Indulge's owners and style gurus, Michelle Doucette and Laurie Verkins Nierengarten, travel the country in search of duds and accessories to stock in their boutique, which is open one week each month. Trendsetters don boho-chic tops with floral appliqués and fashionable graphic tees ($39+), including a blue tee printed with a winged peace sign and roses. A New York–imported shirt ($89) and a top with an off-center zipper ($39) camouflage bodies with blue-and-black mixtures of zebra, cheetah, and snakeskin prints, making it easy to snuggle unnoticed with various zoo animals. There is no more than six of each item in the store at any given time, and the boutique is also open during private appointments, parties, and Ben Franklin's daughter's godson's birthday every fifth year.
While adding miles to his personal odometer, Runner's Gate owner Phil Hoffland has sprinted down the streets of Boston and through the mountains of Honolulu. As a long-distance runner, he's competed in road races and marathons such as the Twin Cities Marathon, the Madison Ironman, the Boston Marathon, the Naples Daily News Half Marathon, the Disney Marathon, and the Honolulu Marathon. He puts equal dedication into his charitable work, having served as a volunteer running coach for the local Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and the athletic director and general manager of several local athletic clubs.
At his shop in Lakeville, Hoffland uses his experience and expertise to outfit runners with the shoes that will keep them safely pounding the pavement. He consults with customers to analyze factors such as foot shape, stride, and mileage estimates, and uses in-shop treadmills to help them select the right level of comfort.
The Sports Source equips competitive athletes and casual recreationalists with apparel and gear to help them to make the most of their time on the ice, pitch, court, or diamond. Skaters glide effortlessly across frozen ponds after a professional skate sharpening, which whittles down blades for better on-ice control and off-ice sandwich carving. A host of batting cages gives sluggers the chance to test out the store’s vast array of bats, gloves, and helmets. Baseballs launch toward plates at high velocities and bats seek out their stitched targets during five hours of cage time. Customers can check in with the experienced staff members for tips on how to blast home runs and dodge potholes deviously dug into base paths.
Sometimes you love a garment so much you have to set it free. The open armed and stylish folks at Turn Style Consignment Stores know a gently used gem when they see one, and faithfully find a new home for them via 14 stores in the Twin City area and via the 5 stores in the Phoenix Valley. They consign second-hand garments, accessories, and home furnishings from casual sellers and convincing bridge trolls before lining their racks and shelves with the items. Many of their shoes and handbags hail from designer brands such as Gucci and Chanel, and their policy prohibits anything that's not from a designer, better department, or specialty story.
The skilled staff at Salon Onyx fuses creativity with precise technique to relax and make over men, women, and kids from head to toe. Whether seeking a soothing spa ritual or a hair upgrade, clients consult with the salon gurus to decide which service best suits their needs. The stylists sling a variety of professional products, including Kevin Murphy, Verb, and Moroccanoil, and provide beverages such as coffee, cocoa, and pop to refresh beauty seekers between treatments. Committed to bolstering beauty for all situations, Salon Onyx also preps wedding-bound patrons.
As winter thaws into spring, Jerry’s replaces its inventory of wood, kindling, and bird feeders with a kaleidoscopic spread of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and shrubs. This cycle has perpetuated itself 53 times over at this year-round home and garden emporium. The one-stop shop carries an arsenal of gardening tackle that accompanies enough seed, mulch, and fertilizer to transform an empty lot into a time-share for vacationing Tarzans. Jerry’s crew—adept at land- and hardscaping—provides project consultations for those looking to spruce up patios and yards with their selection of fountains, birdbaths, and planters.