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WHAT: Funky, vintage-inspired  jewelry

WHERE: The Beauty Bar  in Neponset, open Tuesday – Saturday (hours change by day, see website for details)

HOW MUCH: $8 – $25

FOR: Anyone who likes a little bit o’ bling. They have every possible style, type and color imaginable … there is literally something for everyone.


A selection of recent jewelry purchases from the Beauty Bar

Repeat Compliments for Repeat Boutique

… dotted in the Dot by Bekki

“Wow, nice shirt!”

“That’s a great shirt!”

Everyone, everyone likes a compliment. No matter how healthy your reserve of self-confidence may be, getting a good word thrown in your direction is still delightfully delightful. In addition, the only thing better than getting some kudos, is knowing that it only cost you eight dollars, that’s right, eight dollars.

I own one of these magical eight dollar shirts, yes I do, and I got it at Repeat Boutique. I had driven by the three year-old designer consignment shop on Neponset Street repeatedly, but my first visit was only recently. After scooping up said shirt-of-wonder, as well as a few other gems, I am confident, I repeat, confident, that I will return … again and again.

One of the many lovely lovely displays at Repeat Boutique

Forever a treasure-seeker, a buccaneer of sorts, I have pillaged my fair share of swarthy swarthy consignment shops, yes indeed. I am here to announce and report that Repeat Boutique is far more “boutique” than your average good-willed district of garments. Simply put, it is well-organized and smells wonderfully wonderful … two things that go a long long way to enhance your plundering.

Kitty-cat heels, “Dotted” of course!

While the goods are good at Repeat Boutique, the greatest thing about this cozy cozy spot is the elegant yet easy, easy-like-Sunday-morning atmosphere that owner, Linda, has created. She is friendly, helpful and passionate about making Dorchester shine, one designer garment after another. After a great great conversation, and a lot of smiling, it was clear that Repeat Boutique was much much more than consignment. Linda’s truest of true vocation is helping urban marauders look their best, without having to shell out a chest of doubloons. A quest that is absolutely worth repeating.

Fancy Fancy Jacket

Skirts upon Skirts upon Skirts

Gems and Jewels

Repeat Boutique is open:

Wednesday from noon to 5pm

Thursday and Friday, noon to 7pm

Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Sunday, 1pm to 5pm

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171 Neponset Avenue



The Mud House: When You Wanna Go Where Everybody Knows Your Name

…dotted by Meghann

To be honest, I don’t even remember how we found The Mud House. We moved into our new home in May and by June we were already calling it “our” place.

Mud House Menu

Snuggled into a corner of Neponset Circle at 389 Neponset Avenue (just before the bridge to Quincy), this sweet little cafe serves, in our humble opinion, the some of the best coffee and breakfast sandwiches in the city…not to mention the delectability that is their lunch menu.

Helen hiding at the Mud House

If you haven’t been, it’s an absolute must but be prepared for a little bit of a wait (regardless of the time of day that you’re going); this place is uber-popular and you’re just as likely to be behind someone from Milton as someone from Dot. But — and I can’t believe I’m actually writing this — waiting in line is actually fun. Artwork by local artists (including DottieHottie favorite Celia McDonough) adorns the walls in a revolving exhibition, family cards filled with bright-eyed children collect en masse on the bulletin board, and the place is filled with happy voices of all ages, races, and creeds.

Mud House Kids

But really, the food and ambience isn’t the best part of this little jewel.  The best part is that by your second visit, owners Helen Ryan and Moira English and their team will know you by name, act like you are the only person that they wanted to see walk through the doors, and ask you — and really care about — what you’ve been up to. It’s the morning equivalent sidling up to the bar at Cheers…without a resident Carla.

Mud House Exterior

Not to get all schmaltzy on you all, but to a young family fresh off of 93 South and still a little dazed from a move and the onslaught of parenthood, the sense that these born-and-bred Dorchesterites believed that we already belonged to the neighborhood — and to Dorchester at large — was such a gift. So…thanks guys!

The Mud House
389 Neponset Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 282-0024
Monday-Friday: 6AM – 2PM, Saturday: 6AM-1PM