Best Shopping in Boston 1997

Children's

1997 Best Video Store

Searching for an obscure miniseries by Brit playwright Dennis Potter? Or is Japanimation more your taste? You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for those unrated, non-blockbuster, hard-to-find...

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1997 Best Shoes, Sneakers

Thinking about next year’s marathon? Here’s the place to start your podiatric strategy. One fan writes: “The service I received from the hyper-knowledgeable staff verified everything I had heard about...

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1997 Best Leather

For men and women this is the best selection in town. Belts, bags, and wallets from the likes of Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Bottega Veneta make this the...

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1997 Best Gifts, Housewarming

This cheerful shop in Back Bay offers a selection of creative, user-friendly items for the home—hand-painted furniture, small handmade gift items. The staff is particularly helpful, especially if you’re trying...

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1997 Best Auctioneer

Your great-aunt Mildred has just passed onto that great anti-macassar in the sky, leaving you with a marble-tipped, ormolu-encrusted dresser the size of a Peugot. Your entire studio apartment could...

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1997 Best Fragrances

Still rubbing your wrist on that magazine fragrance strip? Quelle catastrophe! It’s all too easy—and only civilized—to spend hours in this tiny wonder shop, sampling the world’s most exclusive fragrances...

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1997 Best Watches

With an excellent selection for men and women from makers such as TAG-Heuer, Georg Jensen, and IWC, this store wins hands down for watches in every price range. The recent...

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1997 Best Hats

This cheerful little boutique is loaded with every hat imaginable—from a simple straw boater for him to an ornate velvet-and-lace capuche for her. Local designers like Natasha and Charles Edward...

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1997 Best Jeans

The best selection of the good old classics (read: second-hand clothes) can be found on the second floor of the Garment District. Leave the dollar-fifty-a-pound first-floor stuff to the true...

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General Shopping

1997 Best Ski Shop

Just because it’s not the biggest doesn’t mean it’s not the best. Anyone who shells out $1,000 for skis, boots, poles, and the attendant paraphernalia might want to come back...

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Houseware

1997 Best Garden Supplies

We know there are locations throughout the region, but this one rules: peat moss, planters, pails, privet hedges, potting soil, pruning shears, peas (seeds), peonies, and porch furniture. For every...

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Houseware

1997 Best Hardware Store

This hole-in-the-wall looks like a cross between Bob Vila’s garage and a grungy New York apartment. With enough searching, you’ll find anything from drill bits and thumb tacks to gas...

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Houseware

1997 Best Draperies, Custom

If you’ve ever tried to make your own curtains, you know it’s one of life’s top-10 thankless tasks. Instead of spending weary hours over the Singer, call Paul Brown, who’s...

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Houseware

1997 Best Linens

While most other high-end linen shops stock only their own labels, Kent carries a kaleidoscopic selection of Italian, French, and British manufacturers. In addition to sheets and the usual bedding...

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Houseware

1997 Best Window Washer

At $6 a window, this is one of the least expensive window cleaners in the area; indeed, it’s half as costly as some competitors. And window cleaning being window cleaning,...

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Men's

1997 Best Men's Clothing, Casual

Everyone knows that Giorgio Armani makes some of the most beautiful clothing in the world, and what fashion-conscious man wouldn’t want his entire closet full of it? But for the...

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Men's

1997 Best Men's Suit Shop

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...

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Men's

1997 Best Men's Clothing, Ready-to-Wear

Even the sartorially splendid sometimes need help updating their wardrobes, and Stonestreets has an all-encompassing selection of menswear from Joseph Abboud to Hugo Boss and the increasingly hard-to-find Paraboot line...

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Women's

1997 Best Lingerie

Forget polyster and well-endowed supermodels staring at you from all angles; this lingerie treasure-trove is filled with innerwear too beautiful to hide: gauzy lace concoctions, sweet silk slips, and cotton...

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Women's

1997 Best Makeup, Counter

New from New York, the McEvoy line offers hip, practical palettes for lips, eyes, and cheeks, and even has a zippered filofax-style case that you can fill with customized inserts...

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