Behind Magical Child's enchanting green and gold, Main Street–esque storefront, sunlight floods shelves of educational and imagination-stimulating toys, books, and games. Towering stuffed animals peer down on train sets—the way Clifford the Dog peers down on real trains—and puzzles from Melissa and Doug, alongside packages of Legos and Hasbro board games. A cornucopia of colorful wares permeates the shop, in which eyes can turn in no direction without meeting the glare of an alluring item. Racks of gently used clothing outfit children of up to 6 years of age, and a selection of more mature gag gifts and brainteasers grants older patrons diversion from humdrum office lives and asparagus-steaming socials.
Voted Best New England Restaurant, Best Service, and Most Romantic Restaurant by Valley Advocate, Chandler's Restaurant bursts with a spectacular array of traditional New England surf ‘n’ turf. Dinner diners can ease into a seasonal menu with the local-goat-cheese plate, featuring toasty doubloons of crostini, augmented with caramel apple, fruit preserve, and walnut pesto ($12). Culinary artists bind a variety of locally sourced produce and meats into miraculous entree options, which include traditional New England bouillabaisse ($30), a miniature ocean of tomato, saffron, and butter broth, dotted with islands of clams and mussels, and lapping at a golden garlic-toast shore, where a fresh fillet of fish basks, slathered in lobster aioli. Lunching mouths can discuss the benefits of collecting cocktail umbrellas while tasting the menu's BBC beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips ($14.50) or an armada of sandwiches, from the Pilgrim, a mound of roast turkey breast festooned with sage dressing and cranberry sauce ($9), to the house-smoked pastrami reuben ($10.50).
New 2 You Family Boutique was named The Valley Advocate Reader's Best Consignment Shop for its carefully selected second-hand threads for men, women, and children. Rifle through a selection of brand-name women's tops ($8–$12) or protect fannies from freshly painted benches with a pair of men's jeans ($10–$12). Local artists supply the store with hand-crafted jewelry ($5–$18), and a selection of baby clothes ($1–$5) bundles up newborns and tots. Invest in a collection of furniture, lamps, and rugs ($8–$100) to spruce up abodes suffering from empty-nest syndrome. New 2 You also offers wedding dresses ($80–$500), mother of the bride dresses ($20–$120), and evening gowns ($20–$120).
This family owned doughnut shop is striving to change the way people think about their favorite morning indulgence by baking up its signature pastries fresh, each day from locally sourced and natural ingredients. Beyond the original glazed donuts, a handwritten specials board details 15–20 flavors on offer each day, which may include anything from a maple bacon bar or Boston crème stick, to a powdered sugar drenched beignet. They also serve up hand-roasted artisan coffee from the award-winning Esselon Cafe to compliment all of their inventive doughnut flavors. Those adhering to a strict no-circle diet will be pleased to discover that Glazed Doughnut Shop's quality ingredients are also used to create a lineup of fitters, muffins, and cinnamon buns, and the shop even bakes up an ever-changing selection of gluten-free snacks including brownies, blueberry muffins, and chocolate-chip cookies.
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