For the past 30 years, Yankee Fireplace has outfitted homes with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, and grills, overseeing the installation process from the showroom to the first sanctioned spark. What began as a small retail location now encompasses two vast showrooms that share 50 functional fireplaces and stove displays between them. Here, customers can warm their hands in front of potential fireplaces or examine stoves for flame output. Both locations are authorized dealers of major brands such as Weber, LYNX, The Big Green, Jøtul, Heat & Glo, and Regency, and the technicians at Yankee Fireplace service everything they sell. Though fireplaces and grills are the business's main focus, they also bedeck patios with handsome furniture sets, umbrellas, and hammocks capable of supporting one or two people, or up to twelve outstretched garden gnomes.
As the tanning bed's lid closes, a cool breeze starts to blow, a gentle mist cools your skin, and the scents of aromatherapy transform a 12-minute tanning session into a miniature vacation. This S-Class bed is just one of the approximately 10 tanning options that fill each of City Sun Tanning's locations. Staffers help clients select the right bed, leading them down hallways to an iBed sunbed—which features rotating facial lights—or a X-2 High Pressure bronzing stand-up, which can bronze pallid skin in ten minutes. Alternatively, visitors step onto the AutoBronzer's open-air platform, which evenly sprays UV-free tanning solution and candy sprinkles. In June of 2009, this sunless system caught the eye of New York Magazine, which lauded City Sun Tanning for having one of the "top five spray tans." The tanning salon has also garnered accolades from Citysearchers, who for several years, named it "Best of Citysearch".
York Bark & Play’s owner and operator, Lisa York, lives onsite, caring for four-legged residents using knowledge culled from previous jobs at a horse stable and a large kennel. Her pet haven—formerly Thee Privileged Pet—has undergone extensive renovations and reopened, and now boasts two indoor play areas, a large yard, and TVs broadcasting continuous reruns of Lassie. During the day, the kennel provides daycare, with pets enjoying two supervised sessions of outdoor playtime, lunch, and a nap. Overnight guests chase Zs in 10’x4’ indoor runs with heated floors and noise-reducing solid walls. Felines relax in a separated quiet room with three-level cat condos that give them ample space to move about and host milk-tasting parties.
Ruby's chefs pluck specialty pizzas and quesadillas hot from an authentic brick oven, in addition to slathering barbecue dishes with house sauce and grilling up steak and seafood entrees. Guests burst out of the barbecue gate with an appetizer of Ruby's smoked ribs, a hickory-smoked heap of pork crafted St. Louis style, piled into a delicately balanced arch. The Odyssey pizza rallies wine, artichokes, and greek olives on a field of mozzarella and feta for an epic journey to waiting mouths, and The Philly covers its sandwich-inspired disk with shaved steak, american cheese, peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Diners can summon an 8-ounce salmon fillet in a grilled, blackened, jerk, or citrus model perched across from two sides. For a more portable meat parcel, the pulled-pork sandwich stuffs its bun with saucy strips that have been smoked for 12 hours and trained to defend themselves from beef patties in martial combat.
Professional shutterbug Joe McKenney artfully captures families, children, and mothers-to-be, transposing ephemeral moments into future family heirlooms with retouching and photo-printing services. Hailing from his native Biddeford, Joe snaps studio and on-location shots, drawing on his knowledge of the area to scope out scenic backdrops and his degree from the Hallmark Institute of Photography to frame up memorable images. Joe's lens snatches up the light given off by weddings, business portraits, and high school seniors, clicking feverishly through untimed photo sessions, unlimited outfit changes, and unimpeded werewolf transformations six days a week.
Kate wasn’t the average child. While most children grow up sensing only when they’re hungry or bored, Kate could sense the energy of loved ones surrounding her. Yet it wasn’t until 1990—when she found herself face-to-face with an apparition—that she realized she was being drawn down the path of intuitive mediumship. Today Kate uses this gift to help those around her. By communicating with the spiritual world and passing questions from her clients to the spirits and responding with messages from the unseen, she helps people connect to the essence of their loved ones. She also incorporates traditional counseling, drawing from experience as a mental-health counselor—she earned her master’s in clinical social work—to address life changes and answer questions such as, “Is my romantic partner right for me?” or “Should I tell someone I love them by setting their car on fire?”