Since 1976, Framers' Workshop has set treasured art, photos, and memorabilia within comely, carefully constructed borders. The shop's staff welcomes all framing challenges, unfazed by any size project involving original art, textiles, sports jerseys, or captured space-pilot smugglers. In addition to custom framing, there are 10 do-it-yourself workstations where you can build your own frames from scratch, either with store materials or with your own. Staff members remain on-call for queries by do-it-yourselfers, and will help correct any framing mistakes.
The Fireplace's chef and owner, Jim Solomon, uses locally sourced ingredients, native seafood, the choicest meats, and artisanal cheeses to create regional New England cuisine for brunch, lunch, and dinner—including a variety of light summer fare. Each dish reflects the season's choicest ingredients and the region's colonial influence with ingredients like summer squash and tri-cornered hats. Light a patriotic summer firecracker in your mouth with the Big American Salad Niçoise ($26), which arranges sesame-crusted tuna and a cornucopia of toppings over Boston lettuce. Locavores, meanwhile, can devour something other than locals with twin mini lobster rolls with green apple slaw ($20). At lunch, a spit-roasted chicken BLT with fries ($12) introduces an extra-succulent meat to bacon's classic counterbalance. For the ethereal eater who can exist in two states simultaneously, savor a brunch of crispy duck hash with fried eggs and toast ($15).
Open seven days a week, City Housewares outfits stuff-starved kitchens, pantries, and cleaning closets. Craft cups of first-class java in a Bodum french press ($12) or blend refreshing cocktails with a Silex electronic juicer ($17). City Housewares also helps homeowners organize out-of-control caftan collections with Sterilite storage containers and quell cutlery cravings with an assortment of Oxo knives and cooking tools ($4–$25). Stock up on spring-cleaning supplies, such as Mrs. Meyers cleaning products ($5–$16) and True Blues kitchen gloves ($9.50), or give attention-starved dishtowels a place to preen with a wooden drying rack ($15–$30).
The employees at Unique Furnishings Boston shepherd patrons through 10,000 square feet of antique, new, and preowned furniture and appliances encapsulating the evolving tastes from the 1950s to today. Staffers habitually refresh their inventory—which ranges from traditional, American-made furnishings to eclectic masterpieces—with new additions, such as a vintage armoire with an artfully framed mirror. Unique Furnishings Boston embraces a philosophy of sustainability by buying or trading quality used items before owners relocate or completely refurbish apartments due to a newly prescribed diet of entirely edible furniture.