HAIR COLOR: Miranda Mills, Salon Michael Domenic
Salon Michael Domenic only opened in 2015, and it’s already a standout thanks to its superlative staff. Sit down in Miranda’s chair, sip a cappuccino and let the gifted custom color technician work her magic on your locks—then get ready to show off your new look with a #transformationtuesday selfie that’ll get more likes than you’ve ever gotten before.
1246 CAMBRIDGE ST. #1, (617) 492-2000 SALONMICHAELDOMENIC.COM
MANICURE: Wet Paint Nail Spa
Not only are the mani-pedis here a blissful experience, but they’re made to last, weathering gardening, crafts, cooking, laundry—you name it. The only problem with Wet Paint? It’s so beloved, you might have trouble getting an appointment.
145 HURON AVE. (617) 868-0620 WETPAINTNAILSPA.COM
MASSAGE/WELLNESS SERVICE: Inman Oasis
If we gave out an award for “most accurately named business,” Inman Oasis would take that one home, too. This place genuinely is an oasis in Inman Square, a top-tier spa experience from the massages to the hot tubs. We recommend indulging in a private soak, which will have your troubles melting away.
243 HAMPSHIRE ST., (617) 491-0176 INMANOASIS.COM
HAIRCUT: Kayla, Salon Luna
Porter Square’s Salon Luna is lucky to have Kayla—and so are we. Effortless, side-swept bangs you’re after? Or perhaps the heat has you considering a super-short pixie cut? Whenever it’s time to update your look, she’s your gal.
1878 MASS. AVE., (617) 492-7792 SALONLUNA.COM
HAIR SALON: Judy Jetson
Whether it’s an avant-garde undercut, an on-trend balayage or just about anything in between, the super stylists at Judy Jetson do it all. Face-flattering cuts, eye-catching color—it’s all done with expert care in a fun salon with hilarious staffers. (No wonder they’ve been around for more than 30 years!)
1765 MASS. AVE., (617) 354-2628 JUDYJETSON.COM
BEAUTY CARE – FACIAL: Aestheticare Day Spa
If you want to look your best, you need to go to the best. That’s Aestheticare! In their recently renovated, full-service spa, you’ll get expertly arched brows (seriously, they have 3D eyebrow sculpting) and permanent makeup work that’s some of the best in Greater Boston—not just Cambridge. With facials, scrubs and more, it’s a self-care experience that’ll have you looking and feeling refreshed.
310 CAMBRIDGE ST., (617) 661-1113, AESTHETICAREDAYSPA.COM
BARBERSHOP: Charlie’s Barbershop
Fire fades, a hot shave—and you’ll never wait much more than 10 minutes for a walk-in. This old-school crew brings their A-game with every cut.
1794 MASS. AVE., (617) 876-1116 CHARLIESBARBERSHOPCAM.COM
Healthworks really does have the works: two group fitness studios, incredible personal trainers, top-of-the-line equipment, a cycling studio—and a locker room that’s practically a spa, with its eucalyptus steam room, sauna and whirlpool. All that and nutrition counseling and massages? Sign us up.
35 WHITE ST., (617) 497-4454 HEALTHWORKSFITNESS.COM
YOGA STUDIO: O2 Yoga
It’s no stretch to say that O2 Yoga is the area’s most beloved studio. The classes are fun, the movements are fluid and the instructors are phenomenal when it comes to flow. Plus, the motto—“Up dogs, down dogs, no dogma,”—is more than just a clever turn of phrase. At O2, both the people taking classes and the ones leading them are passionate and excited about their practice. (And there’s even a vegan cafe in the front!)
1001 MASS. AVE., (617) 491-0002 O2YOGA.COM
PRESCHOOL OR DAYCARE: Rock and Roll Daycare
Got a little Lennon on your hands? Send ’em off to Rock and Roll Daycare, where they’ll drum and strum the day away with a positively lovely group of staff members and return to your care singing, dancing and feeling like a star.
535 CAMBRIDGE ST., (857) 259-52111; 66 PROSPECT ST., (857) 999-2003 ROCKANDROLLDAYCARE.COM
FLORIST: Brattle Street Florist
Step inside this eternal Harvard Square oasis—okay, maybe not eternal, but they have been in the botany biz since 1917—and you’ll find the fresh-cut floral arrangements or budding houseplant of your dreams. Even a notoriously brown-thumbed editor who shall go unnamed found a bonsai here back in the winter that she’s kept thriving thanks to this team of plant lovers.
31 BRATTLE ST., (617) 876-9839 BRATTLESQUAREFLORIST.COM
MOVING COMPANY: Gentle Giant
Be honest: do you really want to do the whole U-Haul thing again? That’s what we thought. Sit back, relax and let this locally owned company take all the stress out of your move. Gentle Giant’s award-winning team will help you make the trek from Harvard to Huron, or beyond—like, cross-country beyond—quickly, safely and competently.
29 HARDING ST., SOMERVILLE(617) 661-3333 GENTLEGIANT.COM
INTERIOR DESIGN: Pinney Designs
Ever stepped inside the effortlessly chic Syd + Sam in Observatory Hill? Then you’re already familiar with Emily Pinney; she owns the impeccably curated shop and brings the same eye for design to her firm, whether she’s laying out luxury high rises in Boston or NYC or catering to high-end properties along Nantucket.
290 CONCORD AVE.(617) 500-0147 PINNEYDESIGNS.COM
PET GROOMING: Laundromutt/BYOD
Okay, yes, we admit it: we love Laundromutt from its punny name alone. But it’s so much morethan that—a place where you can take advantage of the self-serve dog wash or drop your pup off for a quick bath. It takes less than an hour for their phenomenal staff to do the dirty work for you, so you can run some errands and come back to find Fido looking and smelling his best.
489 CONCORD AVE., (617) 864-9274 LAUNDROMUTT.COM
DOG WALKING: Happy Tails
You know those “wag more, bark less” bumper stickers? Sure, they’re cute (and applicable to humans), but that could also very much be the motto at Happy Tails, where your canine pal will stretch their legs with a caring walker who really loves them during every stroll around town.
(781) 396-4348 HAPPYTAILSPETSVCS.COM
BANK OR CREDIT UNION: Cambridge Savings Bank
CSB isn’t just a bank; it’s a beloved community partner that encourages its employees to volunteer their time to local nonprofits (seriously, they get paid time off to do so) and contributes to scholarships and grants for local students and organizations. Don’t you want to invest with a bank that’s equally invested in your neighborhood?
ARCHITECT OR ARCHITECTURE FIRM: Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA)
With a list of local clients that includes Felipe’s, Flat Patties and Ryles Jazz Club, plus clients like Northeastern University, which has repeatedly turned to them in designing modern, envelope-pushing buildings, this Cambridge-based firm continually wows when it comes to the innovative and the creative.
221 HAMPSHIRE ST., (617) 547-8120 PRELLWITZCHILINSKI.COM
MECHANIC: Junior’s Automotive
Weird clunking noise? Need some air in those tires? Just out of gas? Junior’s is a place where you can get a speedy inspection or find all the info on what your poor vehicle is going through, all with the promise of a quick turnaround and top-tier service.
1725 MASS. AVE., (617) 441-2882
DENTIST: Dr. John Chang, Dental Restorative Group @ Cambridge
“One of the most heartening healthcare experiences I have ever had.” “Great first-time visit.” “I felt so taken care of. I never feel that way.” “I can’t believe how easy you made it to get a beautiful smile.” The reviews are in: John Chang is the Cambridge dentist you want fixing those teeth.
2335 MASS. AVE., (617) 492-5081 DENTALRESTORATIVEGROUP.COM
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