When Katie Kaplan graduated from Suffolk University with a master's degree in business, she found herself struggling to find a job in the midst of a recession. After finally landing a high-stress, low-paying position, she realized she had to make a career change. Katie decided to attend The Salter School, earned her massage license, and joined the ranks of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals by donning their trademark foam fingers. Today, she helps others find overall wellness through massage modalities that can mend injuries, ease the discomforts of pregnancy, and quell anxiety. Kate also volunteered her services at a charity event raising funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis.
When people think of witches, they often think of Salem. But so few people know the true stories behind this infamous witch hunt. Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours tells the dark tales that have defined the legacy of this area for centuries. Tour guides, all of whom are Salem natives, run four distinct historical tours that explore Salem?s colonial past, the witch trials of 1692, modern hauntings, and contemporary witchcraft. Later in the evening, things get a little spookier as the guides begin their Scary Stories tour, a PG-13 journey that treats guests to tales of the evil spirits and otherworldly creatures that have haunted Salem for centuries. Whichever path you choose, guests say that the tours impart a wealth of information and the guides are so passionate about Salem that they can recommend the best places to eat and explore the city.
The J’Adore Romantic Gift Shoppe alchemizes bottles of aromatic opulence at its fragrance bar inside A Beautiful Corset’s posh showroom. Shoppers savor custom scents whipped up by the onsite Fragrance Barista, who blends their favorite ingredients into perfume oils, bath oils, body powders, scrubs, and other sweet-smelling goods. The perfumer then pours the personalized aroma into blown-glass vessels sourced from around the world. Clients also can browse the shop's selection of chocolates, Murano blown-glass jewelry, or heirloom-quality cards from Gilded Age Greetings, perfect for a loved one or the lucky person who opens your time capsule in 40 years.
At Greater Boston Fitness, there's a class for everybody. Martial-arts enthusiasts will be drawn to combat classes, which include jujitsu, MMA, boxing, and muay thai kickboxing. Meanwhile, conditioning fiends can get fit and sculpted at spin, yoga, boot-camp, and zumba classes. Gym members enjoy amenities such as free WiFi, access to gym equipment and locker rooms, and introductory personal training.
For more than 35 years, the dedicated soap wardens at Sal’s Custom Dry Cleaning have been pampering the delicate dermises of fine fabrics and garments. Save syrup-stained skirts from sticky oblivion, spare sweaters from the wrath of sauce, and purge pudding pandemonium from pleats ($6.95). Uggs can be beautified ($40), suits unsullied ($16.95), and summer’s mistakes erased from winter coats ($18.95+). Sal’s Custom Dry Cleaning offers restoration services via the skilled hands of an on-site tailor. Sal's offers fur, leather, and suede care for cleaning up besmirched pocketbooks and boots. Pick-up and delivery services are also available for busy customer bodies and Greta Garbo impersonators.
A home office can be a lonely, uninspiring, or even distracting setting for entrepreneurs, freelancers, or people who work remotely. Commoncove, a coworking community for standalone professionals, offers an alternative to the cramped kitchen nook or noisy coffee shop. Created by just such a group of entrepreneurs, the space has all the amenities of an office—printers, fax machines, WiFi, conference rooms, private phone booths for changing into a superhero costume—without the nosy boss or competitive cubemate. Instead, there are comfy chairs in sunny workspaces, desks for standing and sitting, and hanging chairs beside the water. The location is close to a waterfront marina, Starbucks, local microbrewery, and ZipCar access for convenient breaks or afterwork activities. Different levels of membership ensure coworkers only pay for as many days as they need.