As guests pass under Lewis' Restaurant and Grille's festive blue marquee, they enter an inviting world of Americana, with a bar that has been in place for generations and a kitchen offering up the appetizing aroma of freshly baked pizzas and Angus beef burgers. Guests share plates of buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict during Sunday brunches and savor the tastes of inventive burgers and sandwiches, such as caprese-salad burgers or chicken-pesto sandwiches drizzled with balsamic reduction, all week long. Upscale haddock and salmon entrees satisfy refined palates, and a spread of bar food pleases crowds with chicken-finger baskets, tots, and tuna melts.
Though it has welcomed in families and bar regulars for decades, Lewis' has recently updated its interior with new bamboo flooring in the dining room and crisp dollar bills in the bar's cash register. Patrons regularly join in special events hosted by the bar, such as Tuesday-night trivia, where first-placers win a cash prize.
Though Westgate Lanes has been open for more than half a century, you'd never know it from just looking at the Brockton institution, which benefited from a pre-Millennium face-lift in 1999. Today, all 62 lanes feature automatic scoring, new furniture, and modern lighting, which casts a celestial aura during prize-packed cosmic bowling on Saturday nights. Open 365 days a year, the facility swings open its doors to challenge sphere-flinging friends, leagues, and parties with frames of tenpin or candlepin, a variation of bowling that uses smaller balls and requires more concentration than teaching a mechanical bull long division. High-definition TVs orbit the center's 13 billiards tables, and, between competitive rounds, players can refuel fatigued fingers at Harry's Pub and Grill.
One of the inaugural MLS members in 1995, The New England Revolution has transformed into a soccer powerhouse by reaching the MLS playoffs eight years in a row. Category II sideline seats provide full views of the field, which means you can see high-flying forwards sacrificing their bodies to kick, head, and whack at the ball as you wave a giant foam finger. Led by midfielder Shalrie Jospeh, the Revolution will look to control the tempo and mercilessly attack the Sounders' defense. In addition to admission, you'll also receive a slick, long-sleeve Revolution shirt, so you can show team loyalty without wearing an authentic pair of Shalrie Jospeh's jeans.
Located inside Randolph High School, Randolph Community Pool is an aquatic haven that hosts lap swimmers, swim meets, and classes for children and adults. Water-aerobics classes burn calories while removing the intense joint impacts that can make regular cardiovascular exercise uncomfortable. The pool's lifeguards man its white, wooden guard towers, watching over swimmers below and keeping an eye out for invading British redcoats.
When Cherie Nelson left her finance job to work at a small brokerage firm, she had every confidence that her MBA and years of business experience would help her rise quickly through the ranks of real estate. But she found that there wasn't a streamlined method for her to learn the ropes. She harnessed her natural acumen by flipping into high gear, switching firms, and undergoing rigorous training, all of which allowed her to rocket to the top of the pack at her new company. Cherie eventually opted to forward her know-how to the next generation of agents by opening the Professional Real Estate Training Institute, which focuses on proper, comprehensive training. Today, the Institute offers basic training for aspiring agents, continuing education for established pros, and an ongoing opportunity for people who just like hanging out in other people's houses.