Aldrich Robinson was a young woman in 1970's Bristol, England when she took up knitting. She did it almost entirely on her own, much in the way some people hack into DMV computers to change their recorded height. Aldrich sought only the help of her two aunts as she learned how to knit and purl. But it wasn't long before the novice evolved into an expert and when she relocated to the U.S. in the '80s, she even debuted a line of designer knitwear. Two decades of pouring her heart and soul into the line finally culminated in a boutique on Newbury Street in 2004—Newbury Yarns.
Much has changed since Aldrich picked up her first set of knitting needles, yet she remains a bastion of knowledge when it comes to trends in knitwear. She supplies customers with high-quality yarn and natural fibers so they have everything they need to make this season's hottest trends, from infinity scarves to colorful berets. But after all that time, she still hasn't forgotten how frustrating the first steps of learning to knit can be. That's why, as her aunts once did for her, she and her staff teach newbie crafters the basics at knitting and crocheting classes. For more experienced fiber artists, they hold biweekly knitting circles where participants can exchange tips and feel greater sense of community.
Signature service: Entertaining Paint and Sip Party
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Acrylic paints, canvases, and paint brushes
Pro Tip: We provide a mixture of humor, upbeat music, and easy-to-follow, step-by-step painting instruction.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
[During our painting events], we offer a comedic approach to our easy, step-by-step painting instruction and keep the paint party alive by offering a great variety of upbeat music and professional artist instruction. We donate a portion of every ticket sale to a local charity.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We have helped raise thousands of dollars by offering fundraising opportunities to our customers. We have traveled outside of our comfort zone to throw a paint-and-sip party for a customer battling cancer who could not travel far for one of our events. We have worked on numerous occasions with our clients to make their experience pleasurable and memorable.
What aspect of the services you offer most often surprises people?
[That] the artist was funny and not dry or humorless. Customers are surprised by how well their paintings came out, even if they never painted on canvas before. [They're also often surprised by] how much money they raised for their fundraiser.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are different from all paint-and-sip parties because we donate a portion of every ticket we sell to a local charity.
The instructors at Falcetti Music are all accomplished musicians who share a passion for music. No matter the student's interest, whether it's classical, heavy metal, or anything in between, they work with students to cultivate talents and musical goals during lessons for guitar, drums, voice, piano, violin, saxophone, and bass guitar. The comprehensive lessons provide technical guidance and feedback to aspiring musicians in any style. When students are ready, the school presents them with opportunities to perform and compete in music festivals throughout New England.
Most of SaachaBYoga's yoga and movement classes have enrollments of eight or fewer students. This allows instructors to give each student individual attention, whether he or she signs up for morning Vinyasa yoga, prenatal yoga, Pilates, or more than a dozen other classes. SaachaBYoga's staff also performs massage, craniosacral therapy, and reiki healing.
Nonantum Boxing Club's seven instructors have countless riveting stories from the ring. Nico Gargaro can detail a blow by blow of his 2009 Rocky Marciano Tournament victory, and Nathan Busa can tell of duking it out in the All-Marine Tournament at Camp LeJeune during his four-year stint as a sergeant. It's these experiences the team draws on during the center's daily one-hour boxing conditioning classes, which not only train students of all experience levels in boxing fundamentals, but also incorporate cardio and strength training. At private and semi-private lessons, trainers refine each student's technique, giving the student skills they can hone during the open gym hours the club holds six days a week. Kids can participate in youth classes every Saturday morning, and early risers can stop by at 5:30 a.m. three days a week for heavy bag conditioning, which is more effective than waking up early to punch out the paperboy.
The concept behind Samba Steak & Sushi House started to take shape in the early 20th century, when Japanese immigrants in Brazil and Peru began mixing local culinary influences with food from home. Simple, health-conscious Japanese cooking techniques mixed with spicier South American flavors, producing dishes seen in Samba's menu of wild-caught seafood, locally sourced produce, and organic sushi rice.
Hibachi chefs roast lobster tails, calamari, and sirloin steak on tabletop grills while diners watch this time-honored practice. In contrast, the sushi chefs incorporate more fusion elements by packing nontraditional ingredients into the specialty maki, such as coconut flakes, marinated red onions, and melted mozzarella cheese.
The hibachi grills' occasional bursts of flame complement the high-ceilinged dining room's predominantly orange- and red-hued walls and the glowing eyes of the head chef. To keep this space full beyond mealtimes, the restaurant also hosts regular events, including DJ performances, karaoke nights, and sushi-making classes.