There's no better way to start a Sunday than at Oro, just a stone's throw from the water in Scituate Harbor. Your morning coffee will go perfectly with the Nutella-stuffed French toast and brûleed bananas, but if a bloody mary is more your speed, try it with the Waldorf chicken-salad sliders and fries. 162 Front St., Scituate, MA restaurantoro.com.
"Own your slurp" is the mantra at Moe Kuroki’s tiny ramen bar: It means belly up to the counter, enjoy your soup, and worry about those stains on your shirt later. But it also applies to Kuroki’s personal journey: The self-taught cook from Fukuoka, Japan, began tinkering with traditional tonkotsu recipes during a particularly strong bout of homesickness. In 2014, she started slinging bowls of tender pork belly and chewy homemade noodles at pop-ups across the city. Now she’s sharing her love for the art of ramen at her new brick-and-mortar, where a layered, rich, fully vegan-style bowl stands out in a sea of fresh noodles on the scene. 1 3/4 Broad St., Boston, MA 02109, oisaramen.com.
We know that kitchen chair you’ve been working from since March hasn’t exactly been kind to your back, hips, or knees. Family-owned Circle Furniture offers the seating you desperately need right now, from high-back Stressless models that conform to your body’s movements to sleeker mesh numbers boasting adjustable headrests. Good luck choosing just one. 31 St. James Ave., Boston, MA 02116, circlefurniture.com.
Whether you’re a Marie Kondo purist or a Diane von Furstenberg maximalist, the one thing we can all agree on is that for everything to be in its place, it has to have a place. Luckily, this South End standout has plenty of creative solutions for stashing your stuff. Start small with Thayer Design baskets and Muuto coat hooks, or get ambitious with a new Blu Dot bookshelf or roomy credenza—then watch as your ambitious to-do list shrinks a little bit every day. 38 Wareham St., Boston, MA 02118, lekkerhome.com.
Whether you’re looking for a few face-framing highlights or just need some serious corrective color after a botched lockdown dye job, the single chair inside Jessica Thornton’s cozy salon is waiting for you. The stylist begins with an in-depth consultation—like psychoanalysis for your locks—to learn your goals, then creates a look that’s everything you’ve dreamed of but could never quite put into words. 40 River St., Boston, MA 02114, greenroomboston.com.
If this spring’s closet purge is still in progress, it may be time to bring in a professional. With the click of a mouse, this fashion maven (pictured) will help you virtually edit your wardrobe and put outfits together with what you already own—then send you a shoppable list of new pieces you’re sure to love. Need a little extra help? Andrade also offers personal-styling services at a store of your choice. styledbygilda.com.
This pick-your-own operation has implemented some new procedures this year— face masks and social distancing are a must, and don’t forget to reserve your tickets in advance—but a day in the fresh air scoop- ing up blueberries already lends itself to distance (and pie!). Here’s hoping the PYO pumpkins and corn maze return this fall. 53 Palmer Rd., Plympton, MA 02367, sauchukfarm.com.
This airy Newbury Street shop is as timeless as its gowns. The designer selection reads like a Fashion Week invite list: Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Elie Saab, Monique Lhuillier…need we go on? And the service, of course, is impeccable, with onsite consultants and tailors ready to outfit you to full elegance. If taste and glamour are at the top of your list, let L’élite exceed your highest expectations. 14 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, lelite.com.
Frederick Law Olmsted brought Moraine Farm to life in the late 19th century, and nearly 150 years later, it’s just as beautiful as ever—and perfect for your big day. With multiple ceremony and reception locations to choose from, including the waterfront lawn, you can say your vows on the shores of Wenham Lake and enjoy exclusive use of the grounds after. 719 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915, estateatmorainefarm.com.
Dry skin. Aging skin. Sun-damaged skin. When your visage—and your spirit—need a boost, there’s no place better than this cozy spa, situated on the ground floor of a Tremont Street townhouse. Offering not one but 11 unique, glow-inducing facials, Étant’s detail-oriented aestheticians make sure no clogged pore, blemish, or wrinkle is overlooked (bonus points for the incredibly soothing upper-body massage). Purchase a pack of six or 12 and make this a habit, not an occasional indulgence. 524 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116, etant.com.
Find a gentle way to break up with your dry cleaner, because just about everything at Kit and Ace—even the cashmere—is machine- or hand-washable. And if the sleek basics (tissue-soft sleeveless turtlenecks, work-ready pants as comfy as your weekend sweats, ultra-cozy blanket wraps) don’t fit perfectly off the rack, don’t sweat it. The newly opened shop can make in-store alterations while you sip on complimentary sparkling water. Bliss. 208 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, kitandace.com.
What's your scent? Woodsy? Spicy? Floral? Citrusy? Let the fragrance specialists at this 70-year-old institution help you discover your olfactory predilections as you sample their collection of 1,000-plus perfumes and colognes. Once a Harvard Square mainstay, the Newton boutique stocks classic and limited-edition European fragrances (starting at $35 per bottle), as well as old-school grooming aids such as shaving creams, badger-hair brushes, and, of course, mustache wax. 350 Watertown St., Newton, MA 02458, .
This annual free music and dance party sprawls along Somerville's sidewalks and plazas, as dozens of brass and drum bands from across the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Brazil, and Russia converge on Davis Square. The music pounds in your chest. The activism moves your soul. And to support the restaurants and shops in the square, Honk! forbids outside vendors. No wonder it's the rare local cultural invention so successful, it's been copied in New York, Seattle, and—for the first time this past January—Australia. honkfest.org.
Whether your idea of a workout is a leisurely stroll around Jamaica Pond or endless squats at Burnin’ by Ray, this newcomer to the Boston fitness scene has you covered, with lightweight athletic dresses, super-soft knit hoodies, and color-blocked leggings designed with performance and comfort in mind. The Seaport outpost of the chainlet even hosts a hikers’ club, rock-climbing outings, and ’90s-themed yoga, should you need a place to put your new duds to good use. 31 Northern Ave., Boston, MA outdoorvoices.com.
Browsing Shreve, Crump & Low is a lot like strolling around an art gallery dedicated to the fine work of the Swiss. You’ll see the classics, of course, from Jaeger-LeCoultre to Audemars Piguet, as well as more modern interpretations by Roger Dubuis, all brightly illuminated for your viewing pleasure. Every so often, a true masterpiece will stop you in your tracksfor us, it was IWC’s "Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia," a watch so splendid it’s made only by special request. 39 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, shrevecrumpandlow.com.