We checked out a rack of candy-colored cashmere sweaters, and then it caught our eye: an eggplant-hued Donna Karan mohair-blend coat for $69. As we admired this dazzling little number, another customer pulled it off the hanger. “You should so get that,” a sales clerk said to her. “It would go perfect with your hair.” The woman’s male companion said, “Do you need that?” In unison, the woman and the salesclerk replied, “What does need have to do with it?” That’s Newbury Street in a nutshell, whether you are shelling out the big bucks or paying peanuts.
“We scored some deals today, so let’s totally splurge on dinner,” Beth said. As if. “Oh, honey, have we taught you nothing today?” we said, steering her to Cafeteria Boston (279A Newbury, 617-536-2233, www.cafeteriaboston.com), where the plate du jour is always tasty, and a deal at $16.50. Of course, we have sleuthed out the mahi-mahi tacos, a meal-size appetizer, served with pickled cabbage, radish, spicy crema, and salsa verde. They’re great, and a mere $12.50.
“Great purse!” said the hostess, eyeing Beth’s Coach cross-body bag. “Forty-nine bucks, at the Closet,” Beth crowed.
Yankee or not, she is one of us now.
Diane Bair and Pamela Wright can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.