Nectar Collective

A Plymouth native opens a clothing boutique focused on empowering women. Photos and story by Kate Rogan Maryann McClellan Nectar Collective 170 Water St, Plymouth Village Landing Marketplace 508-591-7664 shopnectarco.com @shopnectarco Situated in Plymouth’s bustling Village Landing Marketplace, Nectar Collective is a women’s clothing and accessories boutique with a strong sense of community. Every Monday, … Read more

Keeping Things Rolling at Funtastics

By Jennifer H. McInerney – Photography by Jack Foley Patti Miller, the founder of Funtastics in North Scituate Village, remembers vividly (and fondly) the very first child who signed up for her gymnastics program in 1987—a 3-year-old girl named Siobhan. Fast-forward 33 years: Siobhan Karlberg now sits behind the Funtastics reception desk reminiscing with Miller about … Read more

Getting Back to Baking

Quarantine offers a fresh start for a Kingston entrepreneur. By Jennifer H. McInerney — Photography by Jack Foley During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many South Shore businesses discovered that “business as usual” was no longer an option. This led to a dramatic reimagining of existing business models, with some entrepreneurs “pivoting” in … Read more

From Tree to Taproom

High Limb Cider offers a unique food and drink experience in West Plymouth. By Kate Sheehan – Photography by Kjeld Mahoney At High Limb Cider’s West Plymouth taproom, a tattooed man in his 20s enthusiastically makes his way through a sampling of the brand’s offerings. “I’m not even a cider guy but, dude, that blew … 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

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

Race to the Top

We chatted with Randolph native Femita Ayanbeku about her journey to become the fastest female amputee in the United States. Written by Maria Allen Photography by Derrick Zellmann From tragedy to triumph, Femita Ayanbeku’s life story is a testament to the power of positivity and hard work. At 11 years old, Ayanbeku and her sister … 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

Ode to a Raindrop

“Areas of Fog” (Etruscan Press, 2017) is a collection of short essays by South Shore writer Will Dowd that reflects upon the beauty of New England weather. Dowd earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a master’s degree from MIT and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University. “Areas of Fog” is … Read more

Local Skincare Line Launch

Moroccan Magic Skincare

By Maria Allen Four years ago, armed with all-natural argan oil and a boatload of determination, Milton entrepreneur Kristina D. Tsipouras built herself a lip balm empire known as Moroccan Magic. Her organic lip balm line is now available in over 30,000 retail stores nationwide. We recently caught up with Tsipouras to learn about her … 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