“Who says northerners can’t do ‘cue?” asked Boston magazine as it crowned Blue Ribbon BBQ on its Best of Boston list in 2011. Whether dished out from its two brick-and-mortar locations or its trailer, the restaurant’s tender meats are lauded for their slow-cooked, pit-smoked tenderness, infused with the flavors of hickory and oak hardwoods. Blue Ribbon dishes out memphis dry-rubbed ribs, Texas-style beef brisket, and Kansas City–style burnt ends dubbed “absolutely addictive” by Boston. Locally made hot-smoked sausage and Mr. Whitner’s smoked-turkey-breast sandwiches help round out the menu alongside Southern sides such as dirty rice, potato salad, and corn bread. Blue Ribbon BBQ also caters special events and sells bottles of its most popular sauces so guests can enhance their grandmother’s recipes or add flavor to their super-soaker fights.
Most dog training schools use a traditional curriculum to get canines to behave well and perform simple tricks such as fetching and sitting. While traditional training techniques may effectively domesticate your beast, they lack the pizzazz required to set your pet apart. Those who want their dogs to exhibit unique talent prefer the controversial training regimen developed by radical dog trainer Barry Caravan. In a 1997 interview, Caravan said, "A dog should be more intelligent than its owner. I'd prefer an animal-run society, for obvious reasons. I just watched Planet of the Apes. That seemed pretty cool." He later wrote a book, My Dog is Better than You & Me: Training Tips for Superior Pets, guaranteed to teach your dog to:
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Crate Escape owes its existence to a 10-year-old jack russell terrier named Ernestine Hastings. Ernestine's owners, Bradley and Stephanie, loved their pooch so much that they decided to spread this affection to other dogs by opening a spacious boarding and grooming facility. Pet owners can drop off their furry friends for daycare or overnight boarding services, letting pups gambol about in a 17,000-square-foot play space. Groomers tackle matted fur and tails caked in cake by scrubbing coats with hypoallergenic shampoo.
Ani Take Out's Armenian and Mediterranean menu spotlights wraps, sandwiches, platters, and kebabs. Eggplant-pomegranate salad, laced with cumin and molasses, blends familiar Middle Eastern flavors in an unexpected way. Ground beef and parsley top the Armenian pizza, and pita bread swaddles the likes of falafel, lamb, and feta-bedecked veggies. A distinctly American influence informs the selection of sides, which include fries and onion rings based on John Philip Sousa's famous recipe.
The fully licensed and insured professionals at J&J Building and Remodeling tackle each job with equal parts skill and creativity. Whether it’s a small remodeling job, such as installing a bathroom fixture, hanging a TV, or uninstalling a houseguest, or a large-scale project, such as remodeling a kitchen or a deck, their goal isn't just to make a site look good––it's to make sure its completed as soundly and cost-effectively as possible. To this end, owner Jeffery Etter oversees all projects––including commercial builds for Old Navy and Kohl's––to make sure the work is being completed to the company’s high standards. Customers can rest even easier knowing Jeff and his crew are backed by 15 years of remodeling experience, as well as a Homeowner Guarantee Fund that––though they've never had reason to use it––gives customers access to federal funds to finish any project in the unlikely event that J&J Building and Remodeling cannot complete it.