My old Grand Prix had just been totalled (I wasn't in it). I loved that car and thought it would last at least another 5 years. It was still a fun car to drive after 10 years of ownership.
I wasn't emotionally ready to buy a new car after that but I figured I should at least start thinking about it. I went back to my last dealership and picked up some brochure. The salesman didn't even try to sell me something. However, on the way out, I saw a white Grand Prix GT in the showroom. I had to check it out. It had the heated leather seats I didn't get last time as well as the CD player I passed on. It didn't have a moveable roof (didn't miss it), but I was bummed about the rear-view mirror because it didn't automatically darken at night.
It turns out that this car was a used rental car that had been "GM-certified". I couldn't tell that it was a used car from the inside. Brand new, it would have been $26,000. It was selling at the dealership for $19,000. It was on *sale* at $16,000! With the settlement on the car, I got a 10-years-younger car for $12,000, but it was more or less the same car! Sometimes, things were meant to be. ne
I've been buying flowers from Irving Glick at 31 Clarendon Street in Boston (617-338-9271) since my junior prom. I had to send flowers recently (unfortunately, it was for a funeral) and I was in California. I picked a price range and they took care of the rest; my friends kept telling me how nice the arrangement was. They also specialize in flower events for Asian events (weddings, funerals, etc.)
I recommend Jim & Bernie at Two Opticians in South Boston. They used to be part of the great crew at Gopen's in Chinatown; I've trusted these people for almost 30 years for my glasses. They have no problem with trying a set of frames on you and telling you they don't look good on you. And they don't have any compelling reason to sell you the most expensive glasses (unless they *really* look good on you).
I recommend The Chimney Doctor in Concord, MA at 1-508-369-7072.