Goods & Services

Durty Harry’s
Photo Credit: Gretchen Devine

Pet Boutique

Durty Harry’s

A Labrador named Harry (and his love of mud puddles) inspired this self-service grooming center and store. Durty Harry’s ergonomic tubs are open to walk-in customers looking to give their pooch a scrub for no more than $20. Don’t have time to tackle the task yourself? Fuller service is available, include fetching and returning your newly prettied pet. But if you do find yourself in the store, be sure to browse the array of organic kibble and treats, plush and plastic toys and more. 

287 Main St., Charlestown, 617-242-3647; 417 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-860-6154;
  • Antique Store

    Cambridge Antique Market

    Where else could you find a ’70s sofa, a vintage sequined gown and a box camera, all in one place? Cambridge Antique Market is a mecca for time travelers who delight in writing love letters on worn typewriters or wearing groovy costume jewelry to parties. With four floors of odds and ends, it’s easy to get lost looking for something you didn’t think you needed.

    201 Monsignor O’Brien Highway, Cambridge, 617-868-9655,
  • Bike Shop

    Ferris Wheels Bike Shop

    Serving cyclists is like a walk in the amusement park for Jeffrey Ferris, owner of this Jamaica Plain mainstay. His expert staff can handle repairs large and small, tuning up rusty brakes, replacing parts or giving your ride a complete overhaul with flashy cruiser bars. The Ferris Wheels crew also leads biweekly road training rides. But the highlight of the store’s community events is the free pancake breakfast held in the shop the final Friday of every month. Come for the carbs, stay for the company and leave knowing you’ll burn off the calories during the ride home. 

    66 South St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-2453,
  • Bookstore

    Porter Square Books

    A champion of all things local, Porter Square Books gives bibliophiles and casual readers alike the chance to read and support homegrown authors. Its consignment program showcases self-published fiction and local memoirs. Mulling over your next beach read? Simply ask someone on the staff—their monthly recommendations feature indie picks of all genres. If that isn’t enough, check out the store’s calendar, which is jam-packed with author talks that draw writers like Neil Gaiman and Kay Ryan. 

    25 White St., Cambridge, 617-491-2220,
  • Catering

    East Meets West Catering

    Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering at home or a full-scale gala with hundreds of guests, East Meets West Catering simplifies the logistics with mouth-watering menus that range from buffet brunches with quiche and galantine to extravagant eight-course dinners featuring miso-marinated black cod and duck guazzetto. Their expert event planners can even assist with selecting venues, florists and live entertainment. This team will make  it all look easy as pie. Whilst serving up pie. 

    212 Old Colony Ave., Boston, 617-269-2662,
  • Classes

    Boston Center for Adult Education

    Forget the droning lectures of your undergraduate career—the Boston Center for Adult Education features a curriculum that makes education fun. Fire up the grill with b.good co-founder Tony Rosenfeld for instruction in “Grill & Sauce” or learn the ins and outs of InDesign and Dreamweaver with top graphic designers. Students can acquire practical skills in any number of areas, including cooking, technology, language and fitness. Not to mention, you can get schooled in more eccentric subjects, with courses in tarot card reading, burlesque dance and, naturally, urban beekeeping. 

    122 Arlington St., Boston, 617-267-4430,
  • Cobbler

    Rinaldi’s Park Square Shoe Service

    Cobbling may be a dying art, but as long as Frank Rinaldi’s in business, even your fanciest footwear will stand the test of time. Skilled and experienced (the Honduras native comes from three generations of cobblers), Rinaldi and his staff have resoled well-worn athletic sneakers, customized Tory Burch flats for comfort and resurrected downtrodden Manolo Blahniks at reasonable prices. They can even mend or replace broken handles and zippers on your matching handbags, to boot. 

    31 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-426-6480
  • Courier Service

    City Express

    Maybe you don’t often find yourself needing to ship an important package across the country at 2:30 a.m. on a Saturday, but it’s nice to know that the folks at City Express offer their speedy services 24/7, all year round. Featuring simple mail pick-ups, rush trucking and next-flight-out transportation, the state’s largest locally owned courier delivers by any means necessary.

    201 South St., Boston, 617-350-4000,
  • Dry Cleaners

    Holly Cleaners

    When your laundry basket overflows with a week’s worth of suits—plus that cocktail dress from last Friday night—consider a call to Holly Cleaners for their pick-up and delivery services. Reaching nearly 40 Boston ’burbs, the family-owned business cleans, steams and spot-treats every garment imaginable. As pioneer users of a system that employs odorless, non-toxic and biodegradable solution, Holly will also keep your conscience clean. 

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

    Exotic Flowers

    The name says it all. Exotic Flowers is one of the only Boston-area florists with bouquets of electrifying blue roses from Ecuador, delicate birds of paradise from Costa Rica and vibrant daisies from Holland. A family-owned business that’s been around for more than 75 years, it sources its flora from gardens throughout the world. These globe-trotting petal-pushers can create arrangements for any occasion, be it romantic, celebratory or sympathetic. 

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

    Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

    When this international brand’s eponymous founders met in New York nearly three decades ago, they formed a partnership that would make the word “comfort” synonymous with good home design. The catalog still boasts a collection of functional and stylish pieces like sleeper sofas, Parisian leather chairs and retro cocktail tables. Pieces like these have even been used on the set of The Good Wife, so if you’re looking to imbue your living room with some Hollywood style, look no further.

    142 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-266-0075,
  • Furniture, High-End

    Roche Bobois

    It’d be easy to mistake the Roche Bobois showroom for a swanky European nightclub. Maybe it’s the Bauhaus bookshelves in warped abstract shapes or the modular sectionals covered in retro textiles. Whatever it is, we like it. With a dossier of 23 international designers, some trained at the École des Beaux-Arts (alma mater of Degas and Renoir, among others), it’s no surprise that the Paris-based brand epitomizes artistic modernism.

    2 Avery St., Boston, 617-742-9611,
  • Flat of the Hill
    Photo Credit Nicole Popma


    Flat of the Hill

    One look in the windows of this Beacon Hill storefront will draw you inside to browse the judicious collection of trinkets. With silver whale-shaped serving dishes by Mariposa, colorful Ame & Lulu totes, Sara Happ grapefruit-scented lip scrub and handmade sea art from the Cape, there’s a thoughtful gift to please any gal. We dare you not to treat yourself to a little something. 

    60 Charles St., Boston, 617-619-9977,
  • Hudson
    Photo Credit: Dan Watkins

    Home Boutique


    Which coast boasts higher style? Hudson’s selection of furniture and home decor complicates the debate. Inspired by nautical New England and the colorful Californian coast, owner and designer Jill Goldberg combines the best of both aesthetics for young professionals and empty nesters with white walls in need of TLC. Printed linen accent pillows and four-poster beds in fun colors like jelly bean green show there’s no shortage of design inspiration. 

    12 Union Park St., Boston, 617-292-0900,
  • Meal Share

    Once a Week by Cuisine en Locale

    Greasy lo mein and cardboard pizza be damned. Cuisine en Locale’s Once a Week program puts a healthy spin on takeout. Based in Cambridge, the weekly meal share’s chefs assemble an assortment of eight cooked meals featuring entrees such as turkey tikka masala, green kale and spinach lasagna and short rib ragù, with sides of fresh beet salad and stuffed sweet potatoes. For $145, it’s enough food to feed a bachelor lunch and dinner for most of the week, or to provide two meals for a family. 

  • Outdoor Store


    Whether you’re looking to kayak down the Charles River or train for a hike up Mount Everest, REI’s knowledgeable staff will help you find the right paddle or pulley. More than a source for quality gear, REI can connect you to a network of fellow outdoorsmen, and sponsors backpacking, cycling and rafting trips in exotic locales like Tanzania, Nepal and New Zealand. 

    401 Park Drive, Boston, 617-236-0746; additional locations in Reading, Hingham and Framingham;
  • Parenting Boutique

    Isis Parenting

    Customers may come to Isis for nursery needs like pacifiers and potties, but it’s the parenting center’s unmatched array of classes that keeps them coming back. Sympathetic staff navigate parents through the murky waters of child-rearing, covering topics like prenatal care, breast-feeding and playtime. They even offer specialty classes for second-time moms, working moms and frightened first-time fathers.

    800 Boylston St., Boston, 781-429-1470; additional locations in Arlington, Needham and Hanover;
  • Ski and Snowboard Equipment

    Sun & Ski

    Winter may be the furthest thing from your mind, but when next year’s blizzard hits, a trip to Sun & Ski will ensure you’ve got the best cross-country apparel to trek through mountains of snow. Spins, slides and stalls more your style? Sun & Ski’s selection of boards, boots and bindings will have you cruising on the half-pipe like Shaun White. 

    406 Washington St., Woburn, 781-897-1090; 296 Old Oak St., Pembroke, 781-826-3556;
  • Sporting Goods

    City Sports

    For 30 years, this East Coast institution has outfitted multitasking urban athletes for biking, yoga, marathons and the occasional corporate softball game. City Sports is brimming with sturdy sneakers, workout apparel, balls, bags, racquets and nearly anything else you could imagine. And the Back Bay store’s Run Club gives joggers the chance to test out new gear.

    480 Boylston St., Boston, 617-267-3900; additional locations in Boston, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Wellesley and elsewhere;
  • Le Couturier House of Alterations
    Photo Credit: Adam DeTour


    Le Couturier House of Alterations

    The deft hands at this Cambridge store could make a pair of blue jeans fit like couture. Whether he’s raising hemlines on suit pants or altering silk wedding dresses, owner Dick Robasson knows his way around a needle and thread. He’s turned dated gowns into contemporary cocktail dresses and goes the extra mile to take in pants at the thighs, not just the waist, for his slimmed-down customers. Best of all, he does it without a stray stitch in sight.

    550 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-1258,
  • Toys


    Walk down the colorful aisles of Stellabella, and you’ll end up reminiscing about tea parties with stuffed bears and Tonka truck expressways under your mom’s kitchen table. This wonderland has all the classics, including wooden dollhouses, pogo sticks and plastic fire trucks. It’s not all fun and games, though—Stellabella also offers a broad array of educational toys. Future physicists can rejoice in making pendulum clocks and understanding centripetal force, while budding artists can enjoy their first pottery wheel. 

    1360 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-491-6290; additional locations in Somerville, Burlington and Dedham;

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