Inviting dozens of friends over to play video games would typically end in a cramped basement choked by tangled cables and complaints of rug burn. East Coast Gaming's truck rejuvenates the embattled tradition of the LAN party with current-generation equipment and limo-like amenities. Up to 28 players at a time work wireless controllers as seven large flat-screen televisions?four inside and three outside?flash with popular games for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii. Inside the climate-controlled truck, gamers enjoy plush seating, a booming sound system that can be hooked to the host's iPod, and such visual spectacles as a color-changing ceiling and laser light show.
The patient care subsidiary of The New England College of Optometry, New England Eye is an emporium of eyeglasses and sunglasses that specializes in exceptional eyecare and community outreach. The eye-friendly organization showcases more than 2,000 frames from 30 top brands, including Coach, Giorgio Armani, and Silhouette ($150–$350 for complete eyeglasses). The aesthetically trained optical curators at New England Eye can help you find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, Jeopardy ability, or fashion sense. Pick up a pair of Ray-Ban aviators ($160) or elegantly accent your façade with Coach or Oakley designer sunglasses ($200–$250), which can be upgraded to prescription lenses in the VIP booth for an additional $120.
Birch St. House & Garden has called Roslindale home since 2001. Over the years we have expanded our selection of home accents and garden essentials to include jewelry, handbags, journals, children's gifts and more. Many items are fairly traded. Plus many local crafts people are represented here.
Experienced snapshooter Sara Sun captures vivid portraits of babies, children, and families pleasantly emoting in retina-regaling landscapes. Mount a pillow fight, blow bubbles, or gleefully reenact moments of passive-aggressive dish passing in a 60-minute photo shoot devoid of affected grins and stiff poses. Afterwards, Sara bedecks the virtual walls of an online database with your personal proof gallery. Subjects peruse and choose their favorite to have made into an 11”x14” print, ideal for filling wall frames or shellacking onto television sets for feigned notoriety. Pictures come complete with basic post-shoot retouching (extensive retouching may incur an extra fee) and are posted online for five days.
Within the recently renovated confines, sunlight streams from large windows in the dining room, bouncing off the dark wooden tables as well as the frameless cityscapes that adorn the walls. Exposed-brick walls, romantic lighting, and a sleek wooden bar further augment the casually elegant space. Diners can indulge in hearty New England comfort food, such as pumpkin ravioli and Nantucket risotto, from their chosen spot, whether it be a booth, a barstool, or the chef’s lap.
So long as they're wholesome and fresh, certified nutrition consultant Gena Mavuli won't rule out delicious foods from anyone's diet. Instead, she encourages a real-food diet, eliminating processed, packaged goods in exchange for nutritious fruits, veggies, meats, and dairy. Gena assesses her clients' eating habits and then provides nutritional coaching, which includes meal plans and shopping lists, to help alleviate chronic problems such as fatigue, excess weight, and fingernails that look like Bugles.