The experts at Royal Cleaners have been tidying garments for more than 60 years. Armed with decades of knowledge and experience, they tackle stains and dirt on a variety of materials and clothes, including dresses, slacks, suits, skirts, blouses, and jeans. They also wash, press, and iron clothes, and experienced tailors draw on 20 years of experience to alter clothing onsite.
No matter the weather outside, the conditions are always right at Extra Innings, a 15,000 square foot indoor baseball and softball training facility. The facility includes four batting and pitching tunnels, each of which is 70 feet in length and equipped with an adjustable pitching machine, an L-screen for live batting practice, and a pitching mound. If players want more help, they can turn to Extra Innings' instructors, many of whom are former or current professional players and college all-stars. These experts use a uniform step-by-step teaching system to help students develop their swings, improve their fielding, and learn to only exclaim "I got it!" if they're about to catch a fly ball or have just been told a joke. For a break, players can visit an on-site pro-shop full of name-brand gear, or they can even arrange a shindig in the party area to celebrate birthdays and special victories.
It’s hard to pinpoint the moment Sean Gold became a photographer. As a kid, he constantly snapped photos of the world around him, and by the time he was a teenager, he was exploring landscape and wildlife photography. Before long, Mr. Gold's photos caught the attention of former Playboy photographer David Gartner, and the two worked together on an architectural book for the city of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Today, with a blend of flash and natural lighting, he shoots a massive spectrum of subjects, from small butterflies all the way up to the giant butterflies that plague Boston's sprawling cityscape. A glance over his work reveals no one focus or geographical location. Canyons, wildlife, or an evening sky—he finds art in whatever he points his lens at. His work resides online, in gallery exhibitions, and in the office of the mayor of Methuen, Massachusetts, who named him Artist of the Month in August 2012.
Founded by John McCue in 1933, McCue Garden Center has passed down through three generations of tree tenders and plant whisperers. Now, 79 years later, the family's center has blossomed to include two locations: the garden center in Woburn, and McCue's Flower Outlet in Billerica. Along with a knowledgeable staff, the McCue family helps visitors at each of the locations select healthy flowers, shrubs, and trees from the nursery or organic soils and fertilizer from the store, and oversees an adjoining florist shop, which churns out colorful arrangements and lovely long-stemmed roses daily. They update the store's ample inventory to suit the seasons, with selections such as statuary, flowers, and vegetable plants in the summer and fresh balsam Christmas trees, wreaths, and poinsettia-shaped snow cones in the winter. In addition to celebrating the earth's constant revolution with a rotating array of seasonally appropriate plants, they host a wealth of holiday festivities, from October's corn maze to spring's Easter-egg hunt.
Mahoney's Garden Center beckons green-thumbs and novices alike to its sprawling facilities, which burst with a plethora of plants, blooms, and gardening accoutrements. Although merchandise varies by store, shoppers may score finds such as a knock-out rose shrub ($29.98), zinnia perennials ($4.98) or an 8-inch hanging ivy ($16.98), complete with a Rhodes Scholar application. The 6-inch hibiscus ($12.98) lends its vibrantly hued blooms to front porches or a modest giant's windowsill. Perch deserving bouquets in the 12-inch embossed teal ceramic planter ($44.99) or display 10- and 11-inch hanging baskets ($12.50) that double as hideaways for spare doghouse keys. Customers can also narrow their searches for outdoor patio furniture at the Winchester and Falmouth locations.
AlwaysFits.Com abounds with quirky gifts and novelties suitable for recipients of all ages. Eschewing complex internet interfaces based on hieroglyphs and calculus, the site offers a straightforward online ordering system, which allows customers to click through hundreds of unusual products––from giant 5-pound gummy bears to Abraham Lincoln finger puppets to avocado necklaces. AlwaysFits.Com further simplifies the gift-giving process with pages of suggestions based on tastes or personalities, along with comprehensive gift baskets with themes such as office life, marriage, and mustaches.