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.”
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.
Fuel Training Studio turns routine workouts into challenging tests of mettle, keeping muscles and minds engaged and healthy with one-on-one training or community-focused group classes. Cofounders Jeanne Carter and Julie Bokat, and their staff of eminently skilled trainers, educate pupils in their unique Fuel training method, which has been formulated through years of training and extensive certifications.
Fuel's philosophy focuses on helping clients through their everyday family life and activities by building functional strength—keeping muscles guessing with intense bursts of cardio and strength training that boost metabolism and efficiency. Clients enhance their muscle tone and agility with indoor barbell and heavy-bag boxing techniques, or practice mind-body awareness and flexibility with yoga or Versus cable-suspension training. Outdoor boot-camp classes combine strength, core-building, and cardio workouts into fun packages, allowing students to build rippling abdominal muscles while they admire waterfront scenery and challenge songbirds to wrestling matches.
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, and dressage showcases the horse’s natural impulses, whether running freely with a rider or stopping to vote “neigh” on a potential future of donkey riding. 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. Children can experience guided pony rides and natural interactions with ponies, goats, pigs, and a philosophical saddle at Hunter’s Haven Farm’s petting zoo.
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.
The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
At Fun2Paint, artists of all ages adorn plaster vessels with individualized designs, crafting masterpieces in the studio to take home immediately. After selecting a choice piece from hundreds of options (starting at $10.99), fledgling Van Goghs can embellish with studio-supplied paints and brushes, creating a vibrant flower, a realistic butterfly, or a mustached Batman. The resident spray wizard will then coat finished figures with a magical paint-fixing spray-finish, so artists can take their master works home that day.