Best Shopping in Boston 2008

Children's

2008 Best Children's Clothing

Tons of children’s boutiques overflow with precious, sit-and-look-pretty outfits, missing the salient fact that sitting still (let alone pretty) is not in the average tyke’s skill set. For clothes that...

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Children's

2008 Best Toy Store

You’ve got years to share the benefit of your lessons learned with the next generation (video-game mastery is not a marketable skill; Elvis Costello is always better with the Attractions)....

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Children's

2008 Best Baby Gear

If you didn’t even know you needed a baby-care timer, pee-pee teepee, or pacifier pod, make a beeline for local chainlet Magic Beans to get a primer on modern-day parenting...

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General Shopping

2008 Best Bike Shop

Peddling an array of top-notch urban rides—most notably the line of hand-built jobs by Holliston’s A.N.T. and the store’s own vaunted Broadway commuting bikes—BBS also serves as the hub of...

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2008 Best Luggage

Whether it’s being plundered by humorless airport security or punted down the escalator in frustration by its God-awfully delayed owner, today’s luggage had better be tough. Samsonite’s Copley boutique has...

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2008 Best Bookstore

At heart, a bookstore’s job is simple: Carry the latest and greatest. The Booksmith does this handily, while rising above Blahs & Noble to stand as a true bibliophile meeting...

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General Shopping

2008 Best Makeup

When we want to mindlessly browse shadows and powders, we hit Sephora. When we need to self-medicate with new lip gloss, we stop by Beauty and Main. But when we...

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General Shopping

2008 Best Optical Shop

Since a world-class education calls for plenty of high-caliber peering and scrutinizing, we weren’t surprised to find our winner within a tome’s throw of Harvard and MIT. Expanded last year...

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General Shopping

2008 Best Eyewear

Since a world-class education calls for plenty of high-caliber peering and scrutinizing, we weren’t surprised to find our winner within a tome’s throw of Harvard and MIT. Expanded last year...

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Houseware

2008 Best Hardware Store

More than a century of know-how emanates from this suburban institution, founded by Michael Swartz’s immigrant grandparents in 1890 and eventually passed down the line to him. While the old-time...

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Men's

2008 Best Jeans, Men's

Its stock of denim is unrivaled: 7 for All Mankind, Kasil, 1921, we could go on—and on—but we don’t want to turn the rest of this write-up into a laundry...

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Men's

2008 Best Men's Shoes

Guys with a different sort of foot fetish get it on at this menswear vet, which has assembled a display of truly lust-provoking shoes. Sneaker-heads fall for kicks by Vans...

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Women's

2008 Best Maternity Clothing

Refreshingly chic silhouettes from Olian, Ripe, Paper Denim, and Inca Mama are enough to recommend Helena’s. So are the racks of nonmaternity styles, which include tees by Johnny Was and...

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Women's

2008 Best Jeans, Women's

While these days any clothing boutique worth its counter-side Hanky Panky display boasts a ‘denim wall,’ none can touch the selection at the downtown Barneys. The racks and tables and...

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Women's

2008 Best Women's Clothing, Casual

In a highly competitive retail environment, Stel’s refuses to play it safe. Instead, it cultivates an always cutting-edge cast of emerging and indie designers (most of them found only here):...

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