Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
A family-run operation, Meat Again has been satisfying carnivorous cravings for more than 30 years. Step into either of its protein palaces and peruse a savory selection that includes more than a dozen varieties of sausage made by the company’s own meat maestros, an array of top-quality cheeses, and a butcherly bounty of steaks and chops. Stuffed pork chops ($5.29/lb.), stuffed chicken breasts ($4.99 each), and marinated steak tips ($8.99/lb.) turn ordinary family dinners into flavor-filled bonding bonanzas. And rib eyes ($15.99/lb.), baby back ribs ($6.29/lb.), and ground sirloin ($3.99/lb.) help tailgating grill gurus prepare for whichever game, boat show, or opera they happen to be attending. A variety of made-from-scratch deli sandwiches and paninis—including a prosciutto-and-fresh-mozzarella option made with olive oil and baby spinach ($6.95)—are ideal for hurried hunger havers, while bulk deli meats and cheeses ($4.99–$8.99/lb.) are available to supply at-home sandwich factories.
Home of one of the country's largest bonsai nurseries, Bonsai West features a sizeable selection of indoor bonsai trees, a gargantuan garden, and a staff of friendly instructors intent on spreading their specialized arboreal love. Dive into the world of tiny tree trimming with the Intro to Bonsai class, a 2.5-hour seminar that provides students with bonsai fundamentals and all necessary materials, including a tranquil bonsai specimen who won’t laugh if you hold your pruning shears backward. Under Bonsai West's expert tree tutelage, small classes of 8 to 15 students learn basic design techniques and how to care for their pint-sized plants. Bonsai beginners become proficient in applying moss, landscaping with rocks, and reassuring their diminutive flora that size doesn’t matter. Once the class concludes, newly graduated arboreal authorities get to take their bonsai trees home for further doting. Check the schedule for class dates and times.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Offering: Wrap sweatshirt ($45), scarves ($20)
Pro Tip: Street parking is available right out front. Most items under $50. New items arrive weekly.
Unique Hair Salons’ staff of senior and master stylists specializes in All-Nutrient certified organic hair coloring, whose gentle vegetable oil and keratin protein base allows for longer-lasting colors and brighter shine. Before they add color, though, they can sculpt a fashionable hairdo, or straighten out unruly strands with keratin straighteners.
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.