, just wait 'til you see it in your house. 121 Newbury St., Boston, MA blisshome.bridgecatalog.com/.
What's not to love? Shoes that are hip, yet comfortable. A designer who's a dish, yet a good daddy. And an ad campaign that will make you laugh before you run out with your charge card to challenge Imelda for the crown. 128 Newbury Street, Boston, MA .
The Hill shouted, 'Thank God!' when the area's Whole Foods opened this year. 181 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 2114, wholefoods.com.
If happiness is platinum-rimmed white porcelain from northern Italy, then joy is a set of four ultrasuede coasters in seven different color combinations. Together, they represent the half-modern, half-classic nature of Bliss, a home-goods emporium that incorporates everything from chaise longues (made in Milan) to stainless steel—lined doggy bowls. Bliss earns the nod for best bridal registry not only because of the unusual and international flavor of its stock, but also for its accommodating employees, who are more than happy to educate the bride (and clueless grooms) about the difference between Waterford and Wedgwood. 121 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
New digs in the Back Bay have given this business a little room to spread out its wares. In addition to the tabletop necessities—magisterial Couzon flatware, Bernardaud china, classic modernist Scandinavian glass (both Kosta Boda and Iittala)—Bliss now has space for ultrachic Paola Lenti furniture. The bridal registry in the back leads couples through the selection thicket, and the Web site is cross-indexed every which way to help wedding guests who are shopping from afar. After the honeymoon, newlyweds can pick up their remaining needs at a 10 percent discount. 121 Newbury St., Boston, MA blisshome.bridgecatalog.com/.
This cafe's a bit dark, a bit smokey, a bit of a hole in the wall, and a bit more country/western than Southwestern. But it has the most authentic Mexican food in the city— from old standbys like chiles rellenos and burritos to more imaginative creations such as pescado con mole verde (with pumpkin seeds and peanuts) and enchiladas poblanos (with a chile sauce flavored with bitter chocolate and sweet spices). Who says hot has to mean bothered? 1682 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA .
Breaking into the sneaker market in a town like Boston is no easy feat. We’re already home to the global headquarters of New Balance, Converse, and Reebok, not to mention Rockport and Saucony, which have offices in the suburbs. But York Athletics’ founders weren’t daunted. Even in Sneaker Town USA, they saw a gaping hole in the market, and an underserved consumer group of independent thinkers they could claim as their own. Read more yorkathleticsmfg.com/.
So the stuffing's been knocked out of it, the cat scratched a hole in the ticking, and it's starting to look a little shabby. This is the store devoted solely to high-end year-round or seasonal duvets and linens. The staff will also arrange to wash, repair, and refurbish any of its models—from the 29-ounce, 330-thread count, white Hungarian goose-down Gossamer to the 37-ounce, 340-thread-count Hungarian goose-down Versailles. The Mall at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA .