Tucked away in the historic Exchange Hall, Massage Sanctuary's skilled massage therapists use a diverse palette of bodywork techniques, along with a variety of healing arts workshops and classes, to try to improve the health of their clients. Massage Sanctuary director Julie Duffy traveled throughout India for almost two years, studying alternative natural therapies, which she now incorporates into her treatments. Massage therapist Emily DuRussel, meanwhile, has performed massages for Boston Marathon and Pan-Mass Challenge athletes, as well as for cancer patients through her specialized training in oncology massage. Massage Sanctuary also hosts workshops from visiting teachers in Taoist healing, yoga, and other treatments.
Denault Studios helps the local art community to flourish, teaching guests to make their own artwork and showcasing the jewelry and fine art created by scores of local and regional artists. Three onsite studios—geared for fusing, flame working, and metals—house jewelry-making classes as well as kids' birthday parties. Experienced artists may also purchase private studio time.
Established in early 2012, New England Olive Oil Company aims to add flavorful dimension to a kitchen staple. The tasting bar’s selection of extra virgin olive oils are crafted from fresh olives grown all over the globe, and range from mild, slightly fruity offerings such as the Arbosana to the robust, delightfully bitter Chilean Barnea. Fresh pestos, flavored balsamics, and specialty oils infused with roasted almond and white truffle round out the shop’s selection, allowing cooks to add subtle hints of flavor to a meal without having to hypnotize a chicken into thinking it’s a mushroom.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Offering: Wrap sweatshirt ($45), scarves ($20)
Pro Tip: Street parking is available right out front. Most items under $50. New items arrive weekly.
Unique Hair Salons’ staff of senior and master stylists specializes in All-Nutrient certified organic hair coloring, whose gentle vegetable oil and keratin protein base allows for longer-lasting colors and brighter shine. Before they add color, though, they can sculpt a fashionable hairdo, or straighten out unruly strands with keratin straighteners.
Mineral makeup free of talc, parabens, and carmine—a product derived from insects that live on cacti. Shimmery eye shadows in 119 shades. Sunless-tanning lotion packed with jojoba oil. These are just a few of the offerings from The All Natural Face, a makeup company dedicated to creating safe, effective, and cruelty-free cosmetics. Each of its products brims with natural ingredients such as organic argan oil, candelilla wax, and organic raw turbinado cane sugar, the last of which simultaneously exfoliates lips and adds sweetness to one’s morning coffee. In light of the plethora of chemicals and toxins in mainstream products, the cosmetics specialists take a natural approach to makeup: “We … care more about our customers,” they assert on their website, “than we do the bottom line.”