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.
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.
The Creative Stitch invites yarnheads and needle novices to explore a vast selection of knitting tools, patterns, and books, or enroll in classes held in the shop's cozy confines. Learn such basics as purling, casting on, and crafting mittens from old bank statements during the three-hour beginning knitting class. Class sizes are limited to six to eight people, affording each student ample elbow room and individualized instruction from The Creative Stitch's skilled knitters. Though participants are welcome to bring their own supplies, the class includes yarn and needles but does not cover rent, food, and pet care neglected during marathon knitting sessions.
By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.