It all started with a deflated basketball. Though longtime friends Mike Kennedy and Eric Martin scoured downtown Boston for an inflating needle to fill it, no shops in the area carried one. They were frustrated—and they realized that other Bostonians looking for athletic gear were likely frustrated too. So in 1983, they opened City Sports, a shop stocked with all the footwear, athletic apparel, and sports equipment that the metropolis had been missing.
Nearly three decades later, Mike and Eric's neighborhood business has expanded to 20 shops across the East Coast. In addition to stocking popular brands such as Vibram, The North Face, and Patagonia, the store engineers its own CS by City Sports line. Shoppers include yogis, cyclists, and tennis players—anyone seeking to outfit active lifestyles, whether they're playing a team sport or braving the hike up the world's largest gumdrop. In addition to footwear and apparel, the staff stocks fitness equipment such as kettlebells, lifting gloves, and dumbbells.
Sequel At Sequel, seasonal outfits splashed with bright colors hang from dressing racks and mannequins congregating around long-stemmed flora growing toward the ceiling. Situated inside the Wildwood shopping center, the boutique brings name-brand designers such as Bailey 44, MZ Wallace, and Now or Never to shoppers looking to stock up on fashion-forward clothing or sew a cocktail dress made entirely out of price tags. Store displays overflow with jewelry and jackets in addition to shirts, pants, and outerwear, allowing buyers to easily complete trendy ensembles.
Kidville is a colorful, fun, and educational stomping ground where children can expand their minds, get out their wiggles, and make new, non-imaginary friends. Babies, toddlers, and children under age five will get to attend any three class sessions ($75) that have been carefully designed by early-childhood development specialists. Hundreds of stimulating choices await your munchkin's eager eyes and ears, such as the Little Maestros music course and the energetic Run, Wiggle, Paint, and Giggle class. My Big Messy Art Class lets your children Picasso to their heart's content with paints, chalks, and crayons, leaving your freshly painted hallways and furniture completely art-free. The fit and friendly gym classes, including Big Muscle Playtime and Kidville Gymnasts, allow kids to romp amidst a bevy of colorful and squishy play mats. Classes may vary at each location, so check the schedule to confirm offerings. You'll also receive five passes ($50) to Kidville's state-of-the-art indoor playspace.
Crystal Framing Gallery's staff skillfully handles a range of customer requests, from traditional photography and portrait framing to special projects such as engraving, photo restoration, and object framing. Patrons choose from more than 2,000 available materials and framing styles that include conservation, shadow boxing, and glued macaroni.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.