Laundry Basket has the cheapest prices around. Some of the machines are a bit old, but they've begun bringing in newer models. And the old machines are perfectly fine themselves. This place takes quarters, not those annoying cards you have to buy at other laundromats, and it has a change machine. It's a safe place to leave your laundry, I used to live across the street and just go back when my laundry was finished. The also do laundry by the pound. It's small (avoid going on Sundays if you want to avoid a crowd) but it's open late and the staff is friendly. Their dry cleaning is especially good, they did a wonderful job with a very dirty white wool coat of mine and the price was lower than I've ever paid for dry cleaning. All in all, not a fancy place but a good, cheap laundromat.
PROS: Very cheap!
CONS: Can get crowded, some of the machines are old
The Harvard Book Store is independent book seller, unafilliated with Harvard University. What's so great about this store is its selection of used and remainder books. It's easy to find great used books at very low prices. The remainders are awesome, brand new books, including history books and even full-cover beautiful art books, at cheap prices. They also offer random discounts on other books. Harvard Book Store has a membership card, and it pays off if you shop there a lot.
PROS: Awesome books, low prices
Woody's sells Carlo Rossi in the big four liter monster bottles. They're prices are pretty good. But, most importantly, THEY DELIVER. For $3 they will deliver a keg, a sixer, even just a pack of cigarettes to your DOORSTEP.
PROS: THEY DELIVER, Rossi in monster bottles, cheap liquor
You don't have to be a wine snob to find a good bottle at Best Cellars. And you don't need to be a millionaire either. The staff is friendly and very well-informed and they don't mind explaining things to newbies. The wines are separated into categories like "big," "soft," "juicy" and "luscious" instead of by region. By categorizing wines according to taste, it's much easier to find the bottle you're seeking. And they have free tastings. (No, they don't give you enough at the tastings to get you drunk.)
Jasmine Sola has the best clothes. It also has the best jewelry and accessories. If you like fun and trendy this is the place for you. Unfortunately, the goods don't come cheap. The regular Jasmine Sola stores are very good about having sales, but the warehouse is always on sale. It's so great. You can purchase your entire going-out wardrobe from this warehouse.
PROS: Best going-out clothes on sale
CONS: It's still kind of expensive, and there are no work/professional clothes
Healthworks is lovely. How often can you say that about a gym? But it really is. The locker room is clean and they have free hairdryers, cotton balls and q-tips, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, and tampons. There's a whirlpool. In some ways, Healthworks resembles a spa. But then there are the machines upstairs. Imagine a gym where there are millions of elliptical machines and you can always get one and you can view the TV from each one. That's healthworks. They also have a great, non-scary selection of weight machines and staffers there to help you use them. And the classes are included with the membership fee, and they're great! It's women only, so sorry guys. And, it's definitely not the cheapest gym. But it's worth it.
PROS: amazing amenities, classes, machines
CONS: $$$ (but worth it)
Note: This is the wrong address! Cibeline is really located at 85 Holland Street (not road) in Somerville's Davis Square.
Cybeline Sariano is a fashion designer and all of the clothes are her own creation. Thus, you are assured of getting something that no one (or at lest very few other people) will be wearing. The clothes are well-made and trendy without being transient. When I visited the store Cibeline was right there behind the counter, friendly and very tolerant of my long-term browsing. The store itself is adorable. The only problem- and it's a big one- is the prices. Everything is expensive. Not for the girl on a budget.
PROS: Pretty, unique clothing
Pluto's one of those little boutiques that carries adorable, relatively useless stuff. But the stuff is so adorable you have to have it. Hilarious cards, cute bags and lots of random household trinkets abound. And even though the goods are pricey, you can always afford to buy a funny birthday card.
PROS: Cute, unique and fun
Harvest Coop is another one of those stores you can feel good about when you shop there. The Coop has a great selection of organic and local foods that sell for much less than they do at other specialty grocery stores. Members collectively "own" the Coop and are involved in making decisions for the store. Members also receive discounts (but have to pay a fee first.) Regardless, the prices are fair, the selection's great, the people are friendly and they sell wine. And beer. Good beer.
PROS: Organic, local, fair prices, sell good wine and beer, friendly
The staff at best buy is less than competent. I personally refuse to purchase anything there anymore. If you know EXACTLY what you want, go there. But if your unsure of say, what HD TV to get when you walk in, the staff is not on commission, and is made up primarily of acne ridden teenagers that are not knowledgeable on their merchandise.