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Place to buy art supplies


Shoot, Dick Blick art stores are so cute that they even paint their windows.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Sex shop


Ninety dollars at Good Vibrations gets you the Luminous, a pink glass dildo that is “elegant with muted colors and a delicate feel . . . “
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy jewelry


We like to think of So Good as a grown-up version of Claire's, the store that outfitted ear-pierced pre-teens in post-backs and plastic-hoop earrings.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy men's shoes


We didn't know men's shoes were a thing, until we started telling men we didn't know their shoes were a thing.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

Place to buy women's shoes


We’re not sure why it is, but the small Cambridge shoe store Berk's  shoes manages to hold its own against mega shoe warehouses every year.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy men's clothing


"There is no good Italian food in Boston," Riccardi, owner of Riccardi's Boutique, swears.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010



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Place to buy vintage clothing


Sure, the Garment District wins this category every year.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy women's clothing


Sam Mendoza, in his cobalt-blue sweatshirt and black skinny jeans, looks good enough to work in New York (there we said it).
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy musical instruments


Brian King of the band Oranjuly works in professional audio and keyboard sales at Guitar Center.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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New and used CDs


The independent, New England–based music retailer Newbury Comics wins best-in-Boston for CD shopping every year.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Vietnamese restaurant


A steaming bowl of Pho, the beef-broth noodle soup from Vietnam, has to be at least as good for the soul as pedestrian, predictable chicken noodle.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010



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Thai restaurant


If your idea of Thai food involves a box full of greasy pad Thai, you’ve got some exploring to do.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Vegetarian restaurant


So what if you’re the type to order your filet mignon “so rare it’s still moving?”
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Spanish restaurant


En España, dinner starts late; so in the post-work, pre-meal hours, people trot from bar to bar, sip drinks, and order up small plates of food and mini appetizers to tide them over till dinner.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Romantic restaurant


Every dim-lit South End bistro can be “romantic,” but it’s the delight of the unpredictable, the charm of the unexpected that really elevates the intimacy of an evening.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Seafood restaurant


At East Coast Grill & Raw Bar, Chef Chris Schlesinger focuses his attention on fire (both literal and figurative), big, bold flavors, and serving up the freshest seafood available.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010



Place for dessert


It’s one thing to rip open a pack of Chips Ahoy and stuff a few soft-baked cookies into your face.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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New restaurant


They don’t do wraps. They don’t do new-age, health-crazed sandwich variations or inspirations.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Pizza place


When is a pizza place not a pizza place?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Middle Eastern restaurant


All right, so you’re coming for the hummus or the lentil stew or the falafel or the lamb shank or the kabobs or the grape leaves or the pumpkin kibby or the tofu couscous.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Mexican restaurant


It’s safe to say that the Border Cafe has reached the elusive, exclusive status of a Harvard Square institution.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010


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