Hunter’s Haven Farm sprawls across multiple acres of verdant farmland in Groveland, fostering a bucolic atmosphere dedicated to teaching equestrian riding techniques in lessons for riders 8 and older. The center’s two horse whisperers call upon three decades of training and riding experience to coach students in the center’s dual riding modalities, hunt seat and dressage. Hunt seat displays the horse’s prowess while running flat or jumping over small hurdles; dressage leads steeds through sequenced movements that showcase their natural impulses, whether running freely with a rider or stopping to vote “neigh” in a local election. The farm’s facilities encompass an indoor arena, cross-country fences, and a galloping track. Students can also guide their steeds around a lit outdoor ring or practice circuits around the onsite dressage ring during private or group sessions. A petting zoo lets children take guided pony rides or meet friendly goats and pigs.
Founded by brothers Atillio and Aldo Carbone, EZ-Way Cleaners has been taking care of customers and winning awards for more than 60 years. Like volunteer bounty hunters, technicians offer free pick-up and delivery on all items, gently laundering heavy winter coats and silken summer dresses with equal care. After double-checking each garment's cleaning instructions, the staff presses shirts into crisp shape, and uses specialized products and techniques to treat delicate leather, suede, tablecloths, or carpet. Customers are encouraged to bring back their wire hangers both to help protect the environment as well as feed the pet trash compactor kept out back.
A new dining destination built for hungry linksmen fresh off rounds on Black Swan Country Club's golf course, Keon's Grille rustles up delectable 19th-hole fare in a casually classy setting. The chicken-and-shrimp cavatelli sets up sautéed chicken breast medallions with grilled shrimp ($18) on a blind date, ending, as is customary, with both participants covered in pesto cream sauce. Beef fiends can fix on the angus burger ($8) or bleu bacon burger ($9.50), which caps a juicy patty with Maytag bleu cheese and apple-smoked bacon. For a taste of the mighty sea, diners can down panko crumb-encrusted baked haddock ($19) or the Maryland-style crab cakes, which come in an entourage of roasted corn and sweet potato hush puppies ($11). Multiple flat-screen TVs line the bar walls, letting patrons keep up with basketball scores, baseball trades, and dangerball injuries.
A Sanitone-certified dry cleaning service, John Anton's Cleaners carefully cleanses each soiled garment with environmentally friendly chemicals while distilling and recycling its dry-cleaning fluid on location. Whether faced with a rumpled blouse, a wine-stained tie, or a pair of khakis that got sneezed on by an elephant, these adroit cleaners tackle each challenge with vigor and return your finery spotless and pressed. John Anton's also reshevels disheveled formal wear: both gowns ($25.35) and two-piece tuxes ($16.25) emerge free of such common stains as blood, blood, and so much blood, and the gowns are all hand-finished. Services for leather and suede jackets start at $50. John Anton's also picks up and delivers laundry to your home or office for free, even if you're not around. See a full list of pricing here.
Faith Escudero didn’t just wake up one day and decide to become a life coach. She spent years studying mental health, behavior analysis, and education, in the process acquiring licensing as a counselor, school psychologist, and special-education teacher. Today these experiences translate into Faith's leading-edge approach to life coaching, which involves building awareness of the scientific principles that individuals use during each moment to create their perspective—whether it's happiness or stress. Her anger- and stress-reduction classes, for instance, make it clear how to live with a calm, clear mind as coworkers take credit for your work or the Nobel Committee spells your name wrong. While a majority of Faith's seminars are held in her office in Haverhill, she also travels to her client’s location, as when she leads “workplace wellness classes.”
Moved by an article about deployed troops that felt forgotten by their country, Heidi Janson decided to show her support by doing what she does best: matching brides to their perfect wedding gown. Heidi staged a gown giveaway for 50 military brides in 2008 at her bridal boutique—a modest start for Brides Across America, Inc., which has since paired more than 12,000 brides with designer dresses. The organization garnered the attention of ABC's Nightly News in 2011 and 2012 and People magazine in 2013, though its highest honor came during a 2012 White House event hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.