Each of Armando's thoroughly trained and vetted techs has four or more years of experience in restoring vehicles to a pristine state, which they channel into detail-oriented cleanings. Auto-aestheticians hand-wash exteriors and thoroughly swab out wheel wells and doorjambs. Techs brighten and shine tires, then groom the car's coat during a three-stage ritual that begins with a clay process to remove road grime, patches of rough or gritty texture, and the bodies of kamikaze dragonflies. Next, a machine clear-coat polish restorer smoothens minor blemishes, lifts light oxidation, and rousts the most stubborn of grime. Finally, techs hand apply a paste wax forged from a 100% carnauba and polymer blend that leaves a protective coat that's as reflective as a philosophy major the day after graduating.
Zimman's is a multifloored menagerie of fine silks, wovens, chenilles, jaquards, prints, sheers, velvets, mohairs, decorative textiles, and decorative trim. Residence-renovators can peruse a panoply of fabric styles ($1.99–$149.99 per yard) on their own, or Zimman's team of experienced design associates can help navigate row upon row of stylized, simple, and chromatically scintillating textiles from top designers. Dress antique doorstops in one of 26 varieties of Thai silk shantung ($29.95) or revamp a high-school-mascot costume in one of 140 tones of 100% silk Dupioni. A destination for design enthusiasts, set designers, and dressmakers, Zimman's will also work with clients to create custom-made fabrics. Their staff of designers will partner with mills around the world to weave wares based on a sample swatch, photo, or sock-puppet eyebrows.
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.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' expert fruit florists arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, grapes, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Staffers can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet chocolate, white chocolate, or their own special peanut-butter-and-chocolate blend. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize gift baskets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
For three decades, Boston Beauty's knowledgeable cosmetics experts have helped clients beautify their follicles, faces, and fingertips with products from top brands at six different locations. Shoppers protect hair from blustery winter weather with nourishing hair treatments, such as the Macadamia Natural Oil deep repair masque, or add some glitz to holiday styles with Bodyography lipstick, nail polishes from China Glaze, and earrings that play an unabridged reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Products from beauty giants including Wella, Sexy Hair, Sebastian, Rusk, Babyliss, Bodyography, Agadir, Macadmia Natural Oil, and OPI round out the shop's extensive selection. Customers decorate and strengthen their fingernails with treatment and color from China Glaze, or sculpt and shine their hair with helpful hair-care or styling products.
Well-lit and painstakingly organized, Used Book Superstores upend images of the precariously balanced stacks and dusty hardcovers most people associate with used book stores. More than 100,000 new and gently used books—from current bestsellers to staples of the literary world—sprawl across each of the five mammoth locations, which, like so many shattered crates of tea, dot the landscape of the greater Boston and south New Hampshire region. As bookworms hunker down with hardcovers, paperbacks, and children's books, neglected friends can peruse the store's voluminous selection of music, DVDs, and toys, all of which sell for a fraction of their original cost.