Tires squeal and a 15-horsepower engine hums as its driver cuts through a narrow turn, shaving fractions of a second off the lap. Below the track, a colorful golf ball winds through faux island trees, avoiding walls and stops on its way to an awaiting hole. It's another day at Tri-State Speedway, a multileveled family entertainment center littered with motorized fun for patrons of any age. The upstairs, 22,000-square-foot go-kart track hosts competitive races with karts calibrated for speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. A walk downstairs leads to the island-themed, 18-hole mini-golf course nestled among a large video-game arcade, bowling lanes, bumper cars, and billiard tables. When fun gives way to hunger, Drafters Sports Cafe's servers and cooks serve finger-friendly pub bites, ice-cold beer, and paper napkins fashioned from losing basketball brackets.
With fully automated and secured facilities, Casey Storage sings a roomy swan song for space-starved customers. Storage options and prices vary by facility but include spaces beginning at 5'x5' ($35+ a month) and running up to 10'x30' ($100–$189 a month), large enough to store a boat or medium-sized war elephant. Stuff stowers have a choice of drive-up access and temperature-controlled options, depending on the nature of their soon-to-be stashed goods, and facility employees will be happy to assist customers in choosing the right size space for their prized possessions. Check out the Auburn, Sturbridge, and Webster price listings for unit sizes and specifics.
Since 2000, Landscape Depot has transformed the landscape of Greater Boston backyard by backyard, supplying everything from fertile mulch and soil to stone pathways and fountains. Technicians help install walls, veneers, and stairs from both natural and engineered stone, and trucks haul yards of mulch straight to homes. The staff also holds regular do-it-yourself seminars, reviewing various projects so homeowners don't have to rely on the shoddy advice of garden gnomes.
Shopgreencleaning.com's ecologically ethical products empower the conscientious to cleanse living spaces without risk to children, pets, or the environment. The Joy of Green Cleaning illuminates the process of creating personalized cleaning compounds ($15.95) with more than 70 pages of sanitizing cookery suggestions and sustainable celebratory dances. Soak up kitchen messes with durable and absorbent Skoy cloths ($7.80), which can be used multiple times and biodegrade easily. Clingy grease releases its sticky grip on stone counters, tile backsplashes, and linoleum puppies under the ministrations of the Grab Green all-purpose surface cleaner ($4.99). Shopgreencleaning.com's stock grants solace to scrupulous laundry machines with products such as the Grab Green 3-in-1 laundry detergent ($7.99), which uses an ecologically formulated soap scented with hints of lavender and vanilla to cause confusion between freshly washed socks and bags of tea.
For decades, Koopman has been synonymous with old-fashioned elbow grease. From the hard work Peter Koopman put into founding his business in 1939 to the projects carried out by the store's customers, Koopman Lumber & Hardware embodies the dedication it takes to make a great home. The family-run franchise stockpiles lumber, tools, and premium paints to carry out any home remodeling project. The staff members also possess a rich well of knowledge that they freely share with clients, whether they're recommending a color of paint to make a living room brighter or the best tools for a DIY project.
Opening its doors in 1782, Elwood Adams Hardware honors its long hammer-peddling heritage by stocking general hardware, supplies, and hard-to-find tools. Shoppers can nab toolbox necessities such as a 100-piece screwdriver bit set ($16.99) or Nashua all-weather duct tape ($6.89), a must-have for hushing overly chatty androids. Knowledgeable staff of industry experts can help carpenters choose high-caliber lumber cutters, including a 12-inch high-tension hacksaw ($23.99), or cheerfully supply homeowners with a Weller 40-watt soldering iron ($20.99). Skip shopping bags by tossing purchases into a bucket wrapped with a LeatherCraft tools and parts caddy ($23.99), a handsome carryall that fits snugly over five-gallon buckets for easy toting or a romantic picnic in a construction pit.