Best Shopping in Boston 1996

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1996 Best Gifts

For unusual gift ideas, this store offers gorgeous Asian silk robes and beautifully detailed prints and screens. there are plenty of inexpensive finds—wind chimes, figurines, and knicknacks—in addition to high-end...

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1996 Best Clothing, Travel

This modest atelier (pronounced Oh-coo) off Newbury Street belies the small but elegantly seamed and styled collection of clothing inside. Irene Kerzner fashions smartly tailored suits out of luxurious, wearable...

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1996 Best Gifts

An unlikely place to find Newbury Street-quality merchandise, but don’t be deterred by its setting hard by Foodmaster and Blockbuster Video. A small but lovely selection of art furniture, innovative...

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1996 Best Resale Shop

Whether you’re in the mood to divest yourself of some previously enjoyed goods, or score a bargain on somebody else’s, Boomerangs stands ready to help—and help others while doing it....

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1996 Best Watches

With more than 30 brands in stock, from Akteo to Waterman, these stores are truly the one-stop shop for fine timepieces. Salespeople are very helpful without being pushy—an important consideration...

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1996 Best Bike Shop

Not a shop for pricey equipment and attitude, but it does happen to be the place most couriers recommend. Have the expert staff fix your wheels, or fix them yourself:...

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1996 Best Store Display

Next time you’re feeling flush and confident, buzz yourself into Bjoux and see how the other half shops. This snazzy new women’s clothing store defines posh: mahogany cases filled with...

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1996 Best Milliner

From her Back Bay studio, Gabrielle von Henneberg creates chapeaux to crave. Spring styles feature lots of straw, while fall goes felt. But it’s the fur hats that really make...

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1996 Best Gifts, Wacky Ideas

The place to go if you’re searching for that unusual, eyebrow-raising gift. Clothing, jewelry, mirrors, clocks, magnets, gargoyles, Keith Haring cards—and even “woogie lamps” (those revolving lamps with figures cut...

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1996 Best Flowers, Silk

Every imaginable variety of flower, as well as towering ficuses, bonsai, and bushes. This is the place to come if you don’t have a green thumb or a southern exposure....

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1996 Best Lighting, Fixtures, Hip

Unusual, funky fixtures displayed in a Fort Point Channel warehouse showroom. This isn’t the place to come for full-service electrical supplies, but check it out for that knock-your-socks-off fixture for...

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1996 Best Tableware, Unusual

No offense, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, but Loulou’s is a great choice for funky place settings and accessories at a reasonable price. Some items are original, scavenged from...

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1996 Best Tile, Specialty

Though smaller in size than some of its competitors, this shop carries tiles you won’t see anywhere else. They’re the exclusive distributors of the Ann Sacks line—tiles which are custom-...

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1996 Best Antiques, Affordable

It has the air of a country roadside antiques store, with friendly prices and unexpected treasures (a satin-wood inlaid floor-length dressing mirror, with marble-topped side tables, 1927, $1,650). If you...

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1996 Best Lumberyard, Specialty

All the missing parts for your crumbling Victorian—unique moldings, and unusual size clapboards, plus a helpful staff to walk you through the choices. Diehl’s also has everything you’d expect from...

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Women's

1996 Best Jewelry, Estate

This old-fashioned jeweler carries both estate and new jewelry, along with a lovely selection of sterling and silver-plate items. You can gaze longingly at jumbo diamonds in the $100,000 range,...

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