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In 1927, Jack Cohen had a vision. Packing a pushcart full of high-quality frames, he began to sell fashionable spectacles to his fellow merchants along New York City's Orchard Street. After expanding into a small shop on a Lower East Side corner, that humble little cart has since evolved into more than 100 retail outlets known as Cohen's Fashion Optical, where customers fortify their eyesight with a range of acuity-boosting products and services. Rows of frames boast the signature contours of several designer brands, including Tag Heuer, Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, and Gucci. In the onsite lab, opticians craft brand-new, custom lenses, including ones that self-adjust to different lighting conditions. Meanwhile, licensed optometrists help renew prescriptions and ensure ocular health during eye exams that measure eye coordination, refraction, and the curvature of the cornea, a concept originally discovered by Ferdinand Magellan when he looked through the wrong end of his spyglass.

33 Berdon Way
Fairhaven,
MA
US

Exercise can be a little tough when you start out. Take inspiration during your next workout by understanding the good it?s doing inside with Groupon?s whirlwind tour of the cardiovascular system.

The Cardiovascular System: How Exercise Makes it Hum

The average person?s heart beats 100,000 times a day, pushing 10 pints of blood all the way to the tips of the toes and back through 60,000 miles of vessels. Along this route, that blood stops to do a great many errands. The heart pumps blood to the lungs to collect oxygen before sending it through the rest of the body via arteries, arterioles, and capillaries. Once the tissues have absorbed the oxygen and nutrients they need, they send the waste-filled blood back to the heart through the veins to be reoxygenated and start the process again.

Every time our heart beats, what we really feel is the opening and closing of valves that push the blood through the heart?s four chambers and out to the body. When we exercise or get scared by a shrub that looked like a huge dog for a second, our brains instruct the heart to beat harder to supply the body with what it needs to fight or run. As exercise enhances the muscles over time, it also improves the function of the entire cardiovascular system.

This happens in several ways. Although exercise makes the heart work harder in the short term, this ultimately causes the body to adapt, easing the heart?s everyday tasks. In response to muscles? demand for more oxygen and compliments, the body actually sprouts new capillaries, while prompting existing capillaries to open wider. These increased channels help lower blood pressure, since blood now encounters less resistance on its way to the extremities. The heart also becomes better at oxygenating the tissues?red blood cells increase their numbers during intense exercise.

With its insistent knocking in our ribcage, you may think the heart?s role in all this would be hard to ignore. But the earliest anatomists didn?t hear its call so clearly. Galen and Hippocrates believed the liver produced blood and spread it through the body in a centrifugal manner; meanwhile, the veins contained air, which the lungs pushed to the tissues. They also assumed this was an open-ended system, with the blood and air gradually dissipating when it reached the ends of veins and arteries?a view that would hold for another 1,500 years.

356 State Road
Dartmouth,
MA
US

Incandescent fish, turtles, and dolphins illuminate the underwater-themed wonder worlds of Oceans 18’s glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course and two lanes of mini bowling that provide indoor fun year-round. Oceans 18 keeps links-lovers entertained with a full-size golf simulator while mini bowling promises all the fun of the alley without the hassle of wearing rental shoes or a bedazzled bowling glove. Patrons can also carry on their competitive spirit in Oceans 18’s extensive arcade.

500 Kings Hwy
New Bedford,
MA
US

Housed inside a handsome red-brick building, Buttonwood Dental’s experienced dentist and hygienists protect pearly whites with an arsenal of preventative and cosmetic solutions. During routine exams, the dentist scours teeth for signs of plaque, tartar, and pixie dust left behind by hasty fairies. Digital x-rays probe enamel to check for improper alignment or nascent cavities that the dentist can patch up before aesthetic damage occurs. An in-office Sinsational Smile teeth-whitening treatment visibly brightens teeth with LED-activated whitening gel, and dental implants replace glued-on Chiclets with a more permanent solution. Buttonwood Dental also specializes in pediatric dentistry, root canals, and veneers.

1212 Kempton St
New Bedford,
MA
US

Lance Soares' Family Martial Arts Center teaches karate, fighter fit, and mixed martial arts self-defense to students of all ages, specializing in classes for kids and teens. Its motivational children's classes use karate and martial-arts techniques to help youngsters hone their motor skills, coordination, and self-discipline. The adult and teen classes teach the fundamentals of kenpo karate, with kicks, jabbing punches, and combo moves. For an added treat, the center hosts kids' birthday parties, complete with karate training, cake, and games such as Freeze Tag or Pin the Tail on Jackie Chan.

527 Church St
New Bedford,
MA
US

Hawthorne Country Club's 9-hole course unfolds across a 54-acre parcel of countryside that incorporates thick clusters of woods, stone-lined ponds, and picturesque views of the valley. The nine fairways coil around the club's crown jewel: the clubhouse with ample deck seating and interior accommodations. Here visitors can soak in sights of the Paskamansett Valley through the dining room's floor-to-ceiling windows while also making sure golf carts don't try to sneak out after curfew. In May, the club will open a new golf restaurant with outdoor seating and fire pits.

970 Tucker Rd.
North Dartmouth,
MA
US