While still learning how to walk on their own, Legacy Stables owners Michael Murphy and Elizabeth Vaughan Murphy began learning how to ride horses. The two both grew up around horses, and they apply their lifelong knowledge of horseback riding with students during training and lessons in saddle-seat, hunter-seat, Western, and driving styles. During lessons, students are introduced to the stable's fleet of morgan horses, which are known to be one of the oldest and most versatile breeds in North America. The compassionate instructors lead lessons for both beginner and advanced riders, as well as small children who learn basic steering and methods of riding a horse without training wheels.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this September, Spirit of Change delivers alternative-health material on a quarterly basis to New England coffee tables, covering topics such as medicine, green living, cooking, and community. Editorial pieces range from the environmental impact of cigarette butts to advice for cooking quinoa to the perfect protein-packed al dente or jump-starting healthy eating habits in the food-and-cooking section. Insight into granting forgiveness to loved ones, even after they tattooed a mustache on your face as you slept, spills from the pages of the mind-and-body segment. In addition to its expertly penned articles, each 70-page issue includes a directory that lists contact information for local alternative-health practitioners and community events.
The meat maestros at The Burger Grille stock a protein-packed menu with 14 specialty creations and build-your-own burgers made from 6-ounce, hand-pressed patties. U-Bridge burgers stuffed with cheddar cheese steep under a flavorful storm of thousand-island dressing and crispy bacon. Amateur aliment architects choose from beef, turkey patties, or chicken breasts to craft custom hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or bacon burgers with 12 choice-worthy toppings from mayo to roasted peppers. To keep incisors snacking on all sides of the food pyramid, each meat-centric entree arrives paired with a battalion of hand-cut fries, sweet potato fries, curly fries, or onion rings, which, much like engagement rings, taste better dipped in ketchup. After main courses, 20-ounce sodas rinse palates, enabling fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies to satiate any lingering hunger pangs.
Shopgreencleaning.com's ecologically ethical products empower the conscientious to cleanse living spaces without risk to children, pets, or the environment. The Joy of Green Cleaning illuminates the process of creating personalized cleaning compounds ($15.95) with more than 70 pages of sanitizing cookery suggestions and sustainable celebratory dances. Soak up kitchen messes with durable and absorbent Skoy cloths ($7.80), which can be used multiple times and biodegrade easily. Clingy grease releases its sticky grip on stone counters, tile backsplashes, and linoleum puppies under the ministrations of the Grab Green all-purpose surface cleaner ($4.99). Shopgreencleaning.com's stock grants solace to scrupulous laundry machines with products such as the Grab Green 3-in-1 laundry detergent ($7.99), which uses an ecologically formulated soap scented with hints of lavender and vanilla to cause confusion between freshly washed socks and bags of tea.
Each member of the team of professionals at Inspiration Hair Studio and Day Spa specializes in a different facet of beautification. A master hairstylist can carefully place highlights or arrange tresses in an updo for a wedding or black-tie monster-truck rally. An on-staff medical aesthetician renders skin smooth with treatments such as diamond microdermabrasion and full-body exfoliation, and the spa’s massage therapist targets chronic tension with the soothing strokes of Swedish and deep-tissue methods. The multitalented crew also hosts birthday and bachelorette parties after business hours, where the fashionable fetes can be made more festive with the addition of food and wine.