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.
The chefs at Rosaria take pride in their steaks, insisting on working only with cuts of aged, corn-fed Midwestern USDA Prime beef. They exert equal energy and care when it comes to crafting their Italian dishes and seafood specialties, grilling the finest cuts of swordfish and salmon.
Rosaria's elegant dining rooms tout glimmering chandeliers that beam down on hardwood floors, white-clothed tables, and big cushy banquettes. Behind the glossy wood bar wait more than 200 different varieties of international wines. The restaurant offers guests the option of having their own private wine locker, where they may keep their favorite bottles safe from malevolent corkscrews.
When Katie Kaplan graduated from Suffolk University with a master's degree in business, she found herself struggling to find a job in the midst of a recession. After finally landing a high-stress, low-paying position, she realized she had to make a career change. Katie decided to attend The Salter School, earned her massage license, and joined the ranks of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals by donning their trademark foam fingers. Today, she helps others find overall wellness through massage modalities that can mend injuries, ease the discomforts of pregnancy, and quell anxiety. Kate also volunteered her services at a charity event raising funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis.
Each of Armando's thoroughly trained and vetted techs has four or more years of experience in restoring vehicles to a pristine state, which they channel into detail-oriented cleanings. Auto-aestheticians hand-wash exteriors and thoroughly swab out wheel wells and doorjambs. Techs brighten and shine tires, then groom the car's coat during a three-stage ritual that begins with a clay process to remove road grime, patches of rough or gritty texture, and the bodies of kamikaze dragonflies. Next, a machine clear-coat polish restorer smoothens minor blemishes, lifts light oxidation, and rousts the most stubborn of grime. Finally, techs hand apply a paste wax forged from a 100% carnauba and polymer blend that leaves a protective coat that's as reflective as a philosophy major the day after graduating.
ZaZa's chef and culinary virtuoso Manrique Alvarenga's menu features a variety of regional Italian, American, and seafood cuisine. Patrons can sample specialties such as seafood risotto with lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, bell peppers, and peas ($27) or herb-rubbed rack of lamb with au jus, butternut squash, and asparagus ($26). Follow an opener of ZaZa wings ($8) with the flavor fireworks of gemelli and sweet Italian sausage ($16) in a garlic-oil pecornio romano cheese sauce with leeks, black olives, and sun-dried tomatoes.