At Nutrapy, owner and director Jimmy Chung and his team promote internal wellness and external beauty in a tranquil, eco-friendly environment. Chung addresses physical aches and pains not only as a licensed massage therapist, but as a reiki master and certified polarity therapist, specializing in energy work designed to facilitate healing. For the well-being of their clients and the environment, he and his staff perform services using organic products wherever possible, nourishing faces with the Éminence Organic Skin Care line and pampering nails with toxin-free polish. Chung is also working on his master's degree in Chinese medicine, so it's no surprise that the center also offers Eastern-based services such as acupuncture and tai chi classes. Located in the South Shore, Nutrapy also features a raw herbal dispensary and has tested 200 medicinal herbs.
Before treatments even start, Nutrapy helps guests feel calmer and more centered as they walk into the holistic haven, which is decorated with orchids and soothing brown and blue-green earth tones. Once inside, patrons relax in pipe-less pedicure spas that resemble overstuffed recliners, or on a cushy suede couch in the candlelit relaxation room. In the corner, a small, rock-bordered pond teems with bright orange fish and features a soothing waterfall that gurgles Beatles classics.
The fashions may have changed since 1944, but the service and family ownership of Dependable Cleaners has remained constant. The dry-cleaning company started as a single shirt-laundry facility and has since expanded into 16 locations. The chain is now owned by a third-generation Fawcett. A few of the 16 locations offer a new addition called Style, a hand-cleaning service that treats designer and high-end garments. Expansion isn’t the only success of the company since its inception more than 65 years ago. Dependable Cleaners has garnered a number of awards, including the title of Boston magazine's Best Gown Preservation in 2008. The cleaner also proudly does its part to create a sustainable Earth by using EarthCare Cleaning Systems to clean clothing with natural, recyclable solutions that break down naturally in the environment, unlike the emotionally imperturbable Philip Seymour Hoffman. While laundering shirts, the cleaner uses biodegradable soaps and hangs newly dry-cleaned dresses, suit jackets, pants, and sweaters on recycled hangers and garment bags.
For most people, owning an exotic car is a distant dream, and controlling the power of 500 horses is reserved only for F1 drivers and the majority whip of Horse Senate. Believing that everyone should have the chance to pilot a thrilling piece of automotive finery, Exotic Auto Boston has assembled a fleet of head-turning automobiles that includes Ferraris, Audis, and Mercedes-Benzes. Cars arrive stocked with practical supplies such as a full tank of gas, complimentary GPS, and an EZ Pass so that drivers needn’t worry about impending tolls, as well as perks such as customized driving CDs. Exotic Auto delivers cars to homes and offices within 50 miles of Boston for no charge, and offer free parking to any customers who choose to pick up their own cars, even going as far as to treat everyday roadsters to a free express detail while their owners are off frolicking in their dream machines. Exotic Auto also watches over clients with complimentary roadside assistance during their rental.
If motivating people is the job of a personal trainer, Rose Galvin leads by example. In the last 20 years, she’s earned her ACE certification, become a cancer-education specialist, and honed a repertoire of fitness tools and techniques including Balancepoint Pilates, Resist-A-Ball, and Urban Rebound. Her latest project was the founding of Body Science Personal Training, where she and a team of NCCA-accredited personal trainers help clients shape their bodies into svelte parallelograms during solo or partnered workouts. With a new studio expected to open November 10, 2012, clients will soon be able to tone their bodies in a bright and polished corner studio in Braintree Square, which features top-of-the-line equipment and an updated ab-equipment studio. Opening day for this location includes an open house from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and gives clients an opportunity to visit the new space and meet the personal trainers.
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Seeking refuge from hectic day jobs and the lingering pain of back injuries, Emerald Yoga Studio's co-owners, Jennifer Safrey and Mike Downes, discovered the power of yoga to refresh both body and mind. The duo now spearheads a team of certified yoga instructors, which leads 75- to 90-minute Vinyasa sessions inside a cheery green studio lit by flickering candlelight or glowworms fulfilling community-service requirements. They'll shepherd up to 20 students through a tapestry of poses linked with deep breathing to enhance the mind-body connection. The team can modify classes to incorporate strength-building motions for more advanced yogis or to pare down movements to accommodate newbies trying to learn the basics of the Vinyasa technique. They also lead chakra-balancing sessions each week, incorporating a variety of asanas and meditative poses into the practice to restore harmony and bolster overall well-being.:m]]
Aptly named, The Deck on Green Harbor protrudes over the docks and moored boats, catching fresh seas breezes and stunning views of the rolling Atlantic Ocean. The sunny wooden edifice serves as an elevated dining patio for guests, who can also choose to take a meal in the dining room or bar should weather grow chilly or inclement.
Meanwhile, chefs work to turn the sea's bounty into delicious American-style meals, such as fried clam plates and haddock sliders. They also whip up a selection of hearty burgers, sandwiches, and classic meals favored in more landlocked regions, such as meatloaf and chicken pot pie.
Should the motion of the ocean cease to entertain, the seaside eatery hosts a Dueling Pianos show every Saturday, and a trivia tournament followed by karaoke each Sunday. They spice up their weekly lineup with special musical guests, including acoustic guitarists, pianists, and the occasional jovial little tugboat whistling merry sea shanties.