Best Shopping in Boston 2013

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Children's

2013 Best Baby Gear

Yes, we know the cultlike following can be a turnoff. But no other store has a more-comprehensive selection of products or better-educated employees, eager to help locate the ideal solution...

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2013 Best Jewelry, Fine

Led by executive director Gerard Riveron—an industry veteran who polished his appraisal skills at Cartier—this precious-gemstone-lovers’ paradise markets exclusive stunners from Van Cleef & Arpels, Alexandra Mor, Picchiotti, and more...

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2013 Best Makeup

In case you’ve been in a beauty bubble for the past 15 years, Sephora is the adult version of Candyland. Nearly every brand of mascara, lip liner, and blush known...

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2013 Best Ski Shop

East Coast Alpine boasts the broadest inventory of winter toys in the area, encompassing top brands (Völkl, Atomic, Ride, Mountain Hardware) and the latest technology. Rent skis and snowboards for...

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2013 Best Optical Shop

Regardless of your spectacle tendencies—quirky or clean—Brookline’s Vizio Optic will identify the most flattering frames for your face, then present you with options: Chanel, Beausoleil, and Ray-Ban are just a...

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2013 Best Running Shop

On Marathon Monday, the Marathon Sports location on Boylston Street lost its window and some inventory. But the staffers here never abandoned their single-minded runners’ focus: Clothes for sale became...

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2013 Best Sunglasses

A good pair of sunglasses possesses a strange power to make you look and feel glamorous, even when you’re slumming it in sweats. Lunette Optic has long been our trusted...

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2013 Best Fragrances

Having had way too many perfume bottles misted in our direction over the years, we relish fragrance designer Neil Morris’s sanctuary of a studio, the very antithesis of department-store counters....

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2013 Best Watches

Shreve, Crump & Low’s intimate Newbury Street space is itself a finely tuned instrument of precision. The service here is smart, and the brands are luxe and big. Consider a...

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2013 Best Jeans

This suburban denim depot was long overdue for a city location, and its sophisticated Newbury Street storefront was well worth the wait. Browse five pockets from J Brand and DL1961;...

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Houseware

2013 Best Bath and Body Products

At Fresh—where shelves are sparse but gracefully arranged, and all the products are silky smooth and lusciously scented—quality reigns over quantity. Our favorite indulgence? The Brown Sugar Body Polish, a...

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2013 Best Bedding

If you’re spending too much time counting sheep, drag your weary bones to Frette, where the bedding experts will help you unravel the mysteries of linens—for example, thread count (the...

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2013 Best Garden Supplies

Straddling the Brookline-Boston line, Allandale offers workshops for urban refugees, summer programs, even a farm stand. We particularly enjoy visiting the bucolic setting for the impressive supply of perennials, herbs,...

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Men's

2013 Best Men's Clothing, Casual

A small but well-thought-out selection of hats, bags, bathing suits, shirts, and pants from brands both familiar (Levi’s) and niche (the U.K.-bred collection Brixton) means that even if you don’t...

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Women's

2013 Best Women's Clothing, Dressy

This gleaming, well-edited boutique resembles a fashionable friend’s ample closet—right down to the abundant personal attention. Approachable staffers make upscale wares from European and American heavyweights like Prabal Gurung, Bottega...

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Women's

2013 Best Women's Shoes

Every well-shod woman has the closet to prove it—sensible pumps for work, streamlined flats for weekends, sky-high Christian Louboutins just because—and chances are, there’s a Barneys shoebox on her shelves....

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2013 Best Designer, Local

Luke Aaron’s sophisticated, ladylike gowns and separates look theatrical for a reason: The budding couturier honed his craft in the costume shop at Tufts, later working for renowned costume designers...

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