In bottles: wines from across the globe. On draft: 34 craft beers. On stage: regional musicians. In the Accidental Gallery: masterpieces by local artists. And on the menu? Blackthorne boasts hearty American and British meals that leave no brunch, dinner, or brinner craving unsatisfied. Crafted from classic recipes assembled with contemporary artistry, dishes range from roasted cranberry-lemon chicken to full decorated salmon cured in English breakfast and Earl Grey teas?with burgers, pasta, and meticulously curated salads in between. A menu of gourmet bites also tempts palates with upscale, imaginative takes on pub-grub faves, such as pizzas made on a grill.
Thanks to a $50 loan from his grandfather, Chef James Messinger was able to promote his small catering business in the local classifieds, kicking off the career he dreamt about as a student at the Culinary Institute of America. The unlikely success from this small ad helped The Crazy Chefs Caterers to flourish and allowed Messinger to finance a long-desired wine-tasting odyssey through Spain, where the local cuisine quickly captivated both his tongue and imagination. Upon arrival back home, he established Loco Tapas & Wine Bar with his wife, brandishing fresh, quality ingredients from local farms to construct traditional tapas influenced by Spain's Catalonia, Basque, and La Rioja regions. The highly praised seasonal menus flaunt a rotating arsenal of small plates and elegant entrees, including a saffron-rice paella with chicken, chorizo, and mussels that the Boston Globe declared as one of "40 fantastic dishes" in the Boston area.
Hovering above Loco Tapas & Wine Bar's fully stocked bar, a chalkboard announces a handwritten roster of Spanish wines by the glass. Elsewhere in the dining area, dangling chandeliers and flickering candles set the stage for shadow-puppet tours de force upon rich crimson walls. Striking black accents, tablecloths, and furniture punctuate the sleek color scheme.
Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
The instructors at Easton Yoga Center give each student individual attention, focusing on alignment and performing proper poses. They also modify poses for students with injuries and health conditions. Easton Yoga Center offers an array of classes ranging from gentle yoga to the more intense stretching of Vinyasa sessions.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness levels and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The Koko machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change in order to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body’s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.
At In the Wings Academy of Dance, you can keep an eye on your little ones during their classes. In the waiting room, a flat-screen TV broadcasts a live feed of your tiny dancer's every leap, pirouette, and twirl. Mirrors and spring-green walls surround dancers in the studio as they absorb jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop skills on a floating maple floor, which was specially designed to prevent injury and growing up.