The styles in the window and the way people pay might have changed since Berk?s Store opened up shop in 1900, but the store still maintains its commitment to providing its customers high-quality casual footwear and apparel. As they peruse the store, shoppers can find boxes filled with desert boots by Clarks, sstylish flats by Toms and Dansko, and the ghosts of basketball players past wearing classic Chuck Taylor high-tops by Converse. For those who prefer to shop by phone or telegram, the store offers free shipping within the continental United States.
At Boston Smart Painting, expert craftsmen brush, roll, and spray on new coats of vibrant color. Technicians collaborate with homeowners as they hatch a new vision for living rooms, kitchens, or exteriors, then drape surfaces in swaths of color. White-robed painters can stain or varnish wood surfaces, patch scratches in drywall, and power-wash moldy decks, siding, and sidewalks.
Italian native Lucia Rubini began honing her artistic skills at Italy's Accademia di Belle Arti, where she learned the craft of line and color from acclaimed European artists Antonini and Antonio La Bianca. Today, she continues her studies at the Art Institute of Boston, and exhibits her colorful, impressionistic work both on murals and in galleries throughout the city.
Her canvases also adorn her own gallery, Rubini Art, where she regularly crafts customized portraits and hosts pieces by emerging artists every month. She nurtures more fledgling talent during individual and group lessons, which cover techniques ranging from shading and perspective through such mediums as pencil, charcoal, and paint. For kids, she amps up the fun by drawing fantasy subjects, using messy mediums, and recreating the works of famous artists, such as the impressionism of Picasso, the modernism of O'Keefe, and the ketchup stains on Pollack's T-shirts.
In 1986 Govall Cleaning Services started blazing a cleaning trail through the homes and offices of the Boston area. More than 20 years later they're still at it. Bearing cleaning supplies and an impressive work ethic, their cleaners thoroughly and efficiently restore homes and offices to a state of cleanly calm. In addition to residential and commercial cleaning, they offer postconstruction cleanup to tote away debris and painting services to cover murals of ex-spouses.