In 1967, a pair of rock climbers founded the first Eastern Mountain Sports store to share their passion for nature and provide the hard-to-find gear they used to explore its wildest depths. Since then, the outdoor-gear-and-apparel purveyor has expanded to encompass 69 retail locations and 11 outdoor-adventure schools between Maine and Virginia. Using input from their own climbing-school guides, they design, engineer, and test much of their own gear and apparel—often amid harsh conditions on Mount Washington Observatory’s wintry peak.
In each store and adventure school, a knowledgeable staff outfits customers for year-round camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and other outdoor expeditions. Bianchi, Jamis, and Marin bikes speed cyclists along paths, and multipurpose backpacks help adventurers keep their secret diaries safe from bears. Stores also stock men’s and women’s seasonal outdoor apparel and high-tech outdoors electronics such as altimeters, GPS tools, camping lanterns, and portable audio devices.
To ensure customers venture out with the proper gear, Eastern Mountain Sports also backs up services and products with a satisfaction guarantee. Upon request, they can replace products, adjust climbing gear, and perform maintenance on bikes, skis, and snowboards. Staff members may also recommend their favorite trails, climbs, and rivers, or help customers embark on international adventure tours conducted by Austin-Lehman Adventures.
When Bangkok native Pom Boobphachati was obtaining her MBA in hospitality at Johnson & Wales University, she wasn't content to just learn her trade in theory. She also picked up a job serving in a local restaurant, where she impressed her boss so much she was asked to manage a new eatery. The experience encouraged her to open her own place, Thai Taste, which has been serving authentic Thai flavors since 2002.
To ensure her dishes were completely authentic, Pom made a trip back to Thailand to brush up on the modern techniques and presentations being used there. What she learned resulted in the creation of an extensive menu that features more than 100 dishes, as well as vegetarian, gluten-free, kid-friendly options.
These dishes range from a Dancing Shrimp entree that Portland Magazine proclaimed a "theatrical, savory treat" to popular options including create-your-own noodle bowls, pho, boat noodles with braised beef short ribs, and chicken and salmon teriyaki.
Three more locations with nature-inspired decor are currently open.
Cach? helps women turn heads with fun, vibrant outfits that transition easily from day to night. From lifestyle sportswear to cocktail dresses, the national specialty boutique has what women need to look fabulous before, during, and after their 9-to-5. To ensure a personalized shopping experience, stylists stand ready to advise customers in every boutique. Shoppers can even schedule a one-on-one appointment to streamline preparations for a special event.
Though these looks change from season to season, Cach? is known for incorporating bold prints and patterns into everything from floral pants and dresses to animal-print tops. On the flip side, Cach? also maintains an entire collection of LBDs?little black dresses?that fit in just as well at a cocktail party as they do at the office.
For more than 15 years, designer Nadine Palmer has added style to weddings and galas by guiding customers through the creation of their own custom cakes, attire, jewelry, invitations, and floral arrangements. Masterful dress designs and alterations create eye-catching prom gowns and snazzy cocktail dresses, and flowery centerpieces and bouquets add sweet-smelling decorations to weddings or beekeeper-convention banquets. Glittering jewelry and accessories complement guests’ one-of-a-kind formal outfits, and handmade cakes with more than 35 flavor and filling varieties regale taste buds with smooth, dulcet buttercream and fondant frosting.
Audio King Studio seizes melodies from the ether using the latest digital recording equipment veiled by comfortable, contemporary decor. Craft radio-ready singles or perform spoken-word passages of airline safety regulations with the sound-enhancing aid of Pro Tools equipment, a sound engineer, and knowledgeable staff who can layer and edit tracks. In addition to Pro Tools recording, Audio King Studio offers music promotion and artist development services to help clients grow and sell their art.
With programs tailored for clients age 40 and older, chief fitness officer MaryAnn Molloy and her staff of personal trainers at Healthy Body, Fit Mind help to enrich lives through fitness and healthfulness. Personal trainers assist each client in customizing training regimens to meet their own health needs and goals. Training programs may include core exercises, developing breathing techniques, and weight training exercises.