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October already!

Folk + blues + noise + alt-pop + Mr. Young
Only 11 weeks and counting of Christmas shopping remain, so head out to some budget-friendly shows in the meantime.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 30, 2009

Boston's Best City Life 2009

Rocking in the cradle of eccentricity
There’s so much to love about Boston, it’s hard sometimes to know where to start. Traffic? Obnoxious Sox fans? Irritating students? Norway rats? Inflated rents? An inferiority complex unlike any on the Eastern seaboard?
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 16, 2009

Boston's Best Shopping 2009

The only marketing survey that counts
There are two kinds of people in the world: people who love to shop and people who would rather prepare for a colonoscopy than enter a store. This latter bunch could account for the Best Readers’ Poll write-in “votes."  
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 16, 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Plausibility is not its strongest suit
"Your mom and I think that if the American economy can be billions in debt and still be fine, then so can you," reason the absurdly accepting parents of Rebecca Bloomwood.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 18, 2009

Budgeting your time

For students, part-time jobs mean pocket money, freedom, scheduling conflicts, and stress
There are two possible reasons Friday is the best day of the week for a college student.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 08, 2009

’Tis the season to buy local

 Tips for keeping your holiday gift-giving bucks in the ocean state  
Frog and Toad, an idiosyncratic gift store on Providence’s East Side, is your quintessential mom and pop shop.
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2008

Buy Nothing Day: A good cause for tough times

During the 11 previous years in which Buy Nothing Day has been staged in Rhode Island, there have been economic downturns and times when the national economy was humming.
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 25, 2008

Help wanted

‘Anything But Paper Prayers (The Annual Aids Benefit)’ at Barbara Krakow Gallery, ‘Icons + Altars’ at the New Art Center, ‘Annual Holiday Sale’ at Massart
I can’t speak for everyone, but I’d take a painting over a snowflake sweater any day of the week.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  November 21, 2008

Blouse party

White Williams stops by Urban Outfitters
Joe Williams, the waify mastermind, is childlike in performance, all long eyelashes and restless feet.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 27, 2008

Gastronomic stimulus package

Splurge a little at the Cheese Iron
This, coupled with the thaw and other natural stimulus packages, write a recipe for the spoils of spring: maturing cheeses, bright wines, green garlic ramps, and outdoor eating.
By TODD RICHARD  |  April 30, 2008

Don't shoot!

You'll want both eyes for Seacoast Rep's Christmas Story
Young Ralphie is a 9-year-old who knows exactly what he wants.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 28, 2007

All I want for Christmas is ...

... a strap-on harness made of recycled rubber; and other helpful holiday gift ideas
True story: My grandma sent me my Christmas check in mid-October this year.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 20, 2007

Buying in

Consumer Culture at Montserrat, Mini Golf at Mass Art, and ‘Seek Alternate Routes’ at 119 Gallery
In late September 2001, President George W. Bush urged Americans to go shopping in support of the slumping US economy, equating purchasing with patriotism in the aftermath of 9/11.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 20, 2007

Used but not abused

Are you afflicted with mall madness? Escape the suburban mobs at these 11 incredible vintage stores
The Maginot Line of vintage clothing is most assuredly underwear.
By SHARON STEEL  |  November 20, 2007

November 23, 2007

Weekly forecast
Weekly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  November 20, 2007

Readers' picks: Shopping

Best liquor store, best tattoo place, best store for stereo equipment, and more
Symposium Books, Cellar Stories, Caster's Bicycles and Fitness, and more.


Good food looks good on you
I still don’t get the thing about restaurants in clothing stores.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 31, 2007

Living la vida local

Or: how I learned to stop driving and (sort of) love mom and pop
I am a fan of convenience.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  January 24, 2007

Oh ... uh, wow ... thanks?

The Internet is a vast trove of very strange gifts
Once upon a time, not all that long ago, holiday shopping was a fairly straightforward enterprise.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 07, 2006

Indie economy

Portland’s new Buy Local campaign is playing nice, for now
Carolyn Mix is one of Buy Local’s newest converts. Owner of the 2Note botanical perfumery, which has been open in the Old Port for about six months, Mix says she joined Portland’s new coalition of independent businesses because she believes in the cause.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  December 06, 2006

We do too have celebrity sightings in Boston!

Gawking and stalking
Who cares about seeing Sacha Baron Cohen eat dinner with Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky at Fiamma?
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 01, 2006

December 6, 2006

Waning moon in Cancer. Home is where the heart is, but it probably won’t be where you are. Libra and Capricorn, be cautious of unintended defensiveness. Cancer, the universe wants you to have spice in your life so if some sparky personalities turn up today or tomorrow, it’s for the best. Shopping tip: cooking or baking items, belts.
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  November 29, 2006

November 25, 2006

Waxing moon in Aquarius, Jupiter moves into Sagittarius. VOC 1:41 to 10:41 am. This weekend is better for that new escapist fantasy/game/movie than for serious holiday shopping, but if you’re looking for frivolity, you’ll find it. Aquarius, as much as you abhor commitment, this weekend is the time to make plans and stick to them.
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  November 21, 2006

Buy nothing day strikes a blow for compassion

The local incarnation of Buy Nothing Day has grown each year and it continues to get more rooted.
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 15, 2006

Restaurant L

R unway-worthy food
I don’t know why restaurants in high-end clothing stores are so good.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 27, 2006

Bodega opens

Sneak(erheads) preview
If you’re starting a new independent clothing store in Boston’s typically fashion-challenged environs, you’d probably take out an ad to promote your grand opening and give away cheap-but-seemingly-generous swag to the first days’ customers.
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  May 10, 2006

May 6, 2006

Waxing moon in Virgo, VOC until 8:20 am. Cleaning is on the schedule this weekend — like it or not. And those who may really like it include Capricorn and Taurus, who may need a distraction so they won’t be picky around loved ones. Shopping for new clothes to wear to the gym? Or non-toxic cleaning materials? Your choice — but aiming for “minty fresh” is not confined to earthy types.
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  May 04, 2006

March 31, 2006

Waxing moon in Taurus. Super for shopping for items that last, but the impulse to overspend afflicts Aquarius (especially if there’s someone you can’t wait to tell what you bought). Good time for fixing antiques. Virgo: are you making things more difficult for yourself than they need to be? Scorpio: this isn’t your best time to make a stand.
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  March 30, 2006

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