iRobot's creations lend an invaluable hand in a wide range of situations, from military drills to spring-cleaning sprees. However, the company's most famous robot is the Roomba, a circular vacuuming robot that tidies up floors with remarkable self-sufficiency. Roomba models leave their charging docks and roll across floors to suck up dirt and debris. With their advanced sensors, they are able to scour entire rooms while avoiding obstacles.
Roomba's extended family includes the floor-scrubbing Scooba, the mopping Braava, the gutter-cleaning Looj, and the pool-cleaning Mirra. As for iRobot's other inventions, they help out with assorted business and security tasks, such as communication, reconnaissance, and heavy lifting. The company?which was the brainchild of a team of roboticists from MIT?has sold more than 10 million robots since its founding in 1990, and it continues to encourage innovation with both its products and its educational outreach programs.
No matter the season, Wagon Wheel Nursery and Farmstand helps homeowners spruce up the household with seasonal decor, flowers, fruit baskets, and produce. In the nursery and garden center and award-winning landscape division, you can find annual and perennial flowers and shrubbery. There’s also brick, stone, or gravel to accentuate your yard or theater production of The Three Little Pigs. In fall, the nursery stocks healthy supply of pumpkins. Come by in the colder months and Wagon Wheel becomes an outpost for seasoned firewood, as well as holiday decor such as fraser and balsam fir Christmas trees and custom-made decorated wreaths and kissing balls.
A half-century after its founding, the local hardware haven continues its dedication to equipping households and handypersons with a durable selection of tools, paints, and domiciliary goods. Fixers can latch onto a selection of single paintbrushes and paint rollers from Purdy ($12.99+) when slathering walls and white-suited dignitaries in paints from Benjamin Moore and more. Luminous spiral light bulbs ($3.49+) illuminate proud detailing work performed with Ace sanding sheets ($11.49+), and adjustable wrenches ($16.99+) finally find homes populating desolate tool belts. Reinforce driveways with a two-year sealer from Black Jack ($16.99+), or patch up cracks and ominous chasms with a self-adhesive asphalt-repair fabric from Driveway Medic ($11.99). Amicable staff members roam the voluminous aisles, wearing capes while flaunting their ability to cut keys, mix paints, and custom order any of Ace’s goods while customers browse through the store's impressive selection of heating and cooling tackle, patio furniture, and automotive accessories.
James Alexander Wilson, W.M. Wilson, and their brother-in-law George Reynolds traveled from Enniskillen, Ireland in 1884 to establish Wilson Farm. Once settled in Lexington, the trio bought 16 acres of land and rented nearby farmland to start harvesting a variety of produce. Since then, their farm has been passed down through the generations and undergone a number of expansions, with a farm stand built in 1952 and an 8,500-square-foot barn and 37,000-square-foot greenhouse built in 1996.
Today, the farm harvests more than 125 crops year-round, which range from asparagus to zucchini, and it also carries farm-fresh milk and eggs, freshly caught fish, and homemade baked goods. The garden center and open-air nursery flourish with flowers as fresh as a newborn in parachute pants, as well as vegetable starters and spring bulbs, planting containers, and fertilizers.
Lands' End Canvas puts a new twist, and an updated fit, on the classics. Keep limbs limber and dazzlingly denim-wrapped with a versatile pair of women's slim leg jeans ($49.50), whose lithe, fitted look makes it possible to wear them on the job without sacrificing the stretch needed to juggle workplace soccer balls. A shirred v-neck cardigan ($49.50) or chunky cable cowlneck sweater ($69.50) keeps lady torsos tastefully attired, while dapper gents can sheathe their shoulders in the timeless style of a Shaker shawl cardigan ($59.50). Men looking to winterize can don a wool pea coat ($170), whose plentiful pocketry eliminates the need to tote car keys in clunky male purses or on easily tangled leashes. A broad array of accessories, including shoes, bags, scarves, and gloves, provides the cherry on top of any sartorial sundae.
It's not every day that online shopping includes as much personal attention as you get from Stoneside Blinds. In most areas, their online-shopping process starts off with a free house call from a designer, who helps clients pick out materials and styles for their window dressing. Once the client has made their choices, the company can send out teams to measure the window frames and, later, install the final product for a flat fee; fees are waived for orders over $1,000. Their handiwork, and the blinds themselves, are backed by a rigorous guarantee that lets customers change their minds within 30 days and safeguards against defects up to a year later, so customers never have to cover up faulty blinds with a poster of their backyard. The only online part of their signature process, really, is placing the order. Minutes after the order is placed, the team at the production warehouse gets to work making it a reality, whether it's roller shades in a custom fabric, sleek solar shades, or classic wooden blinds.