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.
Offering drop-in activities and group parties, The Kid’s Place unleashes children’s imaginations and gives them a place and the tools to express themselves through art. Owner Samara Lamm brings her experience as a child-psychology major and nursery school teacher into The Kid’s Place’s daily activities. She stimulates minds by challenging youth to mine for gemstones and by teaching them how to tie-dye T-shirts and white tuxedos. Visitors can also build mosaic pictures out of glass or hand-paint ceramic plates with holiday messages and handprints. Group parties also get the kids interacting socially with freeze dancing, games, and edible art options for those aged three and up.
Needham House of Pizza has been spinning Greek-style pies, loading toasty subs, and saucing tender pastas for nearly half a century. The mouthwatering menu features a panoply of pan pizzas, made with homemade dough, sauce, and freshly shredded cheese. Try a simple one-topping gem ($11.79 for a large), or splay jaws for a specialty pie, such as barbecue chicken ($13.29 for a large) or the vitamin-rich veggie, piled with broccoli, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and peppers ($16.89 for a large). Make your mouth an offer it will find exceedingly difficult to decline with a large Godfather pizza—a doughy don loaded with sliced tomato, olive oil, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, and enough mozzarella to fuel friends and Fredos through dull cement-shoe fittings ($16.89). Needham House of Pizza also offers toasty subs, such as meatball, pepper and egg, and veal cutlet (all $5.69 for a small), as well as spaghetti and meatballs ($7.79) and cheese ravioli ($6.29) served with garlic bread.
Vo2max CEO Matthew Dupee began his flirtation with fitness on his high-school crew team, where he first developed a deep respect for physical discipline. Since then, he’s spent years in education and healthcare vocations, earning his fitness-trainer certification and starting up Vo2max with his wife and co-president, Jessica. Matthew and Jessica now teach others to master the mysteries of gym workouts and equipment with calculated, tailor-made exercise and diet plans.
The Dupees’ striking, battleship-gray studio fuses the martial vigor of the ancient Trojans with the interior-decorating aesthetics of the ancient Spartans, fine-tuning bodies with no-frills resistance-training apparatuses, monkey bars, and punching bags. Students of any stature or ability enhance their health with intense, effective fitness exercises pulled from fight training, such as flipping a 250-pound tractor tire, swinging hammers, or high-fiving a steelworker. Trainees put their endurance and agility to the test with regular workouts, while a team of trainers puts their impressive resumés to work with hands-on instruction in nutrition, exercise, and boxing techniques.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
Comprehensive-housing hub Trust Realty One does more than connect home-seekers with brand-new abodes—it also hones the real-estate skills of tomorrow’s agents. Affiliated with ABC Real Estate Training, the center’s pre-licensing course demystifies everything from the workings of deeds to the trade of commercial property over the course of several weeks to several months, fitting even the most finicky schedules. Graduates take home the certificate, the skills, and the intimate knowledge of welcome-mat clichés required to take the state-licensing test.
For those looking to buy a house rather than show it, Trust Realty One's agents, listings, and handy online mortgage guide help kick-start a quest toward a dream home. Agents versed in the market’s trends help clients navigate properties in Needham, Newton, and the Greater Boston area, finding a great fit within their budget.