Hydrangea How-To

One of the showiest and ubiquitous of summertime blooms, hydrangeas are a popular choice for South Shore residents looking to add a pop of color to their yard. Here are a few tips from local master gardeners for keeping hydrangeas happy and cultivating bountiful blooms.   Consider Color “Hydrangeas have the widest range of colors … Read more

Art Couture

Holly Nichols Illustrations

Quincy artist Holly Nichols reveals the magic behind her fabulous fashion illustrations. By Maria Allen – Photography by Derrick Zellmann A rainbow of Copic Sketch markers fans out atop a desk in Holly Nichols’ home office. An artist who specializes in fashion illustration, she gently shifts the angle of her wrist and tightness of her … Read more

Stay Golden

A Scituate entrepreneur’s stylish lifestyle brand is an ode to New England. Story and Photography by Kate Rogan Scituate resident Robbin Mangano is a natural storyteller. Whether bringing a client’s story to life via her public relations and social media marketing company, Wave Collective, or documenting her life on the South Shore to her more … Read more

The Write Stuff

A local pen craftsman’s story By Matt Tormey Photography By Jack Foley Weymouth’s Al LaFrance is undeniably a skilled craftsman and artist. In 1998, with years of craftsmanship under his (tool)belt, LaFrance came across a catalog for wood pen crafting kits and quickly became enamored. These kits were based on woodturning, a distinct set of … Read more

Healing Body and Soul

HaleLife & Bone broth

Inspired by a mutual passion for health and wellness, the founders of The Hale Life and The Hope Experience come together to host restorative retreats on the South Shore and beyond. By Dave Kindy Photography by Julia Cumes It was a trying time for Melissa Smith. Her mother had passed away from lung cancer in … Read more

Orta Trattoria is a Hidden Gem

Chef Brett Williams delivers an authentic taste of Northern Italy at his newest dining destination. Written by Louisa Clerici Photography by Kjeld Mahoney The secret is out: Orta Trattoria and Lounge has opened in Kingston. Named after the spectacular but often-overlooked Lake Orta, located in the Piedmont region of Italy, the new South Shore restaurant … Read more

Fall Clean Up

5 Professional organizers share simple ways to tidy up your home. The change of seasons is always a good time to restore a sense of order to your home. Getting organized is a great way to clear your mind, reduce feelings of overwhelm and prepare you for the challenges that lie ahead.  While it can … 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

Painting Through Quarantine

The last few months have been filled with a mix of emotions for Hull artist Pamela Copeman, who documented her time in quarantine by creating a COVID-19 series of paintings. Thus far, she has created six paintings, each with a specific focus and dedication. The first few images in the collection are dark and moody, … Read more