On The Town: Swampscott
Tuna crudo at G Bar & Kitchen
Design Home 2013
Tour Boston magazine’s seventh Design Home project—a luxury oceanfront condo in The Concordia—to get ideas, find inspiration, experience home design products, witness cutting-edge technology, and support Boston Children’s Hospital. September 12- October 7, 245 Humphrey St., the-concordia.com.
G Bar & Kitchen
Gregg Brackman is a soft-spoken, unassuming man with the hands of a practiced chef. His kitchen is just as modest, but from that small scullery comes enormous flavors. By hand selecting his produce from a Chelsea market and purchasing prime-cut meats and fresh fish from top-line Boston vendors, Brackman assembles a locally sourced menu that features simple yet elegant dishes. Guests choose from a sophisticated wine list that highlights some of Brackman’s personal favorites. Popular plates include his "Day Boat Crafted by G." 256 Humphrey St., 781-596-2228, gbarandkitchen.com.
Kell’s Kreme and Popo’s Hot Dogs
For a full-on-summertime splurge, grab a dog at Popo’s and chase it with a cone from Kell’s. These oceanside sister eateries appeal to the kid in everyone. In addition to gourmet hot dogs, Popo’s offers lobster and tuna rolls. Next door, Kell’s carries a classic selection of soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt. Their "jimmies" are said to be the best on the North Shore. 193 Humphrey St., 781-599-9900.
Amy Brackman is one enthusiastic ball of rapid-fire energy who has had her share of professional successes, the latest of which is her sizable spa on Humphrey Street. Boasting her own makeup line and intraceuticals oxygen treatment, Brackman pampers the chic and stylish. 434 Humphrey St., 781-598-1777, luxebeautique.com.
Maison de Mer
Specializing in "French-country chic" home furnishings, owner Judy Golditch features antiques, reproductions, and one-of-a-kind finds. Imported soaps, candles, and linens are among the offerings, and displays are set against a rich backdrop of hardwood floors and handmade furniture. Golditch evokes Old World sentiments with rustic, unfussy furnishings. 220-222 Humphrey Street, 781-584-6913, maisondemerstore.com.
Manager Connie Carenza knows how to warm a crowd, and her husband, Executive Chef Benedetto Carenza, knows how to prepare a dish. Together, they have bolstered into local fame (and beyond) the little Italian restaurant located across from the old train depot. By constantly reinventing the menu and welcoming guests with a friendly pat on the arm, they flawlessly deliver the taste and culture of their homeland. 15 Railroad Ave., 781-581-7552, paradiso.bz.
Raina’s Hair Color Studio
Two years ago, owner Raina Morgan lost her salon to a fire, along with three other businesses. Today, she is the only one to have reopened in the same location. The upscale salon specializes in corrective coloring. Enjoying a prime view of King’s Beach, the salon features iPads at each station for idea surfing, skilled professionals who have trained for years in Morgan’s Revere location, and a feel-good environment. 134 Humphrey St., 781-820-353, rainashairdesign.com.