Best Shopping in Boston 1998

Children's

1998 Best Video Store

Where else but in this sketchy warehouse could we find so many films we’ve never seen before? The scope of the Oasis collection boggles the brain: What do you feel...

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1998 Best Children's Shoes

This is the place for parents tired of chain stores and brands, logos, and swooshes. For more than 40 years, Mario Corsaro has been buying classic, supple leather Italian shoes...

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1998 Best Skin Care

Magnificent moisturizers and exquisite exfoliates don’t come cheap, but Madeleine DeCarlo helps you separate the hype from the truly hygienic. She not only knows her own product line (tres chic...

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1998 Best Bike Shop

Cycling enthusiasts from across the country— including three-time winner Greg La-Mond— pedal to Wheelworks for its competitive prices and great service. Customization doesn’t get better than this: Three-time Olympian John...

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1998 Best Luggage

The travel superstore stocks alarm clocks, passport cases, wrinkles-free clothing with hidden pockets, electronic travel gadgets, guidebooks, maps, journals, and a full-service, in-house travel agency. If you can think of...

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1998 Best Sex Shop

This place has a laid-back vibe, an aura of confidence, and understanding that other adult shops aim for but typically miss. This makes shopping here all the easier for those...

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1998 Best Florist, Exotic

This is a florist that elevates blooms to a cultural experience. Breath-stopping bouquets mix long-stemmed red roses amid tall birds of paradise and other flowers selected fresh daily. Owner Jimmie...

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1998 Best Sporting Goods

A favorite with area high school and college athletes, Thunder’s modest Wellesley storefront camouflages an endless assortment of sporting goods in a huge space. Thunder is run by a family...

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1998 Best Paint Store

When you need paint, Johnson has it, from the usual house paint to aniline wood dyes to oil and watercolor. (There’s an art-supply store upstairs— is that perhaps because more...

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1998 Best Leather

Coach is back on our radar with a new young designer turning out leather goods in shapes and colors never before associated with the conservative store. Look for its ergonomically...

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1998 Best Photo Store, Used

Erik Baier, owner of this quirky shop, is like every photographer’s benevolent uncle. He’ll answer your stupid questions, talk you through your photographic dilemmas, and impart his considerable wisdom, sending...

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1998 Best Athletic Wear

With so many locations to choose from, City Sports is the best stop for service and selection— sporting equipment from rollerblades to swim goggles as well as end-of-season sales worth...

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1998 Best Watches

Hands down the best selection of watches in Boston. From inexpensive Swatches to twenty-thousand-dollar Vacherons, you’re sure to find your new timepiece here. Look for new additions such as Piaget,...

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1998 Best Beer, Retail

Not for nothing the motto, “From beer for eternity.” Downtown stocks more than 650 brews drawn from nearly every continent (at last check, Antarctica was still brewery-free). If you can’t...

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Houseware

1998 Best Bookstore, Cookbooks

Nobody has a more luscious selection of cookbooks than this mammoth warehouse on the Newton/ Needham line. Your 15-year-old just became a vegan? Hosting 60 people for Indonesian rijsttaffel? Next...

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1998 Best Cutlery

A good sharp knife makes the difference between sawing through cooking chores and slicing through them. Don’t get sucked into the manufacturer’s preselected set of top quality knives. Kitchen Arts...

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1998 Best Draperies, Custom

Run your hand across the wall of hanging fabric and imagine it transforming your home: a swath of creamy silk; a swag of blended cotton or crinkly linen. Resident textiles...

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1998 Best Furniture, Elegant

It’s playground of interior design, from armoires to sofas and chaises: A wall of woods, a wing of leathers, a nook of nubuck suedes. You’ll start by changing your home’s...

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1998 Best Kilim Runners

Kilims are among the cheapest rugs, and at Decor, the prices are as attractive as the colorful collection— especially the runners ($195 for a 2.6 by 8 foot runner). The...

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1998 Best Lighting, Fixtures

Adesso wins for its carefully edited selection of trendy pendants, sconces, lamps and track systems, all of the most refined design. Stainless steel, Murano glass, or paper fixtures satisfy even...

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1998 Best Linens

There’s nothing more heavenly than slipping between 250 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. Portico stocks some of the highest thread counts around by Frette, Anna Chini and Portico private label. The...

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1998 Best Garden Supplies

Not only does Mahoney’s stock every hue of azalea and geranium God ever contemplated and many he didn’t, but the selection of hedges, annuals, bedding plants and potted palms is...

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1998 Best Lumberyard, Specialty

It’s got to tell you something that 80 percent of Diehl’s lumber sales are to professional contractors. The company sells high-end fine lumbers— cherry, teak, mahogany, and maples— and even...

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1998 Best Landscaping

Schumacher has been the grad Poo-Bah of flora for the past 31 years, and is largely responsible for bringing a healthy dose of green to Boston’s asphalt avenues. Its creative...

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Men's

1998 Best Men's Clothing, Hip

Look no further for the latest European street chic. Leather blazer for clubbing? Got it. Carol Christian Poell suit with the 90-degree-angle shoulder for strolling Newbury Street? Yep. You supply...

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Men's

1998 Best Men's Suit Shop

A double winner here. The four-story style mecca is the arbiter of quality men’s fashion for both those who are looking to stand out from the crowd and those who...

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Men's

1998 Best Men's Shoes, Funky

They definitely got the funk. Thom Brown boasts the biggest selection in town from the hipper side of Kenneth Cole to platforms in all shapes and sizes. Here’s where our...

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Men's

1998 Best Men's Shoes, Fancy

From edgy and sometimes garish brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Gianni Versace to the conservative Cole Haan and J.P. Tod’s, Saks has the biggest selection for the man willing...

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Men's

1998 Best Men's Clothing, Ties

There is little threat to the tie hegemony that Hermes enjoys; no other store stocks such high-end, well-made, status-symbol neckwear. Some find the patterns staid and the colors dull. We...

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Men's

1998 Best Men's Clothing, Coats

This is Burberry’s? If you are wedded to the image of Burberry’s as catering to a stuff-upper-lip, sensible shoe-wearing clientele, think again. Sure, you can still buy the classic trench,...

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Women's

1998 Best Jewelry, Selection

Jewelry stores can be intimidating— a combination of security guards, glass cases with steel locks, and salespeople who do not encourage trying on the merchandise. But at Pageo, the jewelry...

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Women's

1998 Best Women's Clothing, Suits

Some things in fashion never change: The label’s designer Karl Lagerfeld may push the boundaries of fashion, but his ready-to-wear collection is grounded int he classics. And fact is, these...

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Women's

1998 Best Makeup, Cosmetics Counter

Fabulously flattering cosmetics for almost any skin tone, Bobbi Brown recognized what most lines didn’t— that most complexions have yellow undertones, not pink. The line is comprised of subtle, simple...

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Women's

1998 Best Women's Clothing, Designer

The boutique is a gold mine of designers-on-the-rise like Antonio Beradi and Lucien Pellat-Finet, as well as more established lines like Moschino Couture. For those who care about fashion, there’s...

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Women's

1998 Best Lingerie

Neiman’s boasts the most extensive selection in town of fine European undergarments. Finery from La Perla, Natori, Donna Karan, Wacoal, Christian Dior, Valentino, and Wolford encourages the flasher in all...

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Women's

1998 Best Women's Shoes

Here’s where you’ll find a wide variety of labels to suit all tastes. From Feragamo bow flats for the ladies who lunch to Costume National mules for the hopelessly hip,...

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Women's

1998 Best Women's Clothing, Hip

Label queens and catwalk droolers are well sated at this mini specialty department store. The store stocks small, cutting-edge designers from France, Italy, London, and New York, as well as...

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