There aren't many places like Ron's left in this world. The 10-lane candlepin bowling alley has barely changed since it opened more than 50 years ago. The house-made ice cream has won accolades from the likes of National Geographic. 1231 Hyde Park Ave., Boston, MA 02026, ronsicecream.com.
The display cases in this Boylston Street showroom house brands that have literally stood the test of time—classics like Baume & Mercier and Patek Philippe. The shop also employs a helpful, honest sales team more interested in finding you the right ticker than the most expensive one. 416 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116, lbgreen.com.
Even your most treasured designer duds are safe in the hands of Lyudmila Sletkova. Trusted by notable Bostonians like Vicki Kennedy to hem sagging slacks and bulky blazers, the Russian-born seam queen has been in business for 20 years. She’s even a favorite among trendy retailers like Agent Provocateur. 268 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, bestfitinc.com.
Page’s virtuosos, many with degrees from nearby Berklee and the New England Conservatory, will give your budding Beethoven a head start. Older kids can take lessons in music production, where Pro Tools and GarageBand are just the beginning. 334 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115, pagemusiclessons.com.
The chatty bartenders, trivia nights, and weekly karaoke are more than enough to turn this hidden gem into your go-to watering hole. But the friendly Rozzie locals are what really make Brannelly’s feel like the home you never knew you needed. 4432 Washington St., Boston, MA 02131, .
Favorite boots need a little TLC? These experts can quickly reheel, resole, or reinforce your kicks—sometimes even on the same day. They’re also honest enough to let you know when it’s time to retire them altogether. 101 Summer St., Boston, MA colonialshoerepair.com.
Mother Juice’s liquid diet is as tasty as it is virtuous, designed to satisfy cravings at just the right time (we’re particularly thankful for the hearty and sweet “Cashew Mylk” right before bed). The local chainlet will even deliver its freshly made elixirs to your door daily. 291 Newbury St., Boston, MA motherjuice.com.
Perusing Jan Gleysteen’s portfolio, one word repeatedly comes to mind: timeless. With nearly four decades of experience under his belt, the Wellesley architect knows his way around traditionalism, dreaming up classic abodes—such as a grand suburban homestead with coffered ceilings and dramatic archway—that are built to last. 888 Worcester St., Wellesley, MA 02482, jangleysteeninc.com.
Visit this delightfully retro storefront, and you’ll be rewarded with melt-in-your-mouth honey-dipped spheres, jumbo coffee rolls, and coconut cake rings with the perfect bite. Best of all: Each confection is affordable enough to justify buying a dozen any day of the week. 35 Riverside Ave., Medford, MA 2155, donutswith.com.
A restaurant is only as good as its service, and at this hot spot helmed by chef Chris Parsons, that service is impeccable, from the gratis valet parking to the warm waitstaff, who happily point diners to their favorite house-made pastas (don’t miss the bucatini with lobster and smoky pulled pork). 95 Eliot St., Milton, MA 2186, steelandrye.com.
We adore the cases brimming with imported and locally made cheeses (like fiore di latte from Everett's Mozzarella House), the boxes teeming with exotic Asian vegetables, and a deli counter loaded with top-notch finds. But the best part about a trip to Russo's is that we get whole foods without dropping an entire paycheck. 560 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 2472, russos.com.
For jewelry fanatics, Persona brings on the kind of high usually reserved for teenyboppers at Clay Aiken concerts. The treasure chest showcases the glam (Coomi diamond drops) and the affordable (Alexis Bittar bangles), not to mention estate pieces by Aspinal of London and a top-notch in-house line by co-owner Gary Shteyman. 15 Avery St., Boston, MA 2111, personastyle.com.
At this Cambridge cookery boutique, spatulas, whisks, and pasta makers are on display next to exquisite Alessi pots and pans and saber-sharp David Mellor knives. Completely lost in the kitchen? Brightly colored Le Creuset French ovens make the perfect gift for the gourmand in your life. 221 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA localroot.com.
The city's four major franchises didn't exactly harvest a bumper crop of new talent this season, but among the slim pickin's, rookie starting pitcher Brian Rose stands out, if only because he beat the damn Yankees his first two outings.
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 .