Best Services in Boston 1999

Beauty and Wellness

1999 Best Day Spa, Suburban

One of Boston’s newest and most talked-about spas, Grettacole boasts a staff that is petite, blonde, and warm—and an impressive services-to-square-foot ratio. Need a pedicure, facial massage, haircut, and makeup...

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Beauty and Wellness

1999 Best Massage

After Kelly worked his magic, we felt more like we’d had a session of physical therapy than a massage. Using a technique called Strain/Counterstrain, he gently unknotted the rock collection...

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Beauty and Wellness

1999 Best Blowout

This fairy godmother carries a hair dryer instead of a wand. Betty will blow away any bad hair day, turning you sleek when you’re frizzy, and stylish when you’re frumpy...

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Beauty and Wellness

1999 Best Haircut

Heads will be turning now that Duff, Sassoon’s North American creative director, has relocated to Boston. Masterful cut aside, we loved his approach—assessing your lifestyle, hair type, and sensibilities before...

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Beauty and Wellness

1999 Best Facial

Too often we find ourselves feeling pampered but unimproved after a facial. Rosaline’s approach is no-nonsense (the salon is pleasant, not chichi, and the manual extraction has a bite), but...

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Beauty and Wellness

1999 Best Waxing

Anne-Cecile moved here three years ago from Rheims, France, bringing along her down-to-earth approach to the body. Her treatments are painfree, and that French accent and giggle don’t hurt a...

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Beauty and Wellness

1999 Best Hair Colorist

Anyone who’s been over-processed to a disastrous shade of orange can appreciate Sullivan’s careful approach. He’ll be honest if your chosen color won’t suit you or your hair, and he’ll...

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Beauty and Wellness

1999 Best Day Spa, City

A city spa should be an oasis—a lavender-scented curtain drawn between you and the press of daily life. With its vanilla-colored walls, soft classical music, and reception-area foot-massage units, Bella...

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General Services

1999 Best Movers

The Giants are harder to book than they used to be, and their prices are higher than some of their competitors’. But this is still the company that people gush...

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General Services

1999 Best Framer

Tired of franchise framers with big stores and little knowledge? Warehouse Picture Framing is a lot smaller than it sounds, but owner Jordan Appel and his two understudies boast a...

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General Services

1999 Best Appraiser

A TV show as appraiser? Absolutely. WGBH turns out episodes in various cities, where locals line up with treasured heirlooms and garage-sale finds. Some of the art specialists in the...

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General Services

1999 Best Florist

This shop has an uncanny ability to turn a bunch of flowers and a glass vase into an elegant centerpiece. Fresh, enduring flowers; dependable service; and most important, the artistic...

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General Services

1999 Best Car Wash

It’s possible this car wash cares more about your car than you do. Allston offers just about every service you’d ever want to coddle your Camry, from a $124.95 Miracle...

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General Services

1999 Best Car Service

Whatever your car’s sexual orientation, it may find its home away from home at Chicago Auto, which started out serving the lesbian community, but has some of the mechanics in...

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Health and Fitness

1999 Best Gym

The true test of a great gym is the leg equipment, and Mike’s has it all—plus amenities including sauna, Jacuzzi, and tanning beds. From 5 to 8 on weeknights, Adonises...

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Health and Fitness

1999 Best Yoga Instructor

Teaching in a beautiful home studio, this yoga expert has a loyal following—and an unbounded passion for her discipline. Individual and group classes are taught with precision, kindness, and humor....

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Health and Fitness

1999 Best Health Club

By far the most complete facility in the Hub. A South Station shuttle totes the club’s downtown professional clientele to its palatial Summer Street facility; a kiddie gym takes care...

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