Goods & Services

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Furniture, High-End


Boston’s architecture and green spaces are often credited with giving the city a distinctly European feel. Step into Montage’s showroom after a stroll around the Public Garden, and you’ll realize that this aesthetic isn’t limited to exterior locales. Handmade glass tables, Italian-made leather seating and furnishings from coveted lines such as B&B Italia and Liaigre strike a balance between sleek contemporary design and old-world craftsmanship.

75 Arlington St., Boston (617-451-9400)
  • Restoration Resources
    Photo Credit: Holly Rike

    Antique Store

    Restoration Resources

    At Restoration Resources’ 7,000-square-foot showroom and warehouse, treasure hunters can discover ornate mirrors, hand-carved mantels, hard-to-find fixtures and sundry other unique finds salvaged from old buildings across New England, from an antique cobbler’s repair stand to church pews and statuary. Owner Bill Raymer has lent his expertise to This Old House, and he and his team are happy to share ideas on how to repurpose pieces for modern use. Browsing their wares is like traipsing through time—no wonder this magical space has served as a setting for photo shoots and special events.

    1946 Washington St., Boston (617-542-3033)
  • Bike Shop

    Bikes Not Bombs

    A nonprofit founded in 1984, Bikes Not Bombs sells reconditioned bikes that have been overhauled by an expert staff of fellow riders, as well as a variety of ready-to-ride new models. It also functions as a full-service repair shop and offers classes so you can learn to fix your own. Profits go toward local community initiatives such as its Earn-A-Bike youth education program, in which future riders are taught bike rebuilding and street safety, and toward international programs that help bring wheels to the developing world.

    18 Bartlett Square, Boston (617-522-0226)
  • Bookstore

    Brookline Booksmith

    Founded 50-plus years ago with the slogan “Dedicated to the fine art of browsing,” this local favorite sees a daily stream of visitors that suggests that there are still plenty of bookworms who aren’t ready to let some algorithm tell them what to read next. The well-read staff can offer guidance on the comprehensive collection of new titles in fiction and nonfiction, as well as the basement level’s impressive array of used paperbacks and classic page-turners. There’s also a stacked calendar of author events, held downstairs and at the neighboring Coolidge Corner Theatre, where marquee names usually mean a full house.

    279 Harvard St., Brookline (617-566-6660)
  • Catering

    Tables of Content

    Corporate clambake? Vegan wedding buffet? Intimate at-home celebration? Tables of Content can not only devise the perfect menu, but prepare it using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, including herbs from its own garden. (It’s the only Bay State caterer certified by the Green Restaurant Association.) Passed hors d’oeuvres like almond-chicken lollipops and grilled jalapenos with stuffed shrimp can lead to plated specialties like roasted tenderloin with sherry-truffle jus. Tables of Content also offers “interactive” mini entree stations for hosts looking for a more flexible dining experience.

    2 McCraw St., Boston (617-363-0404)
  • Classes

    Boston Center for Adult Education

    It’s time to ditch Cup Noodles, and instead enroll in one of BCAE’s three-hour Righteous Ramen sessions, where Chef Mark O’Leary (of Midnight Ramen fame) instructs on how to improve on the contents of that sad Styrofoam container. Or you could feed your creative side with courses on watercolor painting, thriller writing and making your own web series, to name just a few of the nearly 2,000 classes offered each year.

    122 Arlington St., Boston (617-267-4430)
  • Courier Service

    City Express

    Whether you have a rush delivery that needs to cross the city in 30 minutes or a package that needs to be on the next flight out, it all comes down to peace of mind with a courier service. City Express’ local infrastructure and up-to-the-minute order tracking technology calms senders’ nerves with a winning balance of speed and reliability.

    201 South St., Boston (617-350-4000)
  • Dry Cleaning

    Holly Cleaners

    This decades-old dry cleaner is akin to a full-service spa for overworked suits and worn-out button-downs in need of rejuvenation. If you live in Boston (or virtually any community within a 20-mile radius), all you need to do is select a schedule for pickup and delivery. Holly Cleaners will take care of the rest.

    1314 Centre St., Newton (617-527-0770); additional locations in Wellesley, Needham and Sudbury;
  • Florist

    Exotic Flowers

    Exotic’s assortment of pristine arrangements and stunning wedding-reception centerpieces help this business to stand out in the ever-blooming floral services market. In a pinch to find a gift and can’t make up your mind? Designer’s Choice bouquets are updated daily and always offer something colorful and unexpected.

    609 American Legion Highway, Boston (617-247-2000)
  • Furniture

    Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

    Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has become a mainstay for style-minded urbanites looking to lend personal flair to living spaces of all shapes and sizes—and with 340-plus fabrics and leathers to choose from, there’s something to suit any room. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, it offers a collection of clean-lined yet comfortable furniture, including sofas, beds and the dining chairs that started it all, complemented by unique accent pieces and limited-edition wall art that takes a much gentler hit on the wallet than that at many galleries.

    142 Berkeley St., Boston (617-266-0075)
  • Gifts

    Flat of the Hill

    With shelves packed with picture frames, fragrances, totes, stationery, crafts, pillows, soaps and unique pieces of jewelry—not to mention the softest baby blankets we’ve ever felt—Flat of the Hill enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a gold mine for gift-givers. Keep an eye out for finds from favorite local brands, like colorful bags from Ame & Lulu and sweet charms from Samantha Faye. This is the place for presents that your nearest and dearest won’t want to regift.

    60 Charles St., Boston (617-619-9977)
  • Neatly Nested Design & Décor
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    Home Boutique

    Neatly Nested Design & Décor

    Founder Danielle Platzer ditched her job in finance to focus on a career in interior design, getting her master’s, gaining experience as a buyer at Joss & Main and showcasing her hand-painted furniture weekly at SoWa. This fall, she put her passion on permanent display in Southie, where, with help from creative manager Marta Lomanno, she curates a selection of new accessories as well as furnishings from estate sales and small antique shops, refurbishing finds with a shabby-chic sensibility that’s clearly too cool to be contained by a cubicle.

    373 W. Broadway, Boston (609-923-4459)
  • Magic Beans

    Parenting Store

    Magic Beans

    This indie shop turned 10 this year, and my how it’s grown. Founded by Eli and Sheri Gurock when she was expecting their second child, Magic Beans’ Brookline flagship has expanded into a fleet of six stores, each of which stocks stimulating toys, sturdy and stylish nursery furniture, baby-shower-ready gift baskets and a wide selection of thoughtfully designed gear, from easily adjustable carriers and strollers to swiveling bassinets that are a boon for nighttime feedings. Plus, each store has a Playscape lounge to help keep young patrons—and their parents—happy.

    312 Harvard St., Brookline (617-264-2326); additional locations in Boston, Norwell, Wellesley and Cambridge;
  • Pet Boutique

    Polka Dog Bakery

    Ever notice that some dogs observe better sidewalk etiquette than the average human? It’s probably the prospect of a delicious Polka Dog treat—like chicken-strip jerky or hand-rolled cod skin—that promotes that friendly disposition. This South End shop’s colorful collection of collars and toys, which was picked up by Target in 2012, will entice canine owners as well (though we humans know not to drool).

    256 Shawmut Ave., Boston (617-338-5155); additional locations in Boston and Lynnfield;
  • Shoe Repair

    George’s Shoe Repair

    Boston winters have no mercy on your sole. Thankfully, George Triantafillidis and his wife are your shoe saviors. Triantafillidis repairs broken-down heels, flats, lace-ups and loafers with a craftsmanship that he’s been honing since his teen years, which he spent assisting his dad in a similar repair shop in the Pru. Pick-up and delivery services are also available, should you find yourself ill-equipped to hoof it to the South End.

    120 Union Park St., Boston (617-970-3836)
  • City Sports
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    Sporting Goods

    City Sports

    With its expansive selection of training apparel and shoes from brands such as New Balance, Saucony and Reebok, City Sports is a one-stop shop for runners. For the rec leaguers and weekend warriors, the stores have all the necessities for basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer, not to mention yoga and pilates attire. Plus, the company’s outdoor boot-camp workouts and CrossFit training series mean you don’t even need to find a gym to use your new gear.

    480 Boylston St., Boston (617-267-3900); additional locations in Boston, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Wellesley and elsewhere;
  • Tailor

    Jerry’s Custom Tailoring & Alterations

    For decades, Jerry has been a go-to for local pro athletes who, we’re guessing, don’t readily fit into a lot of threads right off the rack. Though some major retailers may provide free alterations to close a sale, true sartorial perfection is likely to require a little more legwork. Jerry will have you standing tall with the swagger only an expertly tailored fit can provide.  

    729 Boylston St., Boston (617-266-5757)
  • Repair iFix Your i
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    Repair iFix Your i

    Waiting for tech help at the Apple store can tax the soul. Luckily, there’s a saner alternative around the corner from the Boylston Street retail giant. The friendly specialists at iFix Your i offer same-day repair services for a wide range of smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. They’ve seen and heard it all, so there’s no need to come up with a story about why your poor phone decided to take that fateful plunge into the toilet. 

    247 Newbury St., Boston (857-233-4747); CambridgeSide Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge (617-616-5966);

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