Storage Pros Self Storage squirrels away customers' stuff in well-lit, fenced, and secure storage units. Rent a 5'x5' unit ($35–$75 depending on amenities and location) to stow away lumberjack costumes and papier-mâché blue oxen, or snag a 10'x20' nonclimate-controlled space for one month ($155–$201) to store 1 million Paul Bunyan Day flyers. Multiple locations offer storage spaces up to 400 square feet, and the Fairhaven facility has enough square footage to house a life-size replica of Shamu. Prices and availability can vary, so prospective packers should call ahead for details.
Green Matters not only supplies customers with the right tools for growing organic and hydroponic plants, but also the knowledge on how to produce large harvests. After selecting a variety of home-gardening aids—such as indoor lighting, nutrients, water-filtration systems, and organic products—customers are encouraged to ask the staff about how to use the products or whether their Venus flytrap will ever gain sentience.
The licensed and insured techs at Ranescape shepherd their customers' landscaping plans from design concepts, execute physical construction, and keep greens green with timely maintenance. With an eye on environmentally friendly practices, they can forge fixtures such as walkways, sprinkler systems, or stone walls enclosing a prized lawn flamingo. Techs also care for yards with scheduled services ranging from mowing and pruning to grub control and aeration. Ranescape’s technicians work closely with specialized suppliers, sourcing all materials used to create landscapes and sew in new blades of grass.
As one of planet Earth's largest historic naval-ship exhibits, Battleship Cove immerses visitors in an authentic World War II experience. Both sides of the battle are represented via legendary warships, an aircraft, and a submarine, offering forth their mysterious interiors to history mavens and the combat-curious alike. Battleship Cove also houses one of the largest veterans' oral-history archives in New England, proffering reminiscences of war heroes, including Dom DiMaggio (brother of Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio) and John McCain. The gift shop makes newly acquired lessons last with memorable tokens such as personalized dog tags ($7) and teakwood desk accessories made from the original decking of the U.S.S. Massachusetts ($19.95), not to mention the ghosts of a thousand metaphor-spewing albatrosses.
Once a small mowing service, PaveScapes Landscaping Services has blossomed into a thriving business ready to tackle all outdoor needs. Owner Marco Pavao, following his father’s lead, opened the business in 2005, and now dispatches his team to residences across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. During the spring and summer, the crew designs and installs landscaping, trims trees and bushes, and eliminates weeds and crabgrass. As the cold winter air blows in, customers can recruit PaveScapes Landscaping Services to plow snow from the driveway or take down enemy fortresses during snowball fights.
Country Marketplace’s carpentry connoisseurs revive cheery images of classic designs with contemporary handcrafted solid-wood furniture and accessories. Homeowners can hang their hats on a solid-cherry coat tree or dress it as a friend to make parties seem well attended ($99). Race around the office atop the heavy-duty casters of a carved-oak pressback desk chair ($199), or set to work at an antique oak roll-top desk equipped with a pencil tray and an organizer ($449). Young furniture users can dine in an oak Windsor highchair ($149) or chomp bubble pipes and whittle new pacifiers in a Victorian child's rocker ($99).