The sleek, contemporary Fringe Boutique decorates bare-walled flesh residences with designer clothes, denim, footwear, handbags, and jewelry. Dangle a shiny Swarovski bangle from five- or six-fingered appendages ($30–$49), then show off sparkly wrists as torsos flaunt a stylish spring top from Sauce ($48), Miss Me ($68), or Velvet ($88), among others. Denim ponchos can be gorgeously complemented with sub-belly button dressings such as Hudson mid-rise skinny jeans ($168) and Rock Revival bootcut jeans ($138). The store also offers regular women’s and men’s nights, as well as private-shopping appointments, enabling customers to peruse wares free of the judgmental gaze of fashionista hoot owls.
Curating adventures that help visitors get the most of what the region has to offer, Activity Maine gets its subscribers in the know on a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round. During the warmer months, read about the best spots for camping, fishing, and eating out. In the winter, the magazine publishes stories on skiing and horseback riding through the snow, in which horses are outfitted with snowshoes and wooly scarves knit by their grandmas. RaceME offers a comprehensive guide to area bike and road racing, complete with event schedules, training tips, gear reviews, and other features.
Well-lit and painstakingly organized, Used Book Superstores upend images of the precariously balanced stacks and dusty hardcovers most people associate with used book stores. More than 100,000 new and gently used books—from current bestsellers to staples of the literary world—sprawl across each of the five mammoth locations, which, like so many shattered crates of tea, dot the landscape of the greater Boston and south New Hampshire region. As bookworms hunker down with hardcovers, paperbacks, and children's books, neglected friends can peruse the store's voluminous selection of music, DVDs, and toys, all of which sell for a fraction of their original cost.