Serendipity stocks a huge selection of both practical and enchanting gifts. Pick up a pair of adorably tiny baby shoes by Kaya's Kloset ($22), or finger through autumn-themed gemstone jewelry ($15–$65). Other handmade items include sweetly aromatic bath and body products from Backyard Soaps ($8–$15) and funky hair accessories from the Sassy Mermaid ($6–$15). This deal is also good towards any of Serendipity's weekly jewelry-making workshops. The fused- glass workshop ($28–$48) on October 21 shows crafters how to concoct their own bowl, nightlight, or dish commemorating David Duchovny's career, and the Gingerbread Friends necklace workshop ($20) on December 11 shows children how to make a cookie-themed gift for the holiday season.
The Tinker's Cart fills homes with Irish gifts and special-occasion accessories sourced directly from the Emerald Isle. Official Irish dirt ($9.95) from the ground of County Tipperary helps local green thumbs nourish plants, grow shamrocks from official Irish shamrock seeds ($2.95), or cultivate the ball skills of a sprouting Boston Celtic. Irish license plates ($24.95) make roadsides appear greener, and popular Inis cologne spruces the auras of both men and women. While an Irish Claddagh wedding-cake topper ($23.95) celebrates true love, Red Socks and Patriots paraphernalia celebrates a birthright. The Irish gift store also offers caps and hats ($11.95+), jewelry such as pendants, rings, and bracelets, and hosts an in-house embroidery business where apparel can get custom stitches in Irish logos and designs.
It's not unusual to walk into Robinson Music Inc. and hear the deep growl of a bassoon or the sweet notes of a violin. Fueled by a common love of chords, this music store invests itself in its customers with lessons in private studios and instrument rentals and repairs. Students can learn under the tutelage of professional musicians from the New England Conservatory of Music or the Berklee College of Music, who teach piano, guitar, and voice techniques or help subjects prepare for auditions in the shower showtunes industry. The music-minded staff can also replace strings, re-hair bows, re-tune pianos, and restore woodwinds.
When PYOP Studio, Inc founder Vaishali Patel learned she was pregnant, she seized the rare opportunity to put her pottery painting skills to a mischievous use. So she picked out a bisque platter, painted the words “You’re going to be a perfect daddy” on its surface, covered it with chocolates, and presented it to her husband while they were picnicking on a lake.
Now, the innovative potter strives to empower budding artists to create their own pottery keepsakes at PYOP Pottery. She provides customers with more than 200 bisque pieces and 50 vibrant paints to choose from, and even helps new parents assemble footprint artwork to preserve memories and prove the existence of feet to their future, segway-powered great-grandchildren. Though her studio encourages customer to explore their own creative potential, on-staff artists are happy to create custom pieces.
At Westborough Massage, licensed massage therapists transport clients to the peaks of relaxation courtesy of custom sessions that blend elements of multiple modalities. Drawing from a range of techniques such as classic Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point therapy, the therapist tailors treatments to clients' trouble areas, recovery routine, and number of ears. Clients allow the calm to course through their bodies as skilled hands manipulate muscles to combat back stiffness and knots with targeted rhythmic strokes. After the massage, clients may emerge walking taller as they bask in their newfound body that no longer suffers from excess fatigue, anxiety, or strains resulting from repeated attempts to high-five the Statue of Liberty.
The New England Bead Company decorates delicate wrists, elegant ears, and nude necklines with a plethora of beads and jewelry while offering a cascade of classes from the knowledgeable staff of stringologists. Form personalized pieces with gleaming gems including natural stones, Czech glass, and pearls, or join in a class to loosen digits and output beaded bliss. Adult fingers can learn how to assemble jewelry, attach clasps, or dominate beading battles against schoolyard bullies in Basic Stringing Techniques ($25 plus materials), while youngsters can show off pliable pinkies during the Decorate an Ornament class ($7.50) or the Bungee Charm Bracelet class ($15). Children will expand their creativity, learn valuable beading skills, and get a jump-start on presents for next year's Flag Day.