Best Shopping in Boston 2004

Children's

2004 Best Baby Accessories

A favorite with Beacon Hill pram-pushers, the Red Wagon is where moms in the know pad their kids’ closets with such finery as Lilly Pulitzer polo shirts, miniature grosgrain-ribbon belts,...

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2004 Best Children's Bookstore

Imagine, if you will, a philosophy built of peace, love, and understanding—but instead of obsolete, ever-groovy libertarianism, it has underpinnings of discipline, education, and enviable creativity. That’s the story behind...

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Children's

2004 Best Toy Store

The best toy stores have irresistible playthings and eye-popping colors, which is why Henry Bear’s Park in Cambridge is our winner. From dress-up dolls to Go Fish!, this educational outlet...

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2004 Best Watches

To some, time is commitment. To others, it’s a luxury. Alpha Omega caters to both types with its selection of designer watches well worth locking on your wrist. Watch the...

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2004 Best Art Supplies

From its creative workshops and tattooed employees to the epic collection of papers, every inch of the Art Store inspires creativity. The meticulously organized setting is the perfect place to...

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2004 Best Ski Shop

For many Bostonians, summer is a savored moment wedged between the brutal bookends of the New England winter. For skiers, it’s an interruption. They’re already dreaming of the first snowstorm....

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2004 Best Bookstore

Everything from the aroma of newly bound books down to the creaky wooden floor makes Brookline Booksmith a cherished local institution. Its extensive selection ranges from bestsellers to children’s books...

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2004 Best Sporting Goods

Some sporting goods stores sell bicycles, basketball standards, and enough firearms to straighten out any quagmire. By contrast, City Sports covers fewer square feet than the superstores, but stocks things...

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2004 Best Vintage Clothing

Given fashion’s current obsession with the past, the vintage store is at the forefront of style. Oona’s, just outside Harvard Square, has us swooning over vintage leather jackets, dresses from...

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2004 Best Smoke Shop

This shockingly well-stocked tobacconist is less smoke shop than historic landmark. Family operated since 1870, it’s been at its Park Square location since 1938, when customers including Bing Crosby and...

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2004 Best Gifts

Searching for the perfect gift can be a chore—unless you’re at Flat of the Hill. This cute shop stocks only things that are in style (providing, of course, that they’re...

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2004 Best Makeup

This sunny shop has hit the mark by assembling a rare collection of cult favorites (Molton Brown, Wink, T. LeClerc, TINte), all in a rainbow of colors and shades. What’s...

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2004 Best Snowboards

Truth be told, the hard-core boarders who staff the sales floor here would probably prefer to spend their days carving up the slopes, though you’d never know it from the...

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Houseware

2004 Best Hardware Store

The most popular institutions in Harvard Square have a way of disappearing (can you say Tasty Diner?) but Dickson Brothers is still hawking hardware after more than 75 years. The...

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Houseware

2004 Best Accessories, Home

From the moment you walk up the narrow stairway, you sense something unique about this chic interior design boutique. The collection is defined by rare vintage glass vases from Denmark,...

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2004 Best Kitchen Appliances

Your flambé skills may be supreme, but if your kitchen equipment isn’t, “heat and stir” is about as gourmet as dinner’s going to get. Fortunately, Yale stocks some of the...

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2004 Best Lighting

Outshining the competition is serious business at Italian Design, where high-wattage style emanates from futuristic floor lamps, funky ceiling fixtures, and warm, colorful bedside sconces. Everything on display is a...

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2004 Best Bath and Body Products

Essentially a shrine to all things bath-related, Waterworks stocks handcut crystal sink accessories, refreshing grapefruit and ginger soaps, seductively quilted robes, and chrome faucet spouts so shiny you can see...

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2004 Best Garden Supplies

Here’s a new title for perennial champ Mahoney’s: “Garden store most likely to sell a Christmas tree to Ben Affleck.” The trove of plants, supplies, and tools is not only...

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Men's

2004 Best Men's Clothing, Casual

Allston Beat’s salesmen are as serious about denim as jewelers are about diamonds, eagerly schooling customers in the subtleties of cut, color, and defects (in this case intentional, and likely...

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Men's

2004 Best Men's Shoes

Louis carries a selection of practical footwear suitable for almost anything—propping on the corner of a mahogany desk, pumping the clutch of a spanking new Maybach, or skipping off to...

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Women's

2004 Best Lingerie

Drop into this light-filled, low-key Newbury Street lingerie shop, and you’ll find women sifting through the hangers with two hands, both arms full of merchandise. To be sure, it’s difficult...

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Women's

2004 Best Women's Shoes

Finding the perfect sole match can be tough, but the selection at Saks will keep you on sure footing. Like works of art displayed on pedestals, the range of couture...

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Women's

2004 Best Jewelry, Designer

When your getup calls for jewels that are more red carpet than red-tag sale, Lux Bond & Green has the fix. Anthony Nak’s breathtakingly beautiful, delicate chandelier earrings, necklaces, and...

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Women's

2004 Best Jewelry, Classic

Not for nothing has this Boston institution been a favorite among other Boston institutions (Isabella Stewart Gardner and Ted Williams, for starters) since it opened in 1796. The store is...

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Women's

2004 Best Accessories

Whoever made the word “accessory” synonymous with second-fiddle status never saw the way a strapless clutch can transform a dull getup into a shap ensemble. It’s no small consideration, then,...

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