The fashions may have changed since 1944, but the service and family ownership of Dependable Cleaners has remained constant. The dry-cleaning company started as a single shirt-laundry facility and has since expanded into 16 locations. The chain is now owned by a third-generation Fawcett. A few of the 16 locations offer a new addition called Style, a hand-cleaning service that treats designer and high-end garments. Expansion isn’t the only success of the company since its inception more than 65 years ago. Dependable Cleaners has garnered a number of awards, including the title of Boston magazine's Best Gown Preservation in 2008. The cleaner also proudly does its part to create a sustainable Earth by using EarthCare Cleaning Systems to clean clothing with natural, recyclable solutions that break down naturally in the environment, unlike the emotionally imperturbable Philip Seymour Hoffman. While laundering shirts, the cleaner uses biodegradable soaps and hangs newly dry-cleaned dresses, suit jackets, pants, and sweaters on recycled hangers and garment bags.
For more than 70 years, The Original Tremont Tearoom has been an oracle. Since the Great Depression, clients have traveled to the downtown Boston spot to discover their future, fortune, and fate at the hands of a skilled psychic reader. Now under the ownership of seasoned soothsayer Alex Palermo, the Tearoom hosts a team of 13 master psychics who diligently follow the Psychic Code of Ethics as they perform various divination techniques including tea-leaf readings, tarot-card readings, palmistry, and astrological consultations during 15-, 30-, and 60-minute sessions. Along with in-studio and telephone sessions, The Original Tremont Tearoom's brood of oracles can be booked for special events so guests can giggle with delight or fall into awed silence during birthday celebrations, bachelorette parties, or Elvis-themed clock-collector gatherings. For clients looking for energy work or spiritual guidance on an ongoing basis, the center offers psychic development courses, reiki sessions, and a Wicca program.
The knowledgeable technicians at Funk Bros. Complete Auto Repair care for domestic and imported cars under the supervision of the same service-oriented family that founded the shop in 1925. A slew of preventative services, such as oil changes and air-filter replacements, ward off latent malfunctions, and mechanics also tackle full-blown repairs, taking the time to carefully explain each adjustment to customers. Funk Bros. has also been hired to tune up vehicles on movie sets, from stuntmen’s souped-up cars to directors’ limos made from melted award statuettes.
You'll be hard pressed to find a better view of Boston Harbor than the one from the top deck of Waters Edge, a 45-foot-long luxury boat and one of several boats in Boston Green Cruises' fleet. During cruises, the vessels travel to Charlestown, the north and south edges of Boston, East Boston, and the Seaport District. Longer journeys span all the way to the Charles River's Longfellow Bridge, known to locals as the "salt-and-pepper bridge" due to the shape of its central towers and the well-seasoned waters that surround it.
Boston CityWalks’ owner, Alan Maltzman, loves to show his passion and knowledge for his city. At Boston CityWalks, he and his coterie of guides lead six different tours that roam the city’s historic cobblestones, highlighting areas such as Harvard Square, the waterfront, Beacon Hill, and various Jewish cultural sites. He can also design a custom tour for any occasion such as family vacations, engagements, birthdays, reunions, and business meetings.
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The future has arrived and it's gliding in at a comfortable 12.5 mph. Introducing the Segway, a brand new transportation device that was publicly released in 2002. Pretty soon streets, sidewalks, and sidewalk cafes will be blessed with the presence of these two-wheel wonders, forever altering human life. Picture this, you need a wide-brimmed western hat to wear to Cowboy Formal 2009: Git Yer Grind On, but your calves hurt from morning calisthenics. Hopeless? Not with a Segway.
The Segway will also revolutionize the sports world. Once football players adopt the Segway, their drastically less violent collisions will become completely unwatchable. The NBA will witness a renaissance of dunkless basketball, prompting Jud Buechler to come out of retirement and dominate the game for the next 27 years. Baseball will remain largely unchanged. Segway will even impact the medical community. Veterinary medicine will become so incredibly advanced that injured racehorses will be given a second chance to compete.
If this future sounds interesting, or the Segway sounds like something you want to become familiar with in case it turns evil in 2014, then read on to learn how Boston Gliders Segway Adventures will teach you how to use the transportation machine of the future.
Interested in doing last week's #1 Thing To Do in Boston and this week's #2 Thing To Do in Boston, according to TripAdvisor? Of course you are. Today's Groupon is a one-hour Boston Gliders Segway adventure through the city for only $30 (half off the $60 value). Boston Gliders, located at 36 Warren St. in Charlestown, is great for Bostonians looking to show off their city to out-of-towners or for long-time city dwellers in need of a fresh perspective. Boston Gliders operates approximately 8 to 10 adventures per day, with 4 to 6 people per group, so make sure to sign up to reserve a spot.
Here's a detailed breakdown of the adventure:
Leave from Faneuil Hall and head straight for the Waterfront. Spend 10-15 minutes soaking up the salty sea air and go toward Middle Park, over the Big Dig, and to the Bamboo Forest. China Town comes next, followed by the Theater District and Boston Commons. Spend some time at the Capitol Building before heading toward Beacon Hill and Washington Street (big shopping district). On your way back to Faneuil Hall, you'll stop by the Holocaust Museum. The end.
TripAdvisor reviewers are enamored with Boston Gliders, doling out a near-perfect 5.5 out of 6 owl eyes. Here's what they said:
- "We saw more in the couple hours on the gliders than we ever would have by just trying to see the city ourselves. Anyone visiting Boston should definitely make this part of their trip!" – MissAliBaba
- "My wife and I had a great time riding segways for the first time in Boston. The prep video can make you nervous, but the ride was fantastic. The machine becomes part of you in just a few minutes." – jwgrenning
- "We saw more in 2 hours than we have seen in the past 20 years! The only way to get around the city and see the sights – and have a blast in the process!" – griz317