The Rise of the Backyard Office

By Maria Allen Photography by Kjeld Mahoney Staging by Laura Graziano Staging and Interiors ASP®, IAHSP® There are many perks to working from home (no dress code, shorter commute, ability to monitor your child’s remote learning), but the “new normal” also presents challenges. With increasing numbers of professionals and students working from home, there is … Read more

COZY FASHION These stylish looks for the whole family are the perfect reason to shop local.

Local boutiques are dialing up the comfort factor this winter as we all prepare to spend more time at home. From snuggly pajamas for the kids to super soft loungewear, cozy sweaters and outerwear to keep out the chill, these are the easy-to-wear styles you’ll want to live in all season long. Photography by: Kate … Read more

The Poop Pouch

THE POOP POUCH A great gift for any dog owner on your list, THE POOP POUCH™ is a compact and convenient 2-in-1 poop bag carrier. Designed by Patti Ann Coughlin of Weymouth, it is made with Silvadur™, an antibacterial, deodorizing medical grade fabric with a waterproof liner featuring and front pocket that holds and dispenses your plastic poop bags. Never … Read more

Inspiring Women In Business: Nancy Virta

Nancy Virta Broker at Preferred Properties 617-719-1483 nancyvsuccess@gmail.com virtahomes.com Nancy Virta has been helping people find their ideal home for 33 years. A proud mother of three and grandmother to seven, she is what you would call a “people person.” Blessed with an abundance of patience and a mothering instinct, she finds great satisfaction in … Read more

Inspiring Women In Business: Jenifer M. Pinkham, Esq.

Jenifer M. Pinkham, Esq. Founding Partner at Phifer Pinkham LLC 1900 Crown Colony Drive, Suite 309, Quincy 617-409-7409 jpinkham@phiferpinkham.com  Phiferpinkham.com Jenifer Pinkham is a founding partner of the law firm Phifer Pinkham, LLC. Her areas of expertise include employment law, civil, business and probate litigation, probate administration, special education advocacy and appeals, and intellectual property law. … Read more

Outdoor Living By Design

Warmer weather is on the way, which means more opportunities to spend time outside. For this article, we asked local landscape and home design experts to share helpful advice for creating inviting outdoor living spaces. From state-of-the-art outdoor kitchens and pools to the best plants, natural stone and furnishings for a chic patio, deck or terrace, these … Read more

Pop-up Bookshop

Two Duxbury women have started a new type of independent bookselling business. Booked. is a hybrid virtual bookstore that specializes in hosting pop-up book sales and special author events. Founders Jane Robbins and Sallyann Roberts got the idea for their business after Duxbury’s beloved Westwinds Bookshop closed its doors last year. Robbins had worked at … Read more

Heartfelt Illustrations

Illustrations by Molly Fabiano

By Maria Allen Photography by Jack Foley By day, Molly Fabiano works as a creative director for MavroCreative, a boutique graphic and web design firm based in Hingham. But during her off hours the young mother of two shifts her focus to creating whimsical, quirky illustrations. Sketched on an iPad using Procreate software, Fabiano’s colorful … Read more

Fish Tails

Norwell Artist Jenna Reedy Fish Prints

A Norwell artisan’s love for the sea makes a lasting impression Written by Laura DeSisto  Photography by Jack Foley When recounting that one time they went fishing and reeled in a “big one,” people are often accused of exaggerating the size of their catch.  South Shore residents who want to prove that their fish stories are … Read more

Unbelieve-A-Bowl

Smoothie Bowl

They’re fresh, they’re flavorful and oh-so Instagram-worthy. Smoothie bowls and acai bowls have been a trend for some time now. The nutrient-packed foods can be found on the menu at many local juice bars and eateries. Smooth and creamy, yet thick enough to enjoy with a spoon, these blended dishes are packed with produce and … Read more

Putting Craft Beer on the Map

South Shore Beer Trail

South Shore Beer Trail promotes local brewery hopping By Lannan M. O’Brien  Photography by Derrick Zellmann and Kjeld Mahoney The South Shore has become a haven for craft beer lovers, with many breweries and taprooms dotting the map from Plymouth to Hingham. Representatives from nine local breweries recently teamed up to form an organization called … Read more