Baker Adie Sprague, who made a splash as a participant on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, showcases her meticulous dessert designs at Treat Cupcake Bar. She crafts at least a dozen flavors every day, including seasonal goodies such as candy apple—an apple cake smothered with cinnamon frosting. Adie also whips up separate batches for gluten-free and vegan patrons, such as chocolate cake crowned with mint cookies ‘n' cream frosting.
Rather than hog all the decorating fun for itself, Treat invites guests to make their very own creations at its namesake bar. There, you’ll find four varieties of both cake and frosting, plus more than 20 other toppings, such as Pop Rocks and chocolate-covered pretzels. To refine your decorating skills, sign up for one of Treat’s holiday-themed classes and learn to make seasonal shapes such as turkeys for Thanksgiving and smashed calculators for National Do Long Division by Hand Day.
Savio Lighting's showroom, stuffed with wares from more than 70 manufacturers, offers customers a smorgasbord of modern illumination options. A sleek pair of Nuvo Lighting Cipriani mini-pendant lights ($47.99 each) will shed light on lab tables, letting mad scientists stitch together Frankenstein monsters without squinting. Or you could line Grandma’s kitchen counter with a strip of InvisiLED tape lights ($9–$990.90), which come in five colors, to create a disco vibe that encourages linoleum-slide dance moves and repurposing old aprons into leisure suits. Savio Lighting offers free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Alan J. Gardner opened his Salem factory in 1933, winning over generations of loyal customers with custom-made and odd-sized mattresses in a wide range of styles. Massachusetts-made pallets support sleepers with hand tufted construction and fluffy cotton fillings catered specifically to each client's specifications. The company's direct manufacturer-to-customer supply chain erases the influence of bothersome middlemen or arrogant, cigar-chomping mattress barons. Sleepers select from a variety of comfy cushion styles, such as latex, plush top, tufted, or pocket coils, with options for all-natural materials such as Joma wool and layers of thick cotton-knit fabric.
Gustavo Villeda, founder and operator of Shark Window Cleaning, travels to homes to unclog gutters and dispatch dirt from windows. With a long history of glowing customer reviews, which cite prompt service and a complete attentiveness to detail, Gustavo and his team works hard every day to maintain the high level of quality that earned them this praise. Insured and bonded, he and his team clean the entirety of windows—interior and exterior, sills, screens, and fourth-dimensional pockets—of both residences and commercial establishments, in addition to cleaning gutters and power washing.