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Esplanade Tours
160 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116
If you are looking to go to another country, let Esplanade Tours plan your trip. Since 1954, Esplanade Tours has beenMore assisting travelers by setting up itineraries, suggestions and giving advice concerning the political and social climate of the particular country. Esplanade Tours is not just another travel agency, it takes great measures to create a customized experience for you and your family or friends on your special trip.
Steve Madden
324a Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
Steve Madden, with its two enormous mirrors, gleaming wooden floors and polite, knowledgeable staff is a must for anyMore woman shopping for shoes on Newbury Street. Shoes are so popular that all traces of the men's department are gone. From knee-high boots to high heels, there is something for everyone. Even the music is amazing -- urban, ambient and sophisticated exclusive releases (a la Starbucks) from artists such as the Constellations and Jason Derulo (see stevemaddenmusic.com).  Best of all, every purchase comes with free personalized maintainance advice and accompanying accessories. 
YWCA
140 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

Boston's YWCA – the first to be opened in the U.S. – has a long history of social activism and advocacy.More Today, the YMCA is more active than ever, offering a number of programs and classes with the aim of empowering women, fighting against racial prejudice, and alleviating the plight of urban youth. 

These programs include the Youth/Police Dialogues (a campaign to build trust between young people and policemen, in the hopes of curbing urban violence), women's health classes, financial literacy workshops, community outreach, professional development/career counseling, Stand Against Racism, and the Academy of Women Achievers (an evolving list, begun in 1995, to honor particular women for their civic and professional achievements). 

The YMCA also provides affordable, temporary housing for women and students, and they advocate politically on behalf of women, youth, minorities, and the poor.  This YMCA is located at 140 Clarendon St., which is a newly renovated historical headquarters. The YMCA relies heavily upon an activist volunteer base, and opportunities for service abound. 

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