It all started with a deflated basketball. Though longtime friends Mike Kennedy and Eric Martin scoured downtown Boston for an inflating needle to fill it, no shops in the area carried one. They were frustrated—and they realized that other Bostonians looking for athletic gear were likely frustrated too. So in 1983, they opened City Sports, a shop stocked with all the footwear, athletic apparel, and sports equipment that the metropolis had been missing.
Nearly three decades later, Mike and Eric's neighborhood business has expanded to 20 shops across the East Coast. In addition to stocking popular brands such as Vibram, The North Face, and Patagonia, the store engineers its own CS by City Sports line. Shoppers include yogis, cyclists, and tennis players—anyone seeking to outfit active lifestyles, whether they're playing a team sport or braving the hike up the world's largest gumdrop. In addition to footwear and apparel, the staff stocks fitness equipment such as kettlebells, lifting gloves, and dumbbells.
When Lou Whitney founded Twig, he wanted to offer a level of flower quality that he felt other shops lacked. Having been named one of the Best Flower Shops in Boston by CBS Boston, Twig seems to have done exactly that.
Whether the shop’s florists are artfully arranging tulips and hydrangeas into bouquets for the seasonal collection or creating custom arrangements to suit any event, they use the freshest blooms available. The selection of in-store gifts helps buyers accompany their bouquets with goods from Michael Aram, Juliska, and other quality brands. On-staff installation professionals can also create indoor and outdoor garden installations, which last longer than hiring a skywriter to draw flowers in the air.
Twig's staffers also share their passion for flowers with customers through themed floral-design workshops.
Under the guidance of Dr. Cela Doppelt, the staff at Salon One MedSpa deftly iron out facial wrinkles with quick, minimally invasive Botox treatments. Technicians spend roughly 15 minutes injecting each targeted area with 20 units of Botox, delivered in quick succession to squelch wrinkles' stream of empty promises. The muscle-relaxing serum burrows its way through dermises to ease eyebrow furrows, crow's feet, and forehead lines for up to four months.
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Fast Frame originated in Europe and now has more than 300 locations worldwide. With the understanding that people are prone to changing their minds, the teams at these 300 Fast Frame stores back up all their custom-framing projects with a 30-day design guarantee, giving patrons a month to decide if they want to swap their memorabilia for one of more than 2,000 other frame styles, paying the price difference if applicable. For each project, a team with more than 60 years of combined experience performs the work onsite, generally completing designs in less than a week and sometimes on the same day. In addition to photos and diplomas, customers can commission shadowboxes or framing of bulkier items, such as jerseys or baby’s first rap sheet. For all finished projects, Fast Frame secures its craftsmanship with a lifetime warranty.
For four decades, the haberdashers at Lord's of London have been outfitting men and women in handcrafted custom formal and professional wear. They scrupulously document dozens of body measurements. Equipped with such precise calculations, they’re able to forge dapper shirts, jackets, and pants around each client's individual physique and personal style. They draw from a rainbow of premium fabrics—such as cashmere and wool, silk mohair, gabardine, and pure silk—that includes more than 5,000 varieties for suits and 2,000 for shirts, sourced from renowned fashion hubs in Italy and England. The team aims to completely customize each ensemble, adorning 20 collar types with ties, 15 cuff varieties with lustrous links, and weaving striking accent swaths into fusion shirts.