Under the high ceilings of a warehouse dating back to the 1970's, the Salem Classical Fencing team leads training sessions and competitions for its members and guests. A nonprofit organization, Salem Classical Fencing aims to share the honor, chivalry, and respect integral to this historic sport with its community. To that end, they provide classes for various skill levels and organize children's day camps, filling them with lessons, crafts, games, and campfires, during which students are trained to fight the urge to toast marshmallows on their épées. Though the facility is decades old, the sparring space has been updated to include virtual scoring and overhead reel-less systems.
A small group of artists walks past racks of tassels, fringes, and beads, dragging fingers gently across the myriad textures of more than 2,000 bolts of fabric. The Instock Fabrics show room wraps and rolls a rainbow of textiles and accessories that beg to be converted into slipcovers, drapes, or a friend for a lonely kite that keeps trashing the house. Tags from popular brands, such as Covington, Waverly, and Braemore, dapple the aisles, and a gallery for custom orders parades more than 20,000 additional fabrics, distinct trims, and pieces of hardware. After perusing swatches for a bedspread or a pillowcase, patrons can suss out the tablecloth situation or utilize a set of precut curtains as a vine-style swing to perfect their Tarzan bellow.
Duane West's stake in his construction business is more than just ownership, it's an investment in his hometown of Salem. The three R's in his business's name encompass a holistic approach to household maintenance, calling for repairs, remodeling, and remediation, or the destruction of harmful mold and fungus, to ensure structural soundness. His team's multidisciplinary approach covers stonework, woodwork, demolition, construction, and nearly any other service that could turn a house into a home or a fallout shelter into a walk-in closet.
Aerials Tree Service owner Jason LaDue personally visits his clients’ homes to make estimates and render services such as planting and removing trees, pruning hedges, and grinding stumps. After more than two decades of experience on the job, he has an eye for arboreal aesthetics and a keen understanding of when a tree poses a safety issue, such as when the tree begins to sprout Louisville Sluggers. When services are completed, homeowners can elect to have the resulting scrap wood chipped and cleared, or turned into firewood that can be donated to families in need.