Get to know the 3 freshest new businesses to launch in Boston

Interested in discovering the freshest new spots in Boston? From an Italian restaurant to a nail salon, read on for a rundown of the newest spots to make their debuts near you.

Casarecce Ristorante

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A new addition to the North End, Casarecce Ristorante is an Italian spot that's located at 285 Hanover St.

It specializes in homemade pasta, including the short, twisted Sicilian version called "casarecce," from which the restaurant gets its name. The pasta is used in such dishes as spaghetti with hand-rolled meatballs, bucatini with littleneck clams and casarecce with lamb ragu. Antipasti, salads, meat and seafood entrees round out the menu.

Happy Place

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Now open at 500 Boylston St. in Back Bay is art and activity pop-upĀ Happy Place.

The Instagram-ready spaces encourage playfulness, laughter and, of course, photos. "Big" is the name of the game, with opportunities to take a fake bite out of a giant cookie or to stand inside a 7-foot-tall stiletto. One entire room is devoted to swirling confetti, while another is filled with thousands of handmade "flowers." The touring installation is in Boston until June 2.

Purity Nail Bar

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And, now open at 372 Chestnut Hill Ave. in Brighton is Purity Nail Bar.

Its nail enhancement options run from dipping powder to a full set of acrylics. Manicures, pedicures and waxing are available as well, and bridal parties are accommodated. Appointments are available online.


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