Blush Boutique, which was named Best Women’s Boutique on Fox 8’s 2010 Hot List, highlights the trendy and eclectic styles of independent and emerging designers with collections of women’s fashion and jewelry. The fashion emporium, bedecked with lemon-lime-magenta pompons, greets style mavens with groves of T-shirts, wallets, and other accessories ($10–$25), dresses and jackets ($25+), and thickets of bags ($25+) and handmade jewelry ($10+). A braided-strap top flatters torsos with floral patterns ($35), and a double-buckled belt ($24), available in beige and black, keeps belly buttons from shouting obscenities at an intrusive forefinger. Featured designers, such as Knitted Dove, Suzabelle, Veronica M, Espe, and Nicole Rae Styler, are on regular rotation, with owners Gina and Laurie—who are both designers themselves—selecting the best from each season to share with their clientele.
The professional garment cleansers at Budget Dry Cleaners provide myriad services to expel pesky dirt and unwanted stains from fine fabrics. Most garments ($2.49) are purged through a process that includes a meticulous prespotting regime, to maximize stain removal. Laundered shirts ($1.79) return to their beloved owners with finely pressed collars and cuffs, customized levels of starch, and on a hanger. Budget Dry Cleaners can also scour table clothes ($15), blankets ($20), bedspreads ($20), comforters ($20), and suede and leather coverings ($35), leaving each in tip-top shape after house-wide cleaning days necessitated by an open-top blender's joyride on a Roomba.
Kids might get swallowed up in large classes at school, but tutors keep it to five or fewer students at Momentuum, LLC. And its certified instructors and tutors don't suspend learning in the warm months. They keep pushing children in K—12 to reach for their goals in all academic arenas: math, English, the arts, and science. They also create curricula that fit students with special needs.
Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
As a holistic nutrition consultant, Sarah Saxby helps others by shedding light on dietary topics and lifestyle goals. Her venture into nutrition consultation began when she became a mother of three. For Sarah, parenthood presented a multitude of questions and concerns about what her children were eating. So she began researching ingredients and paying more attention to nutritional information, realizing along the way that one-size-fits-all diet plans are simply ineffective. Today, Sarah carries that philosophy into her work, helping clients map out paths to healthier, happier lives by devising diet and lifestyle plans based on specific needs and goals.