NYNEX has failed so far to unplug the Boston Phoenix's escort-service ads, even though (hypocrisy alert) the NYNEX yellow pages contain 15 pages of escort-service ads. Score another one for the First Amendment.
You know that girl: long, come-hither layers one month, a punky shag the next, then a pert pixie, and so on. Never the same cut, always amazing results. We know that girl, too, and she swears allegiance to this "damn genius." 14 Newbury St., Boston, MA sassoon.com.
Some people marry for love; some, for a ring from Shreve's. With what is easily one of the most complete selections of diamond rings around—from dainty two-carat marquis to five-carat solitaire boulders—Shreve's has every fiancée's fancy covered. Bonus: the attitude-free, patient, and educated staff. 330 Boylston St., Boston, MA shrevecrumpandlow.com/.
When the bride seems too special for a diamond standard solitaire, check out the rings at this wonderful shop. Sleek contemporary designs by Niessing; bold rings with semi-previous stones and innovative settings by Barbara Heinrich; and ornate baroque bands by Nathan Levy make picking just one ring harder than negotiating a prenup. 127 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
This small shop just down from Coolidge Corner has a nice selection of antique lights, sconces, and chandeliers, but the proprietor's real skill is in turning that old urn you found at Brimfield into a beautiful lamp, or rewiring the one you find in Grandma's attic. A good selection of shades as well. 195 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA .
Bring your tired coffeemakers, your weary blenders, and just about any other small appliance; this repair shop will make them work like new at prices that will probably leave you with enough change in your pocket to pick up one of their factory seconds. 271 Moody St., Waltham, MA .
Cross a weighted ball with a giant rubber band, and you get a workout that strengthens underused muscles while stretching overused ones. Helena Collins's resistance-training classes leave you long and lean, but these sessions are no slog—they're so festive, in fact, there's often a waiting list. 867 Boylston St., Boston, MA 2199, lifeinsynergy.com.
For men and women this is the best selection in town. Belts, bags, and wallets from the likes of Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Bottega Veneta make this the one-stop upscale shop for leather goods. If money is no object, the timeless Barry Kieselstein-Cord bags and belts are works of art commanding prices well into the thousands. 5 Copley Place, Boston, MA .
For one-stop shopping with or without your significant other, Emporio Armani can dress you from head to toe, including accessories. From jeans to beaded gowns and tuxedos, sunglasses and shoes, this store has it all. As a bonus, the cafe next door will revive you when the shopping gets tough. 210-214 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Favoring a multi-step approach e.g., a semipermanent rinse followed by Baliage, the French process that involves painting one teeny-tiny section of hair at a time Colameta excels at taking brown-haired gals from point A to point Angelina Jolie. 292 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, .
For most of us, it's hard to distinguish between a good two-by-four and a bad one. What distinguishes Anderson & McQuaid is its selection of exotic woods, including purple heart and lacewood, and its knowledgeable, helpful staff. Novice woodworkers are welcome. 170 Fawcett St., Cambridge, MA .
If you're lucky enough to score one of the seats facing the window, the people-watching on Hanover Street alone is reason enough to make the trip. If not? The top-notch renditions of Italian classics will keep you more than occupied. What to Order: The fried calamari; chicken carbonara; veal scaloppine. 319 Hanover St., Boston, MA .
He's made a civic monument out of a millionaire's new playpen on behalf of the one percent of the population that will be able to buy popcorn there without matching federal funds.
Charged by the government with illegally importing endangered species—two ocelots and one mountain lion, found stuffed and mounted in the Hamperses' house last spring.
Izod shirts and shorts tiny enough for newborns are only one attraction here. There are also three-piece pin-stripes for post-toddlers. Prudential Center, Boston, MA .