TKO Fitness uppercuts stale exercise routines to the mat with group classes, open-gym time, and laser-focused personal-training programs that home in on two things: health and comfort. Brimming with encouragement, every session provides a different total-body challenge. Cross-training classes, for instance, combine kickboxing, cardio drills, and weight training into intense fat-burning workouts. Kickboxing classes, on the other hand, strap pads and gloves onto participants, and circuit-training sessions pump up the heart with round after round of cardio. In addition to its classes, TKO arms students with a six-week fighter-training program, which preps boxers to step into the ring or substitute for their knocked-out Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robot.
TRIO Cafe & Lounge is the brainchild of brothers Tony and Paul Rodrigues and their childhood friend, Brian Carvalho. The trio sought to replicate a European-style eatery and lounge in Massachusetts, complete with chic decor, contemporary cuisine, and innovative cocktails. Abstract art speckles the walls of each location's sleek space, where diners sit on cushy couches and clink glasses of sangria over raw oysters and peppercorn-encrusted steaks.
Five computer systems. Five cryptic messages. Five seconds before another beam of infrared light threatens to take you down. That is, unless you can hack into the mainframe in time. Mission Combat's more than 15,000 sq. ft. of indoor competition space hosts laser tag missions, including capture the flag, death match, and the aforementioned decode?in which teams must deliver "hacked" computer messages to referees in order to win the game and the respect of every actor who's ever starred in a heist movie.
Black lights and a glowing, futuristic atmosphere surround players as they weave their ways through four separate arenas. In their hands: multiple types of laser guns, including pistols and rifles. Choosing the correct infrared arsenal may just be the deciding factor in winning the tactical missions. Mission Combat takes up residence in the Factory of Terror entertainment complex, with additional locations set to open.
Certified laser technician Elizabeth Silva relies on lasers and electrology to rid clients of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal targets follicles with photons that turn into heat energy once they hit the root of the hair. Electrolysis is a more detailed approach: Elizabeth inserts a hair-thin probe into the pore that applies heat directly to the papilla—the part that nourishes the hair—or simply flips the follicle’s off switch when possible. In every case, she begins the course of treatment with a detailed assessment and consultation so that clients know what to expect. Her clinic welcomes women, men, teens, and speakers of both English and Portuguese.
Once a small mowing service, PaveScapes Landscaping Services has blossomed into a thriving business ready to tackle all outdoor needs. Owner Marco Pavao, following his father’s lead, opened the business in 2005, and now dispatches his team to residences across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. During the spring and summer, the crew designs and installs landscaping, trims trees and bushes, and eliminates weeds and crabgrass. As the cold winter air blows in, customers can recruit PaveScapes Landscaping Services to plow snow from the driveway or take down enemy fortresses during snowball fights.
Mom and Pop Tattoo & Piercing’s artists and piercers create unique works of art on clients' bodies with deft tattoo-work and inventive jewelry. In private booths, tattoo artists Jamie Ventura and Derek Reckard adorn arms, backs, and feet with one-of-a-kind artwork, such as barbed wire. Decade-plus piercing veteran Reverend Sean Theroux slips custom-shaped jewelry through ears and tongues, including jewelry for ears specially designed to thread through multiple piercings.