Giuliano Day Spa is probably the most well known and most popular day spa in the city. For my mother's 50th birthday, my siblings and I chipped in and bought her a full day of services at Giuliano, and I went along to keep her company. She was a bit nervous, as she never pampers herself and did not know what to expect. She loved it!! The staff was extremely professional, respectful and understanding that it was a very significant day for my mother - you could tell they were trying hard to make it special for her. They were friendly, but not too chatty or intrusive. Every service seemed great, from the full body massage, to the manicure and pedicure, to the hair style and makeup application! We enjoyed the spa lunch as well. She left very happy and so relaxed she wanted to take a nap! :)
Barbara's Bestsellers is located in the center of South Station. It appears to be a small kiosk, but I have consistently been surprised that they have had every book I've looked for, every time I've stopped by. I love browsing the books while waiting for commuter trains... it is much better than buying a magazine or something from the newsstand. Everyone that works there is so nice. I used to work next door and would stop by frequently on my lunch breaks. Although I didn't speak to the staff too often, they began to recognize me after a while and whenever I'd buy a book, they'd give me the "good friends" discount. I always appreciated the gesture very much! They have staff recommendations on the inside corners of the store, which are always fun to read.
I love the Kendall Square Cinema! It is located right near Kendall Square in Cambridge. I usually take the T and walk, but I do believe there is parking available. There is also a free shuttle bus called "The Wave" that will bring you from Kendall Station on the Red Line to the movie theater (the bus also stops at the Cambridgeside Galleria (Mall) for a day of shopping and movie!).
It is sad to me that, very quickly, all the great movie theaters in the Boston area seem to have been scooped up by major chains and are now showing only blockbusters. I love that Kendall has maintained its character, at least for the time being, and is still showing quality films. I love discovering the next great movie here -- I hope you will as well!
The Coolidge Corner Theatre is such a treasure to this city! I had never been to the theater for a movie before (since I live in a different part of the city) and learned that a favorite author and screenwriter of mine was coming to town and would be presenting his new book at this theater. I was so excited! I was delighted when I got to the theatre and saw all its charm. This place adds so much to the Coolidge Corner neighborhood! I was really excited that the people running this theater really seem to "get it". They appreciate that independence in film is important and they really understand good art. It was such a breath of fresh air! :)
I am looking forward to attending many more events here in the future!
First of all, I love Union Square Family Health because it is one street over from my house - so very convenient for me! However, I have also been consistantly impressed with them, every time I have been. Union Square is a very diverse neighborhood, and they seem to make a point to have people at the front desk that are fluent in multiple languages. The entire staff seems to really care... from the front desk, to the techs, to the nurses and doctors - it is a very comforting facility!
The doctors appear to be mostly women who graduated from Harvard, which is what drew me to this health center in the first place. As anyone who has lived around here for any length of time knows, however, graduating from Harvard is not very unique in the Boston area! :) (especially among doctors)... and as with anything, you can find good and bad doctors, even though they all may have "graduated from Harvard." However, in my experience at this health center, all the doctors seem exceptional. I was having a specific problem and needed to be referred to a specialist. When the specialist saw the notes that Dr. Rachel Wheeler (of Union Square Family Health) had made, he was blown away - he was so impressed with how thorough and insightful she was - he really made a point to tell me that I should be happy to have found such a great PCP!
I really like Dellaria's and have been going to them for years. I am one of those people that can't justify spending tons of money for a hair cut or other hair services, although I do enjoy being pampered. Dellaria's seems to offer the best of both worlds. The salon really has the feel of an upscale, expensive salon, but I have always found the prices to be shockingly inexpensive. I have always been pleased with the quality of cuts and colorings I have received there. It is the type of place to go when you want to pamper yourself, but are living on a budget.
My husband recently dropped his watch and the glass/crystal on the face of the watch shattered. We looked hard to find a place to get it fixed. It is difficult these days to find a place that can fix watches and jewelry. I had no idea what to expect, but was hoping for the best. Prior to dropping the watch off, a staff person quoted me "anywhere from $35-$150 to fix the watch. I think that it might be a bit high, but I have no frame of reference. My husband brought the watch in to the store and they quoted him $35 when they took the watch. The watch was fixed in a day and they only ended up charging $25! He is quite pleased with the job they did. We would recommend this place. It is very conveniently located in Harvard Square (convenient if you live in Cambridge or Somerville).
This is a great little place to purchase fresh flowers. My husband works in Harvard Square and will often pick some up on his way home from work. We are usually impressed with the quality of the flowers and they usually last an average to extended amount of time. Toward the end of the day, they sometimes have specials on flowers to clear out their inventory.
We recommend it!
This newstand seems to have more magazines than newspapers. They seem to carry a very wide variety of titles, so if you are looking for an unusual magazine, I would direct you to look here. They also have your typical candy and snacks inside.
It's main function, in my observation, is that of a landmark for people meeting in Harvard Square. It is a rather large kiosk and it is located pretty much directly in the center of Harvard Square. If you are getting off the T and meeting people, "Out of Town News" is a good place to meet.
Other than that, it is not too exciting.
Jerry's Liquors is right near my house, so, of course, this is where we go to buy any type of alchohol. However, after the great experiences I have had here, I would travel to this liquor store! The store is always clean, well lit, and welcoming looking on the inside and out. The staff is incredibly helpful! Just tonight, I was getting ready for a little party I am hosting tomorrow night. One staff person first helped me to attempt to locate an obscure type of liquor I needed for baking. When it became clear that they didn't have it, he even made recommendations as to places in the area that might! When I told him I needed to buy a few bottles of champagne, he took the time to explain the differences between the different types and brands. I would really recommend this place!