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In 1934, Ben and Lena Rosen realized their humble dream of opening a mom-and-pop hardware store on Norfolk Street. As business flourished, customers began to request items beyond the scope of the shop's plumbing supplies, such as paint, window treatments, or tools to convert Cold War bomb shelters into Y2K panic rooms. Over the years, Norfolk Hardware & Home Center has responded to demand by expanding into a 40,000-square-foot store and warehouse manned by more than 50 employees. Their helpful, honest advice—along with their stockpile of appliances, paint, tools, hardware, and other home supplies—makes DIY home makeovers a breeze.

981 Morton St
Mattapan,
MA
US

Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.

200 Gorham Rd
South Portland,
ME
US

More than two decades ago, Deb Caron Plourde traded the corporate world for the warm confines of her personal glass-fusing studio. The result was Sundancer Stained Glass, now a bustling workshop where beads, sushi plates, and custom windows emerge from the fire each day. Often led by Plourde, regular classes encourage interested parties to hone techniques from sculpturing to smoldering while learned glass-fusers can pick up supplies by brands such as Bullseye and Kokomo for the eventual satisfaction of throwing a baseball through a window you made yourself.

246 Beach St
Saco,
ME
US

Quick, quick, slow. Quick, quick, slow. It seems that every dance lesson starts the same way. Students are told, "These are the steps," "Move to the beat," and "Never breakdance on wet cement." But unwilling to settle for the minimum, Seacoast Ballroom helps dancers see beyond getting their feet to move in the right direction. Its founder, Frederick Dunn, strives to inject dancers with grace and musical expression to help them feel dance for what it is?an art form. Its classes range in difficulty from beginner to competition level, and cover a variety of ballroom styles. Solo dancers or couples can strut through a tango, shimmy their hips in salsa, or effuse elegance through the Viennese waltz.

95 Brewery Ln
Portsmouth,
NH
US

Curating adventures that help visitors get the most of what the region has to offer, Activity Maine gets its subscribers in the know on a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round. During the warmer months, read about the best spots for camping, fishing, and eating out. In the winter, the magazine publishes stories on skiing and horseback riding through the snow, in which horses are outfitted with snowshoes and wooly scarves knit by their grandmas. RaceME offers a comprehensive guide to area bike and road racing, complete with event schedules, training tips, gear reviews, and other features.

9 Susan’s Way
Windham,
ME
US

Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, which Northshore Magazine editors and readers voted as the best bath supplies store in the North Shore area, equips homeowners with a vast assortment of kitchen and bathroom furnishings from dozens of brands, including Dornbracht, Duravit, and Fairmont. Contemporary designs and classic models dot a 4,500-square-foot showroom, where a knowledgeable staff helps customers select the polished chrome towel bar ($34) or two-robe bathroom hook ($15) that best matches their lucky hubcap. An American Standard single-lever kitchen faucet expels water through a sprayer ($75), and a Grohe showerhead unleashes jets of moisture from a 6-inch-wide chrome disk ($63). Two levels of magnification power on a double-sided Kimball & Young vanity makeup mirror ($107) provide an up-close view for poring over pores or communicating face-to-face with the tiny pilots in your eyeballs. Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply does not provide installation.

97 River St
Beverly,
MA
US