The staff at Greater Boston Running Company—the Northeast operation of the national and online retailer Running Company—hopes customers are not misled by the name. They’ll custom fit everyone for shoes that support their pursuits, whether they be marathoners, CrossFitters, or a nurse who has to stand all day. The process starts with talking to guests about their average workout or day, followed by a meticulous measuring of their feet. Staffers then have guests walk, jog, or run on a treadmill equipped with slow-motion-capture software, which lets guests see things such as how their arches react when striking and lifting from the ground. Armed with this wealth of information, Greater Boston Running Company’s team can narrow the expansive shoe stock down to just a few recommendations.
Beyond an armory of footwear, Greater Boston Running Company stocks athletic apparel and accessories from brands such as New Balance, Garmin, and SmartWool. This gear is matched by a wealth of educational resources, both online and at the store level. Regularly posted web articles cover topics from how the seasons impact nutritional needs to how rubbing your body in bacon attracts wild animals and boosts your desire to run.
At individual locations, each store’s staff works with local running clubs, high-school teams, and charities—making them especially adept at pointing runners toward fellow runners and trainers who will help them reach their goals.
Since 1953, DryCleaning by Dorothy has been cleansing treasured threads and hauling them back to their owners' homes and offices free of charge. Purge pants ($7.45) of stains earned in the line of flag-football duty, or freshen up a dapper sport coat ($7.95) after delivering a cease-and-desist notice to a smoke-belching warehouse fire. Sweaters ($7.45) undergo a thorough waterless wash, and gowns (priced on inspection) return refreshed and ready to cocktail party. Expert textile technicians can purify duds the same day they are dropped off, and free home or office delivery spares customers from having to bring their cars down from the attic to go pick up their clothes.
Sleepy's is the American dream. It all started when Louis Acker landed on Ellis Island in the late 1920s. In 1931, he opened a mattress store in Brooklyn, where he and his son, Harry, tied knots and stitched mattresses by hand. After Louis passed away, Harry carried on the family business, eventually transforming it into Sleepy's, whose first store opened in 1957. There, he
built the company's foundation upon quality products and an expert staff of Mattress Professionals.
Today, those Mattress Professionals share their wisdom at more than 1,000 showrooms across the United States, helping people figure out which sleep system is best for their body and wallet. The modern-day version of Sleepy's has grown into customers' source for the industry's top brands, including Simmons, Serta, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic. Sleepy's also carries a wide range of other specialty sleep products, from pillows and mattress pads to sheets, blankets, and headboards.
Eddies Fresh Touch strives to provide the homes of clients a thorough cleaning. Because some clients may have sensitivities to particular cleaning agents, Eddies Fresh Touch always holds presession consultations. These meetings assure that service needs are met, clients are happy, and crestfallen vacuum cleaners are given the closure they deserve. The company's fully insured technicians also restore shine to hardwood with an array of floor stripping and waxing services.
Fully licensed and insured, John Morrissey of New Air Vent Cleaning keeps the air fresh at homes and businesses. He specializes in dryer-vent cleaning and also provides gutter cleaning and air-duct cleaning, removing any dirt and other allergens from the environment.
For more than 20 years, Solomon’s Collection & Fine Rugs has sold, cleaned, and repaired decorative floor coverings from around the world. Its expansive showroom displays everything from 2’x4’ contemporary Tibetan rugs ($400) and 3’9”x6’6” Afghan area rugs ($890) to custom-made rugs designed with the client’s color, size, and horsepower preferences in mind to optimize each carpet’s flying performance. A 4’x4’ round Indian rug ($950) injects warmth into an achromatic living room, and a 5’8”x8’8” Chinese hand-tufted rug ($1,150) provides an interesting conversation piece for dinner parties and casual get-togethers. Solomon’s also sells runners, including the Turkish kilim flat-weave runner ($790), which can help curb potentially painful falls down the staircase or muffle the sound of ghost footsteps at night.