This legendary folk club/coffeehouse was nearly forced to shut its doors, but now a new-and-improved Club Passim is open under new management. And it now has a 4 a.m. license, so look here for after-hours food and fun. 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA .
A one-woman office, she specializes in Newton properties, and does the job with warmth and gusto. To accommodate one busy client, she picked him up at his office during lunch hour and provided a picnic lunch to munch on as they prowled properties in Brookline. 381 Elliot St., Newton, MA .
More than 24 hours of slow fermentation and a decades-old sourdough starter yield handmade rounds so chewy, crackly-crusted, and flavorful that they’ve helped spark a better-bagels movement in Boston. Bonus: spreads we’d eat with a spoon. 1796 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA bagelsaurus.com.
Delivering a stylish scissoring and blow-dry in under an hour, one-name-wonder Kashmir is adept at making chair-side chitchat, which puts her clients quickly at ease. At less than 60 bucks a session, their wallets feel much the same way. 297 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2115, visellisantorosalon.com.
It's the thought that counts, but too often pricey flower arrangements arrive as if no thought went into them at all. Not so in Hallie Krachevsky's shop, where she lovingly assembles seasonal blossoms—many of them local—into mini masterpieces. And the store's good in a pinch: none of that "I need 24 hours!" business here. 248 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 2138, .
This is where Boston's other sushi chefs eat on their nights off. Memorable maki comes with ingredients ranging from burdock root to Japanese basil. The fish is unbelievably fresh, the presentation stunning, the extra-long hours ('til 4 a.m., Tuesday-Saturday) convenient. 14 Hudson St., Boston, MA .
After many years spent working at some of the area's top spas, Guerda Paul struck out on her own in 2010. Her warm demeanor and ability to find, target, and soothe problem areas make her deep-tissue and Swedish massages ($90 for an hour) well worth a trip to Wellesley. 47 River St., Wellesley, MA 02481, guerdamassagetherapy.com.
In an area overflowing with new eateries, Pastoral flies under the radar. Strange, given its creative menu (those wood-burning-oven-blistered Neapolitan-style pies are just the beginning), formidable beer roster, and conveniently late hours. 345 Congress St., Boston, MA 02209, pastoralfortpoint.com.
The perfect fried clam belly is a thing of beauty: crisp on the outside, tender and saline on the inside, the whole thing offset by a dunk in piquant tartar sauce. Neptune’s Ipswich clam appetizer, which comes with a massive helping of pickle-y, slawlike tartar sauce, is a master of the formand well worth the hour-plus wait for a table. 63 Salem St., Boston, MA 2113, neptuneoyster.com.
A supermarket for wireheads. All the little doodads and connectors you need for housekeeping in cyberspace, plus decent deals on hardware, and you don't have to drive to the 'burbs to find it. The many disappointed hackers roaming the parking lot after 6 on Saturday suggests a need for longer hours. 727 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA .
We're not saying that biggest is necessarily best, but who can beat Waterstone's selection, browsing room, helpful staff, late hours, and discounts of 30 percent on New York Times bestsellers and 20 percent on "Waterstone's Recommends" selections? 26 Exeter St., Boston, MA .
The team at Michaud Cosmetics has brow shaping down to a fine art. Errant strays are whisked away, and the brow is coaxed into movie star-perfect arches. Though the artists here prefer to pluck, they will wax on request. Just make sure to allow some time. Eyebrows this good take at least a half hour. 297 Newbury St., Suite 21, Boston, MA .
Chef Ta-Pao Liang makes it every day, so you don't have to give 24 hours' notice. Unlike some other local Chinese chefs, he doesn't pick up precooked ducks in Chinatown. 354 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, MA .
White peaches, Allegro coffee, Nicoise olives, English Stilton, and Iggy's breads now reign where once a scuzzy Stop & Shop stood. And for city dwellers, the one hour of free parking with a $5 purchase makes this the best shopping destination around. 15 Westland Ave., Boston, MA .
Make no mistake, fellas: Your strut down the aisle is just as important as any bride’s. At 9Tailors, custom-suiting gurus will help you create an ensemble worthy of your big moment, walking you through myriad design options to make sure your getup matches your style and your shindig. Is the ceremony outside in summer? Lightweight fabrics only. Love to dance? Nix the skinny fit. No suit off the rack will ask you these questions. 132 Lincoln St., Boston, MA 02111, 9tailors.com.