Mason & Madison
Mason & MadisonHonored by the Retailer’s Association of Massachusetts as 2009 Rookie of the Year, this gift store features jewelry that is hand-crafted by local artisans, plus sweets and great items for kids. 2 Central St., 978-777-8883, masonandmadison.com. Sol Bean Cafe In an age where corporate coffee shops seem to pop up on every block, it’s refreshing to walk into Sol Bean Cafe and feel like you’ve stepped back in time. This local hangout will get you caffeinated quickly and feeling fine with great coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and healthy wraps. 119 S. Main St., 978-777-5900, solbeancafe.com. Farmer Brown’s Whether you’re here for the homemade soups, the salad bar, deli meats, or even some local wildflower honey, this local alternative to the super-sized grocery store has remained a secret with Middleton residents for years. 210 Maple St., 978-774-7110, farmerbrownsfarmstand.com.
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Vero Salon and Spa
Vero Salon and SpaStep inside this warm and soothing salon and you are immediately transported to another world, where being waited on hand and foot (and head) is quite literally the modus operandi. One Central St., 978-750-4004, verosalonspa.com. BodyCo Forget what every gym tells you-personal and group training is the only way you’re going to be motivated to get fit. That’s the mantra at BodyCo, where you can go one-on-one with a personal trainer or join group classes and push each other. 108 South Main St., 978-777-7741, bodycofit.com. Richardson’s Ice Cream Even in the middle of winter, you’ll find devoted fans lining up for one of their 57 ice cream options, including Death By Chocolate or Coffee Kahlua Brownie. Work it off by pounding a bucket of balls at the driving range or hit the batting cages. 156 South Main St., 978-774-5450, richardsonsicecream.com. Hobs Board Shop Kids, plus a growing number of aging hipsters, come for the great selection of skateboards and accessories, while water freaks get jazzed about the wakeboarding gear. 100 South Main St., 866-980-8389, hobsboardshop.com. Middleton Golf Course So you’re in the mood for a round of golf, but you don’t want to waste an entire afternoon? This 18-hole, par-three course is the perfect solution. Lessons and leagues are offered all season long. 105 South Main St., 978-774-4075, middletongolf.com. Â–By Jack Morris, Photographs By Robert Boyd