Best Shopping in Boston 2007

Children's

2007 Best Baby Clothing

Ah, sweet infants: immaculately adorable one minute, covered in spit-up the next. The best baby collections accommodate both extremes, though none with quite as much versatility as Janie and Jack....

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2007 Best Baby Accessories

Everybody knows accessories make the outfit, something that holds true whether you’re three months old or 30. What good is a playtime pinafore without a Barefoot Dreams stuffed animal and...

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Children's

2007 Best Baby Gear

The eye-catching yet practical designs at this Coolidge Corner retailer—pink camouflage diaper bags, cool Scandinavian highchairs made to blend in with grownup living spaces—could make even the most footloose singles...

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Children's

2007 Best Children's Clothing

The clothes found at this Beacon Hill retailer are a neatly balanced mix of sweet (Imps and Elfs overalls and Izod button-ups), cool (Chip and Pepper jeans, distressed Kingsley skeleton...

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Children's

2007 Best Toy Store

Finding the right playthings can be something of a tightrope walk—they need to be educational but not boring, creative but not too messy, fun but without an overabundance of grating...

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2007 Best Bags

Chloe! Jimmy! Marc! The gang’s all here. When choosing the clutches and everyday bags that fill her two shops, Gretchen Monahan shows a killer instinct for homing in on fashion’s...

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2007 Best Bookstore

Sticking it to the corporate chains is most satisfying when you can do so without, you know, sacrificing anything. Seventy-five years after Boston native Mark Kramer opened a bookstore in...

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2007 Best Sex Shop

Whether you’re a novice curious about spicing up your bedroom activities or a veteran dominatrix looking for new shackles, Good Vibrations has the right amount of kink to satisfy your...

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2007 Best Makeup

The heart of the capacious first floor at the new multimillion-dollar Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill is its smartly laid-out, wholly welcoming cosmetics department. Hard-to-find brands include Clé de Peau and...

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2007 Best Camping Gear

Who knew the Hub’s ultimate collection of camping gear would be found in a never-ending warehouse hidden away among bakeries and pizzerias on a West End side street? Packed with...

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2007 Best Pet Supplies

Puffy’s not the best shopping companion: drooling on merchandise, constantly demanding attention, invading strangers’ personal space. Any place that overlooks —welcomes, even—such unseemly habits scores big with us. This year...

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2007 Best Running Shop

There’s a myth that says running requires nothing more than comfortable sneakers and willpower. Untrue: If you’re serious about the sport (or are merely trying to look as if you...

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2007 Best Art Supplies

This cavernous space is stuffed to the rafters with paints, pencils, brushes, canvases, sketchpads—basically, all the tools needed to create a masterpiece, or just a big, pretty mess. Everything is...

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2007 Best Bike Shop

A beacon for tattooed bicycle messengers and hard-core triathletes, Wheelworks also welcomes weekend pedalers and the merely bike-curious. The knowledgeable folks behind the counter will not only set you up...

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Houseware

2007 Best Lighting

For urban dwellings that feel stuck in the dark ages, this standby has scores of ways to usher in enlightenment, from boudoir-ready chandeliers to energy-efficient outdoor sconces, and all the...

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2007 Best Rugs

The qualities you seek in a fine rug, it could be argued, are not unlike those you might seek in a mate: Rich. Good-looking. Well traveled. If that’s the case,...

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2007 Best Rugs

The qualities you seek in a fine rug, it could be argued, are not unlike those you might seek in a mate: Rich. Good-looking. Well traveled. If that’s the case,...

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2007 Best Bath and Body Supplies

In the world of cosmetics—full of synthetic chemicals you can’t pronounce and futuristic plastic packaging you can’t dispose of with a clear conscience—the soaps, scrubs, and other skin-care products from...

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2007 Best Furniture, Eclectic

You might say Hudson has New England roots and California tips. That’s the product of the decor vision of owner-designer Jill Goldberg, whose store is an ecumenical palette of vintage,...

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2007 Best Art Consultant

As the longtime chair of the MFA museum school art sale, Boston’s other Barbara Lee—the art consultant, not the gazillionaire—has built it into the largest event of its kind in...

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2007 Best Bedding

We’re pretty sure there’s not an insomniac Lavender Home couldn’t cure. At the Newbury store, the treatments for sleeplessness take the form of genuine linen by Libeco, organic cotton from...

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2007 Best Garden Supplies

There are a lot more reasons to visit Winston than birthdays, Mother’s Day, and anniversaries. Beyond the profusion of cut flowers and potted greenery are all the accessories necessary to...

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2007 Best Furniture, Modern

Chris Bates and Liz Cingari, the duo behind Montage, recently executed a flawless makeover of their bright, sleek Arlington Street showroom, and with it, unveiled a brand-new roster of European...

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2007 Best Hardware Store

If you’ve got the project, they’ve got the product: More than 24,000 home-maintenance tools and supplies cram the shelves at this emporium of all things useful. Need an obscure garden...

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Men's

2007 Best Men's Shoes

Though they’re usually the last thing you put on, shoes make or break your outfit—and Alan Bilzerian does his best to make sure that you come out on the right...

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Men's

2007 Best Jeans, Men's

Boston’s original denim source—and the pride of Evisu jeans-clad owner Riccardo Dallai—stocks more than 40 “it” lines, among them Prps, Ksubi, and Nudie...

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Women's

2007 Best Jeans, Women's

There’s the selection: 70-plus styles from labels both trusted (Rock & Republic, Citizens of Humanity) and up-and-coming (Goldsign, Fidelity). But it’s owner Alison Barnard’s uncanny gift for knowing precisely which...

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Women's

2007 Best Women's Clothing, Casual

Blessed with great taste and strong buying instincts, co-owners Martha Hilfinger and Jane Schlueter have stocked their airy 900-square-foot Back Bay boutique with work-to-play separates and delicious dresses from modern...

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Women's

2007 Best Lingerie

The sheer variety of intimates from Aubade, Eberjey, Cosabella, Skin, and Hanky Panky (still the most comfy thongs around) that you’ll discover at this pretty, boudoir-size boutique, discreetly located in...

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Women's

2007 Best Women's Shoes

Whatever your particular fetish—prim Lanvin flats, foot-high Louboutins—Barney’s indulgent 3,200-square-foot shoe space is the ultimate playground. (In the year since it opened, we’ve officially kicked our persistent online footwear-buying habit.)...

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