Whether you’re looking for a mini Stella McCartney dress for your toddler or a sophisticated Roberto Cavalli button-up for your nephew, Petite Étoile has every fashion accessory your little trendsetter needs. And because Mom deserves a treat every now and again, owner Nicole Ablitt stocks a fashionista-approved Fendi diaper bag as well. 318 Derby St., Salem, MA 1970, petiteetoile.com/childrens-clothing.html.
Despite some fierce new competition (BHLDN in Chestnut Hill, we’re looking at you), this boutique still offers the most swoon-worthy in-store frock selection in the area. No matter how picky or size-diverse your bridal party, the associates here will help you find dresses from designers like Jenny Yoo and Lynn Lugo that’ll match your vision and keep your ’maids happy. 140 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, flairbridesmaid.com/.
Now that you’ve reorganized every inch of your kitchen (and garage, and bedroom...), it’s time for the next step: upping your culinary game. Load up on all manner of gear at Local Root, where curbside pickup makes easy work of achieving your latest recipe #goals. Still on the sourdough train? Browse ceramic Emile Henry bread bakers and Eva Solo mixing bowls. Planning al fresco meals? Check out the Rosle grilling tools, made from stainless steel. 77 Leonard St., Belmont, MA 02478, localroot.com.
On step 10, you’re teeming with enthusiasm. On step 90, your thigh muscles begin to sting. On step 160, your heart is pounding and your lungs are begging for mercy. On step 225, a Zen-like trance washes over you. And then the gleaming beacon of hope, step 294, comes into focus. The end has arrived—you’re atop Bunker Hill Monument. Now soak in the endless city views and brace for the walk down. Monument Square, Charlestown, MA 02129, .
If you're investing in a three-months'-income heirloom, you want to work with someone who understands your vision—and your budget. Cynthia Pischdotchian ditched an engineering career to pursue her bejeweled dreams and bring precision to a timeless art form. Today she works out of a Gothically appointed Newbury Street studio, designing one-of-a-kind jewelry both modern and art deco-inspired. She'll also repurpose existing pieces, transforming Grandmother's diamond clip-ons into your newest wardrobe staple. 45 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, cynthiabritt.com.
You’ve chosen your leading ladies, now let Flair Boston handle the rest. Trust these pros to select the trendiest bridesmaid attire, including floral gowns by Alfred Sung and shimmering jumpsuits by Dessy. Do your gals live across the country? No problem. Have a procrastinator in the bunch? Totally fine. The boutique offers hundreds of dresses online and can “super rush” orders so you can rest assured that your ’maids will be dressed to impress. 140 Newbury St., Boston, Massachusetts 02116, flairboston.bridesmaid.com.
A scissoring from Bass doesn't come cheap (expect to drop a C-note on a session), but you'll finally get what you need in a haircut, as opposed to those one-size-fits-all quickies available elsewhere. Bass first scrupulously studies your hair, then delivers a cut that complements your face and frame, and your head's idiosyncratic contours. In short, he makes sure it's all working seamlessly and, dare we say, suavely. 116 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, chuckbass.com.
A warning sign should be posted on Santarpio's front door: EAT THESE PIES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Because when those pepperoni-and-sausage-strewn slices hit your table just seconds after being pulled from the oven, you will dive in too quickly, and you will burn your tongue. Oh, the bubbly, runny mozzarella; the tangy sauce slathered on top of the cheese. These pizzas are irresistible. Consider yourself warned. 111 Chelsea St., East Boston, MA 2128, .
With 2,575 acres of maintained trails highlighting stunning waterfalls, tranquil ponds, and city views, the Fells has something for everyone, from adrenaline junkies to casual recreationists. Always wanted to cruise down a hill at top speed on a mountain bike while bouncing off boulders and tree roots? Snap on your helmet and put the pedal to the metal. If that’s not quite your speed, simply pack some snacks, park your picnic blanket alongside a gentle stream, and enjoy a restorative day in nature. 4 Woodland Rd., Stoneham, MA 02180, mass.gov/locations/middlesex-fells-reservation.
Getting your makeup done sounds glamorous—until you look in the mirror and don’t recognize the face staring back at you, that is. That never happens when Bailey is the one wielding the brush. The makeup artist has a light hand with foundation, skillfully applying just the right amount so your freckles still shine through, but your blemishes do not. You’ll leave every time looking (and feeling) like the best version of yourself. 28 Charles St., Boston, MA townhousebeautybar.com.
You care about your car. Somerville Car Wash and Detail Center does, too. With tons of affordable options, from hand wheel-polishing to an odor-control treatment (we’re looking at you, pet owners), this is the perfect place to get your ride looking like new. Bonus: The guys here are so well trained in the art of customer service that you’ll never feel judged, no matter how dirty your car was when you pulled up. 680 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA 2143, seeyoushine.com.
Ahhh, that most private of private places where you retreat to soak your day away (or read the Sunday Times)—the bathroom. Going to Splash fulfills a plethora of bathroom fantasies: Is a deep, white porcelain tub with brass fixtures your idea of a good time? Or would a number with high-tech, high-gloss black appointments plus glass and chrome details be better? Either way, the options for updating your W.C. scenery are limitless here. 244 Needham Street, Newton, MA splashnewton.com/.
If your kids are growing faster than your budget, trot over to the Children's Orchard, a resale boutique for children's outgrown clothing (up to size 12) and baby accessories. The selection of gently worn kids' wear is the best we've seen anywhere and the prices are right—we spotted a Polly Flinders dress for $7.95! They also have equipment, toys, and maternity fashions. What's more, you can bring your kids' used clothing in for cash by appointment. 807 Boylston St., Brookline, MA .
It's possible this car wash cares more about your car than you do. Allston offers just about every service you'd ever want to coddle your Camry, from a $124.95 Miracle Glazing to a $7.25 exterior wash. Your car comes out so blindingly bright you'll almost swear it's been repainted. 434 Cambridge St., Allston, MA .
Fasten your plastic bib, roll up your sleeves, and park your party at one of the long picnic tables inside Jasper White's Cambridge clam shack, where the meal itself is the evening's entertainment. Dunking steamed clams into warm butter, cracking lobster claws, and nibbling on ears of corn are all good fun. With a daily selection of seafood—and balloons for the kids—the warehouse-sized restaurant will please every age. Oh, and there's no need for reservations: Priority is given to parties of eight or more. 149 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Cambridge, MA summershackrestaurant.com/.