With a history of nautical scholarship that dates back to the mid 1930s, Community Boating Inc. has graduated thousands of students from its hands-on sailing school and into the ranks of skipperdom. Seasoned instructors lead classes for all ages, with separate youth, adult, and universal-access programs to ensure that the sweeping vistas, invigorating mists, and albatross necklaces of seafaring can be enjoyed by all. Certified students and members can take jaunts across the Charles River atop a kayak or Mercury sailboat borrowed from Community Boating Inc.’s 100-strong fleet of windblown and man-powered vessels.
Toward the lower end of Newbury Street, near the Public Garden, you’ll land at Flair Bridesmaid. This specialty shop, which is open by appointment only, offers a fashionable collection of bridesmaid dresses from designers like Jenny Yoo and Siri, as well as bridal gowns by Nicole Miller and Coren Moore. While their Newbury Street location might suggest high-end prices, Flair does offer a selection of bridal gowns that start in the relatively relaxing $750 price range. What really makes this boutique so unique is its personalized service, which will make any bride feel like Cinderella. Especially if they choose to complement the look with a veil, necklace, earrings or sash by Nina or A.B. Ellie.219
Communication is key at Massage Mantra, where a team of seven licensed massage therapists encourages clients to describe their pains and stresses and listens closely in order to structure treatments suitable to their needs. Once they have taken your input to heart, they stretch out their nimble hands and begin to soothe muscles with one of six available bodywork modalities, from reiki treatments that calibrate the body's energy levels to sports massages that methodically extract hockey pucks lodged between muscles. A roster of skin-specific facials complements the massages’ inner healing with infusions of nourishing vitamins that promote a healthy outer glow.
The smell of sizzling Turkish and Mediterranean fare fills your senses as soon as you walk into Cafe Hemshin. Aromas of roasting lamb mingle with splashes of Greek dressing being tossed into salads and sweet scents emanating from an oven baking rice pudding. The meze bar entices both eyes and tastebuds with its lineup of traditional Mediterranean appetizers such as babaganoush and stir-fried eggplant, which guests can mix and match into a tapas dinner or a diorama of a bean’s life cycle. The recently opened eatery also boasts an extensive create-your-own salad bar with plenty of healthy options such as grilled chicken, egg whites, avocado, and organic lettuces.
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Tucked away on Salem Street is Pauli’s, a popular breakfast haven-turned-–restaurant, where hungry locals belly up to the counter. In the early morning glare, they come for hearty steak and egg breakfasts, hashes and cheesy three-egg omelets. Come lunchtime, diners look to the restaurant’s chalkboard-black walls, which are highlighted with the day’s specials. Rotating dishes may include a gnocchi marinara, tortellini alfredo, steak tips, fish ‘n’ chips, veggie burgers and every kind of sandwich imaginable, including some more adventurous finds like the Mezza Luna with grilled chicken and eggplant parmesan, or the Killer Bee, stuffed with a crispy chicken cutlet, bacon, provolone and honey mustard.