It must be that a parallel universe exists in Newton Centre, where for 40 years Mr. Sid has managed to make men's shopping a social activity. Could it have something to do with the daily 5 p.m. cocktail hour, when the main sweater display transforms into a pool table, a plasma TV emerges, and the sales guys start shaking up martinis? Or could it simply be that for years men have wandered into Mr. Sid and, thanks to its expansive selection of upscale business and casual clothing, emerged better dressed and standing taller (if not slightly buzzed as well)? 1211 Centre St., Newton Centre, MA 2459, mrsid.com.
A quick ferry ride from Straight Wharf drops Sunday gourmands at the Wauwinet, where the garden at the inn's restaurant, Topper's, isn't just for show. In the hours before the brunch rush, chef David Daniels (formerly of XV Beacon's Federalist) can be seen plucking herbs for his refined recipes, which include Wauwinet turkey hash, cinnamon-sugar beignets, and a Kobe beef-and-short rib burger. Elegant yet comfortable banquettes and sweeping views of Nantucket Sound have encouraged many a brunch-goer to linger; sometimes all the way till dinner. 120 Wauwinet Road, Nantucket, MA 2554, .
Not quite ready to rock a smock at your favorite salon just yet? You don’t have to thanks to Grettacole, whose root touchup kits quickly became a quarantine sensation. Here, Natalie Salerno, a senior stylist at the salon, demonstrates how to pull off a successful DIY dye job at home. 1. Remove the touchup color and professional application brush from the kit. Be sure to put on the included disposable gloves before getting started—you’re not dying your hands, after all. 2. Always begin at your center part and follow the hairline, slowly moving from ear to ear as you apply the dye in small, quarter-inch sections. 3. Once the dye is applied, wait the full processing time—35 minutes—to ensure the color develops properly (unless you want orange hair!). Then shampoo twice: The first wash is to remove the color and prevent it from irritating your scalp or making your roots oily. The second is to eliminate any residue so you don’t stain pillowcases and towels. 10 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116, grettastyle.com.
An enthusiastic perfumer will custom-blend your scent for your skin, and not charge an arm and a leg. 223 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
They'll highlight your life. Then they'll enliven your highlighted hair—without damaging it. Fanueil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA .
The qualities you seek in a fine rug, it could be argued, are not unlike those you might seek in a mate: Rich. Good-looking. Well traveled. If that's the case, your heart's desire awaits at Landry and Arcari. How about an antique wool rug handwoven in China? Or a sprawling geometric eye-catcher in bright silk? Perhaps a custom carpet inspired by a favorite artist's work or your child's drawing? (They can make even doodles look elegant.) The showroom has the finest broadlooms for those in search of something more expansive, while its repair service can help you patch things up with your current love. 333 Stuart St., Boston, MA landryandarcari.com.
Step one (sufficiently difficult): Coordinate 15 schedules to pick a date for your birthday/ anniversary/coming-out party. Step two (near impossible): Find a place that will seat everyone. The private dining room at Eastern Standard—a plush, chandeliered alcove off the main dining area—will accommodate parties of up to 18 with ease. The waiter assigned solely to your group means you won't ever feel neglected; the fully enclosed space means you won't have to struggle to hear what your pals are discussing at the other end of the table. Hotel Commonwealth, 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA easternstandardboston.com.
By the time you've bought the dress, picked a reception site, and sent the invitations, your wedding cake is practically an afterthought. And it often tastes like one—destined to be left on the table, uneaten. Ellen Bartlett of Cakes to Remember in Brookline makes wedding cakes your guests will actually eat. Working with each couple individually, she helps them pick out the perfect flavor and design to match the dress, flowers, or location. Using the best ingredients, Bartlett custom-builds exquisite cakes so good your wedding guests may skip right to dessert. 248 Cypress St., Brookline, MA cakestoremember.biz/.
Unlike that other island, the Vineyard isn't all about donning your D&G. Still, after a hard day at the beach, even the most casual among us may crave a little luxury. And that's certainly what you'll find at Bouclé, a tidy two-story spa in the heart of Edgartown. Its spa manicure is a professional buff and polish (you can let your nails dry in the blooming patio garden); its lymphatic massage, a detoxifying dream. The cedar-shingle retreat has a full-service hair salon, too, just in case an unpretentious party invite arrives in your mailbox. 12 N. Water St., Edgartown, MA 2539, .
Your rich aunt left her classic dining room set to your bratty sister? Who cares?! You can build your own inheritance-worthy collection at Thos. Moser, the Maine-based furnituremaker where all the pieces are handcrafted from solid hardwood, the way they have been since before you were born. Choose from iconic Yankee silhouettes or spare, contemporary classics-in-the-making that combine Japanese, German Bauhaus, and American Shaker influences. Whatever you pick, everyone will know that at least you were bequeathed good taste. 19 Arlington St., Boston, MA 2116, thomasmoser.com.
It doesn’t get much cooler than throwing back an Old Fashioned while lounging in a 1983 Airstream. Let the team from Hive Events curate (or create) the perfect beverage selection for your wedding and then bring it to sweet, sippable life in one of their retro trailers, which they’ll park outside your venue. Posh glamping tents offer additional, highly ’Grammable space for relaxing and imbibing. Good luck getting your guests to leave after last call. MA hive-events.com.
Take a look in the mirror: What’s your outfit missing? Elk-skin-suede gloves to complement your favorite jacket? A pair of sleek brass earphones for your walk to work? Or perhaps a star-spangled bow tie? Whatever you need to assemble the perfect look, you’ll find it in this handsome man cave of a shop, where the shelves are lined with high-quality, American-made accessories you never knew you needed. 144B Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, ballandbuck.com.
Some trainers tend to give pointless cues, like “Lengthen your muscles!” and offer nauseating advice straight from The Secret. Sarah Dussault isn’t one of them. She tells it like it is, whether you want to hear it or not. No, you can’t lengthen your muscles in real life—but you can have the best body for your body. Dussault’s believable, refreshing approach has made her a YouTube star. sarahfit.com.
It's certainly an achievement to draw in diners on the virtues of your food, your bustling crudo bar, and your top-notch bar program. It's another entirely to knit together a string of neighborhoods in the process. Since landing with a blast in the Radian building in February, chef-owner Matt Jennings and team have given the Downtown Crossing, Chinatown, and Financial District areas the buzzing destination restaurant they've sorely needed. 120 Kingston St., Boston, MA 02111, townsmanboston.com.
Spend two minutes inside Ball and Buck’s Newbury Street boutique and try to resist the urge to find the nearest Douglas fir and chop it down with your bare, brawny hands. Steeped in Americana and testosterone, the store offers all the tools needed to fine-tune your urban lumberjack aesthetic, from waxed canvas Dopp kits and camo bow ties right down to the wild-boar brush you’ll need to prep your handstitched Red Wing boots for inclement weather. 144B Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, ballandbuck.com.