Lady’s Firsts

A feminist fitness blogger's Boston bests

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ndrea Isabelle Lucas is quickly building a fitness empire. A seasoned barre fitness instructor, the mother of two served as manager of Exhale Spa before starting Barre & Soul, her own barre and yoga business, in 2013. Now it’s opened its fifth location, in Harvard Square, joining studios in Melrose, Woburn, Lexington, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Author of the Fit Feminist blog, Lucas wants her studios to be community gathering spots that can empower women of all ages. Here are a few of her kick-ass Boston favorites:


I’m obsessed with Mexican food. My favorite is the Painted Burro in Davis Square. Try the Spicy El Diablo Margarita, made with jalapeno-infused tequila.


Hula Hoop classes with Lolli Hoops of the Boston Hoop Troop are the absolute most fun and a really great workout. Check her out at the Dance Complex.


For hair color, I absolutely swear by Patty Martin at SHAG in South Boston. She’s a wizard.


The Beat Hotel in Harvard Square has a fantastic, cozy, bohemian vibe, as well as live entertainment. I recommend the Buffalo cauliflower.


Stylist and personal shopper B.Fetching is a life-saver. I don’t have time (and don’t enjoy) shopping for clothes, and she finds the best pieces and brings them all to me. If there are certain items that I would like in particular, like womens tracksuits or sports shoes, I can let her know in advance as well. Later, I just keep what I want and she takes the rest back.


Burlesque shows at Oberon in Harvard Square make for fun, irreverent and thought-provoking nights out. Afterwards, I always feel inspired to slip into something sexy so that I can channel my inner Chloe on Babestation.


I’m a sucker for karaoke and don’t like waiting my turn. Do Re Mi Karaoke in Allston gives you and your friends a private room so you can really get down.


The lingerie shop 40 Winks in Harvard Square is fabulous and I give it bonus points for being a local women-owned business.