If you know what you want— an eternity band with sapphires, say, or an exquisite set of braided guards to bookend your anniversary ring— come to the masters, in this intimate, opulent, vaultlike boutique. But first you must be worthy of the stones: Barbara will size you up. 24 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
With so many locations to choose from, City Sports is the best stop for service and selection— sporting equipment from rollerblades to swim goggles as well as end-of-season sales worth waiting for. Check local newspapers for daily coupons. Guaranteed to unleash your inner jock. All locations, .
Have you ever broken your parking light while trying to squeeze into that enviable spot on Newbury Street? For less than half of what you'd pay at most dealerships, these guys will provide (or order) most any spare part. 290 River St., Cambridge, MA .
There is no product too esoteric for this homeopath's heaven: essence of sage, soap salad-bar, pump-your-own-shampoos, natural health remedies, vitamins, New Age magazines, and for those who prefer to get their vitamins in the most natural way—a juice bar. 47 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA .
When he's not helping locals perfect serves, slices, and backhands, Doug Eng is coaching the Tufts men's tennis team, writing for tennis publications, and traveling the training and speaking circuit. Chances are he schooled the pros from your country club, too. The Tennis Academy At Harvard, 65 N. Harvard St., Boston, MA 2163, thetennisacademy.com.
Have a spare $125 and need a new do? Marc Harris's adroitly angled razor cuts are the sharpest in town. An updated, more sophisticated look—one that actually accentuates your face's particular shap—is always money well spent. 30 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, salonmarcharris.com.
Don't let the long line scare you away. You'll get a battery replaced or a problem diagnosed in minutes at this tiny half-century-old family-owned business. And if your watch is fine, or totaled, they'll let you know at no charge. 40 Bromfield St., Boston, MA .
Rating a medium is tough: interpersonal style is as crucial as wow-ability, and how can you tell is someone is wrong about your future? But we like Nancy's nurturing approach, since she counts many of the recently bereaved among her clients, and she did manage to spook us when we wanted a spooking.
Having someone else yank out your body hair can be, um, intolerable. Even first-time waxes will find it quick and painless— the best two things a waxing can be. Bikini line? Ingrown hair? No problem. These unsqueamish Swedish sisters attack so cheerfully, professionally, and swiftly, there's no time for feeling awkward. 221 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
The classes are referred to as boot camp, but the moves are oriented more to funk and dance than to the military. Wiley is a contemporary dancer and choreographer, and his 90-minute-long classes are a mix of dance and aerobics. While no formal training is required, it might be wise to shed your inhibitions at the door. Metropolitan Health Club, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA .
Why single out what is already probably Boston's only Turkish restaurant? Because there are some who work downtown and still haven't had one of their kebab sandwiches for lunch. Give 'em a shot: only your breath will suffer. 72 Broad St., Boston, MA .
Your kids will find plenty of pint-sized company at this brunch extravaganza, where children under five eat free and the six-to-twelve set gets half off. For harried parents, the all-you-can-eat format is priceless. One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 2138, .
If you can beat two eggs, your choice of breakfast meat, hot bread, grits or home fries, juice, and coffee for five bucks, let us know. Don't miss what may be the best sweet-potato pie in the city. 604 Columbia Ave., Boston, MA .
Deli-Sound on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston has a cake which is flown in special form New York and costs only 65 cents. If you get bored with oral gratification, you can tickle your aural fancy with any of the eight-track stereo tapes also available for sale at Deli-Sound. Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA .
Hard to believe the best cup of coffee and best deli exist side by side in a converted parking garage across the river, but that's the way it is. Great cheeses, breads, and meats, along with off-the-wall specialties like pesto, ratatouille, and a strange house policy of no mayonnaise (only mustard or butter). The Garage, 36 Boylston St., Harvard Square, MA .