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MiniLuxe to Open in Coolidge Corner, With a Schmear

Miniluxe, Newton Center

Morning drop-off is about to get better. Following the coffee klatch at Zaftig’s and prior to the marketing at Trader Joe’s, you will soon be able to get a mani/pedi at a brand new MiniLuxe, at 481 Harvard Street in Brookline. It’s the company’s first franchise location (they currently run nail salons in Newton Center, Back Bay, and Lexington), and we assume the same high standards will apply. Cleanliness is key here, along with high style in the modernist sense of the word. An open date has yet to be announced but ground breaking has officially begun. I wonder how far out they’re booking appointments…


Zaftig’s, 335 Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline

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Sabon Closes; No More Free Soap

Sabon, 129 Newbury Street, Boston

Those of you who have been relying on those colorful slices of free soap that Sabon salespeople incessantly handed out on the street are going to have to find another dealer. This soapy, scrubby spot is closed for business. It’s too bad, though I suppose not surprising. While I like the company’s products, as well as the lovely sink/fountain in the store, I rarely ventured in, instead opting for, well, the free samples that I was handed literally every time I passed.

Is the secret to success no sampling? Lush seems to be persevering, despite the not so pleasant scent that seeps out the store to the sidewalk.

Lush, 166 Newbury Street, Boston

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