Brand-new and about as big as your living room, this music club (capacity: 65) devotes itself to bringing in top tunesmiths and letting you get so close to them you can observe them in full texture. 1912 Massachusetts Avenue (Porter Square), Cambridge, MA .
David O. Selznick would have been comfortable in this rococo gilt-and-plaster movie house. Unfortunately, given the roster of films that play there, the architecture is much more diverting than the show. 539 Washington St., Boston, MA .
The Combat Zone has a number of good ones, but the best is to be seen on Newbury Street. Each afternoon, the occupant of a fourth-floor apartment near the Ritz disrobes, then cleans house. We applaud her lack of inhibition . . . and shades. Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Remember Janeane Garofalo in The Truth About Cats and Dogs ? She has nothing on manager/groomer Jane Bruce, who brings out the couth in your kitties and mutts. 9 Woodward St., Newton, MA .
When the occasion calls for more than your standard shower-comb-and-run hairstyle, Javier is the man to call. With a twist of the wrist and a spritz of spray, he'll turn that workaday do into something that will turn heads. 118 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
A full-service salon: skillful grooming, facilities for washing your dog yourself, supplies and food for sale, and a monthly newsletter to keep you in touch with the latest in doggy hair care. 146 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA .
Judith Rosenthal can save you time and money—no kidding. She's independent, unlike most personal shoppers, so she casts her net widely, hauling in the items of your choice, often at bargain prices.
Owner Alden Webster is a structural engineer by day, but at night and on weekends he provides the best emergency service around, as well as an impressive in-depth analysis of your home's system. 113 North St., Lexington, MA .
A trained engineering technician, Sheetoo will help determine the stereo system that's right for you, based on a thorough analysis of your musical preferences, lifestyle, listening habits, and budget. 38 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA .
What's not to love? Shoes that are hip, yet comfortable. A designer who's a dish, yet a good daddy. And an ad campaign that will make you laugh before you run out with your charge card to challenge Imelda for the crown. 128 Newbury Street, Boston, MA .
For a great combination of price, quality, and service, this family-owned mecca is hard to beat. And you can try out your club selection on the course before you buy. Route 27, Wayland, MA .
After nearly three decades in the biz, Capers knows how to whip up one hell of a spread. And with a “farm-to-fork” philosophy, it’s a safe bet your meal will be totally fresh, too. 21 Emerson Street, Stoneham, Massachusetts 02180, caperscatering.com.
Count on owner Jack Pelletier and his team to help you find a ride that fits your needs (new or used, hybrid or mountain, Fuji or Linus), as well as accessories like helmets and gloves. ashmontcycles.com.
South Shore's architects appreciate Fabrizio's ability to turn intricate drawings into homes built to last for generations. The crew is equally adept at building from the ground up and renovating existing houses. Duxbury, MA fabrizioconstruction.com.
At Urbanity Dance, a community-minded professional company located in the South End, your dancer in training can learn alongside the pros. There are even "mommy-and-me" classes for newborns and babies up to age two. 1180 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, urbanitydance.org.