A pink ?59 Cadillac flips on its headlights and a waiter strides to the window. ?What'll be, Mac?? This was the golden age of carhops, when root-beer cost a nickel, and Joe Fanning built A&W of Smithfield with a hammer, saw, and a little elbow grease. Today, it is still a family operation under the ownership of Stephanie Mosca, whose sisters and kids have all slung sarsaparilla among the eatery's carports. Those servers and their compatriots have dispensed more than one million dogs and 97,000 frosty mugs of A&W root-beer at the location. Every year from March to November, diners drive up and flip on their lights to signal to a carhop that they are ready to order. Hot dogs made from American beef pair perfectly with root-beer floats laced in cool tufts of froth, and burgers match up to pamphlets about not feeding the cassette deck no matter how hungry it looks.
To create their authentic Italian flavors, the cooks at LaCucina Restaurant don't import ingredients from Italy. Rather, they rely on locally sourced fixings, such as the little-neck clams they toss with handmade linguini and a choice of red or white clam sauce. Plenty of other dishes showcase seafood, too, including capellini topped with 1.25 pounds of lobster, only 103.75 pounds shy of qualifying for the high-school wrestling team.
The eatery's other old-world specialties center on different proteins, from veal coated in white-wine demi glace to chicken breast stuffed with lobster meat and dried cranberries. Served amidst touches of exposed brick and paintings of the old country, feasts can be complemented by reds and whites from LaCucina's extensive wine bar.
American Kempo Karate Academy founder Mark DiNino is an eighth-degree black belt—and a father. In fact, three of his own children train at the academy, meaning the South Shore native shares many of the same hopes and concerns as other parents of AKKA students. But he also understands the benefits children can reap from the academy's program, which since 1995 has improved fitness and increased self-confidence, discipline, and concentration. Of course, kids aren't the only one's who can benefit from a boost in self-esteem, which is why AKKA also
offers an adult program, where grownups can achieve similar gains and release stress brought on by their job or lack of homework.
A graduate of Costin's School of Cosmetology, Signature Salon owner Sonya Tootell has styled hair for more than 12 years. She combines her experience with that of a full team of hairdressers that create both modern and classic hair designs. Stop by, and they can transform your look with feather hair extensions, color treatments, and other services. Also on staff are some skilled technicians, who pamper clients with skin treatments designed to wipe away the signs of aging, such as Saved By the Bell plotlines written on your forearms. Products from Soma, Pure Rituals, and OPI enhance the treatments.
The deep, richly stained wood that distinguishes the interior of Twirl Hair Studio vaguely harks back to old-fashioned barbershops, but the salon couldn't be more modern in its work. Each stylist keeps pace with emerging techniques and products with continuing education. During each cut, color, and style service, the stylists apply professional products from makers such as Neuma, whose sustainable, toxin-free organic ingredients are manufactured with wind energy, 100% recyclable material, and tears of joy from flowers. In addition to hair services, the staff also oversees skin by rendering waxing services and primps hands and feet with manicures and pedicures.
Golden Tans gives the gift of self-gilding via high-quality equipment that is routinely kept meticulously clean for customer safety and satisfaction. Tannable parts can get special attention during each VHR Supersonic tanning session where a stand-up stall, unlike a carnival dunking booth filled with melted buffalo pennies, safely bronzes bodycoats in as few as seven minutes. The facility’s friendly staff members are happy to assist in any of the client’s six chosen marinating session, and each employee comes trained and certified in the ancient art of tanology. Put a shiny spring in your skin's step before spring begins with the thorough tanning of Golden Tans.