What most people don't know is that the Boston Pewter Company in Fanueil Hall is the ONLY Boston Pewter Company store in the entire world. It was started many years ago by the man who still owns the store, and is exclusive to the Fanueil Hall North Market. The items within are seemingly just as unique, as often artists sell their goods only to Boston Pewter. Shopping in this store is lovely, as the staff is always will to go above and beyond what is required of them to make the customer not just satisfied but indulged. A wonderful Boston landmark.
Its hard to find quality items at any thrift store, but even more so in Boston, with hordes of college students always picking over the selection to try to find the new and trendy. Planet Aid on Newbury is a great stop to always find something cute (even if it is just the chocolate labrador retriever that sits outside every sunny day). The ladies that work inside are helpful and cheerful, and are always ready to tell you when something just isn't right. A great store to throw your alleigance to.
hail a yellow cab. I assume, for a company so visable, they must be reputable, and they certainly are. Prompt and (above all) safe, every single yellow cab I've ever taken has left me happy with my over all taxicab trip. Oftentimes, you fear for your life in the backseat of taxis, but not with Yellow Cab. I reccomend this company to anyone.
I've never felt stranger than when I went shopping in Strawberries. First of all, the entire store was dirty and run-down, and I felt as if something could collapse upon me at any given moment. The selection was essentially limeted to the strange paring of rap and country. There were more toys and music accessories within the store than actual music. Despite the fact that the store was huge, I think I only saw three employees. This store is to be avoided. Just go to Virgin.
The guys that work at Fred's are the coolest part of the store. Its an enigma, really, as I've been going there for almost two years and can't figure out who is actually Fred, if any of them truly are to being with. They always have the new movies, old standbys, and wacky things you can never find anywhere else (I'm pretty sure this is the only store with every single David Lynch movie ever made). Not a lot of the movies in Freds are on DVD, though, so I hope you have a VCR. If you don't, get one for $10 off of Craigslist and enjoy the splendor of Fred's.
Ah, Kendall cinema. Thank you thank you thank you for providing the greater Boston area with a little bit of class and culture. Independant and foreign movies (or, sometimes, just movies with limited release) are exclusively played here, to the absolute delight to all of Boston's artsy college students. Its a long walk between the Kendall stop on the red line to the cinema, but there is a shuttle bus (or, so I've heard). Its a forgotten gem on Friday nights when the rest of the city tries to pack into Loews.
There is no experience that beats the IMAX experience, especially at the New England Aquarium. I always have fun there, and, since you can buy tickets to the IMAX in conjuntions to admission to the Aquarium, its a great addition to a fun day out. The shows offered that the IMAX are always a blast, and really enjoyable. A full sensory experience, good for dates, group outings, or family. Just if you're apt to motion sickness, take heed.
The Brattle is just too cool for words. Never playing new movies, the Brattle dedicates itself to playing old cult favorites. Though I don't go every week, I enjoy the old-theatre, feel, the informality, and the anything goes concept. Its a blast to see a David Lynch movie in the company of people who have no idea whats going on and people who think they know whats going on but don't. They often play kid-friendly movies (Indiana Jones) and classics you couldn't see on the big screen anywhere else (The Hitchcock series).
I'm not a person who routinely sings the praises of the Garment District. The dollar-a-pound pile is dirty and no matter how much you wash it, smells funny. The clothes upstairs have the same sort of odor, are never that cute, and cost and arm and a leg. The best thing to use the Garment District for is is the new costume stuff- hair dye, feather boas, shoes, and whatnot. Its all inexpensive, and has more variety than any other store in the area.
Also, try to go there looking as scenester as possible. The staff- not exactly open to those of us who iron our clothes or wear things from Abercrombie and Fitch.
The appeal of Rainbow is this- cheap, bright clothes that last a week, and then they fall apart. I have gotten skirts here for under $5. If you need an outfit for one night, and its going to be a night of bright colors, dancing, and all around good times, come here, and get a several options (with shoes) for under twenty dollars. I swear, its sometimes the most fun place to go with a twenty dollar bill to see what you can come up with. The clothes last through two washing machine cycles, but you don't even notice.