This weekly farmers’ market doesn’t just peddle organic fruits and veggies—it fosters community, thanks to live music performances and activities for the kiddos. Fuel your search for microgreens, pasture-raised meats, and freshly picked apples with java from West Roxbury coffee roaster Recreo. Adams Park, Roslindale , MA 02131, roslindale.net/rvms-farmers.
Treating yourself to a mani/pedi at this recently opened salon is like taking a deep breath of fresh air: relaxing, satisfying, and totally necessary. The bright space strikes a balance between clinical and cushy, with skilled technicians ready to trim, shape, and polish your digits to perfection (and have fun with nail art, if you please). 1389 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, bellacquer.com.
This diverse team of animal aficionados—which includes a romance novelist, a Berklee graduate, and a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady—know how to make your pooch feel comfortable, be it on a neighborhood walk, a hike, or a quick potty break. They’ll even arrange playgroups with other dogs in a fenced-in area. MA bostonforthedogs.com.
Looking for a place to stretch your legs? At this 4.7-mile, 52-acre linear park, you'll find dedicated bicycling and jogging paths for the hardy, basketball and tennis courts for the sporty, and jungle gyms and skate parks for the kiddies. 38 New Heath St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, swcpc.org.
This equipment emporium, which moved from the West End to Central this year, stocks all the camping gear, boots, backpacks, and tents you need for your next rugged hike in the White Mountains. Including one remnant of the original location: a wall of trail maps and postcards. 565 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02114, hiltonstentcity.com.
The menswear shop of your yacht-club dreams exists in Concord Center (naturally), where you’ll find all the gear necessary for a Nantucket weekend or a day on the links—from little boys’ blazers to cuff links to a massive selection of Vineyard Vines pants and coats. 16 Walden St., Concord, MA 01742, bluedrygoods.com.
In a world of plush megaplexes with cushy seats and cocktails, there’s still room for classic cinemas like Lexington Venue, with its healthy mix of indie flicks and new releases. Screen your movie of choice, then stroll to Rancatore’s for ice cream. 1794 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA 02420, .
If your precious tot longs for a Wizard of Oz–themed hayride or a Lego Minecraft–inspired bash, call Elisabeth Accardi. The bubbly former actress has brought childhood fairy tales to life for 17 years, including a soiree for a former president’s daughter. uponastar.net.
If your idea of heaven smells like stinky blues and buttery Comté, welcome to paradise. True nerds du fromage shouldn't miss Formaggio's classes (some of which are held in its underground cheese cave) or its cheese-of-the-month clubs. 244 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, formaggiokitchen.com.
The lengthy list of craft beers is appreciated, but it's the potent cocktails, featuring house-made bitters and infused spirits, that stand out here. With a late-night menu including double-fried chicken fingers and pulled short-rib arepitas, Ecco takes bar fare to the next level. 107 Porter St., Boston, MA 02128, eccoboston.com.
Flair's gorgeous new Newbury Street store has everything you need to effortlessly choose frocks for your 'maids: the latest designs from Jenny Yoo, Alfred Sung, and Lynn Lugo in a wide range of colors and styles, and a cozy, elegant environment that invites conversation—not conflict. 140 Newbury St., Boston, MA flairbridesmaid.com.
While Winston is best known for gorgeous cut flowers, the petal pusher also has an impressive garden store at its Newton location, where three greenhouses are bursting with hardy succulents, evergreens, annuals, and topiaries. You'll have to go elsewhere for spades and fertilizer, but this is the place to find the heart of your garden. 131 Newbury St., Newton, MA 2116, winstonflowers.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.
What do Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's have in common? Killer shades, of course. Get your own movie-star-worthy lenses at Vizio, where you can try on pair after designer pair without feeling rushed (or self-conscious). 11 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 2445, viziooptic.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.