Through open-water certifications and more specialized SSI scuba-diving courses at Northeast Scuba, aquatic wanderers of all experience levels explore New England waters and marine life. Their certified instructors often begin with introductory courses to immerse newcomers in the sport and give them the skills to nap in the bathtub. Specialty courses, such as wreck diving, night diving, and underwater photography, further immerse certified students in local underwater worlds. For those interested in teaching, the school also provides instructor training to SSI, TDI, and Shamu standards.
In addition to regular classes, dive instructors also organize group diving trips to local sites and far-flung waters, where on-staff underwater photographers document dives. Dive-shop staff members also rent or sell the requisite equipment for a range of underwater excursions from manufacturers such as DUI, Henderson, Akona, and Fourth Element and also repair and maintain components.
Handcrafted by its nimble-fingered staff, Beadles’ voluminous selection of handmade jewelry began to burst the seams of the 1,500-square-foot Chelmsford store, prompting the launch of the newly minted Rockport location. The new location broadens Beadles’ epic spread of Swarovski crystals, acrylics, and kaleidoscopic glass, allowing browsers to purchase bauble ingredients by the piece or pre-assembled bracelets and necklaces. Crafters of all skill sets can put their purchases to use during free workshops or fashion their own custom creations during parties ideal for birthday girls, girl-scout troops, and newly chosen presidential nominees.
As a massage therapist and fitness professional I understand and cater to the needs of the elite athlete looking to enhance performance, the weekend warrior needing some pain relief, or the stay-at-home mom looking for some relaxation.
At Earth Is Our Mother Bodywork, licensed massage therapist and bodywork practitioner Tiffany Fisher takes every element of her clients' health into account, even ensuring that her treatments won't spark an allergic reaction. Fisher uses nut-free, organic lotions and oils in many of her soothing massages, which include reflexology, hot-stone massage, and cranio-sacral therapy. She also specializes in polarity energy therapy, which aims to calm the central nervous system through precise movements. More traditional healing bodywork therapy uses a custom blend of massages and other techniques to leave clients loose and pliable enough to leave through a cracked window. Alternatively, Fisher's in-depth spa packages feature soothing salt scrubs and seaweed-mud wraps. The Earth Is Our Mother Bodywork studio is accessible for clients with disabilities.
Well-lit and painstakingly organized, Used Book Superstores upend images of the precariously balanced stacks and dusty hardcovers most people associate with used book stores. More than 100,000 new and gently used books—from current bestsellers to staples of the literary world—sprawl across each of the five mammoth locations, which, like so many shattered crates of tea, dot the landscape of the greater Boston and south New Hampshire region. As bookworms hunker down with hardcovers, paperbacks, and children's books, neglected friends can peruse the store's voluminous selection of music, DVDs, and toys, all of which sell for a fraction of their original cost.