Best Shopping in Boston 2006

Children's

2006 Best Toy Store

Toys that don’t require multiple batteries or power cords took a hit after the advent of the Xbox. But Stellabella has brought them back in the form of high-quality educational...

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2006 Best Running Shop

When Diddy ran the New York City Marathon as a last-minute, made-for-MTV fundraiser/publicity stunt, he was able to enlist the legendary Alberto Salazar to help him through his crash-course, five-week...

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2006 Best Art Supplies

There are plenty of glitzy art stores around town, chock-full of intimidating expert-only items. But, sadly, not all of us are born Picassos or Pollocks, and we need our questions...

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2006 Best Luggage

Ardent followers of the tenet ‘Well, you just never know,’ we’re not the types whose weekend gear will fit in a tiny backpack. And so the crew at Biltmore-Green has...

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2006 Best Music, New

For all its diversification into DVDs, action figures, and Napoleon Dynamite doodads, Newbury Comics maintains an unparalleled selection of obscure art rock, under-the-radar hip-hop, and hard-to-find imports. And, as an...

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General Shopping

2006 Best Makeup

With their baffling variety and often-condescending staff, department-store makeup counters can intimidate the bravest shoppers. Skip the drama and visit Beauty and Main, where there’s nary a frantic perfume spritzer...

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Houseware

2006 Best Bath and Body Products

Cracked elbows, oily T-zones, and damaged locks all require different care routines, which is why C.O. Bigelow fills its floor-to-ceiling shelves with enough creams, soaps, balms, masks, and bath salts...

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Houseware

2006 Best Hardware Store

So it’s one-tenth the size of a Lowe’s. So what? Yumont still has everything a do-it-yourselfer needs: nuts, bolts, bulbs, paint, showerheads, lawn care. All that, plus associates who don’t...

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Houseware

2006 Best Home Theater

Tired of pricey refreshments, sticky floors, and views blocked by the bald guy in the row ahead? Bring the big screen to you with help from this Sudbury showroom, where...

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Women's

2006 Best Women's Shoes

An influx of new shops made for a tough year in the shoe department: So many options, so few feet! But inimitable service and selection secure Neiman’s as the enduring...

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Women's

2006 Best Women's Shoes, High Heels

The new Jimmy Choo stocks a dizzying array of 3-inch-plus boots, sandals, and work-appropriate pumps in patent leather and calfskin, giving shoe fiends myriad options for killer ladder-climbing, first-dating, and...

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Women's

2006 Best Lingerie

Parisians have always been experts in intimate indulgences and alluring unmentionables. This petite spot brings both to notoriously reserved Beacon Hill. The elegant, playful shop—dressed up with overstuffed chairs and...

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