Wireless Store is Boston's first T-Mobile limited retailer, offering a sizable selection of wireless phones and accessories. Conversations can be held hands free while driving down the highway or riding on horseback with advanced Bluetooth headsets made by Jabra, Plantronics, Motorola, and BlueAnt. Other wireless accessories, such as chargers, cases, screen protectors, and batteries, keep phones clean, shiny, and fully charged. Though it wears the T-Mobile logo as proudly as a rebellious teenager in a Cramps T-shirt, Wireless Store is a locally owned and operated establishment.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness levels and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The Koko machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change in order to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body’s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.
ARX Training—the adult cross-training division of Athletic Republic—is designed to increase lean muscle mass, decrease body fat, build functional strength, and boost sports performance through high-energy, challenging group workouts. Experienced coaches create routines that vary from session to session, helping clients achieve personal fitness goals while instilling proper technique.
Planted in Norwood, Athletic Republic's 14,000-square-foot sweat factory exceeds the requirements of a standard fitness center. Inside, trainers mix sports with science, studying the need, function, and payoff of each workout to quickly—and safely—improve the performance of athletes, including football, soccer, and hockey players. The facility's dozen different training programs are complemented by an equally impressive collection of equipment, ranging from a hockey treadmill to resistance cords.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' expert fruit florists arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, grapes, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Staffers can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet chocolate, white chocolate, or their own special peanut-butter-and-chocolate blend. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize gift baskets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
When Lou Whitney founded Twig, he wanted to offer a level of flower quality that he felt other shops lacked. Having been named one of the Best Flower Shops in Boston by CBS Boston, Twig seems to have done exactly that.
Whether the shop’s florists are artfully arranging tulips and hydrangeas into bouquets for the seasonal collection or creating custom arrangements to suit any event, they use the freshest blooms available. The selection of in-store gifts helps buyers accompany their bouquets with goods from Michael Aram, Juliska, and other quality brands. On-staff installation professionals can also create indoor and outdoor garden installations, which last longer than hiring a skywriter to draw flowers in the air.
Twig's staffers also share their passion for flowers with customers through themed floral-design workshops.
Green-thumbed staffers at Harlequin Rare Tree Nursery crunch across mulch as they monitor a herd of more than 50 varieties of dwarf conifers and 70 varieties of Japanese maples, the nursery's specialty. Some of the stocked maples, which decorate yards every season of the year with their vivid colors, are 50 years old, giving prospective owners a glimpse at the robust shape of a mature tree while setting a good example for young saplings.
A brick path through the nursery wanders through the meticulously attended woodland, allowing visitors up-close views of lush leaves, needles, and flowers. Potted plants line the walk, including specimens displayed in the Boston Flower & Garden Show. If, as they wander the paths, visitors are inspired to transform their backyards into more verdant spaces, they can book a horticultural consultation, enlist landscape-design services, or transport their homes to the nursery via helicopter.