Goldsmith/jewelry designer Laura Preshong and her team use eco-friendly, recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds from Botswana and Canada to handcraft every ring—which translates to less impact on the environment and mining industry, and an even greater impact on your sweetheart. Choose from the store’s existing collection of sparklers, bring in your own sketch, or let the skilled jewelers transform Grandma’s gems into a new heirloom. 558 Tremont St., Boston, MA laurapreshong.com.
The meteoric rise of vaporizers has changed what we smoke and how we smoke it. Nowadays, the marketplace is flooded with newfangled devices; choosing the proper vessel can feel like shopping for a laptop. Don’t let your mellow be harshed, man. The friendly fellas at Kenmore Square’s Blue Moon will help you find whatever type of delivery device your lungs desire, be it a simple e-cig or a high-tech Grenco Science G-Pen (Snoop Dogg’s vape of choice). 470 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, smokeshopboston.com.
If your eyewear shopping experience involves multiple rounds of “What do you think about these?” pay a visit to Lunette Optic’s glossy Financial District showroom, where skilled opticians blessed with saint-like patience make suggestions about the shapes, styles, and colors best suited for your face shape and personality. They’ll help you navigate options curated from the world’s finest eyewear designers, from prismatic Face à Face specs to posh Prada and Chanel frames. 121 High St., Boston, MA 02110, lunetteoptic.com.
Owner Philip Saul (pictured) will bring sartorially salty New England cred to your closet. Pick up a button-down, available in a variety of fabrics, from the store's eponymous label, made in Fall River. Or go for a trusty selection of familiar brands like Jack Purcell, Penfield, and Jack Spade—with surprising twists, like vintage leather brogues to pair with Unbranded Japanese selvage tapered denim jeans. Naturally, you'll want to grab some beer soap or beard oil on your way out. 577 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02118, saultne.com.
Some cuts are simply about lopping off split ends, and some happen because you spotted a stranger with such incredible hair, you just had to track down her stylist. It's the latter that led us to Shag's Kara Hurston for a tousled, shoulder-length bob—dubbed "Lobs" and dutifully chronicled on Hurston's Instagram. Lest you worry about following the crowd by taming your tresses here, fret not: Though trendy, Hurston's cuts are tailored to your face shape and hair type. 840 Summer St., South Boston, MA 02127, shagboston.com.
Want to look runway-ready for your fete? Musette's airy Newbury Street showroom offers a tightly curated selection of gowns from Jenny Packham, Peter Langner, Yolan Cris, and other high-fashion designers. And for the bride who wants something truly unique, the on-site atelier can craft a custom gown to your specifications. 123 Newbury St., Boston, MA musettebridal.com.
Whether you're after an MTV Cribs-worthy home movie theater, a multiroom system that lets you watch in your bedroom and bath, or a 7.1-channel surround-sound setup, the audiophiles here will help you find it. Aesthetics are also a consideration: Avalon speakers come in a range of veneers, and if you desire installation services, Goodwin's will collaborate with your architect. 899 Main St., Waltham, MA 2451, goodwinshighend.com.
In the epicenter of Boston's skateboard scene, this Allston hangout takes things way beyond your typical shoes and decks purveyor. The profusion of brands (hats and tees from Somerville-bred Raw sit alongside national names like Nixon) is reason enough to make it your go-to, but Orchard also has cultural cred to spare: After taking a run or catching a demo on the store's mini ramp, pop upstairs to its Extension Gallery and check out works by local artists. 156 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA 2134, orchardshop.com.
Dalton-based Crane's 100 percent cotton paper has been used exclusively to make U.S. currency since 1879. And while your wedding invitations may be slightly less official than that, they're no less important—and should be no less grand. Crane's seasoned staff sees to it that your stock and print quality are the finest possible, and that you've got everything covered, from save-the-date cards to envelope linings and thank-you notes. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA crane.com/.
There's something disconcerting about trying on swimsuits in badly lighted dressing rooms that seem to highlight every wrinkled lump on your legs. Canyon Beachwear feels your pain: It offers mix-and-match tops and bottoms for whose who fit into a 12 on the bottom but a 6 on the top. The store carries one-piece suits, bikinis, tankinis, and wraps from Domani, Calvin Klein, Anne Cole, Manuel Conovas, Jag, Esprit, and Mossimo, among others. 229 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
The selection of fabrics is so enticing it makes you think about taking that adult ed upholstery course. Whether you're looking for a snippet for the perfect set of throw pillows or vast yardage for lush drapes to pool along your hardwood floor, this is the place. You'll get decorator-quality fabrics at an honest price. Your only problem will be finding someone who can sew. 80 Market St., Lynn, MA .
Even though the name might sound a bit outdated, the clothes are right on the mark. This tastefully outfitted men's store was the first vendor in the United States to carry Ermenegildo Zegna, while continuing to provide for the less adventurous dresser with designers like Hickey-Freeman. For a shop that can fulfill your practical as well as your extraordinary needs, Mr. Sid fits. 1211 Centre St., Newton, MA .
No matter how stressed your tresses, Sullivan can fix them at his new color-only salon in the South End. Brassy blondes and lackluster brunettes alike have all been transformed. Sullivan has even been known to foil short hair (most colorists force single-processing). While he can't promise a mane as glorious and glossy as it-model Gisele Bundchen's, he'll at the very least take your hair to a higher level. 55 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA .
From the second your big toe hits the steamy peppermint, rosemary, and lavender foot bath to the final drop of clear topcoat, Daryl Christopher's signature pedicure is pure nirvana. The exfoliating scrubdown, filing, and alpha hydroxy acids (no medicinal scents here; these are squeezed from passion fruit) are deliciously invigorating. And the massage—noticeably longer and more intense than most—can be followed by a separate paraffin treatment that makes your tired, dry dogs as velvety soft as a baby's feet. 37 Newbury St., Boston, MA dchristopher.com/.
City Express has the craftiest couriers in town: some are lip-pierced and dreadlocked, some are AARP candidates, some are chain-smoking Ukrainians, all take good care of your packages and treat you with friendly care. The phone staff is expeditious and charming, and will always tell you when the traffic is bad enough to cause a delay. No matter what the assignment, they'll get your package there with uncommon style.