Paint-n-Play conducts its artistic affairs in a manner that receives two thumbs up from students and Mother Nature alike. The bright and inviting studio uses only nontoxic paints and sealers, and takes pride in creating an environment that is accessible and fun for students of all ages. Throughout the week, visitors set up easels across Paint-n-Play's sizeable studios, where they soak up step-by-step direction and encouragement from instructors. Themed classes for both kids and adults keep brushes moving over age-appropriate designs, and all-inclusive birthday packages provide a colorful alternative to throwing parties around a vacationing neighbor's awesome pool.
Picture Works is a full-service framing store with an expansive selection of frames, mats, and glass that turns ordinary memorabilia into wall-worthy works of art. Display snapshots from weddings, first birthdays, and obedience-school graduations with 16"x20" customized pieces featuring acid-free matting ($36), foam core backing ($10), and 1-inch wooden frames ($74). 32"x40" posters of your 10 favorite hair bands can be enclosed in metal ($89.99) or wooden ($119) frames, adding a touch of professionalism to glam-metal shrines. Precut mats and frames can enhance paintings and diplomas, and neglected rec rooms can be decorated with framed jerseys ($299+) once worn by Olympic table-tennis champion Jan-Ove Waldner.
At Vivo Fencing Club, a trio of decorated Hungarian coaches share their wisdom and expertise with beginner-through-elite-level fencers. Head coach Arpad "Arpi" Horvath has been involved in the sport since 1989, later going on to become a two-time NCAA champion during his time at St. John's University in New York. Today, Arpi and his fellow coaches rely on the Hungarian fencing approach—which focuses on the whole fencer—to teach students of all ages and abilities. They offer classes for students as young as six, allowing youngsters a chance to gain discipline and develop useful skills while their friends are still struggling with the mountains of paperwork that come with running a lemonade stand.
At MJM Home Improvement, licensed home-improvement contractor Mark Mahoney transforms clients' living spaces with a wide range of roofing, landscaping, carpentry, and painting services. Mahoney tackles tasks large and small, from building a new addition or patio to fixing a hole where candy gets in during Skittles showers. His masonry work for fireplaces and chimneys keeps living rooms toasty through the winter, and his installation of rubber roofing and shingles helps restore confidence in houses stricken with baldness.
For more than 40 years, the fearless team at Joseph's Catering, Deli & Wholesale has effortlessly taken on catering challenges for groups of up to 10,000 guests. With a menu that includes Italian-style deli platters, sandwiches, and entrees such as stuffed pasta shells and chicken cacciatore, the team efficiently keeps guests' stomachs from growling during company meetings or library camp outs. For daily meetings, company picnics, or holiday parties, the team also prepares dishes such as marinated barbecue steak tips or deli-style sandwiches with roast beef, roast turkey breast, or chicken salad with cranberries and walnuts.
For 35 years, the staff at AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring has helped homeowners and businesses in the New England area cover their floors in high-quality carpeting, tile, and linoleum. Since opening in 1977, the business has steadily grown to include two locations. The Natick store features a one-of-kind showroom design that ensures each shopping trip is free of both stress and hungry bears. AJ Rose's Burlington location also boasts a designer section stocked with products from brands such as Karastan, Ralph Lauren, and Nourison.
In 2007, the company expanded into the carpet and floor cleaning arena. AJ Rose's carpet connoisseurs deep-clean dirty pile by employing a heavy-duty, truck-mounted hot-water extraction method. First, cleaning solutions penetrate muddied floor coverings before a parched vacuum sucks up the moisture to dehydrate shags. Sullied area rugs also get the reinvigoration and restoration treatment with a detailed cleaning. Owners drop them off at AJ Rose's Burlington location, where they can learn to be social with other.