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Penguin threads


Need to suit up, monkey?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Time machine


With the influx of literary megastores, rare book shops are becoming, well, rare.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Full-spectrum thrift store


If you color coordinate your clothes and blend your pinks into your reds or your reds into your purples, then imagine a warehouse-size thrift store suited to your neuroses.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to get pretty between work and the bars if you don't have time to go home


The only thing worse than having an ugly day at work is having an ugly day, plans for the night, and no time to go home to fix whatever catastrophic event occurred on your face, hair, outfit, all of the above.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy shoes for under $20 that isn't Payless


There are people out there, though we prefer not to associate with them, who willingly spend hundreds of dollars on a single pair of shoes.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy vintage Playboys from Olivia on the weekends


Amid Cadia Vintage’s tobacco tins, Playboys , and polyester dresses, there’s Olivia.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010



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Argument for wi-fi in the Red Sox dugout


In recent years, we’ve developed a theory that Red Sox fans can be divided into two camps: Schilling People and Manny People.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 11, 2010

Sports-media watchdogs


In a city like this, where sports are our lifeblood, and where talking about sports gets our blood boiling, newspaper coverage of our pro teams takes on more importance than it might in, say, Milwaukee or Denver.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Place to go when you need tickets


It’s a couple of hours before game time, and the Yankees are in town, and you need seats.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Quiet place to read that isn't the BPL


As shoddy as the view of Kenmore Square is from the second floor of the Barnes & Noble at Boston University, we happen to adore the small, extra-quiet reading area.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Spot to get naked without attracting a crowd


We’re not aware of a single spot to go skinny-dipping legally in the Greater Boston area.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010



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Restaurant loo


What makes a great restroom? Linen towels? Marble floor? A variety of lotions on the counter?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Place to pick up Little Women


I had spent my whole patriarchal life without cracking open a single one of Louisa May Alcott’s classic chick-lit books.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Place to witness something totally illogical


If you live in or around Inman Square, it can be easy to feel left out of the hustle and bustle of the big city.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Place to scope out Financial District hotties on your lunch hour


As an alternative to the walking paths of the Boston Common, try people-watching/stalking/scoping in the Financial District’s Post Office Square.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Place to be harrassed by political extremists


Boston University hasn’t been properly political since the early 1970s, and probably won’t be ever again unless Congress imposes a federal ban on Coach bags.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010



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Reason to hate the T


Don’t take it. Just don’t. Find another way to get wherever you’re going — bike, cab, Segway, whatever.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Place to drop your whole paycheck


Everyone’s got that one store where, if they suddenly had unlimited fundage, they’d buy up the whole shop.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to pick flicks in the shadow of death


For some strange reason, it’s easy to walk past Movieworks.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to go shopping on your lunch hour


Ah, the H&M vortex.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to recapture your, or anyone else's, childhood


Now that it’s warmer out, Mike Wilner, owner of Brookline News and Gifts, leaves his door wide open.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010


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