A spectacular range of locally sourced delicacies and keepsakes fills Local Vines with a whirlwind of color and fragrance. Ranks of marmalade, honey, tapenade, and olives ($4.25+) strut the brimming aisles, eager to move into their new belly-homes, and hand-painted tea towels ($10.74) serve as more enduring kitchen companions. The shop's customizable gift baskets ($20+) can be loaded with seasonal epicurean favorites as carefully selected as Emeril's bedtime story, and the dulcet Puopolo dark-chocolate almond bark ($14.99/half-pound bag) baits sweet teeth into pouncing. Though this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol, the shop's extensive wine selection showcases a plentitude of hometown-grape heroes and imported Bacchus fuels alike, and an array of events strengthens budding oenophiles and parades potential cheese pairings. The shop's Summer Solstice shindig, which runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 25, celebrates the invention of the sun with appearances by area winemakers and samples of cheese, craft beers, and sausage.
In the early mornings, Lobster Express feels almost like a ghost town. The chilled seafood bins that normally hold fresh fish, mussels, clams, and shrimp are vacant, exhibiting a display of only crushed ice. The scene rapidly changes, though, as local fishermen bring in the day’s catch, filling the bins with a rainbow comprising maroon slabs of yellowfin tuna, orange salmon, and blue-grey oysters sealed in jagged shells. This transformation is a daily ritual and proof that the supplies at Lobster Express are as fresh as they come.
In addition to fresh, raw seafood, the bustling shop sells a cornucopia of already prepared foods, both hot and cold. Topping the list of customer favorites are housemade clam chowder, crab cakes, and lobster rolls, which won a South Shore Living Reader’s Choice Award in 2011. The shop also assembles take-home lobster bakes with all of the necessary components, including local lobsters, mussels, and miniature DVD players to keep antsy crustaceans entertained on the trip home.
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.
Commended by Boston magazine in 2008 for wedding-gown preservation, Dependable Cleaners offers a basketful of laundering and dry-cleaning services. Turn last night's unfortunate ketchup incident into tonight's food-free canvas with same-day service. Items dropped off before 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday can typically be picked up by 5 p.m. that same day, depending on the location. Though prices vary by location, all stores offer the same reliable de-staining services for dusty dresses ($14.04–$15.34), slovenly shirts ($2.54–$2.88), and pigpennish pants ($7.08–$7.98). Hide a fading summer tan with a freshly depurated jacket ($7.65–$8.52) or sweater ($7.23–$8.73). Dependable Cleaners locations can also handle unconventional vestments such as ballroom gowns, Ugg boots, and antique tri-cornered hats.
After years of blending her own hypoallergenic soaps to accommodate the needs of her daughter's sensitive skin, Pamela Carousso reserved space at her first farmer's market, attracting an immediate and dedicated fan base. Now, more than 15 years later, she still crafts her own handmade soaps and bath products in small batches. After expanding with the help of business partner Steve Carousso, the company now offers natural products such as talc-free mineral eye shadows, as well as stationery and accessories.
A variety of classes are offered at the shop six days a week and two times per day. Students can concoct their own lathering agents, stirring cauldrons of molten fixings and bubbling essential oils over crackling electric fires. Carousso spins thorough instructions and covers safety procedures that help guests avoid being bitten by a Bunsen burner.