A lot of big things start in a garage; Boston Paintball, however, needed a warehouse. The team of paintball enthusiasts came together in 1992, and they spent 10 years in a downtown warehouse, introducing thousands of people to the sport and spilling more paint than an artist working on a tilt-a-whirl. But even that space eventually proved too small, and the company has since expanded to three locations in the greater Boston area.
Fully stocked pro shops and indoor fields greet players at the Chelsea and Ashland outposts. Maynard, on the other hand, takes the game outdoors. At every location, the staff keeps competition safe and fair, pairing up players based on ability from beginners all the way up to tournament level.
For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
Target Portrait Studios are operated by professional photographers who aim to help you capture special moments. Target's studios can be decorated for most any type of shoot, whether you're celebrating a mom-to-be, a graduation, or an upcoming holiday. Subjects also have the opportunity to choose their own backdrops or props, and they can even bring in their favorite toy or invisible friend. The customization doesn't end with the shoot, though?digital files can be personalized with borders, designs, and quotes and then printed in a variety of sizes.
Biryani Park takes its diners dietary needs seriously. For vegans and vegetarians, the chefs offer several dozen dishes made without animal products. For practicing Muslims, they use only halal-certified meats. And for the gluten intolerant, they keep 90% of the menu gluten free. With these bases covered, the lengthy menu draws inspiration from Sri Lankan, South Indian, and Indo-Chinese culinary traditions. The spicy curries, 23 types of dosas—thin crepes served with two chutneys and sambar—and authentic Sri Lankan rotti breads also go on the road in SnS’s food truck. The truck circles the city to deliver from-scratch Sri Lankan food to areas outside of Malden, such as the moon.
Hi End Customs restyles vehicles with everything from Strut wheels and grills to custom sound systems. Technicians install remote starters that can make engines rev from up to 1 mile away at the touch of a pager or even a smartphone. To protect high-tech gadgetry by brands such as Sony, Pioneer, or MTX Audio from the eyes of strangers, they can also lay dark, protective tint films along the windows or install alarms that safeguard rides with multi-tone sirens and shock sensors. Outside, details that include a buff and wax ensure cars look as good on the exterior as they do on the inside and save vehicles the trouble of trying to attract potential drivers with their sense of humor.