Whether your career calls for Armani suits or just well-cut khakis, Bloomie's can outfit you in style. Special kudos to James Palazza, in Place Elegante, many well-dressed women's secret weapon: he can find you the best suit, at the best price in the place, and make you feel like Claudia Schiffer in the process. The Mall at Chestnut Hill, MA .
These are the qualities we look for in a waxing: speed, and a thoroughness that lets us put off the next one for as long as possible. After 15 years on the strip (so to speak), Roussou has the process down pat. She's versed in the fine art of distraction—as she chatters on about shopping or the local dating scene, you scarcely notice the hot wax near your nether regions. Plus, post-treatment includes a gentle rubdown with calming oils. 338 Newbury St., Boston, MA g2ospasalon.com.
Jeffrey Dauksevich wants to take control of your hair. Here's why you should let him: Drawing on his two decades of experience, he still gives you the cut you really want, not the one ;he thinks you should try (in his chair, 'no bangs' means no bangs). Need some guidance? He's got suggestions aplenty. The results will be a stunning—if pricey—cut to outlast all the latest Hollywood hair fads. 75 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, umisite.com.
Walk past this aging Central Square building and you'll hear lively drumbeats and rhythmic foot stomping. Walk in and you'll experience one giant Fame flashback. Four floors of studios allow ballet, capoeira, salsa, flamenco, tap, mambo, street funk, and samba to coexist like a little rainbow coalition of dance, while creating an unparalleled surge of collective energy—all for about 12 bucks a class. 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA dancecomplex.org/.
To find Jerry's, look for the door between Uno Chicago Grill's two patios. Push it open. Walk down the hall to the slide-gate elevator. Take it up to the fourth floor. There, you'll reach Jerry, who will hem, shrink, or overhaul your prized suits, dresses, and jeans until they fit like second skins. In exchange, he'll expect cash or a personal check, and a minimum of talk. 729 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
We love the daily bustle of living in Boston, of course, but sometimes we need an escape. At this expansive waterfront spa, the hammam—a stunning, stone-tiled Turkish bath—lets you while away time between treatments with a magazine, or just your wandering thoughts. The amenity-packed locker room, shampoo-commercial-worthy showers, and attentive aestheticians, meanwhile, all make the city feel far, far away. 2 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA exhalespa.com.
Two huge aisles of rawhide chews, a doggie "salad" bar, fish food, cat food, dog food, rabbit food, plus all the gear you need to keep your beast in luxury, from rhinestone collars to skunk-odor shampoo, are at this supermarket for pets. A large selection of beds, travel cages, and toys, plus on-site grooming services and low-priced vaccinations on weekends. Route 114, Peabody, MA .
Wanna buy a car? Whether you are looking for something new or used, to lease or purchase, Robert Aron will guide you through the car-buying maze. Aron's three-part service will help you decide what you really want, allow you to test drive your choices without having to endure the hard-sell of fast-talking car dealers, and then help you buy at a cost close to dealer's invoice.
Formaggio features a carefully considered yet seemingly endless array of marbled blues, sharp cheddars, and runny Robiolas, some of it kept in underground "caves" built to duplicate the conditions of the natural European caverns where cheeses are traditionally aged. You'll find a great selection of other high-end groceries, too, but just try walking out the door without an expertly wrapped wedge of fromage in your bag—it simply can't be done. 244 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA formaggiokitchen.com.
A good pickup bar needs two things: a classy atmosphere, and really strong drinks. At Lolita, bartenders pour more than 50 varieties of tequila in a setting more apropos of Dos Equis's Most Interesting Man in the World (as he says, he does not always drink beer) than frat boys. Try the margaritas—they'll make you feel both refined and, let's say, outgoing. 271 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA lolitatequilabars.com.
It's too bad this full-service salon doesn't include a hotel, because after a 50-minute pedicure, the last thing you'll want to do is pull on a pair of heels and go home. Feet are pampered, soaked, massaged, buffed, and polished, all while you relax in a cushy massage chair. The friendly, professional staff is relentless with rough patches and doesn't stop sanding until your feet are smoothed to a buttery, baby softness. 338 Newbury St., Boston, MA g2ospasalon.com/.
Here's one tiny institution that makes up for what it lacks in size with staying power. This graceful downtown jewelry shop has pulled in repeat customers for 162 years. Most impressive is the service. The salespeople at this family-owned and -operated business are on a first-name basis with most customers. There's also free wedding ring engraving, meticulous (and fast) in-house jewelry repair, and insurance and estate appraisal. 429 Washington St., Boston, MA ebhorn.com/.
Legendary Scottish golf architect Donald Ross designed this shotsmakers course in 1931 with an emphasis on strategy and placement instead of distance and punishment. Coures manager Bill Flynn rescued GW from dereliction in the 1970s by restoring it with an eye to Ross' original intentions. Club professional Don Lyons has gone out of his way to make GW a nurturing environment for learners, going so far as to offer free lessons to kids. 420 West Street, Hyde Park, MA .
Bella has an all-business attitude when it comes to cleaning up your feet, to be sure. Who else in town will spend a full 45 minutes filing, buffing, and pampering to ensure the outcome of 10 utterly perfect-looking toes? Bonus: Her fourth-floor space is serene and comfortable, a welcome respite from the bustle of the street. 85 Newbury Street, Boston, MA equinox.com.
No matter what ails your pet, no matter what kind of pet you have, no matter what time of day or night—the folks at Angell are ready and willing to assist you. Veterinary residents come from all over the country to do their residencies at this extraordinary animal hospital. There is even an avian/exotic pet specialist on staff. You can also adopt a pet at the MSPCA shelter in the same building. 350 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA .