Residing in an old Victorian house, Bayberry Quilt and Gift Shoppe packs two floors of its antique environs with handcrafted gifts and quilting supplies. While finished quilts and colonial crafts imbue the second floor with an old-fashioned ambiance, fabric, needles, and patterns await new lives in workshops, sewing kits, or a scarecrow’s face. Seasoned instructors helm the shop’s two-hour sewing classes, helping students master seam-taming basics or expert stiches with the aid of Janome sewing machines. Bayberry's online store awaits orders from long-distance shoppers, and its custom machine-quilting services employ Gammill Longarm machines to craft relaxing, made-to-order quilts with adrenaline-pumping speed.
Bradley Auto Wash expertly coaxes grime away from cars, turning dirty transporters into shiny motorized chariots. During the Platinum wash, a set of electronic eyes sizes up autos, measuring length, height, and level of filth with robotic precision and calculating the proper amount of soap, wax, and tranquilizer needed to subdue and clean cars. A soft-cloth system then safely cleans vehicular exteriors before stationary fans blow water away at 3,600 RPM. A triple-foam polish ensures that cars glisten like a greased-up bodybuilder, and an undercarriage wash and rust inhibitor blast away winter's clingy salt and head off corrosion. To help cars repel mud, rain, and malevolent fog sprites, Bradley Auto Wash applies a clear-coat protector before giving wheels their own pampering—including a hubcap polish, tire shine, and whitewall cleaning—leaving cars perfectly groomed and ready to impress neighbors and strike shame into the hearts of carjackers.
When Kathleen Duffy founded Herbarium in 1978, she'd never worked in a shop before. Luckily, a tight-knit network of friends and family were on hand to support her. An aunt donated a cash register, and a cousin with retail experience taught her to use it. After Kathleen learned from trial and error that 5 pounds of herbs could fill a small container or an entire bathtub, depending on the plant, friends begged her to buy a calculator to use while ordering supplies. Eventually, even her customers pitched in, offering everything from suggestions for organizing the store to calligraphy labels for the bulk herbs. As her business took off, Kathleen—a former critical-care nurse—became more and more curious about how herbal treatments worked in the body. She began studying constantly, testing out new cures on herself and her family, and taking classes everywhere from the Gaia Institute to Harvard Medical School. In 1990, she turned over the shop to her daughter Andrea to focus on her studies full time, earning her certification as a clinical aromatherapist in 1999. Today, Kathleen still takes time out of her hospital-teaching schedule to personally train all of the staff members at Herbarium. Under Andrea's attentive eye, these herbal gurus guide customers through shelves stocked with aromatherapy products, potpourri, bath salts, and glycerin soap as well as natural remedies.
Rows upon rows of stacked glass and beads glitter in the morning sun as Deja Jewelz’s staffers polish the store’s display cases in preparation for the day’s customers. Boasting upward of 3,000 beads and charms, the cozy shop’s vast inventory caters to all personal styles and tastes, from elegant and simple pieces to vibrantly hued sparklers that will come in handy if the sun burns out. Throughout the day, knowledgeable staffers can be found bustling about the shop helping customers pick out a signature bauble or answering questions about the store’s collection of chic handbags.
The seasoned instructors at Parsons Sewing Connections draw upon years of experience to introduce groups of up to 20 beginners to the basics of sewing. During four evening classes, which begin in January, students create stitches on a provided Husqvarna Viking sewing machine or their own machine, and learn to perform fundamental tasks, such as filling a bobbin with thread or churning a thimble's worth of butter with a needle. Enrollees start on four simple projects that they can then complete at home, all the while honing skills such as how to sew a straight seam, add buttonholes, and stick Velcro in their hair.
Flag Fables has shared its handmade banners and outdoor accouterments for more than 25 years in Massachusetts, but now the company shares its wares with the nation, offering free shipping on all flag orders. Flag Fables' online depository of yard accents offers a wide array of decorative flags, mailbox covers, doormats, and other ornamental merchandise to brighten homes during holiday droughts. Fans can pledge their allegiance to pennants of their favorite team ($32.95 for full size; $12.95 for garden size) or canine breed ($28.95 for full size; $14.95 for garden size) to root for the underdog at the Westminster World Series.
Painter's Supply stocks vibrant interior and exterior paints from top-industry brands alongside the tools needed to apply the new hues. Renters, homeowners, or tree-house speakeasy kingpins can complement paint schemes with implements such as tray liners ($5.13), microfiber roller covers ($3.99), paintbrushes ($20.49 for 2.5" brush), paint pails ($12.53), and paint-pail liners ($5.99). Feel free to solicit professional opinions or appraisals on a dumpster mural from each storefront's design center, which is helmed by proficient painters.