No caked-on foundation, overly rouged cheeks, or clumpy mascara here: Makeup artist Garineh Ashjian’s bridal portfolio abounds with natural looks, showcasing the technical abilities and careful restraint that put the Glamour Cosmetics founder in a league of her own. Of course, if your tastes run bolder, the L.A.-trained pro can certainly oblige; her editorial experience, to say nothing of her work with celebs such as Bethenny Frankel and Nikki Bella, means she can skillfully doll you up any way you please. glamourcosmeticsofficial.com.
What does a flower shop do with 3,000 extra tulips in the midst of the COVID shutdown? If you’re Central Square Florist, you donate them to essential stores and senior living facilities to add a splash of color to otherwise dark days—then turn around and repurpose your unused vans to deliver meals to healthcare workers. Now that this perennial favorite is back to delighting locals with lush, fragrant bouquets and arrangements (available for same-day delivery or curbside pickup), the future is already looking brighter. 653 Massachuetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, centralsquareflorist.com.
Keto, paleo, mono—who can keep track of the latest fad diets? When you’re finally ready to get serious about what’s on your plate, give Jessi Haggerty a call. The Somerville-based health guru bills herself as an “anti-diet” dietitian, which means she focuses her practice less on weight loss and more on intuitive eating and body positivity. The result? A healthier—and, more important, happier—you. 259 Elm St. , Somerville, MA 02145, jessihaggerty.com.
We approached Paul Browne with a too-long pair of wide-legged pants and a vision for cropped, narrow new trousers. After deftly pinning the fabric and chatting affably, he charged us just $20 for the reconstruction, and we left feeling like a million bucks. Run by multiple generations of skilled tailors, this gem of a shop on Morton Street provides warm, often same-day service for any kind of nip or tuck—just keep your eyes peeled for the window full of garments and the awning marked “862” to find it. 862 Morton St., Mattapan, MA 02126, william-browne-sons.business.site.
Found fabrics, spice and vegetable dyes, upcycled materials, and a zero-waste approach—this Project Runway alumna and proud Framingham native isn’t just envisioning a more sustainable future for fashion, she’s making it a reality. Each piece sold through her website is made to order, so while it might take a few weeks to reach your doorstep, the pretty dresses, statement coats, and patchwork denim jeans are absolutely worth waiting for. nathaliajmag.com.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect pair of hiking boots to trek through the White Mountains or a new water bottle to bring to your barre class, you’ll find the gear you need for adventures of any size at this Central Square storefront. In fact, with tents, tools, and headlamps stretching as far as the eye can see, navigating the massive selection here can feel like an expedition of its own—good thing patient staffers are there to guide you. 565 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, hiltonstentcity.com.
Looking to bolster your collection of anti-racist literature and books about the Black experience? This Nubian Square mainstay has you covered. But what makes owners Leonard and Clarrissa Egerton’s shop an irreplaceable part of Boston’s literary scene is its role as a hub for book groups and social gatherings where both authors and readers of color can feel welcome and be celebrated. Bostonians across the city are vowing to finally listen to Black voices—Frugal has been amplifying them for 12 years and counting. 57 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119, frugalbookstore.net.
Some takeout involves such a comically deconstructed mess of packaged components it feels like a Blue Apron–themed episode of Punk’d. This Trinidadian shop’s standard-bearer rotis, by contrast, tuck an entire meal—curried chickpeas; cabbage; the stewed oxtail, chicken, or goat—into a single, efficient, house-made wrap. Discard the bag, dig in, and give yourself (and the recycling bin) a night off. 1188 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, MA 02126, .
Put another gold star on the reward chart for this shop: In addition to the Lego sets and Melissa & Doug puzzles your kids demand, the shop stocks craft supplies, beginner's chemistry kits, and several types of terrariums. Even better, the book selection, ranging from board books to Dr. Seuss to Narnia, offers a story for any age. 17 White St., Cambridge, MA 02140, henrybear.com.
Boston has its fair share of both floral shops and high-end designers, but Orly Khon Floral Boutique gives us the best of both worlds. Khon's portfolio—which includes everything from holiday bashes to corporate events—is packed with installations and decorations that have us pining to plan a party, stat. But if you're just looking for a few blooms for your home or desk, her inviting boutique inside Restoration Hardware is worth the trip. 234 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, orlykhon.com.
Whether she's beautifying a model for a photo shoot or touching up a client for a special occasion, Lauren Genatossio isn't covering flaws—she's enhancing features. She's the queen of natural beauty, with an uncanny ability to blend makeup so flawlessly, it almost appears invisible. Pay her a visit before a swanky soiree, a big board meeting, or any old Tuesday, and leave looking like your best self. 840 Summer St., Boston, MA 02127, sarrastudios.com.
Full lashes and brows are having a moment, and no salon has embraced the trend with quite as much gusto as Lash L'Amour. Here, rigorously trained aestheticians meticulously apply your choice of synthetic or natural mink fibers to existing hairs, adding length and volume to scant lashes and brows with equal aplomb. They can also hook you up with other hard-to-find specialty services, including lash- and brow-tinting. 129 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, lashlamour.com.
The fortunes of mainstream movie theaters may ebb and flow with the success of the latest comic-book adaptation, but this small theater will always have a stellar lineup of the odd, the obscure, and the cultishly adored. Whether it's running a Bad Hombres/Nasty Women series (grit your teeth like Clint in A Fistful of Dollars) or taking part in film festivals throughout the city, the theater is sure to introduce you to the next movie that makes you rethink cinema. 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138, brattlefilm.org.
For baseball fans, it's the ultimate only-in-Boston venue. Get married behind third base in Section 32 before moving your celebration to one of 14 reception options: For Green Monster vistas, you can't beat the Dell EMC Club; for a skyline tableau, the State Street Pavilion or the right-field roof deck hit it out of the park. 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215, redsox.mlb.com.
Every wedding has its own unique story. And Lisa Rigby, with backgrounds in professional writing and art history, knows just how to tell it. Her work has a cinematic quality that transcends traditional documentary-style photography, capturing expressions full of emotion and maximizing the scenery, whether it's your parents' lush backyard or the Museum of Fine Arts at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve. lisarigbyphotography.com.