Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
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.
Born in Italy, Simplicity Chef Joe Letteri now sautés his way around New England, bringing the world's cuisine to Yankee doorsteps. Choose seven courses as ammunition for your toothsome barrage, and prepare for an onslaught of elegant edibles such as cinnamon-and-tomato lobster bisque, tea-leaf-coated tuna steak with sesame and bok choy, or a simple smattering of grapefruit and orange ambrosia. Herbivore-friendly selections include roasted beets—served with mache salad greens, goat cheese, and toasted walnuts—and hand-rolled semolina gnocchi, accompanied by spicy marinara and crispy, monocle-adorned servings of parmigano. Your intimate event will be fully staffed with Joe's elite crew, so after conceptualizing your menu, making reservations, and dusting off the good doilies, all that remains is to enjoy a memorable evening of fine dining.
The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded more than two decades ago to honor Arthur Griffin, a famous photojournalist whose work appeared in Time and Life, and who was the first photographer to capture baseball player Ted Williams and boxer Joe Louis in color. The non-profit museum is comprised of three galleries, one of which is solely dedicated to displaying Griffin's own photographs.
In the main gallery, rotating exhibits spotlight contemporary photographers that have included Peggy Sirota, known for her striking celebrity snapshots, and a selection of picture curated by NY Times Magazine director of photography Kathy Ryan. Up-and-coming artists take center stage in the museum's Atelier Gallery, while Griffin's pioneering photojournalism fills the Griffin Gallery.
The museum also hosts digital and night photography workshops, where you can master being on the other side of the lens. It also sells photo books and other merchandise, including black-and-white posters of Fenway Park and souvenir mugs.
Anyone who's ever made a new year's resolution knows that it can be difficult to stay committed to the goals you've set. Board-certified hypnotist Tom Nicoli doesn't see this common phenomenon as a matter of laziness or faulty willpower—instead, he finds that our intentions are often undermined by unconscious habits and impulses. At A Better You Hypnosis, it's his job to replace those subterranean forces with more positive ones through hypnosis.
Viewers of Dateline NBC's Ultimate Diet Challenge got a good look at the results of Nicoli's practice in 2004 when he successfully helped a pastry chef shed 40 pounds despite a job that practically demands sipping cake batter. Weight loss is a common goal for his private clients, and he's turned his experience into a set of motivational CDs that got top rating from Shape magazine. But people also turn to him simply to reduce stress and boost confidence. Over the course of several sessions, Nicoli lays the groundwork for them to reinforce their positive new habits on their own throughout their lives.