Fitcorp's trainers have big shoes to fill. Founder Gary Klencheski earned his exercise technician certification from the American College of Sports Medicine and served on the Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports for 20 years. Klencheski's passion and expertise trickle down through each of his gyms' eight facilities, where each personal trainer has a degree in exercise science, a nationally accredited certification, and the charisma of a dictator holding pompoms.
The gym's array of fitness services includes cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as group Pilates, yoga, boot-camp, and Zumba classes. Massage and acupuncture sessions keep the body in high gear, and an onsite nutritionist offers nutrition tips developed by registered dietitian Amy Boyce.
The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
Stain sorcerers at Oxford Laundry whisk away heaps of dingy garments from their source, returning them the next day freshly folded and sparkling clean. Treating each frock and sock as if it were their own, laundry professionals will transport a minimum of 20 lbs. of clothing ($1.29/lb.) to a sudsy dimension from which even the murkiest muck flees in terror. After slipping into eco-friendly washers for a soapy cotillion of cleanliness, wearables emerge as pristine as the day they were sewn, with tennis whites bleached to a snowy finish and historically accurate reenactment garb retaining every tat of lace and tasseled fringe. As garments tumble in carefully adjusted dryers, fabric softener cuddles up to fleecy folds for ideal comfort. Dry-clean-only items, such as pea coats ($9.99+) and comforters ($28.99+), receive equally gentle treatment from organic, perc-free solvents.
"If you build it, they will come." This mantra would have served the owners of Hit Wicket well. Though cricket isn't very common on this side of the pond, they knew that there were devoted fans of the sport out there. So they adorned their tavern with cricket memorabilia—jerseys, bats, gloves—and began airing international matches. Soon their perseverance paid off, as hordes of diners, including reporters from the Boston Globe, started streaming in.
They fuel their patrons with food inspired by countries where cricket is most popular, serving up Trinidad roti wrap, Lankan biscuit pudding, and jamuns with ginger ice cream. Other sporting events include American football games and European soccer matches.
For more than 35 years, the dedicated soap wardens at Sal’s Custom Dry Cleaning have been pampering the delicate dermises of fine fabrics and garments. Save syrup-stained skirts from sticky oblivion, spare sweaters from the wrath of sauce, and purge pudding pandemonium from pleats ($6.95). Uggs can be beautified ($40), suits unsullied ($16.95), and summer’s mistakes erased from winter coats ($18.95+). Sal’s Custom Dry Cleaning offers restoration services via the skilled hands of an on-site tailor. Sal's offers fur, leather, and suede care for cleaning up besmirched pocketbooks and boots. Pick-up and delivery services are also available for busy customer bodies and Greta Garbo impersonators.