Wireless Store is Boston's first T-Mobile limited retailer, offering a sizable selection of wireless phones and accessories. Conversations can be held hands free while driving down the highway or riding on horseback with advanced Bluetooth headsets made by Jabra, Plantronics, Motorola, and BlueAnt. Other wireless accessories, such as chargers, cases, screen protectors, and batteries, keep phones clean, shiny, and fully charged. Though it wears the T-Mobile logo as proudly as a rebellious teenager in a Cramps T-shirt, Wireless Store is a locally owned and operated establishment.
Commended by Boston magazine in 2008 for wedding-gown preservation, Dependable Cleaners offers a basketful of laundering and dry-cleaning services. Turn last night's unfortunate ketchup incident into tonight's food-free canvas with same-day service. Items dropped off by 8 a.m. Monday–Saturday can typically be picked up by 5 p.m. the same day. Though prices vary by location, all stores offer the same reliable destaining services for dusty dresses ($14.39–$15.34), slovenly shirts ($2.58–$2.88), and pigpennish pants ($7.26–$7.98). Hide a fading summer tan with a freshly depurated jacket ($7.65–$8.52) or sweater ($7.23–$8.73). Dependable Cleaners locations can also handle unconventional vestments such as ballroom gowns, Ugg boots, and antique tricornered hats.
I Play Toys and Hobbies compiles a trove of high-quality books and baubles poised to become cherished pals, stock a collector's display cabinet, or impart the joy of learning. Lego building sets and Sanrio's Hello Kitty line delight the young at heart or the young in years, and art supplies and classic wooden playthings from education innovators Melissa & Doug equip budding minds with tools to make anatomical models of themselves. Assemble a congress of soft Ty stuffed animals from the moon-eyed Beanie Boo series ($4.99–$9.99), or select a snuggly bedtime delegate such as Winks, a fuzzy elephant from the Pluffies series ($7.99). Miniature vehicles including model airplanes, RC cars, and boats confiscated from Lilliputian marauders provide stylish travel options for a quarter-size Tynies glass figurine ($3.99). Although not quite the Carrara marble from which Michelangelo carved David, plush fabrics still accurately render Smurf contours when filled with cuddly stuffing ($12.99).
Natale’s Clothing takes its name from Natale Agostino, a Reggio Calabria–born clothier and master tailor who traveled to Italy regularly in search of high-end fabrics. Now owned by Natale's son, Carlo, the store features custom men’s suits, dress shirts, neckties, and more. Boston magazine lauded the retailer as having the Best Men's Clothing in Boston from 2001-2003, 2005-2008 and again in 2011, noting the smooth styles that lend themselves to suave boardroom entrances and effortless espionage. Loro Piana, Guabello, Reda, and other high-end materials make their way into formal suits and dress shirts, which store staffers stock in sizes 36 short to 60 long. Shoppers peruse two-button center-vent suits, double-breasted suits with side-vents, and three-button side-vent suits. Tailors sew semi- or full canvas into suit fronts to add longevity, and they provide complimentary alterations for life in case of weight loss or sudden third-arm growth.
A hodgepodge of truffles, caramels, fudges, and chilly treats greets confectionary cravers and ice-cream screamers at Hilliards House of Candy. Peruse specific fine chocolates such as hazelnut figaro ($11.75 for 8 oz.) or go for a mixed bag with the popular assortment box ($12.95 for 7 oz.). The almond toffee crunch gives teeth a challenge ($10.95 for 7.5 oz.), and the Grand Mariner truffle seduces taste buds with a combination of orange-liquor flavor, chocolate ganache, and smooth pickup lines ($2.20).