Best Services in Boston 2002

Beauty and Wellness

2002 Best Waxing

For bashful types, waxing rooms can seem like torture cells. Well, not here: Austen puts clients at ease with his affability, competence, and expertise. Bikini treatments are surprisingly painless, and...

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Beauty and Wellness

2002 Best Hair Colorist

Laurel Elliott is not the colorist you run to for attitude, style hauteur, or outlandish color statements. The petite and down-to-earth workaholic does strong but natural color that simply makes...

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2002 Best Manicure

A manicure by Maria Rodriguez is, hands down, a tour de force. Her perfectionist’s eye to detail (from clipping and buffing to lengthy hand massages) is impeccable, her conversation keeps...

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Beauty and Wellness

2002 Best Massage

Don’t plan on accomplishing much of anything after you’ve been under the nearly mystical hands of David Kelly, whose clients have been known to cancel meetings just so they can...

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2002 Best Pedicure

From the second your big toe hits the steamy peppermint, rosemary, and lavender foot bath to the final drop of clear topcoat, Daryl Christopher’s signature pedicure is pure nirvana. The...

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Beauty and Wellness

2002 Best Day Spa

Some say visiting a good day spa is so therapeutic it’s tantamount to regular trips to a shrink. If that’s the case, the relaxed, blissful feeling you’ll leave with after...

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Beauty and Wellness

2002 Best Hair Salon

As if Mario Russo—coif maestro to everyone who’s anyone—isn’t enough to make this suave salon Newbury Street’s finest, the dream team of stylists with which Russo surrounds himself cements it....

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2002 Best Blowout

There are three secrets to truly great straightening: patience, persistence, and—the deciding factor for many—convenience. What good is a perfect styling when you have to waste precious hours schlepping around...

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Beauty and Wellness

2002 Best Facial

Toss away those pore strips. You won’t need them after a facial at Grettacole, where the expertly trained technicians steam, massage, and tone even the dullest of skin into dewy...

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2002 Best Dry Cleaner

At long last, a dry cleaner that cares about you and your clothes. Ecoluxe has banished the chemicals commonly found in garden-variety dry cleaning (linked with a handful of harmful...

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2002 Best Pet Care

Even the bad pun can’t keep us away from a pet service this efficient, loving, and dependable. Owner Scot Jones clearly cares for his four-legged commissions with the same passion...

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2002 Best Florist

From exotic to humble, unbelievably fresh to artfully dried, Charlestown’s homegrown bud boutique treats its flowers like delicate children—and its customers like old friends. First, the blooms: Gerbera daisies that...

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2002 Best Shoe Repair

Not since Beacon Hill was a colonial settlement has Charles Street produced a shop so obsessed with top-quality workmanship. The scents of oil and leather waft from behind this small...

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2002 Best Tailor

This elegant walkup is no dingy, dime-a-dozen tailor shop. It’s a richly carpeted, sprawling space overlooking Newbury Street through extra-wide windows, with changing booths the size of hotel rooms. And...

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2002 Best Interior Designer

We could spend hours extolling the glories of Duffy’s handiwork. He has, after all, single-handedly spiffed up some of the city’s most stylish residences and commercial spaces—Manny Ramirez’s pad and...

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2002 Best Framer

A well-chosen, well-wrought frame can make even the most amateur of prints look like a Degas. That’s where the expert framers at Frame Gallery come in: You supply the masterpiece,...

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Health and Fitness

2002 Best Gym

There are gyms, and then there are sports clubs. Mike’s Gym II is unmistakably in the former club. And it’s for neither the soft-hearted nor the soft-bodied; with seven rooms...

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