A few months ago, I visited this new store in Jamaica Plain, and it felt as if I had stepped into a boutique in SoHo. The men's hats were far too cool for me, but I found a great black hat-scarf combo and a pair of silver earrings for my wife. Everything about Salmagundi, right down to the dapper husband-and-wife owners, was a welcome addition to my neighborhood.
This week's issue celebrates all of the Salmagundis out there in Greater Boston. This is our fourth year compiling a list of the best new stores, restaurants, ideas, diversions, and people to surface in the previous 12 months. And if you look back at those years, you'll see a pretty remarkable infusion of talent on many fronts. We have nothing against our old favorites, but I hope this latest issue is your guide when you want a new place to eat or shop or entertain yourself.
Last year was also a good year for the magazine, if we can judge by how often we heard from you. We received close to 2,500 letters reacting to our stories. On our website, boston.com/magazine, the features that were read the most were an eclectic mix, from an exclusive peek inside Mish Michaels's home, to the penetrating two-part story by Neil Swidey on Dr. Roy Berkowitz-Shelton's transformation to Dr. Deborah Bershel, to Meet. Marry. Move On, about young people getting divorced. We'll keep doing what we're doing, and unveil a few new things of our own this year.