With the height of his career 230 million years behind him, the 20-foot T. rex followed a path typical to many retirees: he decided to hit the golf course. Since 1958, the bright-orange behemoth has kept watch over the sixth hole at Route 1 Miniature Golf & Batting Cages, dazzling visitors with his twin rows of gleaming incisors and spot-on Bob Hope impersonation. But the toothy star isn’t the only creature challenging players on this classic putt-putt course. Players must map their swings to navigate a roaring lion, yawning hippo, and towering gray elephant before testing their luck on the 18th hole, where only the most precise putts can succeed in ringing the siren and winning the player a free game.
Adjacent to the mini-golf fairways, four batting cages pitch balls at speeds of more than 85 miles per hour, and an arcade challenges players with classic video games, including Ice Ball. Come cool-down time, guests can usher in a sweet finish to their afternoon by storming the Dairy Castle to seize one of 26 flavors of Richardson’s ice cream, including black raspberry and maple walnut.
Though Danielle and Nicole Morgan embody Salon Bella Sorella’s name—which means "beautiful sisters" in Italian—they run the salon with an essential team of beauticians who prioritize developing meaningful relationships with their clients. The stylists take time to get to know their clients, because they understand that people's lifestyle habits, beauty goals, and their hair’s ability to turn invisible directly affect the success of any hair treatment, from basic cuts to multidimensional highlights to keratin smoothing. Brands including Goldwell, Moroccanoil, KMS California, and Simply Smooth furnish each treatment with high-quality products, and the stylists’ know-how makes the products sing. To keep the salon’s dye bottles filled with good karma, Salon Bella Sorella’s team pays it forward by working with such charities as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Locks of Love, and Susan G. Komen.
“Basta, basta!” The words may as well be a mantra at Midwest Grill. The term, meaning “enough” in Portuguese, is the perfect finish to the churrascaria’s all-you-can-eat cavalcade of grilled meats and hearty seafood dishes. Passadores—the Brazilian word for waiters—rotate around tables, slicing fresh-grilled skewers of beef sirloin, Brazilian-style ribs, and succulent lamb and pork loin on to plates at the feaster’s demand. This dining style is known as rodízio, and it doesn't just apply to churrasco meats; patrons can also opt for seafood options, such as Brazilian fish stew and sautéed shrimp, or engage a server in a duel with a carving fork. The all-you-can-eat meal is served at a fixed price at both lunch and dinner, and includes unlimited helpings from the salad bar and hot-food buffet. Each of Midwest Grill's locations also houses a TV-lined bar, where mixologists concoct cocktails and pop open bottles of Brazilian beer and wine.
Well-lit and painstakingly organized, Used Book Superstores upend images of the precariously balanced stacks and dusty hardcovers most people associate with used book stores. More than 100,000 new and gently used books—from current bestsellers to staples of the literary world—sprawl across each of the five mammoth locations, which, like so many shattered crates of tea, dot the landscape of the greater Boston and south New Hampshire region. As bookworms hunker down with hardcovers, paperbacks, and children's books, neglected friends can peruse the store's voluminous selection of music, DVDs, and toys, all of which sell for a fraction of their original cost.
Massages, exfoliation, masques, and moisturizers all figure into Root One Hair Salon & Spa's signature skincare treatment. It's designed to hydrate and balance the skin, and it's just one of many like services here that the experts use to leave skin looking as healthy and radiant as an apple that eats an apple a day. Other examples include an anti-aging facial that uses hydroxyl acid exfoliation and vitamin masques to improve skin elasticity, as well as a teen facial designed specifically to address problems with adolescent skin. But because beauty isn't just skin deep, Root One also offers a full suite of other beautifying services. Hairstylists do their part with customized haircuts and coloring, and nail technicians pad their pedicures with massages and scrubs, all rounded out with organic airbrush spray tans.
For Jade DiPersio, looking good extends beyond personal appearance. According to a spotlight story in the Daily Item, her first order of business as a new salon owner was to renovate the fusty interior of her new space. Gone were the shaggy carpets and outdated countertops, replaced by sleek hardwood floors and six styling stations designed to Jade’s exacting standards. Here, expert technicians wax wayward fuzz, snip split ends, and coax out underlying color with highlights. Two pedicure stations eschew bacteria-friendly jets for sanitary surfaces set in front of a plush bench embellished with zebra stripes. Jade has calibrated the environment to put all clients at ease, with violet accents and jungle-print smocks adding a splash of whimsy to makeovers or midmakeover will readings.