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.
In 2003, Bob Pollard packed all his passion for surfing and skateboarding into one shop dedicated to serving the community and fellow extreme boarders. After Bob's untimely passing in June of 2006, his passion lives on through the shop, which is now owned by Bob's buddy, team rider, and first employee, Dan Hassett, Luminate continues to make its mark in the region by supplying their own brand of surf and skate gear along with lessons lead by experienced boarders. Additionally, Dan and his team, which includes assistant director Jessica Horton, sponsor contests, help with beach cleanups, and donate to a wide variety of local charities. In keeping with Bob's upbeat, enthusiastic spirit, Dan works to keep the shop the same inviting place Bob made it, welcoming adventurers of all skill levels to stop by, chat, and learn more about boarding sports.
A hodgepodge of truffles, caramels, fudges, and ice cream treats greets confectionary cravers and ice cream screamers at Hilliards House of Candy. Peruse fine chocolates as soft as hazelnut figaro ($11.75 for 8 oz.) or as hard as peanut-and-caramel jazz squares ($11.75 for 8 oz.). The buttery cashew brittle ($9.50 for 8 oz.) gives teeth a challenge, and the Grand Marnier truffle ($2.20) intrigues the taste buds with orange liquor flavor and chocolate ganache. Hilliard's serves its ice cream cones, sundaes, and frappes until October 31, but after that you can still pick up a pint ($5.95) or a quart ($8.95) to take home or bring to a lonely mailman.
I Play Toys and Hobbies compiles a trove of high-quality books and baubles poised to become cherished pals, stock a collector's display cabinet, or impart the joy of learning. Lego building sets and Sanrio's Hello Kitty line delight the young at heart or the young in years, and art supplies and classic wooden playthings from education innovators Melissa & Doug equip budding minds with tools to make anatomical models of themselves. Assemble a congress of soft Ty stuffed animals from the moon-eyed Beanie Boo series ($4.99–$9.99), or select a snuggly bedtime delegate such as Winks, a fuzzy elephant from the Pluffies series ($7.99). Miniature vehicles including model airplanes, RC cars, and boats confiscated from Lilliputian marauders provide stylish travel options for a quarter-size Tynies glass figurine ($3.99). Although not quite the Carrara marble from which Michelangelo carved David, plush fabrics still accurately render Smurf contours when filled with cuddly stuffing ($12.99).
Wireless Store is Boston's first T-Mobile limited retailer, offering a sizable selection of wireless phones and accessories. Conversations can be held hands free while driving down the highway or riding on horseback with advanced Bluetooth headsets made by Jabra, Plantronics, Motorola, and BlueAnt. Other wireless accessories, such as chargers, cases, screen protectors, and batteries, keep phones clean, shiny, and fully charged. Though it wears the T-Mobile logo as proudly as a rebellious teenager in a Cramps T-shirt, Wireless Store is a locally owned and operated establishment.
Erin Brenton has believed in the possibility of transformation ever since she transformed her own life, marred by tragedy, into one of health and joy. When she was 9, she and her sister, Heather, were traveling door to door selling Camp Fire Girls of America items when the pair were struck by an underage drunk driver. The crash cost Heather her life and left Erin with severe head and leg trauma. Supported by her parents, friends, and eventually her own loving husband and kids, Erin learned to deal with the physical repercussions of that accident. To honor her sister’s memory, she decided to help others find their own health and happiness through exercise and support. To that end, she started Girls on the Go to make a place where people of all ability levels can enjoy physical activity and strive for healthier bodies.
She and her team of instructors now fill each week with a variety of original fitness classes, from women’s boxing to men’s speed and agility training. Erin also leads one-on-one personal-training sessions and the Driveway Divas fitness program, for which an instructor comes to clients’ homes for small-group training.