Best Services in Boston 2004

Beauty and Wellness

2004 Best Medispa

Anyone who has discovered the rewards of that fledgling and hybrid phenomenon called the medispa knows what makes a great one: equal parts medical knowledge, professional responsibility, and an eye...

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2004 Best Pedicure

Few pedicures truly exfoliate tired, rough feet; even fewer actually redeem them. The capable hands of Claudia Grimaud can do both. The kindly, experienced Brazilian has earned a justifiably devoted...

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2004 Best Day Spa

Is there anything worse than suffering through another boring bridal or baby shower? Spare yourself by throwing a spa party instead. G Spa’s private lounge is perfect for showers, birthday...

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2004 Best Day Spa

Every once in a while, a spa comes along that hits an enviable note combining flawless service, a soothing environment, and extraordinary—and forward-thinking—treatments. That’s the zone in which Daryl Christopher...

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2004 Best Facial

No pore goes uncleared, no blemish unbanished, no wrinkle uneased in the capable (nay, magic) hands of Lavinia Borcau. Her serene European skin-care salon is a temple to all things...

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2004 Best Waxing

For silk-smooth skin minus the “ouch” factor, Grettacole aestheticians Monica, Meredith, or Katarina wax so quickly that you barely realize what’s happening. Soothing music fills the air, and the women...

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2004 Best Haircut, Women's

It takes time for a hairstylist to earn your trust—time that is measured in inch-long increments. Dirk Diegel instantly inspires confidence with his careful, studied, and razor-sharp cutting skills. Trained...

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2004 Best Hair Colorist

Roger Plourde gives humanity what nature didn’t, from born-with-it blond highlights to look-at-me strawberry luster. Sure, he’s up on the latest color trends and can certainly let fly if you...

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2004 Best Manicure

The staff at this low-key, blissfully relaxing spa makes having your nails buffed and polished a special occasion. Manicurists delicately file nails and trim cuticles, throwing in a tension-melting hand...

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2004 Best Hotel, Cape Cod

Even overcast days at Chatham Bars Inn feel sunny. First, there’s the setting: a graceful, 1914 building overlooking the Atlantic, surrounded by quiet, individually decorated (and kitsch-free) cottages. Second, there...

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2004 Best Dry Cleaner

Name the stain (ketchup, dirt, car oil—we tried it all); Ecoluxe can get it out. Quickly, flawlessly, without hurting a fiber of the fabric, and without using medically and environmentally...

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2004 Best Pet Care

Dog Day Afternoons bills itself as the city’s first prep school for pooches, which sounds a bit ridiculous—unless, of course, you happen to be someone with a predilection for seriously...

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2004 Best Art Repair

The 20-plus artists employed by this low-profile, 83-year-old, family-owned company repair some 20,000 cracked, shattered, faded, worn, or burned objets d’art per year for clients from around the world. The...

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2004 Best Courier Service

Forget taxis. Marathon’s bike messengers cross this city fastest. Zipping through the streets in a blur of colorful tattoos, these wheelers weave through the metropolis in stealth mode. In fact,...

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2004 Best Florist

There are floral bouquets, and then there is floral art. Ilex is in the latter category, orchestrating fields full of fresh blooms—luminescent calla lilies with orchids and fluffy penoes with...

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2004 Best Hotel

After a $60 million facelift, all 17 stories of Boston’s grande dame gleam as brightly as they did in the 1920s. This Ritz has spent more than 75 years perfecting...

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2004 Best Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero is at once international and approachable: Its rooms are trendy but luxurious, the service hip but not obnoxious. Amenities include Mario Russo bath products and expansive in-room work...

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2004 Best Shoe Repair

Ares has been resoling, reheeling, and repolishing Boston’s finest leather shoes for more than 70 years and will take extra special care of yours. The expert cobblers in the cozy...

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2004 Best Tailor

You can shop off the rack, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your clothes will fit off the rack. Jordan Tsavalakoglou can remedy that situation. Tsavalakoglou sizes you up in a...

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2004 Best Music, Used

The reduced production costs of the digital age and the concurrent scouring of record-company vaults have given fledgling artists new opportunities and unearthed many a treasure. But they have also...

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Health and Fitness

2004 Best Gym

Let’s be clear: Gyms are not health clubs. They are not about watercooler antics and needless amenities; they are about sweating. Period. And with its slew of state-of-the-art equipment (strength-training...

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