Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s many locations stock fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
Turning Point Show Stables encompasses 30 acres of verdant rolling hills and trainers dedicated to grooming talented, well-rounded equestrians. New students first learn to tack up their horses before mounting up and practicing skills in the hunter/jumper style of English riding. They also get an education in grooming, horsemanship, and how to properly reward a horse. Turning Point also offers boarding and training overseen by head trainer, owner, and manager Sheryl MacLeod, who boasts more than 25 years of experience with horses.
GourmetGiftBaskets.com arranges treats such as fresh fruit, chocolate, international beers and microbrews, and even steaks in handmade gift baskets. In addition to sweet, savory, and sippable treats, shoppers can find gardening supplies and baskets of dog treats and grooming supplies.
The staff at Greater Boston Running Company—the Northeast operation of the national and online retailer Running Company—hopes customers are not misled by the name. They’ll custom fit everyone for shoes that support their pursuits, whether they be marathoners, CrossFitters, or a nurse who has to stand all day. The process starts with talking to guests about their average workout or day, followed by a meticulous measuring of their feet. Staffers then have guests walk, jog, or run on a treadmill equipped with slow-motion-capture software, which lets guests see things such as how their arches react when striking and lifting from the ground. Armed with this wealth of information, Greater Boston Running Company’s team can narrow the expansive shoe stock down to just a few recommendations.
Beyond an armory of footwear, Greater Boston Running Company stocks athletic apparel and accessories from brands such as New Balance, Garmin, and SmartWool. This gear is matched by a wealth of educational resources, both online and at the store level. Regularly posted web articles cover topics from how the seasons impact nutritional needs to how rubbing your body in bacon attracts wild animals and boosts your desire to run.
At individual locations, each store’s staff works with local running clubs, high-school teams, and charities—making them especially adept at pointing runners toward fellow runners and trainers who will help them reach their goals.
Newburyport Lighting Company's selection of room brighteners represents taste across the generations with its traditional and contemporary lighting designs. An array of floor, table, and desk lamps adds sophistication to any room with features such as hand-forged brass bases and original designs imported from Soho and Milan. Exquisite chandeliers dripping in hand-cut crystals help homeowners make a favorable impression on visiting Disney princesses, and modern low-voltage lighting systems help keep electricity costs down. The company's well-trained staff members stand ready to happily assist patrons in finding a specific lamp or adding glowing ambiance to any particularly challenging areas in their dwelling.