The Claypen is a place where memories are made. Making gifts for a loved one, capturing a newborn’s footprints, birthday parties, scout troops, good times are a regular occurrence here. Where else can grandparents, teenagers, and young children sit together and share the enjoyment of creating.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Two hundred exhibitors pack Harwinton Fairgrounds' indoor and outdoor facilities with vintage wares and inspiration-sparking interior-design ideas. Elegant vintage clothing, delicate jewelry, and striking accessories imbue ensembles with flourishes. Antique peddlers also roll out a substantial cache of home-enhancing folk art, furniture, and décor that recalls bygone eras, such as the Roaring '20s, when nearly every American household owned a lion.
With fully automated and secured facilities, Casey Storage sings a roomy swan song for space-starved customers. Storage options and prices vary by facility but include spaces beginning at 5'x5' ($35+ a month) and running up to 10'x30' ($100–$189 a month), large enough to store a boat or medium-sized war elephant. Stuff stowers have a choice of drive-up access and temperature-controlled options, depending on the nature of their soon-to-be stashed goods, and facility employees will be happy to assist customers in choosing the right size space for their prized possessions. Check out the Auburn, Sturbridge, and Webster price listings for unit sizes and specifics.
Tires squeal and a 15-horsepower engine hums as its driver cuts through a narrow turn, shaving fractions of a second off the lap. Below the track, a colorful golf ball winds through faux island trees, avoiding walls and stops on its way to an awaiting hole. It's another day at Tri-State Speedway, a multileveled family entertainment center littered with motorized fun for patrons of any age. The upstairs, 22,000-square-foot go-kart track hosts competitive races with karts calibrated for speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. A walk downstairs leads to the island-themed, 18-hole mini-golf course nestled among a large video-game arcade, bowling lanes, bumper cars, and billiard tables. When fun gives way to hunger, Drafters Sports Cafe's servers and cooks serve finger-friendly pub bites, ice-cold beer, and paper napkins fashioned from losing basketball brackets.
Established in 1923, the Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS serves the professional needs of more than 1,500 local real-estate salespersons. A division of the National Association of Realtors’ chapter in Massachusetts, membership grants benefits on a regional, statewide, and national scale, including professional resources and personal discounts at such businesses as Jiffy Lube, Sprint Wireless, Edible Arrangements, and the Boston Bruins. As the only organization in the area with the authority to grant realtors’ licenses, the Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS helps ambitious individuals attain their occupational goals and prevents fake estate agents from auctioning off the state capitol building.