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 Vo2max Fitness model combines every aspect of fitness?boxing, endurance, strength, function, and form?by offering individualized, personal attention in a group setting where no two workouts are the same.
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. Boxing coaches teach students how to stand, punch, and move within the ring for a high-intensity workout, and students of any age, 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 resum?s to work with hands-on instruction in nutrition, exercise, and boxing techniques.
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.
Rick Bern discovers beauty and intrigue in even the most mundane details of the world about him. Fueled by that passion, he turned his photography hobby into a full-fledged career, publishing work in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and winning the Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire.com. With an armada of Nikon cameras and gear suited to on-location and in-studio shoots, he spends his days snapping crisply composed photos during weddings and bar mitzvahs, as well as portrait sessions for actors, families, and kids. Having grown his business so successfully, today Rick surrounds himself with a team of equally skilled full-time shutterbugs to better cover a wide range of events and shoots, and promises a 100% money-back guarantee if his customers aren’t completely satisfied with their sessions. He also commits himself to the community by working with organizations such as March of Dimes and Youk’s Kids.
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.
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.
Established in 1999 by tech expert Samson Chu and business leader Joel Kestenberg, Career Academy trains business professionals with a self-guided video curriculum. Programs include Office Productivity and Project Management certification as well as IT certification training and information-security strategies that go beyond changing all of your passwords to the name of your other dog. Most of the expert instructors boast decades in the tech industry, and many are successful business owners in their own right.