Party accessories may be this Coolidge Corner's true raison d'être, but the candy selection alone is worth a celebration. Bins of chocolate-covered Jordan almonds, Haribo gummy bears and sour fruits, and pound upon pound of Jelly Belly jellybeans are enough to sweeten any outlook. Small bags of chocolates wrapped in whimsical foil or Sour Patch Kids for around $1 are the kind of indulgences that still fall within a kid's (or parent's) budget. Don't bypass the chocolate case filled with Asher's Champagne truffles. 1356 Beacon St., Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA partyfavorsbrookline.com/.
If you're fed up with the less-than-appealing look and less-than-inspiring selection of veggies at your local chain grocery, head over to A. Russo and Sons. It may be a bit of a hike, but you'll realize it's well worth your while as soon as you step into this adorable shop overrun with greens and boasting the best selection and best-tasting produce around. Never again will you be satisfied with that limp zuke from the chain groceries. 560 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA .
Toscanini's understands that life can be as simple as vanilla and chocolate or as complicated as burnt caramel or gingersnap molasses. Whatever your philosophical fancy, this heavenly ice cream parlor will whet your palate with its downright dazzling roster of original flavors. Where else can you find such sophisticated permutations as saffron ice cream or cucumber sorbet? 899 Main St., Cambridge, MA tosci.com/.
The best thing about an ice cream cake is that once it comes out of the freezer, the party has to begin. Think of two of your favorite flavors of ice cream, throw in a handful of M&M's, add in a crunch of chocolate chip cookie, a layer of fudge for good measure, and it's party time. Whether it's a birthday party for 27 five-year-olds or a co-worker's last day, The Ice Cream Works can customize and freeze your own personal subzero fantasy. 1663 Beacon St., Brookline, MA .
This colorful shop has everything a baby needs to live in style from birth forward. From Kate Spade diaper bags and tiny Petit Bateau hooded sweaters to underwear basics and footies, it's all here. With tons of toys and simply adorable accessories (soft-as-your-baby's-bottom blankets by Barefoot Dreams, for instance), plus furniture such as Shabby Chic cribs and embroidered pillows, Lester Harry's has your baby covered. The newly added shoe salon all but guarantees head-to-toe panache. 140 Washington St., Marblehead, MA lesterharrys.com/.
Photographer Elizabeth LaDuca has a knack for making even a dreary day seem ethereal and dreamlike. Each of her shots—from the smallest details to the widest landscapes—seems to glow with a delightful halo of love and light. LaDuca’s organizational skills and experience will keep your event on schedule, but it’s the visual legacy of your special day that will benefit most from her keen eye. MA elizabethladuca.com.
Unlike the stereotypical cranky cobbler who tsks-tsks your shoe care, the guys here don’t judge. They’ll happily fix even the most whittled-down high-heel stub or scuffed-up toe and send it back looking like new. And if you’re in the market for a quirky addition to your collection, be sure to check out the selection of vintage kicks. 42 Prospect St., Cambridge, MA 02139, .
Your relationship is conflict-free—shouldn't your ring be, too? The pros at Brilliant Earth go well beyond the industry standard, tracking diamonds from the time they leave the mine to the time they're cut and polished. A selection of fresh settings made from recycled metals and one-of-a-kind vintage looks, meanwhile, make it even easier to say yes. 38 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, brilliantearth.com.
From the moment Jessica Thornton asks her first question—"What do you want your hair to say about you?"—it's clear she genuinely wants you to love your locks. The stylist leaves hair so perfectly voluminous that some of her regulars can't resist visiting her one-woman shop for a blowout ($85) multiple times a week. 40 River St., Boston, MA 02114, greenroomboston.com.
Ready for your silver-screen debut? Brighter Lights Media’s cinematic wedding-day videos document both the monumental moments and the intimate details in both short trailer and feature-film-length cuts. Bonus: Christian Nachtrieb and Chris Scesny’s stunning aerial shots, captured by quadcopter, let you watch your love story unfold from a birds’-eye view. 15 Channel Center St., Boston, MA brighterlightsmedia.com.
Uniform owner Gary Ritacco has a keen understanding of what it means to balance personal style with form and function. His South End shop stocks timeless basics like fitted plaid and polka-dot button-ups and classic Levi’s alongside unexpected accessories that let your individuality shine through. Just imagine what a sleek Swiss messenger bag, a preppy Daniel Wellington watch, and ankle-high Tretorn sneakers could do for your weekend getup. 511 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116, uniformboston.com.
With a growing list of celebrity attendees and a painstakingly selected roster of movies each year, IFFBoston is your best chance, and sometimes your only chance, to see rare indie movies at theaters across the city. Sometimes it’s a big name trying something new; other times it’s a breakout film from a new director. Either way, it’s comforting to know that big screens aren’t just for Avengers movies. iffboston.org.
In an era when everyone from your grandparents to your girlfriend has gone “gluten-free,” Clear Flour is unapologetically pro carb. Apricot-studded pain de seigle? Black-sesame sticks basted with garlic-herb butter? It’s easy to see why the yeasty, buttery scent of its long-fermented loaves continues to lure locals in droves. Just arrive early if you’re looking for something special (apologies to the woman behind us who wanted the last rosemary focaccia). 178 Thorndike St., Brookline, MA 02446, clearflourbread.com.
In a world where trends change daily, this preppy haberdashery recalls the proper Harvard Square of yore. Looking to impress in the boardroom? Try the U.S.-made "Super 120S Wool" charcoal beaded-stripe suit. Need to accessorize your tailgating attire for the big Harvard-Yale game? Check out the wide selection of neckwear (we suggest the "Harvard Sport" bow tie). Tailoring on-site, meanwhile, guarantees that your slacks will always have a break that's just so. 82 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138, jpressonline.com.
Rare is the makeup artist who can shake you out of your routine with a single application of blush and eyeshadow. Tavi de la Rosa, who mans the Sisley counter at Neiman Marcus part-time and preps Boston's style icons, can suss out your look in minutes. For us, that meant smoky eyes, flawless foundation, and near-nude lips, plus a few false-eyelash applications for extra zing.