At The Pottery Paintin' Place, ceramic renderings of Darth Vader and Princess Leia join mugs, plates, and piggy banks atop a series of shelves. Visiting artists pluck one of these achromatic items from its waiting place before coating it in a colorful design and handing it off to a staff member, who fires it in the on-site kiln. Each piece of art emerges from the kiln able to withstand ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, and most apocalypses.
The shop's master potter, Brian Murphy, further encourages artistic expression with pottery-throwing courses, during which participants design their own ceramic creations. The newly expanded party area holds up to 24 painters, who can partake in refreshments brought from home during one- to two-hour celebrations. On-site summer camps and after-school programs cater to the younger crowd with tie-dyeing, glass-fusing, beading, and homework-torching.
With more than 70 years of color combination experience, Economy Paint Supply distributes liquid chromatics and provides custom stain matching, in-home consultations, and equipment rentals. The paint shop furnishes a host of habitat enhancements including Benjamin Moore paints ($27.99+ per gallon), wallpaper ($16.99+ per roll), single-roll carpets ($12.99+ per square yard), and window treatments ($200+ per window). Flinging a can of reddish royal flush or lagoon-like Lucerne at a living room’s backdrop can give walls a sense of newfound pride and astonish nearby floors and ceilings. Customers can also peruse a free in-store copy of Envision Color 2011, which highlights the palettes—soulful, spirited, dreamy, and phantasmagoric—comprising Benjamin Moore’s annual paint trends.
With the opening of its first store in 1989, Eastern Boarder established a foothold in the then nascent extreme-sports category and has since ridden the explosion in popularity of skating, snowboarding, and BMX. Today, at each of its five stores, devotees of these now mainstream sports can find gear, accessories, and apparel by manufacturers such as Volcom, Neff, and Nike. In recognition of its staying power, Snowboarder magazine named Eastern Boarder the Coolest Shop in the Country in spite of several sabotage attempts on its thermostat. The shop also sponsors a pro snowboarding team that’s been acclaimed by the likes of ESPN Action Sports.
Jenn Cavanaugh is a Class 1 licensed cosmetologist working out of Face It Day Spa. At this full-service salon and spa, Jenn practices hair design with a perfect balance of technique and vision. She offers men's and women’s haircuts, perms, and a slew of coloring services that conceal the most dominant grays and add a fresh, youthful gloss. Her commitment to personal style is evident in her approach—she aligns her work to emphasize each person's most flattering features and perfectly complement his or her shoulder parrot. In addition to hair services, Jenn also offers facial waxing and mani-pedis.
Cutie Patutie's reigns as one of New England's largest children's consignment stores, stocking scores of gently used clothing, shoes, toys, and books generally priced 50% below retail value. Guests can zigzag through aisles that brandish dozens of name-brand items, including Gap, Old Navy, Melissa & Doug, and J. Crew, to outfit any pintsize brood. While inventory constantly evolves, Cutie Patutie's maintains a list of featured items, such as teen formal dresses ($36+), educational puzzles ($2.75+), and children's bedroom dressers ($45+), and some items decline in price the longer they stay on the floor. Mommies in waiting may also deck out their dermis in a wide range of maternity selections or furnish their crib from a wide range of home décor and housewares.
Bender's Mattress PhD lulls bodies to sleep on a fleet of brand-name mattresses and pillows. Taxonomize sheep atop a selection of Innomax pillows ($17+) or avoid cricks with a Tempur-Pedic neck pillow ($89). Customers no longer content to swaddle themselves in tinfoil at bedtime can try the Classic full ($199) or Caress twin ($199) mattresses. Memory foam mattresses ($339+) conform to individual bodily impressions, and specific Tempur-Pedic mattresses ($1,299+) earned an ease-of-use commendation by the Arthritis Foundation and ranked a Consumers Digest Best Buy.