Best Shopping in Boston 2001

Children's

2001 Best Toy Store

Only enlightened children need apply. Stellabella, you see, is a completely gun-free shop that specializes in educational toys. But before you start criticizing what political correctness has done to childhood...

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2001 Best Video Store

In some stores you search for hours for a decent title. In others, like City Video, you instantly strike gold. Maybe that’s because its shelves aren’t stuffed full of 6,000...

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2001 Best Smoke Shop

For anything in the tobacco line—from Elie Bleu humidors from Paris and $1,200 Dunhill Millenium pipes down to a simple pack of Dunhill cigarettes of Schimmelpenninck cigarillos—the new place to...

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2001 Best Snowboards

The skate park aura can be intimidating, but you can expect helpful staffers, decent pricing, and one of the widest selections of snowboards, boots, and bindings around. Choose from Ride,...

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2001 Best Watches

Whether you’re looking for a diamond-studded Rolex, a sporty TAG Heuer, or a sleek Bulgari, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more diverse selection of timepieces. There are more than...

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2001 Best Art Supplies

Muses nonwithstanding, the Art Store sells everything your magnum opus needs, and at prices that won’t leave the artist in you starving. Forget rummaging through piles of 200 pre-stretched canvases...

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2001 Best Clothing, Sale

Every fall and spring, rack after rack of Ermenegildo Zegna, Calvin Klein, Joseph Abboud, and other highbrow treasures are wheeled out onto the Basement’s packed Downtown Crossing floor. They’re the...

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2001 Best Luggage

When it comes to customer service, Bentley’s is peerless. The Copley Place store manager, Berge Ounjian, is on hand to offer personable, expert advice, and is always attentive to your...

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2001 Best Music Store, New

Great variety (imports, independents, jazz, classical, rock, soundtracks) isn’t enough. Low prices (new discs as low as $9.99) aren’t enough. Even a knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff isn’t enough. Because...

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2001 Best Ski Shop

With easily the most extensive and high-quality selection of gear in town, this enormous store hasn’t just cornered the Boston ski market, it is the Boston ski market. It’s got...

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2001 Best Sex Shop

Men, women, novices, and veterans all feel at home in this inconspicuous, tasteful boutique. Small signs tell timid shoppers all the details they want to know (but are too shy...

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2001 Best Skate Shop

What impressed us most about this place was that the friendly sales assistant had personally tried on 50 of the skates on display. Even better, she seemed genuinely interested in...

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2001 Best Bookstore

As megachains and the Internet continue their assault on small retailers, we give thanks to every independent bookshop still out there fighting the good fight. And Brookline Booksmith reminds us...

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2001 Best Newsstand

Big-city newsstands have mostly gone the way of afternoon dailies, but there are a couple of exceptions. Out of Town News gets the nod this year for four reasons. First,...

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Houseware

2001 Best Antiques

You can thank the Tager family’s sharp eyes and dead-on sense of balance for many of Boston’s most beautiful homes. Principal Sheldon Tager brings to his two New England antique...

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2001 Best Garden Supplies

Need some inspiration to kickstart that rooftop garden you’ve always wanted? You’ll find it here. Part hardware store, part botanical garden, Mahoney’s has countless spades and shears, plus all the...

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2001 Best Home Accessories

This gem of a store’s Charles Street window is always so artfully filled with brightly colored home furnishings and accessories that passing by without stopping in is nearly impossible. If...

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Men's

2001 Best Men's Clothing, Trendy

Fashion Oz lies behind these walls, where rooms are given over to individual designers, and where staffers know more than most fashion editors do, including lots about the unusual and...

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Men's

2001 Best Men's Shoes

There’s no excuse for men to ignore their feet when the variety and selection are this good. Whether it’s a pair of comfy Campers or Silvano Lattanzi custom oxfords, they...

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Women's

2001 Best Lingerie

One step inside and your willpower begins to fade. After three steps, you’re fixated on a lustrous, lacy negligee. Soon you’re too weak-kneed to take any more steps. And here’s...

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Women's

2001 Best Women's Shoes

Want to be on a first name basis with Jimmy and Manolo? This is the place for you. Though most of the kicks here sport high-end labels such as Michael...

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Women's

2001 Best Makeup, Selection

Makeup maniacs need go no further than E6. The store has most of the buzz-worthy lines in stock, including Shu Uemura, Molton Brown, Tarte, Watosa, Biotherm, and Three Custom Color...

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Women's

2001 Best Jewelry, Classic

This is your parents’ jeweler—in fact, it might even be your grandparents’. Dorfman is still the kind of place where you go for serious baubles with a touch of high...

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Women's

2001 Best Jewelry, Modern

With clean, fluid lines and one-of-a-kind designs by artisans from around the world, Quadrum is as much a gallery as it is a retail outlet. Expect to find a few...

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Women's

2001 Best Women's Clothing, Trendy

With labels such as Chloé, Daryl K, and Catherine Malandrino, Intermix makes it as simple as a Diane von Frustenberg wrap dress to find those so-in-they’re-almost-out-styles. There’s also a wide...

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