Best Shopping in Boston 2009

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2009 Best Sunglasses

Whether required for stalking an ex, masking last night’s excesses, or just plain blocking the sun, sunglasses are a very personal accessory—they’re the shades on the windows to one’s soul,...

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2009 Best Gifts, North

Even if the proceeds didn’t benefit Asian-art mecca the Peabody Essex Museum, we’d still spend like drunken Qing-dynasty mandarins here. There are all-occasion gifts like Mariposa salad bowls alongside Far...

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2009 Best Bike Shop

At Landry’s, the two-wheel equivalent of a BMW showroom, the friendly gearheads are eager to get their customers tricked out, fixed up, or otherwise on the road. The Comm. Ave....

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2009 Best Luggage

Unless ‘fashion victim’ is the desired look, carting a mountain of logo-stamped luggage through Logan is simply gauche. Then again, so is cramming the overhead bin with junky duffels. For...

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2009 Best Music

With brick-and-mortar record stores boarding up left and right, this local chain—launched in 1978 by a pair of MIT students—has acquired fresh polish on its cherished-institution status. But the truth...

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2009 Best Makeup

Beauty junkies can spend years perfecting their primping arsenals. If you’d prefer to skip beta-testing your makeup bag, though, let Rouge founder Ann Supple Massey do the work for you....

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2009 Best Running Shop

Yeah, they’re only shoes. And yeah, Kenyans run without ’em. But until you swap the Esplanade for the Savannah, you’d best take your jogging footwear seriously. The running savants at...

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2009 Best Men's Shoes

Ideal for men who refuse to be pigeonholed, Nordstrom’s vast, easy-to-navigate department doesn’t arrange according to type: Here, we’re all preppy European bankers who skateboard down Mount Washington on the...

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2009 Best Lingerie

When we need support, we wade through the beige and white underthings at Intimacy and Nordstrom, where polite ladies wielding measuring tapes thoughtfully correct our ignorance in thinking we were...

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2009 Best Women's Shoes, Affordable

As local shoe fetishists know, most reasonably priced footwear in Boston is usually too young, too tacky, or too shoddy. Trend-pusher 344 delivers a surprisingly solid range of grownup kicks—from...

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2009 Best Women's Shoes

You may not be buying as much these days, but—hallelujah!—Barneys is. The national chain is in the enviable, corporate-backed position of being able to continue carrying as broad an array...

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2009 Best Fine Jewelry

Sitting on a block somewhere between Juicy Couture and Newbury MedSpa, Dorfman’s looks a tad out of place among its campier neighbors. Chalk it up to the stately facade and,...

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