As the first-ever college football game played at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, this game between the University of Massachusetts Minutemen and rival New Hampshire Wildcats promises to be a special clash, as both teams jostle for position in the CAA standings. Lead by senior quarterback Kyle Havens, UMass looks to stay atop the conference, while their Granite State gridiron foes hope to ride their stout, interception-hungry defense to an upset victory. Witness the next gridiron chapter in this traditional border battle between bitter enemies, a historic rivalry ever since New Hampshire’s J.D. Salinger recovered Massachusetts-born Jack Kerouac’s fumble in the 1941 Metaphor Bowl.
Since 2000, Landscape Depot has transformed the landscape of Greater Boston backyard by backyard, supplying everything from fertile mulch and soil to stone pathways and fountains. Technicians help install walls, veneers, and stairs from both natural and engineered stone, and trucks haul yards of mulch straight to homes. The staff also holds regular do-it-yourself seminars, reviewing various projects so homeowners don't have to rely on the shoddy advice of garden gnomes.
Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s Mission Viejo location stocks fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
In Thai, "sarapaan" means variety. This is fitting, since Sarapaan's two storefronts brim with a diverse spread of glittering beads and baubles, all waiting to be manipulated into eye-catching jewelry. Freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, and glass beads slide down jewelry wire during jewelry-making classes, which yield personalized pieces such as rings, bracelets, and extra-fancy dog collars. The shop also sells ready-to-wear handcrafted jewelry and custom designs for weddings and other special occasions.
New England Overhead Door seals garage floors in style with layers of durable, abrasion-resistant substances ($6.50/sq. ft.). First, an epoxy underlayer binds tightly to the floor's concrete surface. Then the epoxy is sprinkled with multihued flakes in one of 21 color schemes and slathered with a clear polyurea topcoat that resists heat, chemicals, and the temptation to make cars giggle by poking them in the ribs. The floor's new sleek and shiny skin will stay sealed to the ground and is easily wiped clear of skid marks or oil paintings made with WD-40. Service calls can be scheduled the same day for clients with a sudden and pressing need to impersonate Peggy Fleming by skating around garage floors in their socks.