Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
It's not unusual to walk into Robinson Music Inc. and hear the deep growl of a bassoon or the sweet notes of a violin. Fueled by a common love of chords, this music store invests itself in its customers with lessons in private studios and instrument rentals and repairs. Students can learn under the tutelage of professional musicians from the New England Conservatory of Music or the Berklee College of Music, who teach piano, guitar, and voice techniques or help subjects prepare for auditions in the shower showtunes industry. The music-minded staff can also replace strings, re-hair bows, re-tune pianos, and restore woodwinds.
Nicolina’s delights accoutrement seekers with a collection of fashion-forward apparel and accessories culled from all over the world. Threads from numerous designers line Nicolina’s product-packed shop, with flirty dresses, animal-print tops, and other apparel starting at $19. Beaded necklaces, pearlescent bracelets, and other jewelry items ($10+) sparkle beneath glass cases, enticing naked limbs to molt their scaly skin and slither into fetching finery instead. Shimmery scarves complement Nicolina’s all-occasion handbags ($35+), which provide ample storage space for loose lip liner, bedazzled PalmPilots, and emergency foghorns.
At the Window Scene, we specialize in window treatments and interior design. We offer in-home consultations as well as installation services for all our custom window treatments, blinds, shades, and shutters. Our design team can help you navigate through the decision-making process from inspiration to completion.
By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
When casual cake-baker Lindsay Boyers bit into the crumbly center of a cake pop for the first time, she was instantly enamored with both the richness of its flavor and its practical design. Not long after, Boyers was hard at work in attempts to perfect Hello Kitty cake pops for her 4-year-old niece, Gianna. Inspired by her eventual success, she opened Once a Pop a Time, where she artfully decorates her handcrafted pops with shimmering sugar, colorful designs, and delicate fondant flourishes.