Founded in 1952 as a Massachusetts nonprofit for tire dealers and auto-service shops, the New England Tire and Service Association has maintained a level of excellence among all of its members for more than a half-century. Like a chamber of commerce, a professional association, NETSA ensures the quality of craftsmanship of its members and promotes its industry with annual trade shows. With a wealth of active members ranging from local tire merchants to service centers, NETSA boosts both masterful automotive-repair work and small businesses throughout the region. NETSA also supported the recently passed Right to Repair law, which requires manufacturers to provide repair information to vehicle owners and independent repairers. This allows customers to better choose who services their car.
At Boston Cosmetic and Laser Center, clients can literally change before their own eyes. Here, a staff of professional beauty experts perform services designed to enhance appearances without invasive surgery. Many treatments focus on reversing signs of aging—injections of Botox, for example, relax wrinkle-causing muscles, while Ultherapy tones the face and neck with ultrasound energy and microscopic barbells. Other options, including laser hair removal and VelaShape body-contouring, focus on fine-tuning torsos and limbs.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Boston Jean Company's designers are bursting at the figurative seams with local pride, which they infuse into each pair of sturdy jeans they adorn with one-of-a-kind, fanciful designs. The casual-yet-stylish legwear celebrates the history and culture of Boston with styles such as the Charlie jean, featuring a back pocket embroidered with a colorful MBTA map, and the B jean, proudly displaying the city’s iconic letter b. The uniquely American trousers hug hips with comfy stretch denim, while pockets and seams pop with shiny grommets and embroidery, V-shaped flaps, and sparkly emblems—similar to the ones seen on the jeans of our Founding Fathers.
As the owner of Harvard Art & Frame, Tony Tisei carries on what the original owners started in 1938. He's been manning the old Boston shop for the past four decades, overseeing the staff as it crafts custom frames using acid-free materials. After the artisans help clients select mattes and frames from hundreds of options, including products from Omega Moulding, they encase pieces ranging from maps, prints, and paintings to antique 3-D objects. They also restore old photographs so you can always look fondly upon the scowling face of Great-Grandpa Earl.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.