Loraine Belcher is good at sharing. When Lorain's Stitch 'n' Crafts first opened back in 1989, she was sharing a storefront space with her husband. There, she shared her skills and extensive knowledge with any curious clients, and shared her good taste through a well-curated selection of products. Today, 26 years and four moves later, she occupies her own 1,800 square-foot space with a huge inventory of books, materials, and sewing machines. The shop also has ample space for students to take small group sewing and quilting classes during the day and ghosts to try on colorful remnants after-hours.
Staff members at Performance Nutrition fuse their training in nutrition and fitness with a broad knowledge of the science of protein powders, multivitamins, and nutritional oils. After listening to clients explain their fitness goals, staff members flip through the encyclopedia in their skulls to pick out products—gluten-free supplements, herbal remedies, workout-recovery bars, and more—that match individual needs.
Batteries Plus didn't add the plus moniker for marketing reasons—it earned it, carrying batteries for almost every piece of technology available. From laptops and watches to cars and commercial forklifts, the nationwide chain of more than 510 shops provides power cells for even discontinued items such as robot maids. The tech pros on staff also replace embedded batteries in vacuums, razors, and power tools, and offer recycling services for used-up batteries from cars, cordless phones, and cameras. The company’s light-bulb range is equally as expansive as its battery range, with bulbs ranging in size from the tiny bulbs popular in car panels to the stadium-size ones used in backyard Bat-Signals.
At CrossFit Seekonk, instructors spur groups of students through intense, ever-changing rounds of CrossFit. The facility breaks beginners in slowly, allowing them to advance through different workout levels at their own pace. Typically, classes begin with a thorough warm-up, followed by a high-energy Workout of the Day (WOD) built around a variety of functional movements. Many of those movements utilize the facility's equipment, which includes climbing ropes, rings, and plenty of weights.