.... in Brookline Village. I've counted them; there could be more hiding in nooks and crannies I've missed. Mostly on Harvard Street. Two watch shops, a children's bookstore, a Russian bookstore, a holistic bookstore. You'd think there'd be a used bookstore still surviving over there. But no.
No bakery except for Bruegger's Bagels and Dunkin Donuts. Not a single shoe store. But if you want your shirts starched and your suits steamed, you're in luck. So what if you have to go barefoot? You can still eat perfectly good burritos and ribs.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive survey of the pluses and minuses of Brookline Village. I'm just amazed after my quick wander around: nine dry-cleaning establishments. I never thought of Brookline Village as terrifically pressed and creased. I've always experienced it as more of a yuppie-hippie enclave. After all, there's the hot yoga and at least one holistic spa. I envision the typical Villager wearing organic natural fibers that were washed in biodegradable suds.
In Brookline Village, you can also learn to scuba dive. And you can get excellent chocolates while having your TV repaired. And you can even buy toys — no small feat around Boston.
For many people, that's probably enough.