For more than 30 years, Stovepipe Fireplace Shop has fueled cookouts and cocoa-sipping sessions with a wealth of fireplaces and grills from labels such as Weber, Vermont Castings, and Heat & Glo. The tidy showroom houses an arsenal of fuel sources such as propane tanks and hickory-, cherry-, and applewood chips to spice up the home grill's standard diet of charcoal biscuits and old love letters. A 15,000-square-foot warehouse attached to the storefront harbors all excess stock, eliminating long waits for shipping and delivery, which is available within a 50-mile radius. For customers who aren't DIY–inclined, the shop's team of expert appliance installers is on hand to brighten homes with the cozy warmth of crackling wood-burning stoves and clean gas fireplaces.
When The Original Chimney Sweep first opened in 1976, founder Dennis Arseneau could be found gracing rooftops and sweeping away soot while dressed to the nines in a top hat and tails. Today, he's retired the Dick Van Dyke number and lets his service record speak for itself. Over the course of 30 years, the Arseneau family has reaped more than 56,000 loyal customers across southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island thanks to Dennis's detail-oriented approach to service, which includes offering free estimates and keeping homes free of sootprints. Beyond inspecting flues of all shapes and sizes, his team can inspect and clean dryer vents, oil- and gas-burning appliances, and carbon monoxide detectors, and even offers a selection of fireplace accessories, such as screens, grates, and kindling made from handwritten love letters.
An auto repair shop and auto salon wrapped into one, Ultra Auto Repair provides all car needs in one place. They make it convenient, too, with free local pick up and delivery, and free towing with all repair services. Services also include complimentary 21-point inspections and diagnostic checks. Whether bringing cars in for an oil change or stereo installation, appointments are unnecessary and same-day service may be available. There's even a children's play area to keep the little ones occupied while their experienced team treats cars to tune-ups or detailing.
New England Overhead Door seals garage floors in style with layers of durable, abrasion-resistant substances ($6.50/sq. ft.). First, an epoxy underlayer binds tightly to the floor's concrete surface. Then the epoxy is sprinkled with multihued flakes in one of 21 color schemes and slathered with a clear polyurea topcoat that resists heat, chemicals, and the temptation to make cars giggle by poking them in the ribs. The floor's new sleek and shiny skin will stay sealed to the ground and is easily wiped clear of skid marks or oil paintings made with WD-40. Service calls can be scheduled the same day for clients with a sudden and pressing need to impersonate Peggy Fleming by skating around garage floors in their socks.
Beantown Chimney Sweep's trained technicians can clean your home's soot-filled sinuses starting with a CSIA level-one inspection. Then, a chimney cleaning helps eliminate bad odors and potentially dangerous and flammable creosote deposits while improving fireplace draft. Beantown's soot scrubbers also offer free estimates to deep clean both old and new chimneys, fine-tuning firewood holders so that smoke-signal communiqués do not go misinterpreted.
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).