Like snowflakes, fingerprints, and identical twins, no two custom jewelry pieces are alike. GVS Jewelers specializes in one-of-a-kind, custom-designed jewelry, which its staff crafts right there inside the store. To create their masterpiece, clients can choose from the store's selection of diamonds in cuts such as pear, round, princess, and Mickey Mouse. These jewels can be fitted into rings, necklaces, bracelets, and pendants. For ready-made pieces, the shop also stocks time on the go with Essence watches. And, when clients' estate settlements, charitable donations, divorce settlements, or hungry garbage disposals start looming, this Gemological Institute of America–graduate shop can honestly appraise jewelry.
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.
Robert Berberian has been running salons since he was just 24 years old. He and his wife Elizabeth, both master stylists and colorists, have assembled a team of equally qualified hair experts who cut, color, and condition hair at Roberts Salon and Spa. Several of them are specially trained with So.Cap hair extensions, which are made with real human hair, much like an alarming greeting card. The aesthetician on staff pampers skin with facials and waxing treatments, and the nail tech adorns digits with OPI varnish and nail art featuring flowers and abstract designs.
The man behind Savino's Grill is Tom Cutrone, a veteran chef who's pushing three decades in the cooking business. His menu of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine features cured Italian meats, artisanal cheeses, and entrees such as chive pappardelle, lamb loin chop with fried polenta, and pan-roasted salmon served over pasta shells—all of it enhanced by European wines. On Thursday nights, live jazz washes over guests as they enjoy their meals and stack complimentary bread rolls into the shape of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Founded by longtime friends Jonathan Schwarz and Christopher Robbins, Stone Hearth Pizza builds its gourmet pies from organic, local, and sustainably produced ingredients. The casual pizzeria has expanded to six locations since opening in 2005—a pace of growth made possible by the popularity of chef and general manager Michael Ehlenfeldt’s Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas. New England craft beers complement the pizzas and pastas with a pleasantly bitter taste that reflects their conflicted attitude toward out-of-towners.