Native Bostonians and Mass Art graduates Caterina Urrata and David Weintraub share a passion for the sinuous geometries of glass. They've shaped that passion under some of the top blowers and lampworkers in the field. Their preferred aesthetic emphasizes intricate form, in stemware and vessels that incorporate the delicate curve of a seahorse's back or mischievously twisting horns over a devilish visage. Sculptures range from eerily suspended bowls held up by their frozen contents to monolithic forms bearing tribalesque patterns. And Weintraub's vetrographs are, if possible, even more inimitable: he devised the process himself, flashing light through carefully constructed glass forms onto photo paper to create images that evoke primitive life forms growing in caves or under subway seats.
The couple practice their delicate craft in a studio-cum-gallery in Newton Upper Falls. Besides providing an eyeful for any glass-loving gawker, they occasionally also offer introductory classes to the multifaceted art.
The friendly staff at Incredible Tan provides an array of tanning services in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Traditional tanners can choose from multiple booths and beds in a variety of wattages to build glows from a loose-leaf-paper pale to a pirate-baiting gold. Enjoy verticalized vamping with six 10-minute sessions in the Perfect 10 booth ($76), or opt for a horizontal, high-pressured hug with three 10-minute sessions in the Future HP tanning bed ($61). Those looking for a UV-free hue may prefer to unlock the bronzing wizardry of the Mystic Tan, which offers three levels of spray-on color in one application. Mystic Tans darken over four to six hours, and typically last four to seven days, ensuring you'll have a healthy glow during your wedding, honeymoon, and initial divorce proceedings. Streak-free spray enthusiasts can also opt for an expert-applied airbrush spray tan. Get one full-body session ($50), or single out your face ($15) for the sunshine spritz of the airbrush tan. A number of products are also available for at-home melanin maintenance.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long enrollment allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule). The 45-minute classes help to build an everlasting bond that will feel like being tethered to each other with Ethernet cable. Bond with your baby, or exercise childlike energy in a public forum, with today's Groupon to Gymboree.
The luxurious services at La Residencia Spa have earned plenty of buzz. Among its many media nods, the spa was also named Best Day Spa of 2011 and 2012 in Boston Magazine. Aiming to keep its name at the top of that list, the haven?s professional soothers welcome guests into their elegant space with nail treatments, waxing, massages, and customized skincare. Makeup applications and airbrush bronzing imbue faces and limbs with flattering hues, and body treatments leave no area left without exfoliation, massage, and hydration.
Newton native Jonathan Glick is the creative mind behind Jonathan's Bar & Grille. He designed the menu and the physical space to be both upscale and welcoming. To that end, Jonathan juxtaposes unassuming foods such as chicken, beef, and lobster sliders with higher-end dishes such as a hand-cut Angus sirloin steak with crispy Yukon potatoes and housemade steak sauce. Brunch, lunch, and dinner plates pair nicely with cocktails. An example is the Hot & Dirty martini, which owes its heat to pepperoncini juice, Tabasco sauce, and blue cheese-stuffed olives carved into the shape of whomever is on the cover of People. Jonathan's also serves a fine selection of wines by the glass or bottle and bottled and tap beers.
Circular, red lampshades overhead and a metallic-bead room divider give the space an elegant, modern feel, the centerpiece being a large, four-sided social bar with several high-definition TVs. Live entertainment occasionally resounds throughout low-lit, high-ceilinged interior.
Like many great inventions, the first ElliptiGO sprang from necessity. When co-inventor and former Ironman triathlete Bryan Pate could no longer run due to sports injuries, he turned to his friend and future business partner, Brent Teal, to help devise a low-impact exercise apparatus that he could use outdoors. The resulting machine, the ElliptiGO, combines the motion of an elliptical with the road-ready nature of a bicycle into one easy-to-use exercise device that’s been featured in The New York Times and Self.