Best Shopping in Boston 2002

Children's

2002 Best Toy Store

Talk about misnomers. There’s nothing but kidding—and playing and learning—going on within these walls. The many nooks and crannies burst with craft supplies, musical toys, scientific playthings, and dolls, and...

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2002 Best Baby Accessories

Playful, adorable, unique—and those are just the bibs. Everything, from goofy bath puppets to exquisite crib linens, is on display in this Back Bay treasure tucked between Newbury and Boylston...

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General Shopping

2002 Best Skate Shop

Tired of being left in the dust on the Esplanade? Replace your outdated ski-boots-on-wheels with a pair of the newest in light, breathable, vibration-damping models. Whether you’re going for speed...

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2002 Best Bookstore

Just can’t find that book you want? They’ll almost certainly have it here. One of the last of Harvard Square’s great independent bookstores, the Harvard Book Store is still run...

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2002 Best Sporting Goods

Brine’s offers not only a varied selection, focusing on lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and baseball, but also service to match. Every month, the nation’s oldest family-run sporting goods store—founded in 1867—brings...

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2002 Best Fragrances

Normally, we don’t pay much attention to celebrity endorsements, but this time we’ll take Madonna, J.Lo, and Donatella Versace’s word for it. They, like all self-respecting fragrance freaks, adore Diptyque’s...

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2002 Best Gifts, West

Momentous milestones deserve momentous gifts. Find them all at this elegant but comfortable family-run store, where shelves and glass cases are filled with crystal (classic Kosta Boda, shimmering Waterford, and...

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2002 Best Newsstand

Truth be told, the magazine racks at the downtown Borders offer as wide a selection as the homegrown newsstands in Harvard and Copley squares. But browsing for magazines and newspapers...

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2002 Best Optical Shop

Finally, a designer frame shop that knows the meaning of the word “designer.” Wares blend form and function, from cunning little rimless specs to out-and-out statement shades by the likes...

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2002 Best Smoke Shop

A clear-cut winner here: The Gloucester Street Cigar Company outshines every other smoke shop in the city for cigars, pipes, and accessories. The cigar selection, especially, is easily the best...

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2002 Best Running Shop

After years of outfitting die-hard and amateur runners alike from its outlying locations, Marathon Sports has opened a high-profile branch right at the finish of the Boston Marathon. Has success...

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2002 Best Watches

Decide to update from your Timex Indigo or last year’s candy-colored Swatch? Alpha Omega has watches for people who have arrived (on time, of course). No need to settle for...

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2002 Best Clothing, Sale

Fashionistas on a budget, don’t despair. While Louis Boston can be a tough indulgence for the sartorially savvy yet financially challenged, all that changes twice a year when seasonal merchandise...

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2002 Best Bike Shop

The adage “size doesn’t matter” certainly applies here: Tiny Back Bay Bicycles can’t match the sprawling selections of many competitors. But what the shop lacks in space it makes up...

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2002 Best Ski Shop

First things first: If you’re still skiing on old-fashioned straight skis, you should be ashamed of yourself. Skiing has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, thanks to improvements in...

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2002 Best Sex Shop

For a store hidden away on the upper floor of a sleepy Brookline mall, Grand Opening! is incredibly visible in the community. In the past year, brazen sex-priestess Kim Airs...

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2002 Best Furniture, Modern

Even if design deities Celeste Cooper and Rick Garofalo weren’t on hand to offer their talents through this magnificently executed showroom, we’d still be standing outside the windows drooling over...

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2002 Best Furniture, Classic

It’s a rare showroom that can be everything to every shopper, but Roche Bobois comes very close. Here you’ll find the true triumvirate of coveted styles: French country, including sumptuous...

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2002 Best Antiques

Proprietor Jeff Diamond is an unabashed Francophile who even acquired his sheep dog, Aramis, in the Pyrenees. Although a few provincial antiques find their way into the five or six...

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2002 Best Garden Supplies

In our search for the holy grail of garden centers, we were pleasantly tempted by the personalized attention and quaint urban setting of Ricky’s Flower Market in Somerville. But Mahoney’s...

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2002 Best Home Accessories

This family-run store may seem small, but it’s packed with objects to render your home as cozy, chic, and vaguely exotic as its name. There are intricately beaded silk table...

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Men's

2002 Best Men's Shoes

Boasting a crackerjack stable of labels and styles, the Tannery exists to serve the active male’s foot: Will it be Clarks Wallabies for a stroll through the Back Bay or...

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2002 Best Men's Clothing, Sophisticated

Don’t let those ill-dressed goombas on The Sopranos fool you: Nobody knows stylish sophistications like the Italians. The Napoli Couture collection at Ermenegildo Zegna is a strong case in point—suits...

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Women's

2002 Best Jewelry, Artisan

Artists, critics, and collectors habitually rejoice at Mobilia openings, and they don’t just come for the dumplings and drinks. Libby and Jo Anne Cooper exhibit and sell the creations of...

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Women's

2002 Best Makeup, Selection

E6 owner Elena Frankel has earned her place in beauty heaven by giving Boston a much-needed injection of both high-style cosmetics and low-pressure shopping. Her sunny, well-organized boutique is home...

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2002 Best Jewelry, Classic

On a street where stores seem to launch and shutter with every new trend, Dorfman’s is, like its elegant and gutsy jewelry, an enduring classic. For more than 30 years,...

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2002 Best Lingerie

The window displays at this Newbury Street boutique are sexy enough to make the most straitlaced Yankee blush. From sheer black chiffon nighties to exquisite embroidered lace-up corsets, the imported...

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Women's

2002 Best Women's Shoes

When Oscar Wilde wrote that he could resist anything but temptation, he was clearly channeling a shoe fiend. More to the point, he had probably just been to Neiman Marcus,...

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2002 Best Accessories, Women's

Yes, God is in the details, and Matsu owner Dava Muramatsu knows it. Every colorful corner here is crammed with objects of beauty—clothes by Comme des Garcons and Rozae Nichols,...

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