Best Shopping in Boston 1999

Children's

1999 Best Children's Bookstore

Roughly translated, that means, All kids go to heaven. With its bright red-and-yellow storefront, this kiddie version of Wordsworth marks the central corner of Harvard Square as well as the...

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Children's

1999 Best Toy Store

When architects, engineers, and toddlers play side by side, you know you’ve found a unique toy store/ Other places might have more variety or flashier displays, but this small storefront...

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Best Baby Clothing

1999 Best Gifts, Baby

This store offers a mix of apparel, bedding and accessories, furniture, and eclectic items for infants and toddlers. Other times include sterling silver charm bracelets for kids, handmade, quilts, spoons,...

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Children's

1999 Best Video Store

City’s two locations might not have 45 copies of Godzilla, but they’ve got all the movies that really matter, and the staff to help you find them. Ask the overeducated...

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1999 Best Children's Shoes

It’s worth braving the Big Dig quagmire to check out this store. But don’t be fooled by the antiquated exterior and no-frills interior; inside is a selection of imported Italian-leather...

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General Shopping

1999 Best Designer, Clothing

Deep inside the grunge of Harvard Square, this boutique is a welcome alternative for those who eschew Birkenstocks for Blahniks. Tess specializes in high-end women’s designer clothing from Biella Collezioni,...

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1999 Best Makeup

Unlike the standard fare proffered by department store makeup counters, the selection at E6 is full of harder-to-find makeup, fragrance, and bath products—a beauty bonanza for makeup junkies. E6 offers...

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1999 Best Optical Shop

Designer frames for the fussiest fashion mavens (Oliver Peoples, Matsuda, Jean Paul Gaultier, Boucheron) and service that harks back to the days when people weren’t wearing contact lenses...

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1999 Best Bike Shop

A cyclist’s dream: a bright, airy space filled with top-of-the-line inventory and staffed by fellow riders who know their bikes from shifters to spokes. Not only do these folks understand...

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1999 Best Shoes

Whether its flat and functional, high and impractical, slides for poolside posing, or rubber soles for pavement pounding, Saks has the shoe. Brands like Prada, Gucci, Miu Miu and Sigerson...

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1999 Best Luggage

Looking for luggage that looks good in the baggage trolley and is built to last a lifetime? This temple of travel-related goods has an extensive selection of luggage—not only brands...

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1999 Best Clothing, Swimwear

There’s something disconcerting about trying on swimsuits in badly lighted dressing rooms that seem to highlight every wrinkled lump on your legs. Canyon Beachwear feels your pain: It offers mix-and-match...

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1999 Best Sex Shop

No matter how kinky you are, you are always welcome at Grand Opening! near Coolidge Corner. Founded by Kim Airs in 1993, Grand Opening! provides women and men a comfortable...

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1999 Best Craft Shop

A mix of traditional crafts, whimsy, and fine arts endows the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative with unusual charms. On a magical mystery tour of its three floors, you’ll find everything from...

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1999 Best Souvenir Shop

This store sells tasteful tchotchkes with a local theme, including throws, tea sets, games, prints, calendars, and books about Boston, many by its sons and daughters. It also benefits the...

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1999 Best Newsstand

Where else can you satisfy your craving for the latest magazine about fly fishing, your favorite foreign commentary, or the current issue of Bus World? With more than 4,000 magazines...

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1999 Best Leather

Forget the limited line of bags, wallets and key rings that were a rite of passage for college graduates and sure standbys for Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts. The...

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1999 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith is dedicated to the art of browsing. This cozy store allows book lovers to curl up on the wood floor and thumb through their favorite tomes. Friendly staffers...

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1999 Best Tile

Planning a back splash in your kitchen? A mosaic in your bathroom? Tiling your entryway or looking for flagstones for your patio? The selection might be overwhelming, but the consultants...

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1999 Best Golf Shop

Whether you’re interested in a top-of-the-line steelhead, framed pictures of your favorite courses and players (the one of Arnie at St. Andrew’s is priceless), or just a new shirt, Boston...

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1999 Best Lumberyard

For most of us, it’s hard to distinguish between a good two-by-four and a bad one. What distinguishes Anderson & McQuaid is its selection of exotic woods, including purple heart...

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1999 Best Paper Store

For custom wedding invitations, stationery, and an excellent if overwhelming selection of fine papers from across the globe, this Beacon Hill shop is unparalleled. There are more than 600 papers...

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1999 Best Mall

The words civilized and shopping mall rarely appear in the same sentence. But at Chestnut Hill Mall the experience is downright peaceful, especially when jazz quartets play on weekends. There...

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Houseware

1999 Best Home Accessories

It’s all about industrial chic—eclectic bits and pieces like the salt and pepper shakers made to look like a bolt and the frog can crusher. Black Ink offers items with...

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Houseware

1999 Best Lighting

Chandeliers, sconces—anything related to lights—are here, and as a bonus, Wolfers offers a specialized design group for those in search of lighting solutions for new construction and renovations. The regular...

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1999 Best Duvet

So the stuffing’s been knocked out of it, the cat scratched a hole in the ticking, and it’s starting to look a little shabby. This is the store devoted solely...

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1999 Best Furniture, Artist

McKie’s exquisitely made furniture combines the of ancient and modern design. She crafts tables, chests and chairs in wood, and adorns them with magical carved animals that almost seem alive....

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Men's

1999 Best Men's Clothing, Ties

Someone once said you can tell a man’s personality from his tie. Ari Boston has a selection to reflect even the most complex psyches, in fine woven silks from Italy...

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Women's

1999 Best Women's Clothing, Suits

Forget the power suit of the eighties. These classic numbers are the choice for the well-groomed lunching lady as well as businesswoman who prefers simple, unadorned clothes in sleek, streamlined...

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Women's

1999 Best Women's Clothing, Tops

From cropped cashmere sweaters by Lucien Pellat Finet, to beaded cardigans and tanks from designers like Anna Molinari, Blumarine, and Pucci, to great basics by Petit Bateau, this jewel-box boutique...

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Women's

1999 Best Lingerie

When you want to feel more like Cinderella than a sexed-up supermodel, step into this frilly fairy-tale world. Not only does it offer high-quality brands like Cosabella and Lise Charmel,...

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Women's

1999 Best Fine Jewelry

The old-world charm of this boutique on the first block of Newbury Street harks back to a time when people dressed for dinner, casual Friday was something out of an...

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Women's

1999 Best Jewelry, Estate

Not into the bold, modernist, sculpted jewelry thing? So go for antique chic with vintage jewelry. Featuring collections from 1890 to the present from New York, London and Paris, Firestone...

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Women's

1999 Best Handbags

These boxy little numbers are still on the hip list. The Kate Spade store, which opened last year, showcases the latest handbag designs in fabrics as diverse as silk shantung,...

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Women's

1999 Best Accessories

It’s said that what separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize. If you’re looking for pashminas, the flash of a Fendi croissant bag, beaded scarves, shoes, or...

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Women's

1999 Best Jewelry, Pearls

So a pearl may be nothing more than a grain of sand that managed to irritate an oyster. The finished product is way more likely to soothe than aggravate. Shreve,...

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