Names can be deceiving. Eggplant isn’t made of eggs, microwaves don’t wash up on beaches, and mushrooms don’t have windows. You’ll also find more than just noodles at Dave’s Fresh Pasta. With today’s Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of gourmet groceries at Somerville specialty shop.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Servicing Boston-area families for the more than 20 years, First Nick Painting Company tackles home decoration with professional panache. Supply the paint for First Nick professionals who will dutifully slather color onto the house skin of rooms up to 12’x15’ in size. Room upgrades are available for an additional fee, as is ceiling color ($125) or trim tinting, such as door frames, baseboards, window casings, and moldings, all priced depending on size and type. Enlist the team of friendly and experienced professionals to resurface master bedrooms with the subtle elegance of soft paint or turn the halls of the basement wax museum into a slightly less unnerving exhibit space.
The laundering experts at Skyline have extensive experience in the de-smudging of suits ($12.75), pants ($6.25), skirts ($6), and blouses ($6.85). Keep your torso warm and well swaddled with a refreshingly clean sweater ($6), sport jacket ($6.95), or winter coat ($13.25; all prices are approximate). Clients who opt into the VIP program will enjoy the refreshing perks of receiving 24-hour drop-off box access, speedy same-day service, and unlimited high fives at no additional cost. And, for guests with finer, more particular garment needs, Skyline happily extends a range of professional tailoring services.
Blue Cloud Gallery has a focus on local art. That’s the principle laid out by owner Betsy Lenora, an art aficionado and photographer who has been curating New England’s best local art for some time. She currently oversees the influx of art from more than 100 local artists at Blue Cloud Gallery. The walls, shelves, and tables are covered with unique crafts including ceramics, jewelry, glass, woodwork, fiber, and graphics. Resident artist Marshall injects some modern art methods into the gallery, as well. Using digital techniques to add depth, color, and tone to original photographs, Marshall produces digital paintings that are collected by clients from all over the world.
Beginning as an offshoot of Cambridge's historic textile industry and a complement to the inventive business model of By The Pound, The Garment District continues combining a repertoire of hip, quirky clothing with eco-friendly practices of recycling and consignment. The hard-working staff of 40 intercepts gently used fashions and unworn apparel before it can be carelessly thrown away or wasted on stylish scarecrows. More than 40,000 wearables don men, women, and children in modish displays of vintage, contemporary, and designer clothing, drawing in hats, dresses, shoes, and accessories from sources across the country to keep the racks stocked with millions of pounds of clothing throughout the year. Thread handlers sort through collected duds, hanging the stylishly suited on racks, sending overstock clothing to developing countries, and shipping soiled or torn clothing to a shoddy mill, where it is ground up and sent as threats to fashion designers.
A 40-foot mahogany bar dominates the space at The Spirit Bar, allowing bartenders to slide any of the 50 available brews to patrons while they watch up to eight different games on 12 televisions, including seven 42-inch plasma screens. The bar's year-round premium sports packages keep the apple-red walls echoing with the sounds of professional baseball, hockey, or college football, and it hosts viewings of every college-basketball tournament game and pay-per-view ultimate-fighting event. Dartboards and weekly pub-trivia nights help keep patrons occupied in between athletic broadcasts.
Even the menu strives for an inclusive neighborhood feel, featuring an eclectic combination of international and regional comfort foods. The cooks slather wings with one of 17 different sauces—such as chipotle-bourbon barbecue, caribbean jerk, or garlic and parmesan—and they hand-form each Angus-beef burger patty. Fried fish 'n' chips evoke the menu of a transatlantic pub, and nachos with homemade salsa and guacamole recall flavors from south of the international date line.