The sleek, contemporary Fringe Boutique decorates bare-walled flesh residences with designer clothes, denim, footwear, handbags, and jewelry. Dangle a shiny Swarovski bangle from five- or six-fingered appendages ($30–$49), then show off sparkly wrists as torsos flaunt a stylish spring top from Sauce ($48), Miss Me ($68), or Velvet ($88), among others. Denim ponchos can be gorgeously complemented with sub-belly button dressings such as Hudson mid-rise skinny jeans ($168) and Rock Revival bootcut jeans ($138). The store also offers regular women’s and men’s nights, as well as private-shopping appointments, enabling customers to peruse wares free of the judgmental gaze of fashionista hoot owls.
Curating adventures that help visitors get the most of what the region has to offer, Activity Maine gets its subscribers in the know on a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round. During the warmer months, read about the best spots for camping, fishing, and eating out. In the winter, the magazine publishes stories on skiing and horseback riding through the snow, in which horses are outfitted with snowshoes and wooly scarves knit by their grandmas. RaceME offers a comprehensive guide to area bike and road racing, complete with event schedules, training tips, gear reviews, and other features.
Aquatic Specialties guides marine dreamers to aquatic adroitness during this three- to four-hour beginner's scuba lesson. Aquatic Specialties boasts a highly experienced staff of dive instructors and an official status as an SSI (Scuba Schools International) instructor-training facility. Marinate your marine-hungry brain during a classroom instruction before wetting your flipper tips during a swim in Aquatic Specialties' heated, year-round pool. With this lesson, aspiring deep-sea divers can learn how to set up gear properly, how to ascend and descend, and how to calmly diffuse confrontations with pushy panhandling conches.
Well-lit and painstakingly organized, Used Book Superstores upend images of the precariously balanced stacks and dusty hardcovers most people associate with used book stores. More than 100,000 new and gently used books—from current bestsellers to staples of the literary world—sprawl across each of the five mammoth locations, which, like so many shattered crates of tea, dot the landscape of the greater Boston and south New Hampshire region. As bookworms hunker down with hardcovers, paperbacks, and children's books, neglected friends can peruse the store's voluminous selection of music, DVDs, and toys, all of which sell for a fraction of their original cost.
At The Sanctuary Spa, visitors escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world with relaxing and beautifying services performed by a veteran cast of aestheticians, makeup artists, and massage therapists. Facials thoroughly cleanse and calm epidermal expanses, and microdermabrasion treatments and peels exfoliate away dead skin cells, wrinkles, and forgotten notes to self. The staff’s beauty-boosting repertoire also includes eyelash and eyebrow tinting, eyelash extensions, airbrush tanning services, waxing, and vajazzling. For a tranquil way to celebrate special events, such as upcoming nuptials, clients can also schedule private parties at The Sanctuary Spa.
Inside a sea-foam green shingled house nestled on a verdant, wooded property, A Pot of Gold Gift Shop hoards more than 5,000 European beads and charms. Owner Laurette Baenziger leads jewelry-making classes where guests can craft bracelets using their favorites from a selection of more than 2,000 shiny charm beads that would drive a magpie to madness. In addition to premade jewelry and handbags, the shop stocks natural shea-butter skin lotion from Dolce Mia and Swanky Sweet Pea bath products shaped like cupcakes and cookies that soothe and smoothen skin with cocoa butter or sweet almond oil.