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Arts and Entertainment

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Arts and Entertainment 153 nominees
  • Bank of America Pavilion, Arts & Entertainment, Concert Venue, 290 Northern Ave Boston MA 02210

    1. Bank of America Pavilion (Waterfront)

    Nominee for: Best Concert Venue

    "Definitely one of Boston's best venues. This outdoor arena seats somewhere around 5k and has great acoustics. You are..."

  • Coolidge Corner Theatre, Arts and Entertainment, Indie Theater, Indie Cinema, 290 Harvard St Coolidge Corner Brookline MA 02446

    2. Coolidge Corner Theatre (Coolidge Corner)

    Nominee for: Best Indie Cinema

    "I've seen my share of movies here and I've never had a bad experience. Love that they have a night devoted to Big..."

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Arts and Entertainment, Museum, Art Gallery, 465 Huntington Avenue Mission Hill Boston MA 02115

    3. Museum of Fine Arts (Mission Hill)

    Nominee for: Best Museum

    "They haive the largest French impressionism collection in the Boston area, which is my favorite catagory of paintings..."

  • American Repertory Theatre, Arts and Entertainment, Theatre Group, 64 Brattle St Harvard Square Cambridge MA 02138

    4. American Repertory Theatre (Harvard Square)

    Nominee for: Best Theatre Group

    "Their work is as thought provoking as it is entertaining. I can always count on unique performances with extremely good..."

  • 13FOREST Gallery, Arts and Entertainment, Art Gallery, 167 Massachusetts Ave East Arlington Arlington MA 02474

    5. 13FOREST Gallery (East Arlington)

    Nominee for: Best Art Gallery

    "Friendly place with really nice stuff at ALL price levels--some great art in here, as well as clever finds for all..."

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Auto

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Auto 194 nominees

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Beauty & Wellness

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Beauty & Wellness 498 nominees
  • Bella Sante Day Spas, Beauty, Beauty & Wellness, Day spa, Facial, Day Spa, Massage, Bikini Wax, Brow Shaping, Med Spa, Mani/Pedi, Hair Cut, Waxing, 38 Newbury St Back Bay Boston MA 02116

    1. Bella Sante Day Spas (Back Bay)

    Nominee for: Best Day Spa

    "Hi! Had a full body deep tissue massage at Bella Sante and it was the most de-stressing, relaxing feel well overall..."

  • 2. Biyoshi (Coolidge Corner)

    Nominee for: Best Hair Cut

    "Hands down the greatest haircut around. I used to be a single loser and ever since I started going to Biyoshi I have..."

  • Razors Barbershop & Shave, Beauty & Wellness, Barber, 308 Highland Avenue Somerville MA 02144

    3. Razors Barbershop & Shave (Somerville, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Barber

    "Sit down in any of the 5 barber chairs and you will leave looking exactly how you wanted and requested (within physical..."

  • Urban Beauty Lounge, Beauty & Wellness, Waxing, 371 Billings Street Quincy MA 02170

    4. Urban Beauty Lounge (Quincy, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Waxing

    "Okay first things first! This diamond in the rough is located 1 mile off of exit 12 right over the Neponset Bridge, you..."

  • Brilliance Tattoo, Beauty & Wellness, Tattoo and Piercing, 957 Commonwealth Avenue Allston/Brighton Boston MA 02215

    5. Brilliance Tattoo (Allston/Brighton)

    Nominee for: Best Tattoo and Piercing

    "I waited 2 yrs until Abbylyn was working at a shop in my area before I got my tattoo from her and it was Definately..."

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Fitness

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Fitness 338 nominees

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Food

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Food 1559 nominees
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    1. UBurger (Fenway/Kenmore)

    Nominee for: Best Burger

    "Pretty unique place for Boston -- it does remind me a lot of In-n-Out burgers on the West Coast. I just have a hard..."

  • Tresca, Great Meals, Food, Italian, Place to Impress a Date, Place for a Special Occasion, Italian-Traditional, Italian - Traditional, 233 Hanover St North End Boston MA 02113

    2. Tresca (North End)

    Nominee for: Best Italian - Traditional

    "Great wine at the bar. Great food in the restaurant. And you can't beat the balcony table upstairs for a date. Blows..."

  • Flour Bakery and Cafe, Specialty food, Specialty Food and Drink, Food, Bakery, Cafe, Reason to Cheat on your Diet, Breakfast Sandwich, Cupcakes, Sandwich  , Birthday Cakes, Brunch, Local Donut Shop, Place to Get Coffee, Coffee Shop, 1595 Washington St South End Boston MA 02118

    3. Flour Bakery and Cafe (South End)

    Nominee for: Best Bakery

    "While a definite contributor to dietary struggles over the years, Flour's consistent quality, friendly staff and..."

  • Eastern Standard, Nightlife, Specialty Cocktail, 528 Commonwealth Ave Fenway/Kenmore Boston MA 02215

    4. Eastern Standard (Fenway/Kenmore)

    Nominee for: Best American Bistro

    "Whether you choose from the menu, opt for a classic or ask for a recommendation, you'll get great service and a well..."

  • 5. Chicken & Rice Guys (Back Bay)

    Nominee for: Best Food Truck

    "It's a rarity to find good quality food these days. With Chicken & Rice Guys, not only do you get good quality, you get..."

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Local Flavor

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Local Flavor 514 nominees
  • Emmanuel College, Campus Life, School Spirit, 400 Fenway Boston MA 02115

    1. Emmanuel College (Boston, MA)

    Nominee for: Best School Spirit

    "Already an R.N. 13 years when grad. from Emmanuel with B.A. in Rehab. Counsiling and minor in Statistics. Easily went..."

  • 2. Animal Rescue League of Boston (South End)

    Nominee for: Best Local Charity

    "Animal Rescue League has done so much for me and my dog who was very ill and they literally save her life. I thank..."

  • Cambridge Historical Tours, Local Flavor, City Tour, Neighborhood to Play, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue Harvard Square Cambridge MA 02138

    3. Cambridge Historical Tours (Harvard Square)

    Nominee for: Best City Tour

    "Great company. They tell all about the historical and hysterical fun facts throughout the Harvard and Cambridge area..."

  • Slumbrew, Local Flavor, Local Brewery, 1310 Broadway Somerville MA 02144

    4. Slumbrew (Somerville, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Local Brewery

    "Met one of the Brewers at Porter Cafe in West Roxbury and tried samples of all their beers. Not a single one I didn't..."

  • Crane Beach, Local Flavor, Beach, 290 Argilla Rd Ipswich MA 01938

    5. Crane Beach (Ipswich, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Beach

    "One of the things that makes Crane a great beach is the lack of commercial development. There are no beach houses..."

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Local Media

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Local Media 174 nominees

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Nightlife

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Nightlife 364 nominees
  • Kings, Nightlife, Bowling, 50 Dalton St Back Bay Boston MA 02115

    1. Kings (Back Bay)

    Nominee for: Best Bowling

    "Not only is this the best place to bowl (videos and music are unbelievably cool), but the food is outstanding! Pizza..."

  • The Druid, Nightlife, Irish Pub, Trivia Night, 1357 Cambridge St Inman Square Cambridge MA 02139

    2. The Druid (Inman Square)

    Nominee for: Best Irish Pub

    "The Druid has great food - I've tried the burgers, mussels, and a steak - all very tasty. Friendly service too. And..."

  • Sunset Grill and Tap, Nightlife, Food, Place for Beer Snobs, Burger, 130 Brighton Ave Allston/Brighton Allston MA 02134

    3. Sunset Grill and Tap (Allston/Brighton)

    Nominee for: Best Beer Bar

    "Every neighborhood should have a place like Sunset. They've got the biggest beer menu I have ever come across a huge..."

  • Paddy's Lunch, Nightlife, Dive Bar, 60 Walden St  Cambridge, MA 02140

    4. Paddy's Lunch (Huron Village)

    Nominee for: Best Dive Bar

    "BEST ever. Who else would have a bloody mary waiting for me when I called to say I was heading over to grab some..."

  • Highland Kitchen, Nightlife, Food, Reason to Go out on Wednesday, Brunch, 150 Highland Ave Somerville MA 02143

    5. Highland Kitchen (Somerville, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Neighborhood Bar

    "The food is as outstanding as its jukebox, the likes of which cannot be touched by any other place."

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Parenting 101

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Parenting 101 115 nominees
  • Museum of Science, Arts and entertainment, Arts and Entertainment, Parenting 101, Weddings, Museum, Rainy Day Kid's Trip, Kid's Day Trip, Wedding Venue, Cultural Exhibits, Museum Of Science Driveway Boston MA 02114

    1. Museum of Science (Boston, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Kid's Day Trip

    "This museum is full of things to do, unfortunately we tend to go only with children and miss out on the adult sections..."

  • Magic Beans, Gifts, Shopping, Parenting 101, Children's gifts, Children's Gifts, Children's Gear, Toy Store, Children's Boutique, 312 Harvard St Coolidge Corner Brookline MA 02446

    2. Magic Beans (Coolidge Corner)

    Nominee for: Best Children's Gear

    "WONDERFUL customer service! As first time parents, my husband and I did not know where to begin in preparing for our..."

  • Magic Beans, Gifts, Shopping, Parenting 101, Children's gifts, Children's Gifts, Children's Gear, Toy Store, Children's Boutique, 312 Harvard St Coolidge Corner Brookline MA 02446

    3. Magic Beans (Coolidge Corner)

    Nominee for: Best Toy Store

    "WONDERFUL customer service! As first time parents, my husband and I did not know where to begin in preparing for our..."

  • Christina McPherson Photography, Parenting 101, Children's Photographer, 213 Sandy Pond Rd Lincoln MA 01773

    4. Christina McPherson Photography (Lincoln, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Children's Photographer

    "Christina McPherson Photography is the best! I should know because I have the pleasure of working with her on her..."

  • Tiny Hanger, Parenting 101, Children's Boutique, 14 Pleasant St Coolidge Corner Brookline MA 02446

    5. Tiny Hanger (Coolidge Corner)

    Nominee for: Best Children's Boutique

    "The Owner Lucia at the Tiny Hanger is not only professional, and super helpful she is also very sweet. I purchased..."

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Pets

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Pets 202 nominees
  • The Pawsitive Dog, Pets, Dog Training , Boarding, Doggie Daycare

    1. The Pawsitive Dog (Boston, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Dog Training

    "With over 10,000 dogs trained and over 15 years of invaluable, specialized training to owners and their dogs, The..."

  • The Pawsitive Dog, Pets, Dog Training , Boarding, Doggie Daycare

    2. The Pawsitive Dog (Boston, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Boarding

    "With over 10,000 dogs trained and over 15 years of invaluable, specialized training to owners and their dogs, The..."

  • The Pawsitive Dog, Pets, Dog Training , Boarding, Doggie Daycare

    3. The Pawsitive Dog (Boston, MA)

    Nominee for: Best Doggie Daycare

    "With over 10,000 dogs trained and over 15 years of invaluable, specialized training to owners and their dogs, The..."

  • 4. MSPCA Angell (Jamaica Plain)

    Nominee for: Best Veterinarians

    "Why anyone would go anywhere else I don't know. The best group of doctors. The best facilities. One stop for all pet..."

  • MonumenTails LLC, Pets, Dog Walker, Charlestown Boston MA 02129

    5. MonumenTails LLC (Charlestown)

    Nominee for: Best Dog Walker

    "The owner (Elizabeth) is fantastic! So reliable and professional. I always felt she treated my dogs as if they were..."

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Shopping

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Shopping 492 nominees
  • Harvard Book Store, Shopping, Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Ave Harvard Square Cambridge MA 02138

    1. Harvard Book Store (Harvard Square)

    Nominee for: Best Bookstore

    "Not all book stores are created equally. The Harvard Book Store has a great thing going with an unbeatable location..."

  • City Sports, Sporting goods, Health and Fitness, Shopping, Running gear, Sporting goods store, Sporting Goods, Running Gear, Athletic Wear, Sneaker Shop, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue Harvard Square Cambridge MA 02138

    2. City Sports (Porter Square)

    Nominee for: Best Athletic Wear

    "One of my favorite Athletic Stores in the City. We also do some FREE Zumba classes in the store from time to time! What..."

  • 3. Ceri Boutique (Back Bay)

    Nominee for: Best Women's Boutique

    "Tali is the bests - she knows my taste, is honest about what looks good (and doesn't) and keeps me in mind when great..."

  • Terra Nostra, Shopping, Costume Jewelry, 348 Massachusetts Ave East Arlington Arlington MA 02474

    4. Terra Nostra (East Arlington)

    Nominee for: Best Costume Jewelry

    ""Costume jewelry" doesn't even begin to describe what they have at this place!! They create their own hand-made pieces..."

  • Nomad, Gifts, Women's fashion, Shopping, Housewarming, Sophisticated, Gift Shop, Costume Jewelry, Home Goods, 1741 Massachusetts Avenue Harvard Square Cambridge MA 02140

    5. Nomad (Porter Square)

    Nominee for: Best Home Goods

    "Amazing and unique goods here: Great affordable quirky glassware, tableware, etc. Wonderful jewelry that gets many..."

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Weddings

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