Play time speeds on unabated at Roll On America, a 30,000-square-foot wonderland containing an indoor skating rink, laser-tag arena, and arcade. Skaters trade in street shoes for traditional quad or sleek inline wheels and zoom across the floor, executing figure eights or even more intricate figure 16s. Inside a futuristic laser-tag arena marked by neon alien landscapes, would-be warriors duck and cover their way to victory by blasting indicator vests with high-powered beams. Post-tagging, Roll On America’s onsite eatery serves up snacks, and an arcade area houses more than 25 classic and modern games.
Nestled in a spacious corner of the historic Sterling Cider Mill, The Clay Dog Studio inspires and equips all levels of artists to mold and polish self-made and artist-produced masterpieces. Paint your own original classmates can work solo, painting large detailed creations ($30) or invite friends to colorize intermediate ($15) figurines. Pieces are forged from clay that, like Saint Helen's childhood sandbox, consists primarily of volcanic ash. Mini Project classes instruct artistic twosomes in crafting take-home projects including holiday napkin rings or ornaments. During four-session classes, instructors oversee projects from concept to completion, covering basics such as sculpting form, overlays, paint finishing, and tasteful ways to fill end tables with something other than a series of smaller and smaller end tables.
Cutie Patutie's reigns as one of New England's largest children's consignment stores, stocking scores of gently used clothing, shoes, toys, and books generally priced 50% below retail value. Guests can zigzag through aisles that brandish dozens of name-brand items, including Gap, Old Navy, Melissa & Doug, and J. Crew, to outfit any pintsize brood. While inventory constantly evolves, Cutie Patutie's maintains a list of featured items, such as teen formal dresses ($36+), educational puzzles ($2.75+), and children's bedroom dressers ($45+), and some items decline in price the longer they stay on the floor. Mommies in waiting may also deck out their dermis in a wide range of maternity selections or furnish their crib from a wide range of home décor and housewares.
Eco Bubbles Laundry operates under the philosophy that laundry day can and should be every day. Clients take charge of their own fresh-smelling destiny with both pickup and drop-off laundry service, as well as with self-serve machines. Staff attendants keep customers’ items separate during the washing and drying process, then fold all items into origami crane shapes before placing them neatly in a plastic bag. Customers waiting for machines can take advantage of a kid-friendly area, flat-screen TV, wireless Internet, and fully stocked vending machines. A full-time attendant is on hand to dispense premium detergents and softeners. Eco Bubbles Laundry also tackles larger linen items, such as comforters and mattress pads.
Lady T’s relationship with the occult is hardly a new one. She got her first set of tarot cards at age 9 from her father Richard, an avid historian, and since then, she has explored her powers as a psychic, a scryer, and a witch, eventually opening her own magickal boutique. The shop is welcoming, eschewing shadows and secretiveness in favor of bright colors and mystical wall art. Shelves covered in gauzy fabrics hold bottled spells and candles, and packets of herbs hang from the walls. Lady T and her fellow conjurers offer their services in psychic and tarot readings and the casting of spells, and also teach classes in building wands.
Tucked inside historic Cider Mill Sterling, New Horizons Massage Therapy guides clients toward an increased state of relaxation with an array of therapeutic services. Nimble hands ease tension from torsos and limbs, deploying techniques from Swedish and Kriya massages, or lessen pain with joint, sciatic, and neuromuscular work. Services also include full-body green-tea or mud wraps, paraffin dips, and ear candling. Guests waiting for their appointment can pass the time shopping or bull-back riding within nearby antique and art shops.