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Newton Centre is just a short reach beyond Chestnut Hill, and though much is happening along the Route 9 corridor passing through Boston's southwestern neighbors, this other suburban hub doesn't always get the attention it deserves. Longtime establishments anchor the area's retail scene, including Mr. Sid and National Jean Company, while shops like Duchess and Folklorica add charm to Union Street right by the Green Line stop. Meanwhile, newer additions Smudge Nail Bar and Vaiani & Clarke Salon encourage you to primp in between boutique hopping. Here are 12 businesses we suggest riding on the D line to visit.


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Alan Bilzerian

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Much like its Newbury Street sister store, this suburban outpost of Alan Bilzerian stocks absurdly luxe fashion items. The family-owned shop is an opportunity to splurge on Yohji Yamamoto, Lanvin, and Rick Owens without the hustle and bustle of downtown. [Photo: Google Maps]

National Jean Company

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National Jean Co. is another boutique with a Newbury Street space, but this shop pre-dates that smaller Boston store with a ton of ready-to-wear mixed in among denim from Paige, J Brand, and Citizens. [Photo]

Smudge Nailbar

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Walk into Smudge and pick a stool at the bar. While nails are on the menu and not bevs, you'll feel tipsy off a selection of polish from Butter and vegan line Londontown, with treatment products from June Jacobs and Jimmy Jane. Cleanliness is a priority with jet-free pedi tubs. Manis start at $18 and pedis at $35. Waxing is also offered. [Photo]

Mr. Sid

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Mr. Sid dubs itself a fashion institution, and it certainly is legendary after a four decade presence in Boston area menswear. 15,000 square feet are home to impeccably tailored pieces from Ermenegildo Zegna, Frye and Alden footwear, New England Shirt Co. styles, Randolph Engineering eyewear, and Ernest Sewn denim. [Photo]

MiniLuxe

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MiniLuxe is probably the top Massachusetts nail shop, valuing a sterile environment that feels anything but, with a broad selection of polishes including their own private line. The Newton space features a unique wooden architectural design and all the amenities you've come to expect from the salon. [Photo]

The Finer Consigner

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The Finer Consigner is certainly not home to last season's castoffs—this shop specializes in the big ones like Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Lanvin, and Prada. Owner Amy Hahn Heller keeps tabs on customer preferences and needs, offering visitors the ability to inject their wardrobe with designer logos for a fraction of retail price. [Photo]

Lash L'Amour

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Lash extensions may seem like a daunting proposition, but Cynthia Vo's team at Lash L'Amour is more than accommodating, walking clients through their service gracefully and making sure those bombshell lashes are maintained properly. Natural-looking synthetic mink lash extensions start at $195, with $40-60 surcharges for Cynthia depending on the look you want. [Photo]

L'Optique Boutique

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Yelpers rave about the caliber of customer service offered by the owner, Carol, who is also an optician. The shop is modern and sleek, with a serious brand roster including Tom Ford, Dita, and Persol. [Photo]

Folklorica

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Folklorica has been supplying Newton with a jewelry-focused shopping experience for four decades, now equipping customers with the latest from Alexis Bittar, Sorrelli, Jenny Bird, and Chan Luu. Glittery headpieces, leather goods, and scarves balance out the displays for a true accessory destination. [Photo]

Duchess

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This charming boutique has built a following in the area for its wearable selection of Margaret O'Leary knitwear, eco-friendly line Prairie Underground, and US-made lines Salaam and Jude Connally. Other popular boutique brands including BB Dakota, LA Made, Sanctuary, and Three Dots. [Photo: Courtesy of Duchess]
The Ceri family of shops really makes a mark on Union Street, with independent apparel and accesories lines fit for women of all ages at this main Ceri boutique and the jewelry-dedicated Como space down the street at 91 Union. [Photo]

Vaiani & Clarke

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When Nicole Vaiani and Gia Clarke saw the chance to pursue their dream of becoming salon owners, the experienced stylists jumped. Nicole is a master colorist, a Goldwell Certified Colorist, and has a balayage certification; Gia is trained in the increasingly requested Deva cut for curly hair. The new salon is a proud user of Oribe products. [Photo]

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Alan Bilzerian

Much like its Newbury Street sister store, this suburban outpost of Alan Bilzerian stocks absurdly luxe fashion items. The family-owned shop is an opportunity to splurge on Yohji Yamamoto, Lanvin, and Rick Owens without the hustle and bustle of downtown. [Photo: Google Maps]

National Jean Company

National Jean Co. is another boutique with a Newbury Street space, but this shop pre-dates that smaller Boston store with a ton of ready-to-wear mixed in among denim from Paige, J Brand, and Citizens. [Photo]

Smudge Nailbar

Walk into Smudge and pick a stool at the bar. While nails are on the menu and not bevs, you'll feel tipsy off a selection of polish from Butter and vegan line Londontown, with treatment products from June Jacobs and Jimmy Jane. Cleanliness is a priority with jet-free pedi tubs. Manis start at $18 and pedis at $35. Waxing is also offered. [Photo]

Mr. Sid

Mr. Sid dubs itself a fashion institution, and it certainly is legendary after a four decade presence in Boston area menswear. 15,000 square feet are home to impeccably tailored pieces from Ermenegildo Zegna, Frye and Alden footwear, New England Shirt Co. styles, Randolph Engineering eyewear, and Ernest Sewn denim. [Photo]

MiniLuxe

MiniLuxe is probably the top Massachusetts nail shop, valuing a sterile environment that feels anything but, with a broad selection of polishes including their own private line. The Newton space features a unique wooden architectural design and all the amenities you've come to expect from the salon. [Photo]

The Finer Consigner

The Finer Consigner is certainly not home to last season's castoffs—this shop specializes in the big ones like Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Lanvin, and Prada. Owner Amy Hahn Heller keeps tabs on customer preferences and needs, offering visitors the ability to inject their wardrobe with designer logos for a fraction of retail price. [Photo]

Lash L'Amour

Lash extensions may seem like a daunting proposition, but Cynthia Vo's team at Lash L'Amour is more than accommodating, walking clients through their service gracefully and making sure those bombshell lashes are maintained properly. Natural-looking synthetic mink lash extensions start at $195, with $40-60 surcharges for Cynthia depending on the look you want. [Photo]

L'Optique Boutique

Yelpers rave about the caliber of customer service offered by the owner, Carol, who is also an optician. The shop is modern and sleek, with a serious brand roster including Tom Ford, Dita, and Persol. [Photo]

Folklorica

Folklorica has been supplying Newton with a jewelry-focused shopping experience for four decades, now equipping customers with the latest from Alexis Bittar, Sorrelli, Jenny Bird, and Chan Luu. Glittery headpieces, leather goods, and scarves balance out the displays for a true accessory destination. [Photo]

Duchess

This charming boutique has built a following in the area for its wearable selection of Margaret O'Leary knitwear, eco-friendly line Prairie Underground, and US-made lines Salaam and Jude Connally. Other popular boutique brands including BB Dakota, LA Made, Sanctuary, and Three Dots. [Photo: Courtesy of Duchess]

Ceri

The Ceri family of shops really makes a mark on Union Street, with independent apparel and accesories lines fit for women of all ages at this main Ceri boutique and the jewelry-dedicated Como space down the street at 91 Union. [Photo]

Vaiani & Clarke

When Nicole Vaiani and Gia Clarke saw the chance to pursue their dream of becoming salon owners, the experienced stylists jumped. Nicole is a master colorist, a Goldwell Certified Colorist, and has a balayage certification; Gia is trained in the increasingly requested Deva cut for curly hair. The new salon is a proud user of Oribe products. [Photo]