January 27, 2020 |
Hidden gems showcased at Date & Time
5 Concord Road, Sudbury
Talk about destination shopping. Date & Time is a fine jewelry and timepiece boutique showcasing truly beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry from luxe designers such as Messika. Along with a bridal lounge, the boutique features designers who can help custom create a dream jewelry piece.
Insider tip You may want to drop in around cocktail hour. There’s a fully stocked bar.
119 Charles St.
Behind any well-appointed boutique is an owner with impeccable taste. Hello, Aimee Lombardi! She is the mastermind behind French + Italian, a bespoke women’s wardrobe paradise on Charles Street. Off the retail floor, Lombardi excels in preparing her clients and customers for their fabulous trips by packing up their suitcases with even more fabulous clothing and accessories.
Insider tip Make sure to score one of Lombardi’s exclusive travel pieces made just for French + Italian.
Moving On Up
Is there any such thing as a stylish move? Kate Botts thinks so. The fashion stylist and personal concierge particularly specializes in managing house moves. But before any moving truck arrives, she will help you purge and curate what to keep or toss. She’ll also arrange for consignment services and donations as well as manage anything otherwise connected to your move.
Insider tip Take advantage of her fashion background (she headed up the Chanel boutique in Bloomingdale’s) and call her in early to review your closet.
170 Commonwealth Ave., Ste. 101
There’s sculpture, and then there’s Dr. Michael Yaremchuk’s version—bespoke facial surgery. The Harvard plastic surgeon operates out of the Boston Center, a posh, hush-hush facility providing cosmetic and aesthetic procedures from the city’s top board-certified medical professionals in a private environment. Yaremchuk’s “eye” will help you redesign your face (higher cheekbones, sharper jawline), while his surgical hand will transform you into an artistic masterpiece. He’s considered one of the area’s leading facial implant doctors.
Insider tip Make sure to hire a private nurse for your overnight stay.
1 Broadway, Everett
Feeling stressed? Who isn’t? Those in the know head to Encore Boston Harbor’s world class spa and book an ayurvedic retreat. Revitalize your mind and body with a chakra balancing massage to ease stress and relieve muscle tension. The treatment also includes a face massage and a Shirodhara scalp treatment—the perfect finale to take you into a true balanced and meditative state.
Insider tip Plan to arrive early and stay late to take full advantage of the spa amenities.
Rev and Revive
(776 Boylston St.)
Admit it. You want to play hooky. There’s no better place than The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Schedule a one-hour-and-50-minute treatment like Oriental Harmony, focusing on jet-lag recovery with two therapists’ working simultaneously, or The Bostonian, a five-hour retreat complete with a body scrub, full massage, lunch and ultimate facial.
Insider tip The spa boutique is filled with top-tier fuzzy socks and blankets you swathe yourself with pre-treatment.
216 Newbury St.
Boston has many firsts, but one most folks don’t know about is Boston Balans, the first and only organic spa in the city. The health and beauty spa also offers the first and only stem cell facial in the world. This is no small thing—it promotes maximum hydration, nutrition, regeneration and anti-aging factors in the skin. Next, first city to invent reverse aging?
Insider Tip Book a session of floatation therapy in a 10-inch-deep pool of heated water filled with therapeutic Epsom salt for the ultimate relaxation experience.
Hirsute House Call
580 Harrison Ave., Ste. 3C
It’s a bad-hair day, but it’s a worse-weather day. Don’t you fret. The team at G2O Spa will gladly deliver one of their best hairstylists to coif you up in no time. Haircut, color, blow-dry? Yes, right and of course.
Insider Tip Ask a team member to pick up one of the many top-line hair products for your home visit.
70 Rowes Wharf
Thank you, Rowes Wharf Health Club and Spa for recognizing that macho men need some TLC. The gentlemen’s escape package features a 50-minute deep muscle massage, a skin fitness face treatment and a pedicure. A la carte offerings include various facial, massage and nail treatments too.
Insider Tip Enjoy extra enhancements like the reflexology, which focuses on the pressure points in the hands and feet, or the head in the clouds massage, which focuses only on the neck, back and shoulders.
If there was a Harvard degree in styling services, Samantha Dowson would have earned it. The veteran fashion expert, who recently managed indie boutique darlings All Too Human and Copious Row, has launched an ultraprivate and personal style concierge company. For $3,000, members can enjoy 25 hours of Dowson’s image consulting, personal shopping, editorial styling, a weekly style mood board, outfit planner and much more every month.
Insider Tip Make sure to take advantage of Dowson’s knack of distilling your closet to the essentials.
Photo by Michael Blanchard