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Over the summer and into the fall, Boston has been invaded by a new wave of upscale stores, boutiques, salons, and even a hot new workout program that promises to bring out your animal instincts, or at least make you howl like a wolf in pain the following day.
At the risk of depleting your retirement savings and your children’s college funds, here’s a quick review of some of the season’s new retail arrivals. There’s Amsterdam-based menswear label Scotch & Soda (352 Newbury St., 857-400-9401, www.scotch-soda.com), Vans DMQ General, (174 Newbury Street, 617-262-0333, www.vansdqm.com), and menswear giant John Varvatos (Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., 617-236-8650, www.johnvarvatos.com). There’s also a new service called Manicube that allows time-crunched women to get 15-minute manicures at the office (www.manicube.com)
The modern, Scandinavian-influenced furniture sanctuary Lekker (617-542-6464, www.lekkerhome.com) relocated to a larger location at 1313 Washington St. in the South End and is expanding its