Best of the New 2012 Best of the New: Shopping and Services Elegant contemporary jewelry, designer consigners, and an antiques road trip. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Elegant contemporary jewelry, designer consigners, and an antiques road trip Photograph by Ion Sokhos ARTEFACT: 1000 Pleasant Street, Belmont, 617-993-3347, artefacthome.com Opening a home design store in a circa 1930 Dodge dealership might seem an unlikely undertaking for aesthetes with visions of raw linen upholstery, gilt-framed mirrors, and Peruvian ceramics. But design-minded sisters Maureen and Sue Walsh’s pairing at their shop, Artefact, is sublime. Off the beaten path among motor-related businesses and plenty of trees, the large space with 18-foot ceilings has the feel of a mid-century loft in a suburban landscape. Clusters of gorgeous lighting suspended above perfectly simple sofas and rough-hewn wood tables set with silver serving pieces present a subtle tableau for sophisticated homeowners who eschew the fussy and fancy. BONOBOS: 283 Dartmouth Street, Boston, 857-263-7340, bonobos.com The Boston Bonobos showroom carries body-conscious menswear for the office, weekends, and dress occasions (e.g., slim-cut tuxedos). Clients are invited to try on samples for size before ordering their picks with the aid of a helpful personal shopper. Top local sellers include colorful narrow pants, patterned shirts, and American-made jeans. photograph by dina rudick/globe staff/file ENSEMBLE: 62 Salem Street, Boston, 617-455-8711, ensembleboston.com Retail veteran Wendy Lepore’s charming North End shop blends vintage, consigned, and new clothes, jewelry ... photograph by dina rudick/globe staff/file ... and home accents. photograph by dina rudick/globe staff/file If you hit it right, you just might snag a gently priced Chanel or Cesare Paciotti bag, a sexy DVF cocktail dress, or a 1960s fox-trim coat at Ensemble. Look, too, for dainty leather gloves and nylon knee-highs in daring prints. Photograph by Ion Sokhos LOCAL ROOT: 221 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, 617-354-2400, localroot.com Observatory Hill home furnishings shop Didrik’s expanded this fall, opening a dedicated kitchen store just up the street. The space looks very right right now, marrying well-worn pine floors, white bead-board walls, and industrial-style pendant lights. Impeccably chosen products include copper and stainless cookware from Mauviel, Rosle chef’s tools, and a range of high-end knives. Plus, there’s an in-house sharpening service. photograph by Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/file NEW BALANCE: 583 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-266-1583, newbalance.com Maybe it’s no Niketown, but this is also not your father’s New Balance. In recent years, the brand has developed street cred with a constant flow of exclusive one-and-done collections, as well as mod color combos in its running and lifestyle classics. (They’re hip enough for Barneys.) photograph by Essdras M Suarez/globe staff/file VIRA: 107 Charles Street, Boston, 617-367-0305, facebook.com/viraboutique Longtime friends Radhika Rana and Vivek Patel have made great use of their Fashion Institute of Technology educations, filling their Charles Street boutique Vira with many new-to-the-area women’s international lines from France, Denmark, Australia, and Singapore. The taste level is high, but the prices reasonable for what you get: luxurious fabrics, bold trim, and dramatic silhouettes. Statement-making exotic jewelry is also plentiful.