Best Shopping in Boston 2000

Children's

2000 Best Video Store

Attention. Compassion. Unparalleled Service. No, it’s not a bank—it’s a video store. Actually, it’s a chain of them, staffed by some of the most highly regarded film fanatics in town....

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2000 Best Children's Clothing

Parents of junior fashionistas (high-maintenance babies, temperamental toddlers and jaded juniors who simply must have the latest in designer togs) can find relief here. In addition to everyday wear, Kenzie...

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Children's

2000 Best Toy Store

Kid alert: This well-laid-out shop in Inman Square has lots of room for wandering feet, plus fun and interactive on-site activities for curious minds. There’s a play area with a...

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General Shopping

2000 Best Newsstand

Max Kaiserman’s newsstand is a great example of spatial economy. Situated on just a few square feet of pavement, it manages to cram in everything from literary quarterlies and Italian...

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2000 Best Bookstore

Even with so many local book shops sadly fallen victim to the megachains and the Internet, we still are blessed with two independents, very different from each other, that deserve...

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2000 Best Gifts

See you later, Pottery Barn: Essentia is the perfect place to find a hostess, shower, or birthday gift. Accessories from this boutique have that handmade quality without smacking of hokey,...

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2000 Best Optical Shop

Two things make an optical shop great: a wide selection of frames, and an attentive staff. All three locations of Opticians 3 offer both. Designer frames range from classic Giorgio...

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2000 Best Bike Shop

Okay, purists, so ATA doesn’t carry Trek or Cannondale—those glam brands have been cornered by the store’s bigger local rivals. But the bikes it does sell are among the best:...

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2000 Best Antiques, Home

This Brookline storefront is ground zero for 20th-century American and European decorative arts. Art Deco and Art Nouveau are heavily represented, particularly French art glass and lighting, in items ranging...

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2000 Best Luggage

Ever wish for an elegant overnight bag, one that can hold all your clothes and accessories but doesn’t resemble something from a military maneuver? Coach has the answer. With its...

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2000 Best Bookstore, Used

Like a portal to Narnia, a door below street level reveals an impossibly boundless collection of used books, neatly organized into hundreds of irresistible categories, including “espionage,” “nature writing,” and...

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2000 Best Sex Shop

Looking to fuel a fetish? Head right here. From “Basic Flogging for Urbanites” and “Creative Bondage” kits to readings and booksignings form local sexperts, Grand Opening! offers plenty of provocative,...

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2000 Best Skate Shop

Next time you’re strolling the Esplanade, don’t let that cute rollerblader pass you by—strap on some skates of your own and pull up alongside. How to make a good impression...

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Houseware

2000 Best Garden Supplies

With its hardwood floors and terrestrial aromas of peat and pine, this Cambridge company feels more like an old-time Vermont general store than a busy urban garden and hardware center....

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Houseware

2000 Best Kitchen Appliances

Fire it up: Looking for that dream of a six-burner, 7,500-BTU stove with a matching grill and professional hood? Find it at Yale’s, a family-run Dorchester business that carries all...

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2000 Best Lighting

Shed some light on the subject at this small Cambridge shop, which carries an impressive selection of unique fixtures made from 1850 to 1950. Best represented are ceiling and wall...

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2000 Best Bathroom Fixtures

Ahhh, that most private of private places where you retreat to soak your day away (or read the Sunday Times)—the bathroom. Going to Splash fulfills a plethora of bathroom fantasies:...

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2000 Best Bath and Body Products

To consider Fresh simply an emporium specializing in soap is cleanly missing the point. This Boston-based business has revolutionized the beauty product industry with its French milled soaps, perfumes, skin...

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2000 Best Bath and Body Products

To consider Fresh simply an emporium specializing in soap is cleanly missing the point. This Boston-based business has revolutionized the beauty product industry with its French milled soaps, perfumes, skin...

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Men's

2000 Best Men's Clothing, Boomers

The Stonestreets shopping experience is all about attention to detail, making it appropriate for both CEOs who don’t wear anything without pinstripes and professors who stick to khaki trousers. Other...

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Men's

2000 Best Tailor, Men's

This tailor honed his craft at Louis Boston, and it shows, especially when it comes to pants. Benny Ho is the master of finding that extra inch, making sure the...

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Women's

2000 Best Jewelry, Custom

The artisans at Max & The Goldsmith will transform “inherited” (read: gaudy) brooch into something sleek and sophisticated. They’re also adept at copying both modern an antique jewelry designs to...

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Women's

2000 Best Fine Jewelry

Otherwise known as “the best place to blow your bonus,” Dorfman’s is the kind of shop where the well-heeled go to buy their baubles. If you are in the market...

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Women's

2000 Best Makeup, Counter

Leave it to Chanel: The company renowned for staying ahead of the fashion pack is once again leading the way with its makeup products and skin-care lines. See for yourself:...

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Women's

2000 Best Jewelry, Tiaras

Don’t just take it from us: The recent stunning exhibit at the MFA should have convinced you that tiaras are no longer reserved for royalty. They’ve become the accessory of...

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Women's

2000 Best Handbags

Kate Spade may have cornered the market on corduroy and seersucker, but Matsu continues to introduce Bostonians to cutting-edge bag designers from both sides of the Atlantic. Whether it’s Australia’s...

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Women's

2000 Best Watches, Repair

Now this is what we call time management. The watch experts at Alpha Omega work like surgeons to restore heirloom pieces (including vintage Rolex models) and fix everything from broken...

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Women's

2000 Best Makeup, Selection, City

E6 is a sophisticated candy store for grown-up women. It has built a reputation on offering high-end, hard-to-find makeup lines including Poole makeup kits, Imago skin care, Ramy Beauty Therapy,...

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Women's

2000 Best Women's Clothing, Gala Wear

The glamorous stock includes beaded numbers from Roberto Cavalli and Pucci, ethereal silk chiffon slips from Anna Molinari, and hand-dyed frocks from Georgina von Etzdorf. Don’t miss the cashmere: sweaters,...

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Women's

2000 Best Lingerie

Sure, you could go to a department store to buy undergarments. But what fun is that? Shopping in this tiny Newbury Street boutique is a much more inviting experience. The...

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Women's

2000 Best Tailor, Women's

Hidden in the parking garage of the Atrium at Chestnut Hill is this whiz with the sewing machine. Yelena, mother of Tatiana (as in Bridals by Tatiana), is the seamstress...

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Women's

2000 Best Women's Shoes

When Sex and the City‘s Carrie suffers yet another romantic setback, she heads directly to the shoe department at Barneys Collection (they’ll take a trend and make the shoe at...

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