Freewheeling around historic hallmarks and architecture, Boston By Segway, formerly Boston Gliders, has led more than 100,000 sightseers through Bean Town atop intuitive, easy-to-maneuver segways. Tours, which kick off every half-hour, range from one to two hours; the shorter version trundles down Boston's Harborwalk, and the longer sojourn ventures past historic hotspots including Faneuil Hall and Bunker Hill. To get acquainted with the segway, all upright rollers speed through a half-hour how-not-to-crash course, getting acquainted with the natural, fluid steering and learning how to propel the vehicle forward using a carrot tied to a stick. Armed with digital cameras, the urban sherpas snap shots throughout the tour for purchase afterward, and customers may take their own pictures as long as they briefly hop off the segway.
It all started with a deflated basketball. Though longtime friends Mike Kennedy and Eric Martin scoured downtown Boston for an inflating needle to fill it, no shops in the area carried one. They were frustrated—and they realized that other Bostonians looking for athletic gear were likely frustrated too. So in 1983, they opened City Sports, a shop stocked with all the footwear, athletic apparel, and sports equipment that the metropolis had been missing.
Nearly three decades later, Mike and Eric's neighborhood business has expanded to 20 shops across the East Coast. In addition to stocking popular brands such as Vibram, The North Face, and Patagonia, the store engineers its own CS by City Sports line. Shoppers include yogis, cyclists, and tennis players—anyone seeking to outfit active lifestyles, whether they're playing a team sport or braving the hike up the world's largest gumdrop. In addition to footwear and apparel, the staff stocks fitness equipment such as kettlebells, lifting gloves, and dumbbells.
• The Enterprise, which serves the Brockton area seven days a week (a $241.80 value). • The Patriot Ledger, which serves the South Shore six days a week (a $260 value). • The MetroWest Daily, which serves the MetroWest communities seven days a week (a $286 value). • The Milford Daily News, which serves the Milford area seven days a week (a $239.20 value).
The dedicated team members at Boston Ski + Tennis prepare patrons for the slopes or courts with equipment, tune-ups, and apparel. Since 1977, the staff have carefully selected their inventory by testing various brands on frosty and fast surfaces. Ski jackets and snow pants from Obermeyer, Marmot, and Sessions line the store's shelves, along with tennis shoes and rackets that can be used as snowshoes when walking home from mountaintop matches. The staff also apply wax to ski bottoms to help them glide over snowy runs and regrip or restring tennis rackets to make them feel new and powerful.