Best Services in Boston 2005

Beauty and Wellness

2005 Best Day Spa

Many day spas promise an escape from city life, but none delivers like Exhale. The two-story, Zen-like space alone is enough to set stress on standby, what with its hushed...

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2005 Best Facial

A blend of Eastern European sternness and a baby-soft touch makes Violet Mkhitaryan’s all-natural facials the most welcome punishment your skin will ever endure. A biochemist turned aesthetician, Mkhitaryan mixes,...

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2005 Best Waxing

Pouring hot wax onto skin sounds strange at best. Ripping it off seems worse. Yet women everywhere repeatedly submit themselves to this hair-removal process. Our hirsute pursuit takes us to...

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2005 Best Massage

Gone are the days of having to endure deep-tissue torture in order to feel terrific, thanks to the skills of master massage therapist David Costa. His touch is strong enough...

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2005 Best Shave

Think hot-towel shaving is a lost art? Not so: Young Rich Firicano is keeping the tradition alive and well. After thoroughly prepping your whiskers with a warm washcloth, a special...

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2005 Best Hotel, New

Thanks to a two-year, $68 million renovation of the former Boston Police Department headquarters, Jurys’s wall of trickling water, sparkling elevators, lavish suites, and stunning marble bathrooms (with heated towel...

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2005 Best Florist

Nothing spruces up a space like fresh flowers. And no florist arranges fresh flowers quite like Jamaica Plain’s Petal & Leaf. From spare, arty decorations to lively, full bouquets, owner...

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2005 Best Framer

Step one: Buy an ideal piece of art. Step two: Find a framer you can trust. Good ones, like the professionals at the Frame Gallery, have an artist’s eye, offer...

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2005 Best Inn, Berkshires

Set in bucolic West Stockbridge, the Williamsville Inn boasts everything a home away from home should: superb service, snowy linens, and cut flowers. Husband-and-wife team Erhard and Kandy Wendt have...

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2005 Best Boutique Hotel

The city is smitten with Nine Zero. And what’s not to love? Travelers embrace its classic contemporary elegance, streamlined design, and central downtown location. The spacious in-room workstations and Louis...

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2005 Best Shoe Repair

Heels break. Toes scuff. Salt stains. Stop pouting—head instead to Jazz Shoe Repair, where owner Yuriy Arutyunov will fix and shine your shoes in his cozy garage-like shop while you...

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2005 Best Bed and Breakfast

Some people think B&Bs exist only in the country. This nine-room Beacon Hill inn proves otherwise. Its antique furniture, fireplaces, and four-poster beds impart old-world class, while DSL Internet, cable...

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2005 Best Tailor

We’ve all suffered shorn seams and uneven handiwork by tailors. Thankfully this sophisticated shop, run by owner Raymond Buckley, can handle everything from heavy three-piece suits to taffeta bridesmaids’ dresses....

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2005 Best Dry Cleaner

So you spilled on your suit jacket—again. What to do? Bypass your neighborhood cleaners and drop off that soiled silk at Ecoluxe, which uses only organic, environmentally friendly treatment on...

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2005 Best Haberdashery

The Rizzo who clothed Robert Frost and John F. Kennedy is long gone, but his legacy lives on at this venerable Harvard Square haberdashery. Owner and native Calabrian Joseph Calautti...

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2005 Best Interior Designer

Just as fashionistas favor couture over ready-to-wear, design aficionados prefer unique interior to chain-store décor. That’s why those in the know turn to Frank Roop. Roop works with combinations of...

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2005 Best Pet Care

Hosing down Fido is simple at this ingenious self-service canine salon in Fresh Pond, where dog owners dunk squirming pooches into stainless-steel industrial sinks equipped with built-in leashes. Handy dryers...

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2005 Best Shoe Shine

George Trantafillidis learned his trade from his father, who operated out of the same closet-size space for 36 years. Even the scruffiest loafers pose no challenge to his shoeshining skills,...

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2005 Best Music, Used

You’re likely to collide with other intent collectors as you wander Cheapo’s narrow aisles. Whether the secondhand tunes you’re tracking are on vinyl, CD, or cassette, chances are your quest...

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2005 Best Movers

Broken mirrors. Dented dressers. Cracked china. Sometimes movers actually add to the hassle of moving. Luckily for us, there’s Gentle Giant. This team of former soccer and rugby players, marathoners,...

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Health and Fitness

2005 Best Gym

Tired of sweating on prehistoric equipment in dimly lit subterranean weight rooms? Head to Fitcorp at the Prudential Center, where floor-to-ceiling windows lend natural light to rows of treadmills, bikes,...

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2005 Best Yoga Studio

Aching for downward dog? Eager for a sun salutation? Stop by this frills-free Boylston Street studio. Yogi David Vendetti transforms himself from teacher to comedian to storyteller to motivator, all...

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