Let the fun begin weeks or days before the big night with a new outfit, hairstyle, the coolest accessories and the sharpest pair of kicks on the dance floor. Get yourself amped before the music starts by finding just the right look. Pick the perfect flower, and fuel up at the coolest eatery. Put a signature trend together and set the pace ahead of the rest of your peers. Add some flash and pizzazz; and most of all have some fun. These spots will have you dance-ready when the high school event comes around.
The Garment District
Cambridge, MA 02139
If all that’s needed is something new and utterly cool, take a trip down to The Garment District. With two full floors of marked-down, gently used items, as well as new, vintage and trendy looks, you’ll be sure to find something unique. Along the back wall on the second floor are some of the sweetest choices in footwear, for both male and females. The prices just can’t be beat. A small section is set aside for fashion jewelry and offbeat products like hats, stockings and even tutus. The Garment District is the best alternative to a department store you’ll ever visit in the Boston area.
82 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Boys, this one goes for you too. A manicure could be very important if you’re a rugged sports fanatic, so take the advice – holding smooth hands is very important. The best little secret in Boston for quick facials in a massage chair and pampering your nails and hands at the same time is Teke Nails. The artists offer a gigantic variety of stunning jeweled, foiled, hand-painted or acrylic nails that no one else will have at the dance. The prices here are very reasonable and each service is unique. Don’t forget to bring your friends along.
25 Temple Place, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
If you’re looking for just the right style to make a statement that is out of this world, Trephin is the place for male/female cuts and styles that can’t be beat. The artists here are making the top lists in every magazine and review in Boston. Trephin’s specialty is color, but you can add a streak, foil or just blow your hair out. Get some awesome ideas from the staff here for what to do for your school dance. There is no doubt that the fun will begin at Trephin, so get primped with a new do.
Boston City Florist
714 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Have a special someone going to the dance with you? Make an impression they won’t forget with the perfect flowers. Flowers speak to the heart no matter what age. Finding out what your date’s favorite color is beforehand adds just enough special attention to the bouquet chosen. Boston City Florist has the largest display and offers free delivery with two free roses to each customer that places any type of order. Just in case anticipation makes getting ready that evening a bit hectic, send the flowers to your door and they’ll be waiting as you head out the door, or send them to hers.
Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage
1246 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage just oozes mojo, as well as ketchup, mustard and ranch dressing. Have a burger with different types of toppings sporting the coolest names like the “Adam Sandler” or the “Tom Brady” plates. This is the place for a decent, fun and intensely upbeat meal before the dance. Mr. Bartley’s menu has many options, but none of them are run of the mill. Add a frappe or dessert and you’re on your way. The choices may be hard to make because everything looks and tastes delicious. Get the fuel you need for a night of dancing, and everything else will fall into place.
Editor’s note: Napkin in the lap. You don’t want to wear your meal.
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