For those who don't want to deal with Back Bay parking and traffic, Kaps is a welcome solution. This family-owned and operated business has four locations, all of which carry the kind of Italian labels that you might find on the male cast of Ally McBeal: Armani, Canali, Zegna, Hickey-Freeman, and others. Whether you're the wide-shouldered power suit type or prefer banker's grey or pinstripe, Kaps can outfit you in whatever suits your fancy. 5 Main St., Andover, MA .
Sure, the sandwiches are just as good at Michael's Deli, located half a mile down Harvard Street, but what sets Rubin's apart is the atmosphere. Step inside, eavesdrop on the old frummers a booth over, and chomp into a half-sour pickle, and you'll feel transported back to a time when ordering corned beef, pastrami, or chopped liver stacked to the moon on rye didn't make you despair for your cardiovascular system—it just made you very, very happy. 500 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 2446, rubinsboston.com.
An order of the fried Ipswich clams comprises two heaping piles—one of plump bivalves, and the other of twice-cooked, almost caramelized French fries. Follow our lead and generously dunk both in the house-made, lemon-aioli-based tartar sauce. 550 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116, bandgoysters.com.
We spend at least a third of our lives in bedwhy not snooze in style with fine linens from this family-run company? Start with the ridiculously soft 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets that left devotees Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol swooning, then feather your nest with plush cashmere-and-silk throws. 110 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, pratesi.com.
Although we've officially gone into mourning with the recent closing of the Spa on Newbury, Guiliano makes us want to throw our black veils to the wind. Whether you're a stressed bride-to-be in need of that mandatory glow for the big day, or a burned out businessperson ready to toss your computer out the window, a visit to Giuliano will restore your sanity as fast as you can say "detoxifying body wrap." Guiliano's "optimal beauty through nature" offerings include everything from old standbys like facials, manicures, and pedicures to more trendy pamperings like self-tanning-lotion applications, reflexology, glycolic treatments, and acupuncture. In a word: Heaven. 338 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
We'll let Jasper White's former assistant chef make and deliver dinner to our house anytime. Can dining at home get any better than this? 256 Marginal St., East Boston, MA .
If we thought Ayanna Pressley had nerves of steel for challenging and taking down one of our longest-serving Democratic congressmen, it was only because we hadn’t yet seen her take on the Trump administration. In her first speech on the floor of the House in January, she delivered a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump and the government shutdown. More recently, in an exchange that went viral, she scolded Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for interrupting her and evading her questions. As a result, Pressley’s take-no-prisoners approach has made her a star on the national political stage. Read more
When sitting in a colorist's seat, we often feel like a disembodied head of hair. The colorist distractedly feels up our tresses, divines what's needed, then vanishes to conjure up a mystery hue. That's never the case at Will Charles, a low-hype establishment on Newbury Street where Daskowski approaches his work with the mind of a shrink: He wants to know how you and your locks are getting along. He'll then deliver a thoughtful report on the status of your relationship, and provide counsel on where you two could find happiness together. 11 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, willcharlessalon.com.
It seems like practically everyone—from your tattoo guy to your vet—is wielding needles filled with muscle-paralyzing toxins. But while we may be obsessing over our deepening between-brow craters, the injection frenzy has made us just a tad wary of the whole business. Enter Julie Cahill-Hollingsworth, an MGH nurse practitioner, whose Copley Square office is a respite from the madness. With little fanfare, she administers a dose, billing by the unit, not by the procedure. In the past, she’s had an open schedule, which made it easy to book. But now the secret’s out. 535 Boylston St., Boston, MA 2116, sasskin.com.
These two designers are as ease working with chintz as they are with sleek, minimalist, and modern. That's largely because they have an eclectic clientele ranging from the Brahmin variety to dotcom whiz kids. No request is too obscure, and no historical period too difficult to recreate. In addition to transforming your abode into a house of style, de Santaren and Tress-Balsbaugh will micro-manage contractors and ensure the finished product is picture perfect, right down to the linens. 1 Designer Center Place, Boston, MA manueldesantaren.com/.
Don't throw that sofa out: Getting it re-upholstered couldn't be easier, thanks to Fabric Place. The array of chintz, cushions, bias piping, and floral repeats might be overwhelming—at last count there were more than 50,000 fabrics alone—but this is one store where the staff takes the time to show you around. On-call decorators will swing by your house for a consultation (free with a custom order of $299 or more), all jobs are carried out at the company's workrooms, and prices are extremely competitive. 136 Howard Street, Framingham, MA fabricplacebasement.com.
Letting go of your inner Griswold in favor of a genuine vacation can be a challenge, but the Chatham Bars Inn makes taking it easy a breeze. The oceanfront resort serves R&R on a silver platter with a lengthy list of activities—croquet, kickboxing, nature hikes—along with pristine rooms, a top-notch destination spa, and no fewer than four Zagat-rated restaurants. 297 Shore Road, Chatham, MA 2633, chathambarsinn.com.
When it comes to burgers, size matters. Test your gastrointestinal fortitude with Eagle's Deli's 'small' 1-pound Godzilla burger, topped with four slices of cheese and accompanied by a pound of fries, or the outrageous 3-pound Reilly burger, with a dozen slices of cheese and 5 pounds of fries. Each bite (and there are many) proves how good flavorful beef on a toasted bun can be. 1918 Beacon St., Brighton, MA 2135, .
You won't find modern, four-star Greek cuisine at this hole in the wall. But in an oddly delightful way, it reminds us of every humble neighborhood taverna we've savored in Greece, from the blue-and-white paper place mats to the scattered but amiable service. The tzatziki is a house specialty, the moussaka hearty and delicious, the ;horiatiki a true Greek salad—all plates so tasty, we'd be loath to smash a single one. 202 3rd St, Cambridge, MA 2141, desfina.com.
With 112 drafts and 380 total beers to choose from, this just ain't much of a competition. Sure, other places offer great lists: The Publick House has a slate of about 35 beers on tap. But 35 is not 112. And where Lord Hobo—another bar with an admirable lineup—can come off as aggressively hip, friendliness rules the day at this Allston spot. The servers enthusiastically steer you through the menu in search of a pint that'll suit your mood. And that mood, more often than not, is a good one. 130 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 2134, allstonsfinest.com.