After clomping around the city for a few years, our Italian-leather boots were in dire need of a makeover. "Oy. You must really love these,' said this shop's proprietor as he noticed the wood and nails poking through the heels. He tenderly brought them back to life in just three days, and our boots were again ready to strut their stuff. Boston, MA
Fact is, you can't always be there when your beagle needs you. Let Jennifer North or one of her colleagues at Boston Pet Sitters take over the midday walk, or even those weekends when Snoopy isn't invited along to Tanglewood. She'll come as many times a day as needed to walk, feed, water, and generally coddle the little darlings. She comes with a pocketful of plastic bags for pooper-scoopering, industrial strength foul-weather gear for those New England winters, and, most important, a sincere love of dogs. 144 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA .
The best racquet in town. 653 Summer St., South Boston, MA .
Realtors call a soft market a squash, and, boy, have they learned all about squash this year.
Learn the difference between a rope and a line, and learn to love Boston by sea. 54 Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA .
Has it all under one roof. 653 Summer St., Boston, MA .
Some say the multipurpose club is the dating-bar wave of the future. This one's got tennis, racquetball, weights, a pool, a Jacuzzi, a restaurant, and a bar. Some nice bods, too. 653 Summer St., Boston, MA .
This is another one of those Boston traditions that seems simple enough, but is repeatedly botched by ambitious amateurs. Turner Fisheries sticks to the basics—a good roux, fresh potatoes, lots of clams—to come up with a winner. 10 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA .
A dog is a dog is a dog—until you get to Boston Speed's little trailer. Speed serves up wolfhound-size hot dogs (specially made according to his secret recipe) in a real roll, with great sauces you'll never find in a supermarket. Somwhere in the New Market parking lot, Boston, MA .
Nice location and a casual, friendly atmosphere. 80 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA .
A spunky, provocative weekly that has already spawned a number of the city's better young writers. Was the first to get on Ed King's case, when he was Mr. Big at Massport.
We know, we know—how could we possibly overlook the Globe's compelling multipart series on that single, white Beacon Hill female and her frustrating search for the perfect man? Call us frivolous, but we preferred the three-part Herald narrative on a 14-year-old runaway living in the woods, eloquently written by Lauren Beckham Falcone and poignantly photographed by Garo Lachinian.
Over $1 million was spent to make this restaurant the showpiece of the chain. Money talks, nobody starves. 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA .
A relief to have him back on the basketball beat.