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Letter from the Editor



Lasell College

I’ve been wracking my brain for the past month about what to write about that doesn’t include, “Spring is here and everything is new.” And could I think of anything besides the age old clichés that pollute our thoughts every spring? No.


But cynicism aside, Spring is a time to reflect on the beautiful things we have. To cherish every sprout of flower, every dinner outside, every moment in the sunshine. And, within ourselves, we try to cherish ourselves and evolve into better people. Gone are the winter blues; the warm air of spring brings out our best.

Emily Kochanek

That is the hope I have for this magazine: that our team continues to progress with the beautiful things we have and move forward as a better magazine. We strive to cherish the people of Boston, to showcase their mission to advance culture in the city. Without the talented artisans of Boston, there is no magazine. Let’s cherish each other this spring.

Emily Kochanek Managing Editor

Mission Statement

The mission of POLISHED Magazine is to promote and highlight the diverse and vibrant culture and fashion scene of Boston and the surrounding area.

Courtney Amberg


Emily Carr





Mandy Abbatiello Ashleigh Copeland Betsy Diacotos


MEDIA DIRECTORS Meghan Sapienza Bailey Sherwin


Elise Cronlund Catrina Joki Patrick Leung

Kaitlyn Brown - Lead Stylist Elizabeth Downs Kristyn Mark Sophie Weidhaas


Ashleigh Copeland - Manager Rakia Achab Marisa Gubler Erin Lovett Courtney Werner

HAIR AND MAKEUP Melissa Fraitag

WEB TEAM Jameson Pike


Rachel Cohen: Click Sarah Costa: Maggie Inc. Sarena Friedman: Maggie Inc.

FACULTY ADVISORS Richard Bath Lynn Blake Stephen Fischer Becky Kennedy

1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466 | On the Cover Couture: Gregory Paul Hair and Makeup: Krystal B. Photographer: Oliver Klink Accessories: Trunk N Disorderly Location: Alibi Bar and Lounge (Liberty Hotel)

POLISHED Magazine is produced with graphic design support from the Graphic Design League at Lasell College. Visit us at:

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Table of

Contents BEAUTY 2 BostonMints Lip Gloss Writer: Erin Lovett Designer: Elise Cronlund

FASHION 4 An Intimate Affair Writer: Kayli Hertel Designer: Chelsea Scannell

6 Open Palette: A Rising Star in Downtown Boston

Writer: Emma Landegren Designer: Catrina Joki

8 Julie Kontos

Writer: Emma Hoey Designers: Justine McCorkle and Rebecca Ochan

10 Mass Apparel: Real Talk,

No Gimmicks

Writer: Tina Nalepa Designer: Shawn Ridley

12 Beyond Silver & Gold Writer: Samantha Palmieri Designer: Alex Ferri

ON THE COVER 13 Out of the Darkness Clothing: Gregory Paul Hair and Makeup: Krystal B. Photographer: Oliver Klink Accessories: Trunk N Disorderly

HOT SPOT 22 Veggie Planet Writer: Miranda McCrea Designer: Emily Carr

24 A Story of Brothers

& Burgers

Writer: Rebecca Douglas Designer: Patrick Leung

26 Curls Just Wanna

Have Fun

Writer: Alex Faszewski Designer: Grace Tweedie

28 Anything is Possible with

Oakleaf Cakes

Writer: Danielle Cutillo Designer: Chelsea Scannell

COMMUNITY 29 Designer for Discount

Writer: Samantha Palmieri Designer: Samantha Solomon

30 Rodolfo’s Tailoring Shop Writer: Rakia Achab Designer: Jameson Pike

TRENDS 32 Fashion Meets Gadgets Writer: Meagan Pariseau Designer: Emily Carr

34 Bringing Home the Birkin Writer: Miranda McCrea Designer: Jenna Mucci

CULTURE 36 Walking on Cloud Blue Writer: Sara Wailgum Designer: Samantha Solomon

BostonMints Lip gloss


is a long-lasting, all-natural lip gloss created by Joanne Ilacqua. The Boston-based company is thriving as more people gravitate towards natural beauty products. When shopping for beauty products, many people find it a deal breaker if the products do not contain at least some natural or organic ingredients. Most people, especially those with sensitive skin or allergies, tend to rely on allnatural or organic makeup products. The shift toward natural beauty products in the beauty industry today is a revolutionary step toward healthier and safer lifestyles. BostonMints lip glosses contain vitamin E, vitamin C, aloe vera gel, spearmint leaf oil, and antioxidants. The spearmint gives the lip gloss a minty, refreshing feel, while also plumping the lip and making it appear fuller. The lip glosses


are unique because of their long-lasting quality. There are also two types of coats to choose from: sheer or shimmer. “The ones with shimmer are longer lasting,” said Ilacqua. “Layer it with lip liner or lip primer.” When asked about the development of BostonMints, Ilacqua said, “Well I’m a makeup artist so I always liked the idea of having my own line…I wanted to give people something back.” She knew that she could create a product that would be long lasting, which is perfect for weddings and special events, so it seemed like a no-brainer to share her secret with her clients. BostonMints lip gloss comes in twelve different shades and all are named after iconic places in Boston such as Newbury Street, Swan Boat, and T-Party. “Coming up with all the names was challenging,” said Ilacqua. Although

creating and selling the products was fairly uncomplicated, the process of naming the shades based on locations around Boston was a challenge. “I rode my bike on the Minuteman Trail, so I named one of the colors Minuteman Trail…Nantucket is one of my favorite places, so I named another color Mintucket Red…every color symbolizes something,” said Ilacqua. BostonMints is a fairly new company, that opened in 2012. Although expanding the line is not a priority at the moment, Ilacqua has not completely disregarded the idea, saying, “I could maybe expand on the lip line, maybe create a lipstick line.” The current focus on products with natural ingredients might explain why Ilacqua’s lip glosses have been doing so well. Some of the benefits of the lip gloss are that each is gluten free,



paraben free, and lead free, and are not tested on animals. “Believe it or not, people who are celiac are allergic to cosmetics that contain gluten,” said Ilacqua. The natural ingredients found in BostonMints lip glosses are just what the beauty industry needs. “Especially with more diseases, people will steer more toward natural products,” said Ilacqua. The future for BostonMints looks bright. The lip glosses are sold at retailers around the Boston area, such as BoLea Cosmetics in Reading and Salon Capri on Newbury Street. It is also possible to purchase the lip gloss online at the BostonMints website. “I like the idea of selling it at stores…I like the idea of a boutique-y item,” said Ilacqua. She indicated that if the lip glosses were to be sold in stores someday, she would prefer that the products be sold

at an upscale specialty store. Ilacqua has considered selling BostonMints at larger retailers around Boston and the Northeast, such as Sephora. “I thought about putting the lip gloss in a Whole Foods since they carry a lot of local businesses’ products,” said Ilacqua. The sheer brilliance of a long-lasting, all-natural lip gloss seems too good to be true. The balance of high-end quality and local appeal will surely have every makeup-loving Bostonian fall in love with this product.

By Erin Lovett


IntimAf ate fair When stepping into the tranquil ambiance that is Forty Winks, an exquisite lingerie boutique tucked into Harvard Square, customers are greeted by lacy underthings placed delicately upon a rustic table. Beautiful items of all colors, sizes, and trends line the whitewashed walls as two stylish women welcome you to their store. The owners, Meredith Donaldson and Rachel Wentworth, opened the shop in April 2010 after having had enough of lackluster experiences at department stores. “There aren’t a lot of lingerie boutiques like this in the area, and we had found that our friends and ourselves were always looking for that,” said Wentworth of the boutique’s inception. Forty Winks is an expression for a catnap, but the name adds an air of flirty fun and mystery to the boutique. Forty Winks acts as a solution for the area’s haute couture lingerie needs. The boutique does not limit itself; there are also swimsuits and a variety of accessories to peruse. Included in these accessories are care products, hosiery, and other essentials. From the moment you walk in, you cease being a client and become a close friend. Donaldson, Wentworth, and the rest of the staff create an atmosphere where immediate assistance is a top priority. “We give every person that comes in a really unique and helpful start-to-finish experience,” said Wentworth. Fittings are a crucial part of the Forty Winks visit. These fittings can be scheduled or walk-in. First, Wentworth will inquire about bra measurements and provide customers with an item in a sister-size from the store. A conversation begins about style preference, favorite colors, and the purpose of the bra. Often, women provide the wrong size. However, Wentworth advises and reassures every step of the way.


Once a decision is made, customers will create a profile. This profile acts as a record for sizes and cuts, so that whenever a woman goes bra shopping, it is easier to recall what felt best. As a high-end lingerie boutique, it is only fitting to have designer name pieces on hand. Stella McCartney, DKNY, and Calvin Kline are a few of the brands that are available within the shop. “Chantelle, Natori, and Elle Macpherson are among our best selling bra brands,” said Donaldson. Wentworth commented on both underwear and sleepwear. “For underwear, we sell a ton of Hanky Panky and Cosabella. Felina and Eberjey reign supreme for comfy, pretty sleepwear.” Twice a year, the pair travels to New York City to a buying show to check out the latest trends in intimate fashion. After returning from a show early this March, they revealed that there were plenty of strong designs. “Designers are focusing more on adding subtle details to their lingerie – interesting hardware, color contrasts, strappy details, etc. – than we’ve seen in the past,” said Wentworth. Donaldson chimed in about the new lines they are exploring, such as the “Australian line Lonely and L’Agent, which is Agent Provocateur’s boutique brand.” There are also various accessories on the sturdy oak piece by the checkout. On the shelves are bra extension clips, Spanx products, and wash solutions made for undergarments. While washing panties in the washing machine is a safe option, doing the same with bras is not. Donaldson noted, “Even if you use the bag, regular detergents have harsher chemicals than a bra really needs.” Proper care is crucial, especially due to the elasticity in bras. “A few of the products we carry have special ingredients that help strengthen elastic just so your bra will last longer,” said Donaldson.


Soak and The Laundress are the two detergent brands that the store carries. According to Donaldson, both brands “contain hypo-allergenic, gentle ingredients so they’re good to your skin as well as your lingerie.” For those who want long-lasting bras and panties, these products will do the job right. In addition to having a formula meant to keep elasticity in undergarments, both products are priced fairly. Soak and The Laundress both come in different sizes, all under $20.


Forty Winks is a perfect fit for most budgets. The average bra price ranges from $60 to $100, depending on the designer and style. The price depends on the brand, but it is worth the expense. When going to Forty Winks, customers pay for the whole experience as well as the garments purchased. “It’s our hope that everyone who comes into our store has a great customer service experience and leaves with undergarments they feel great in,” said Wentworth. So far they have had nothing but fond approval.

By Kayli Hertel

“From the moment you walk in, you cease being a client and become a close friend.” 5

: e t t e l a P n e Op B

ased in Boston, MLR Artist Management is a hair and makeup artist agency that has become well known for fashion show production. Lou Rodriguez is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of MLR Artist Management. According to Rodriguez, MLR is “an urban fashion powerhouse joining the worlds of fashion, makeup, production, photography, and film.” Rodriguez began his college career at Johnson and Wales studying advertising, but then interned at NEXT Model Management in Miami, changing his focus.He wanted to start his own business but never imagined he could make a living in fashion. However, Rodriguez quickly found himself testing boundaries in his own closet, whether it was trying on a new


ring, or buying a pair of studded boots. He found comfort in experimentation and decided it was time to put aside the pressures of the world and pursue his dream of business in fashion. In October of 2011, MLR Artist Management opened its doors to a brand new world of hair stylists, makeup artists, and photographers. Slowly they began booking shows at Copley Place and New York Fashion Week. Eventually, the company began producing its own fashion show, Fashion Is Our Sanctuary. The show was hosted at a church; Rodriguez claimed he wanted something “unconventional.” The purpose of the show was to bring awareness to the Boston Marathon victims, and although most pieces were avant-garde, they all


reflected Boston. With his newfound success, Rodriguez now faced a whirlwind of unimaginable possibilities.

When asked about the goal of MLR, Rodriguez simply stated, “To bring fashion to Boston.” Recognizing the potential of the city, he wants to make his mark on the fashion scene. Thinking long-term, Rodriguez hopes to get a studio space where a team of collaborators can work together. He also hopes to create an app that will allow clients to book appointments with ease. Furthermore, he intends to colaborate with charities to help raise awareness to their causes. MLR has a bright future ahead and its newfound success can be credited only to the enthusiasm and ambition of Lou Rodriguez.

By Emma Landegren


Most recently, MLR teamed up with A + E’s new hit TV show The Wahlbergers to help out behind the scenes. For a while, the company had one of its makeup artists working with actors to produce a multitude of looks for the show. Rodriguez also stated that they were doing a new ad campaign for Mike and Ike. Anyone privileged enough to speak with Rodriguez will recognize the passion in his voice and the determination he has for success. It is no surprise that so much has happened to the company in such a short amount of time due to Rodriguez’s drive and motivation. He is constantly evolving and networking which has given him the solid foundation he has needed for such great success.


A Rising Star in Downtown Boston


Julie Kontos

A Force to Be Reckoned With Julie Kontos is a Boston-based fashion designer who designs clothing, uniforms, and eveningwear for a diverse range of customers. Kontos also works as a designer for the United States Military. She has shown her work in both Boston Fashion Week and Providence Fashion Week. Recently, she received the “2013 Best Eveningwear Designer” from Style It Up. The designer first realized her potential in the fashion industry while studying at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. As a legal studies major, she loved art but had yet to consider pursuing it as a career. “Art has always been something that I enjoyed, but at the end of high school, I did not know what I could do with it to make it into a career,” said Kontos. Inspired by her friends in the fashion design program, she changed her major during sophomore year. “After switching majors, I knew immediately it was what I wanted to do for a career,” Kontos said. “I got an internship through Lasell College working for the United States Navy. After graduation, the Navy hired me as a clothing designer, and I have been there ever since!” A designer for the U.S. Navy as well as for her own reputable Boston label, Kontos said, “I like to think that I could design for anyone. I think my design background is so diverse that I could put my own aesthetic into any form of clothing. Aside from models and military, I have dressed pageant and fitness competitors, cancer survivors, and local celebrities.” Working as a designer in the fast-paced and competitive industry of fashion can be difficult, but her experience and her willingness to embrace new challenges set her apart. “I have dressed so many different people for so many types of events and have not stayed within my comfort zone. I really try to push myself to do things I am not sure I am able to do,” she said. Kontos described her design aesthetic as “classic with an edge,” and she maintains this aesthetic throughout her collections, which have been featured in Boston’s and Providence’s Fashion Weeks. She said, “I think fashion weeks in any city tend to attract a larger crowd than some of the other shows that happen throughout the year. It is always exciting when you are able to show your pieces to a bigger audience,” Kontos said. “Each collection is different. My most recent collection was inspired by one of my own designs that I created in 2011. The dress is ivory and gold with handmade fabricorigami leaves. I used this dress to open my 2013 Boston Fashion Week show. The entire collection was white, ivory, and gold, with lots of texture throughout.”


“I have dressed so many different people for so many types of events and have not stayed within my comfort zone.”


While being a young, successful fashion designer has many exciting moments, Kontos recalled her favorite memory as seeing her designs in an ad. “My friend at work said, ‘Look what my brother got in the mail!’ It was a sale ad for Persona Jewelry of Boston, with my design on it. I had absolutely no idea about it. It was the best surprise!” Kontos said the most rewarding part of being a designer is seeing people wearing her designs. “I do not think there is anything more rewarding than that,” she said. Aspiring designers who look up to Kontos and admire her blossoming career should know that she insists on facing every challenge that comes her way. “I have almost never said no to an opportunity. Any opportunity can be a learning or networking experience, if nothing else,” she said. Young, intelligent, and talented, Kontos continues to work hard for her successes, establishing herself as a reputable Boston fashion designer.

By Emma Hoey Model: Chelsea Angers Jewelry: Tricia Holda/Stella & Dot, Headpieces: Jimmy Guzman Designs: Julie Kontos, Hair & Makeup: Kiara Mooney


Mass Apparel Real Talk, No Gimmicks




fter three years of planning, marketing, and designing a brand, Boston native and 24-year-old Nick Urciuolo and two of his close friends, Lucas Fernandes and George Coffin, opened Mass Apparel, located in Allston, Massachusetts, in October 2013. Shortly after opening, Mass Apparel launched its online store Mass-Apparel. com. The store and online site offer a wide variety of men’s clothing, including snap-back hats, beanies, t-shirts, jackets, and sweatshirts. The store exudes a street-themed, urban vibe. All the clothing is very simple but makes a strong statement. The simplicity allows individuals to create their own style. Urciuolo said, “When launching the brand in 2011, as a college student at Bryant University in Rhode Island, I wanted to bring a different style to Boston by bringing out the culture of Boston into its own heritage of style. I wanted to show Boston my own style and for others to create their own style through my designs and brand.” “Our goal is to create art rather than a style. Mass Apparel is a lifestyle where we focus on being ourselves and refuse to give in to the gimmicks,” explained Urciuolo. The art and originality are shown through unique clothing, from quirky graphic tees to snap-back hats to the oversized array of jackets and sweaters. Any individual can create his or her own style without giving in to typical name-brand clothing. After less than a year, Mass Apparel has become a popular clothing store among local college students. Boston University and Boston College are within walking distance and young men in the area are able to shop for original clothing.

A rack of tops and backpacks on display in the store. Currently, the most popular items sold at Mass Apparel are the beanies and the quirky graphic t-shirts, which include the Mass Apparel logo shirt. These items are offered in an array of designs and colors that Urciuolo thinks will bring out a shopper’s individuality just as he had envisioned when opening the store. Since opening Mass Apparel, Urciuolo has designed two men’s tank tops for the store, which are available in three popular colors: red, white, and blue. Urciuolo said the company is looking to expand designs for the spring collection but wants to keep the ideas a surprise. Along with selling its own brand, Mass Apparel also sells brand-name items, including 89, Rockstar, GPPR, and Rock Smith. The store also sells clothing from local designers in the Boston area, such as DOLO, Calligraphy, Made in Boston, and One Day. All items sold in the store range in price from $10 to $50, making the brands affordable for young buyers. However, the store’s most popular brand has been Rockstar, with items priced at $30 and up. This brand includes sweaters, hats, and jackets, all popular among store customers.


For more information or to view blogs and videos about Mass Apparel, visit, MassApparel, or visit the store at 383 Cambridge Street in Allston, Massachusetts.

By Tina Nalepa Two of Mass Apparel’s co-founders, Nick Urciuolo (Left) and Lucas Fernandes (Right)




From plain titanium bands, to rings inlaid with dinosaur bone, Minter and Richter offer endless possibilities for style. Whether marking a commitment to a husband, wife, or life partner, or memorializing a significant moment, Minter and Scott Richter’s rings are for many occasions.

the ring. There is a growing popularity in using concrete inlay within the titanium band, which allows for further personalization. “The thing that’s cool about concrete is I can use the sand from the beach you first kissed on, ashes from a family member or pet, and I have even had guitar strings and pieces of Fenway Park put into the concrete,” Minter said.

Scott Richter is world-renowned for his work in the art of knife carving. However, opportunity struck when he began making titanium bands for friends and family. Richter and his wife Minter Richter saw a prospect for a business. “Rings can serve for a variety of different purposes and attract a larger customer base,” said Minter. Minter schedules consultations with couples, helps design their rings, and tracks down new materials to customize the bands. Scott Richter works in the Boston Distillery, a “center of creativity for tons of artists,” constructing the rings.

Woods and concrete can be dyed and used in your ring. A manmade resin or marble opalescent can bring any color to your band. The use of fused steels, for example, creates a unique design of swirled metals. The freedom of endless possibilities allows anyone to make rings “as meaningful, and as intimate as possible,” said Minter.

PHOTOS BY Minter & Richter

Gold and diamonds are today’s most popular metal and precious stone for rings. Minter and Richter do not restrict their work to traditional pieces. Minter utilizes many materials that earth has to offer. She said, “We don’t use anything that we feel hurts the earth or people, so we stick to really natural products like wood, water buffalo horn, and moose and deer antler. One of the fun parts of my side of the job is finding cool materials. For example, I just found a wooly mammoth tooth, and we were able to use pieces of a four-million-year-old meteorite that landed in Africa.” It is a Google search away for Minter and Richter to discover new components that can be incorporated into a design. In the twentyfirst century, possibilities are endless, and Minter and Richter capitalize on the idea by not creating “inside the box” designs. Minter and Richter’s customized product is not a chain line of rings, but individual pieces with individual stories. “People can be more specific to their personal interests, and creative in making their wedding bands when you do not confine yourself to only gold and diamonds,” said Minter. The ability to design your own piece allows the freedom to incorporate personal interests and background in the appearance of


Minter and Richter sell hundreds of rings a month to customers all over the world. They have reached buyers through Etsy, Facebook, and their own website,, to spread the joy of custom rings. They are accessible sellers who create distinctive, durable, and unique custom titanium rings, with personal embellishments.

By Samantha Palmieri

Out of the Darkness

Clothing: Gregory Paul

Accessories: Trunk N Disorderly

Her black dress danced across the floor... Clothing: Gregory Paul

gloves decorated her arms... Clothing: Gregory Paul

Accessories: Trunk N Disorderly

curiosity came over her... Clothing: Gregory Paul

while fur draped her shoulders... Clothing: Firas Yousif Originals

Accessories: Trunk N Disorderly

being pulled in multiple directions... Clothing: Firas Yousif Originals

Accessories: Trunk N Disorderly

she stopped... Clothing: Firas Yousif Originals

and found Boston...

Clothing: Firas Yousif Originals

: T E N A L P E I G G VE A

dam Penn, owner of Veggie Planet in Harvard Square, never aspired to open a vegetarian restaurant. In fact, he went to college for health care administration. This vegetarian Manhattan-native moved from New York to the Boston area to pursue a career in the health field. After working in health care for some time, he realized he disliked his job. Pondering a new career, Penn wondered why there were so few vegetarian restaurants in the Boston area. Thus, the birth of Veggie Planet. Located inconspicuously in Harvard Square at 47 Palmer Street, Veggie Planet has made its presence known. “The thought occurred to me that, you know, I feel there really is a demand here for vegetarian restaurants. I’m not sure why that demand is not being met,” said Penn. “So I got this crazy idea to open a vegetarian restaurant myself.” At first it was just that- a crazy idea. Having no restaurant experience, Penn needed the assistance of someone who knew the business. “I started talking about it to coworkers and friends, and one of my coworkers happened to know a chef who ended up being my business partner,” said Penn. “I would not have been able to do it on my own.” Penn has since taken over the business and bought out his business partner. “I saw it as an opportunity…both a business opportunity and a personal opportunity. I wasn’t happy with what I was doing, and I felt that this would be something I could really be passionate about,” said Penn. Of course, with any new challenge came obstacles. Finding the perfect location to start a restaurant business was a long process. Attempting to find a site for Veggie Planet in Harvard Square, there were rumors that a restaurant wanted to close. Club Passim, a separate business that owned the shared space with the restaurant, seemed unable to give a clear response. Club


Passim seemed interested in acquiring Veggie Planet, yet the owners were not making any moves to end the lease with the other restaurant or secure Veggie Planet. Consequently, Passim renewed the lease. Penn saw this as a missed opportunity, until one day the owner of Club Passim contacted Penn and his partner and told them he was ready to explore their proposal. Over the past twelve years, the menu has thrived. For the most part, the menu has remained unchanged since Veggie Planet first opened. A few core dishes have been added, but none have been removed. One of the customer favorites is Henry’s Lunch, or Dinner, depending on the time of day you order the entrée. It is served over rice, like most entrées at Veggie Planet. Henry’s Lunch is a flatbread pizza topped with butternut squash, caramelized onions, goat cheese, rosemary, sage, and Asiago cheese.


“Henry is named after the cat of my former business partner,” said Penn. “She was the chef, she developed the menu, and apparently that was Henry’s favorite pizza.” Another favorite is the Portobello Red Head. This pizza dish consists of Portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, rosemary, sage, feta cheese, and a roasted red pepper almond sauce. Although many of the pizzas boast exotic flavors, one of the most popular pizzas is the Safe and Sound. The Safe and Sound is a traditional Margherita pizza made of marinated tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and Asiago cheese. For the first six to eight years, Veggie Planet grew at a steady rate; then the restaurant hit a plateau. At that point, seating capacity




had been taken away from the business due to stricter fire code laws—an aftereffect of the club fire in Providence. Normally the front lobby area would fit sixteen or seventeen people. Now the same area maxes out at ten. Serving between 1200 and 1500 people a week, Veggie Planet had to open a second restaurant to create more space for the number of customers who walked through their door. Penn stated that Veggie Galaxy, a vegan diner located in Cambridge, opened “a couple years ago, and that’s a stand-alone restaurant… we do a pretty good business there. And hopefully that will still grow because it’s still pretty new. It’s about two years old now.” As for future business plans, Penn seems optimistic. “Never say never, but right now I’m feeling like two is enough. I don’t have any year-term plans to open a third restaurant… Right now, at Veggie Planet, we open at 11:30 a.m. every day. I’m thinking about opening for breakfast.” Opening for breakfast seems like a good development for the Harvard Square location. Penn toys with the idea of offering vegan breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffee, which is what Veggie Galaxy is currently offering. Veggie Planet’s growing success is a constant reminder to restaurant owners and college graduates that what one would think of as a crazy idea could really turn into the business opportunity of a lifetime.

By Miranda McCrea 23

A Story of Brothers & Burgers



verywhere you go in life, people will want you to eat. If you are ever overseas in Japan, the locals will tell you to visit the famous sushi restaurant in the Ginzo building. Chicago is known for pizza, Memphis for barbeque, and St. Louis for fried chicken. Here in Boston, you can get some “killer chowdah” and seafood. Or you could march your way down to Marylou’s or Mike’s Pastries, if you are in the mood for a sugar-induced food coma. Although Boston has a grand amount of restaurants ranging from the Union Oyster House to the Cookie Monstah food truck, there is a new kid on the block. The Wahlberg brothers Mark, Paul, and Donnie have set culinary roots in their Hingham backyard. Their new restaurant, Wahlburgers, has enough punch to make any burger joint burst into flames.


Located in the heart of the Hingham Shipyard, Wahlburgers first opened in October of 2011 and has made a lasting impression ever since. With a lively atmosphere, Wahlburgers caters to friends and families looking for a casual restaurant that provides unforgettable food. Wahlburgers’ prices are fair, providing an opportunity for all “burghers” to get a burger. Naturally, such a hot spot could not be overlooked. Upon arrival, I noticed an array of happy customers eating outside. The line was long, but I managed to squeeze myself inside the waiting area. There were lots of families with kids happily enjoying their “Smahlburgers” and Coca Colas in glass bottles. There were also groups of older people and couples eager to be served. Wahlburgers provides a few service options to cater to any kind of customer. Upon arrival, you choose to sit at a table with full service, sit at the bar, or wait in line for counter-style service. The bar, tables, and counter area were filled with happy, chatting customers. The bar was fully stocked and lined with flat-screen TVs. On the wall a chalkboard advertised various drink specials dubbed “Wahlcoctions,” such as the Adult Malted Chocolate Milk ( Stolli Vanil vodka, chocolate milk, malted powder), Seasonal Sangria, and the Violet Beauregard (Stoli Blueberi vodka, Sprite, Blue Curacao). Wahlburgers provides its customers with an array of drafts ranging from domestic beers to their very own Wahlbrewski, custom pale ale from Harpoon Brewery. The wine selection is also plentiful, ranging from a sweet Fontana Pinot Grigio to an intense Zuccardi Melbec.

The walls are decorated with movie posters that the Wahlbergs have starred in. There is also a framed poster of collaged images of the Wahlberg family. As the line moved and I came closer to the kitchen, I noticed the black plaque hanging over each booth with words such as “family” and family names, movie titles, and quotations. To my left, I could see the open kitchen bustling with busy workers making shakes, frying tater tots, and restocking shelves. After some serious decision making, I ordered the BBQ Bacon Burger (advertised as Donnie’s Favorite), Sweet Potato Tots, a Black and White frappe, and a side of Mom’s Macaroni. The food was cooked promptly and I went to pick it up at the counter. The staff was very accommodating and polite. Every table I saw was spotless. The frappe, a blend of chocolate syrup, fresh whole milk, and rich vanilla ice cream, took the phrase “a chocolate lover’s dream” to a whole new level. The cup of tots was steaming with heat upon arrival. The tott-lers were crunchy and crispy on the outside with a soft, decadent inside. They were the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I then tried Mom’s Macaroni, speculated to be Alma Waglburger’s own recipe. If I wanted to get an understanding of what it would be like to eat at the Wahlbergs’ table, it would be here. The macaroni was served cold and had impeccable texture. The elbows were cooked to perfection, not too soft. The mayo dressing was creamy and satisfying and also a bit sweet. The red onion combined with sweet peppers added texture and contrast in the dish, while complementing the flavors to balance with the creaminess of the mayo. The taste of parsley was distinct but not overwhelming, and it played in nicely with the ratio of peppers and onion. Finally, I tried the BBQ Bacon Burger. The juicy, rich burger was cooked to perfection; the bun was soft and inviting. The tenderness of the meat accompanied the crunch of bacon, the creaminess of fresh avocado, and spicy jalapeños. The barbeque sauce combined smoky and savory flavors with a touch of sweetness. Wahlburgers possesses a certain sophistication that could never be found in your corner diner.

By Rebecca Douglas


Curls Just Wanna Have Fun Hairo is the cool-kid sister to your friends’ salons. It is a blowout bar, a trend that has rapidly been growing in popularity. Guests pay to have their hair washed, blow-dried, and styled, choosing from a catalogue of hairstyles that range from bedhead to pin-straight. Pay a visit to Hairo at its Newbury Street location where the blowout bar is an oasis of warmth overlooking the darkening street. The salon is furnished in magenta and crisp white; peppy music pumps out from the speakers. After offering tea, a hairstylist will lead customers to a chair for a consultation. The Malibu, an effortless beach wave, is the perfect choice to escape from the cold New England weather. To begin, the stylist may massage the customer’s scalp as he or she washes the hair, a feature that can be added to your service for an additional fee. Once the hair has been washed with


Hairo’s namesake products, it will be blow-dried and curled. To achieve the wave, the curls are gently rearranged, looking ready to hit the beach. Hairo was originally launched as a line of batch-made and allnatural hair products created in the company’s Londonderry, New Hampshire, lab. The brand’s founders aspired to create beautiful hair in an instant. Today, its made-to-order distinction also gives the brand an edge over others in the market. Products are as varied as is the catalogue of hairstyles. Hairo offers styling sprays and cremes, shine drops, silk fluid, and more. All products boast a rich fragrance and agents that contribute to a healthy scalp; many are even enriched with sunscreen to protect hair. The wash and blow-dry treatment debuted in the summer of

Looking ahead to the future, Marchio revealed a juicy secret: Hairo is in the process of making its products available in professional salons. The next step for the wash and blow-dry segment is a location in New York as well as a few key spots in Greater Boston. Great hair will be attainable all over the East Coast and beyond.

By Alex Faszewski


A variety of young Boston professionals enjoy the blowouts. According to Marchio, however, on the weekends young women often “come in, have a few drinks, and get all dolled up.” Many guests have been known to rent out the salon for a night of pampering with friends, bringing food and drinks to personalize the experience. There are even instances in which a company will “host clients and reserve spots for blow-dries.” Hairo products and blowouts can be found behind the scenes at fashion shows and shoots, weddings, and the silver screen, in addition to bedecking the most fashion-forward girls.

Of the available hairstyles, Marchio’s personal favorite is the Hairo signature—big, voluminous hair that can be worn anywhere with anything. “You can dress it up, even wear it to your divorce hearing,” beamed Marchio. What truly sets Hairo apart from the competition is the studio’s own line or product and is not corporate based.


2005, acting “as a studio for the products,” said owner Johnny Marchio. The salon’s stylists are licensed hairdressers who undergo training to ensure that they understand the brand. These individuals are chosen for their passion as well as their understanding and love of hair.


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C akleaf Cakes Located right down the street from Symphony Hall, on Westland Avenue, is a small shop with a beautiful display window filled with different cakes. Oakleaf Cakes is the name of this bakery and cake shop. The owner, head baker, and decorator Amanda Oakleaf started her business in September 2008 from the kitchen of her Boston apartment. She had a passion for art, had a love for sugar, and was trained as an oil painter at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Amanda has been on the Food Network Cake Challenge, and her work has also been showcased in publications across the nation. Inside, the bakery has a classic yet fun vibe. There is a large counter with the word Cake inscribed on the front, to add a unique twist to the shop. There are cakes of all types on display, such as wedding cakes and sculpture cakes of a dog, a sandwich, and a guitar. The displayed cakes are only a few that they design. Pictures of cakes and the menus behind the counter are framed in vintage gold frames. There are also many smaller cakes that can be purchased in the bakery section. Oakleaf Cakes also serves cookies, cheesecake, cupcakes, and coffee. Even though it is a small shop, there are plenty of tables, and it is a great place to meet up with friends to sit, chat, and eat. A binder displayed in the front of the store features pictures of many cake designs Oakleaf has made in the past. There are cakes with themes of Boston sports, fashion brands, and pets. If someone has an idea, the bakery can make a cake for it. Oakleaf Cakes does parties, events, weddings, and more. Recently, the shop put together an enormous cake for Brown University’s 250th anniversary. The staff came together and created a replica of Brown University’s 1770 University Hall. It was made with incredible detail, weighing between 600 and 700 pounds, and measured five feet wide by three feet high. Everything is done from scratch and by hand at Oakleaf Cakes. The bakery makes its own buttercream, marshmallow fondant, and gumpaste. Customers can also purchase their handmade marshmallow fondant in the shop. Oakleaf Cakes also offers decorating classes year round for anyone, no matter his or her level, baking background, or decorating skill. Each class is taught by talented cake bakers and decorators who address a number of topics and skills. Some examples of classes that are offered are Buttercream Basics, Sugar Flowers, and Fun with Fondant. All the information about the classes is posted on Oakleaf Cakes’ website. For more information about Oakleaf Cakes, check out the bakery’s Facebook page or website The shop is open seven days a week!




OWS Bridal Outlet located in Watertown, Massachusetts, has made a name for itself in the greater Boston area. With prices ranging from $99 to $4000, VOWS Bridal Outlet targets the practical yet fashion-forward bride. Rick and Leslie DeAngelo’s unique store attracts buyers from all over North America, and its popularity continues to grow today. What sets VOWS Bridal Outlet apart from other bridal stores is the high quality of its wedding gowns. Brides can purchase gowns retail-priced at $10,000 to $17,000, for under $4,000. With stock ranging from 800 to 1,000 dresses at any given time, there is a dress for all budgets, venues,and styles of weddings. “We have brides that can afford a high-end gown, but they are very practical and intelligent women,” says storeowner Leslie DeAngelo. She emphasizes that saving money is a smart decision when buying a wedding dress.


Compared to the 90’s, DeAngelo finds that people are “much more open to feeling savvy about saving money.” Brides feel accomplished and proud that they are able to save on their wedding dress. “Explore all options, sample gowns, online sales, and never before worn gowns. There are lots of ways of purchasing a gown and not spending retail price for it,” says Leslie. This new generation of brides is what makes VOWS so appealing to today’s market.

Leslie and Rick DeAngelo travel all over the country to find the wedding dresses they want to have in their stock. They collect overstock and samples from designers and department store warehouses, and they also buy dresses from retailers going out of business. As if they did not already have enough choices for brides, owners Rick and Leslie wanted to accommodate their customers even more by launching their own bridal line Liv Harris Designs. This line of gowns is extremely affordable and has a large range of varying sizes. is VOWS’ online site founded over ten years ago by the DeAngelos. It is an online archive of discounted dresses posted by individual sellers. When originally created, there was no other site out there like; it was offering high quality


s Designer for Discount gowns at a discounted price. is “empowering all women that there is a way to have your dream wedding within a budget,” says DeAngelo. During the twenty-plus years VOWS Bridal Outlet has been open, it has received awards and acknowledgments from Boston Magazine, Instyle Weddings, Modern Bride, Boston Weddings, and Bridal Bargains. They are also in the process of filming their third season of “I Found the Gown,” a TLC series featuring Rick and Leslie on the road searching for new designer dresses for their stock. “Brides find that the discounts at VOWS are so substantial that even with plane tickets factored into the cost, the gown is still cheaper,” said Leslie. The show has brought a lot of positive attention to VOWS. Since launched, VOWS gained an out-of-state customer base, but the show gave the shop national and even international recognition. Rick and Leslie DeAngelo opened VOWS Bridal Outlet 21 years ago to offer the greater Boston area high-end gowns for a discounted price. Their designer wedding gowns for a discounted price are appealing to the savvy brides of the 21st century. Rick and Leslie DeAngelo have built a business inspired by the dream that all brides can wear a designer wedding gown with 50 to 80 percent savings.


By Samantha Palmieri 29

Rodolfo’s Tailoring Shop


odolfo’s Tailoring Shop is located on 100 Huntington Avenue, Set 11, in Boston, Massachusetts. The owner, Rodolfo Gomez, opened his successful business in 1993. Gomez was born in 1963 in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. He grew up with very little, which made it hard for him to have the same opportunities in El Salvador as he would in America. Living with his relatives until he 17 seventeen, he learned his trade from his uncle. Gomez said, “After learning to become a tailor in my country, that is when I knew I wanted to have my own business.” In 1982, Gomez came to America knowing very little English. He was truly determined and eager to become successful in his new country. Every morning, he arrives at work at seven o’ clock; he likes to get there early to prepare for his day. He opens his shop doors at eight o’ clock, waiting on his regular customers, whom he knows on a first-name basis. His clients range from business people working in the Back Bay having their suits custom tailored, to teenagers altering their prom dresses.


All of his tailoring magic happens in the back of the shop, which is where he works on the garments. The left side of the wall is filled with different colored threads that can overwhelm an outsider’s eyes. The right side is filled with apparel, anything from a pair of jeans to an elegant evening gown covered in Swarovski crystals. The middle of the room has sewing machines, with garments in the process of becoming something better than what they were before. Gomez spends most of his time in the back where he perfects the seams of each garment. He takes his time with every piece, ensuring that the final product will be up to his customer’s expectations. When a customer arrives at his shop, he or she is either dropping off a garment or picking one up. Every time customers come in for an alteration, Gomez details to the customer what he would like to do. This part of the process is most stressful because sometimes customers come with impossible plans. Alterations cannot always be done the way the customer wants them to be done.

Gomez said, “Having your own business is full of challenges, so I can say you have to be truly confident in yourself.” Gomez faces challenges, but some garments are too complicated. Once the customer and Gomez come to an agreement, they discuss pickup times and prices. Gomez’s day consists of helping his customers with their garments. Gomez said, “When you find your passion doing something you love, it does not feel like work.” He also said that nothing about his job is difficult because it is his passion, so for him it is pleasurable. From ten o’ clock in the morning to six o’ clock in the evening, five days a week, and Saturdays from ten o’clock to two o’clock, Gomez works nonstop in his shop, but he enjoys his work. His dedication makes him an extremely respectful tailor. Gomez said, “I was driven at such a young age, and today I run a very successful tailoring business in the Back Bay area.”

By Rakia Achab



“I was driven at such a young age, and today I run a very successful tailoring business in the Back Bay area.”

Rodolfo - Owner




Boston native Amber Lu has successfully launched her second collection of Amber Lu Tech Cases for smart devices. Her lines include fashionable cases for electronic devices such as iPhones and iPads that are designed for the modern woman who demands fashion and style.


Lu was introduced to the exciting world of fashion at a young age. Her interest in the industry sparked when she worked with photographers during high school. Lu helped out in the studio in whatever ways she could, while falling in love with every element of photography. From developing photos, to modeling, to styling on the set, each aspect appealed to her. When Lu was seventeen years old, she walked in a Talbots fashion show. By then, she was on her way to a future career.

ADGETS There is much more to her career than choosing patterns and colors, though. She identifies the styles, colors, and materials, as well as directing the creative phases of the business. Lu has one hundred percent control over all her photo shoots and, with her modeling experience, is often featured in her own ads. This way, Lu knows she will get exactly what she wants but also gives consumers a face to connect with the brand name and product. “I want to put my signature mark on every single detail to assure it matches my high expectations of the brand,” she said.

Today, Lu creates fashion cases for smart devices and loves every minute of it. She said she loves fashion but considers herself to be a “closet geek at heart,” as she has always had an interest in the world of electronics. She wanted to marry her two passions together as one.

No business would be successful without a hardworking team behind it. Lu partners with Nordic Enterprises Ltd. and has an office in Hong Kong. With the help of two teams, Lu has been able to see her dream become a reality. Her team in Hong Kong mainly takes care of the public relations department, research and development, and supply chain. She visits her international office frequently to align the operation between two continents.

Lu also finds inspiration from her Asian background. Her culture plays a huge role in her use of patterns and colors. Each case is accented by her signature color, red; her Chinese name translates as ‘red’. Red is a color that is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture, symbolizing good fortune and joy.

Lu expressed that she most likes the creative aspect of her job and feels that what she does really is not work, even though she puts in hours most people would not dream of devoting to work. She is happy with what she does, which makes her that much more likely to succeed. “Happy people are the most successful,” Lu said.

Lu focuses on giving her customers truly a luxurious experience, using the highest grain leather in her cases, with unique ergonomics designed to fit the fast-paced lifestyle of modern fashionable women. Lu’s color palette consists of six main colors: canary yellow, indigo blue, electric pink, midnight black, Big Apple green, and her signature color femme fatale red.

Lu is passionate about her career, which is part of her success. She was taught never to “toot your own horn.” She said, “If you’re great at what you do, people will talk about you naturally.”

Lu also finds inspiration in Chinese architecture. She derives her patterns from the lines of Chinese buildings and windows. What also makes the cases appealing to customers is that they are made with a soft and silky Japanese microfiber interior.



Lu sees herself furthering her career in the world of fashion and design. She hopes to start up a new collection featuring women’s handbags. She hopes that with luck, Amber Lu Design will become a known name in the fashion business within the next few years. She believes everything she has done has prepared her for the future. Lu is very pleased with her brand, and we can’t wait to see what the future will bring for this native Bostonian.

By Meagan Pariseau


The “It” Bag of the Century The secret has been revealed: millions of wealthy women across the world have been dying to figure out how to purchase the Birkin bag. Made by the French designer Hermès, this coveted handbag could be yours, too, that is, if you want to be on a two-year wait list and pay between $8,000 and $150,000. Michael Tonello, bestselling author and co-owner of TEAM, an innovative styling company located in Boston, Massachusetts, revealed in his memoir Bringing Home the Birkin that acquiring one of these handbags isn’t all that hard. “It’s kind of funny because it’s such an iconic bag, yet none of the general public has seen it in person,” said Tonello. The Birkin is made of an eclectic array of hides, such as calf leather, ostrich, lizard, and crocodile, in a large selection of colors and sizes and with various hardware fixtures. It can be purchased by using a simple formula. Tonello selects at least $1,000 in merchandise before asking if the sales associates have the handbag in stock. “Just as there are people who collect stamps, or collect coins, or collect salt and pepper shakers...there are rich people that collect Birkins. And there are a lot of very rich people in the world...When [women] go out on Saturday and they buy themselves a new dress, and a new pair of shoes to go with it, they want a new Birkin bag to match … and they have the money to do it. But they can’t get the bag at Hermès. If they had known to buy their dress and shoes at Hermès, then they would have gotten a Birkin bag,” said Tonello.


Tonello moved to Barcelona, Spain, from Provincetown, Massachusetts, in the hopes of creating a more satisfying life for himself. “I think that I moved to Barcelona without honestly knowing it at the time, but I think that I was subconsciously chasing a dream or looking for some sort of fulfillment…There was a void in my life…I think that as much as I enjoyed doing hair and makeup [at TEAM], it didn’t satisfy me… and I think that [Barcelona] offered me that new beginning.” After moving into his new apartment with no work visa or any plans for securing a job, Tonello needed to think fast. He spotted an orange scarf in his closet, made by Hermès, and decided maybe it was time to start selling some of his prized possessions to make money fast. After selling his first item on EBay, Tonello began his lifestyle as a reseller of Hermès merchandise. He tried endlessly to purchase a Birkin, but it wasn’t until one day he realized he was going about it all wrong. Only by first adding up $1,000 in scarves, notebooks, and shawls could Tonello ask if the store had a Birkin in stock. “One night I was on the phone with my mom and it dawned on me…Maybe they only sell these bags [to people] who spend tons of money in the store and then ask for the bag,” said Tonello. The next morning he went into Hermès, and when the salesperson came back with a big orange box, “it was right then and there that I knew that that was a secret formula. Because it had happened to me two times in a few days.”


“If they had known to buy their dress and shoes at Hermès, then they would have gotten a Birkin bag.”

Tonello traveled in Europe to every Hermès store, raiding their drawers of last season’s scarves, notebooks, shawls, and other miscellaneous items to fulfill the wish lists of desperate wealthy women across the world. His mother and father lived in Florida, so when Tonello traveled, his parents became his shipping center. After his mother’s passing, he started to think about the next phase of his life. “I finally thought one day on a flight…I would start writing down all the crazy, weird little things that happened to me in the process of doing this Birkin thing. And when I got off the plane I had like forty pieces of scrap paper…A few weeks later I started reading the notes and I thought, there really is a book here,” said Tonello.


Tonello completely stopped selling Birkins when the book published, and then he went on a book tour. The book was number three on the Boston Globe Bestseller List. “I’m at the point where I’m thinking about the next step, and I’ve been approached by some producers that are interested in trying to make the book into a movie or a TV series…and I’m also thinking about writing another book,” said Tonello. Tonello is currently spending his days doing press interviews for Bringing Home the Birkin, thinking about writing a second book on his journey to Barcelona, and devoting his time to his partner Juan, their two cats, and their friends and family in Barcelona and Provincetown.

By Miranda McCrea



Walking on

Cloud Blue

Located in the Ball Square section of Somerville, Massachusetts, the Blue Cloud Gallery features a variety of handcrafted works of art and gifts made by local artisans in the Boston area. New owner Betsy Lenora, a fine arts photographer, invites the community to come and check out the creations of over one hundred featured artists at the gallery.

be featured in the gallery, she specifically looks for “quality of workmanship, uniqueness, and salability.” Lenora also stressed the importance of carrying local artists in her gallery. “When a customer buys a gift from my store, they are supporting a local business, but they are also supporting the artists in their own community,”said Lenora.

As a child, Lenora was always drawing, and her favorite classes throughout her schooling were always art classes. On her sixteenth birthday, Lenora received a camera as a present. She used the camera for five years, but says that one shot of an autumnal reflection in a pond really got her hooked on photography. It was the one picture that finally captured beauty as she saw it. Soon after, Lenora began saving up for a good SLR camera.

In terms of her future plans for the Blue Cloud Gallery, Lenora would like to continue and add to the events and featured artists. She also hopes to move someday into a larger space, where she can support even more artists.

Although she has taken classes throughout her life, Lenora considers herself to be a self-taught artist. “Every picture I took was an education, as I taught myself the ins and outs of photography to get the results I wanted,” she said. “Photography is my media, but I love it all.”

The Blue Cloud Gallery works primarily with artists from the Boston area but also features artists from other parts of New England. Artists interested in having their work displayed can contact Betsy Lenora at (617) 776-2700 to make an appointment.

By Sara Wailgum

Lenora has had multiple solo exhibits and has had pieces accepted in the Danforth Museum’s photographers’ show as well. In addition, Lenora has also worked at the award-winning Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative in Harvard Square, where she helped to select, display, and sell the works of over two hundred artists. Following her work at the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative, a friend and previous owner of the Blue Cloud Gallery offered her a job working there once a week. After a year, the owner considered closing the gallery, and she asked Lenora if she would be interested in taking it over. Years before, Lenora had dreamed about owning her own gallery after visiting a photo gallery in Rockport, Massachusetts, and she was pleased to be given such a perfect opportunity. “I am looking forward to incorporating all the knowledge I gathered working for so many fine craftspeople,” said Lenora about her new ownership. “I strongly believe in promoting local artisans and bringing their talents to the attention of my customers.” In addition, Lenora also believes that Somerville is the perfect location for the Blue Cloud Gallery. “Somerville is filled with all kinds of artists and people who appreciate the arts,” said Lenora. “The mayor, Joe Curtatone, is a strong supporter and has been instrumental in working with the City Council and the Somerville Arts Council to create an engaging and exciting variety of events.” Featured art pieces at the Blue Cloud Gallery include ceramics, unique jewelry, fiber, hand-blown glass, oil paintings, paper, handmade cards, leather, and graphics. Lenora said that when looking for new works to PHOTO BY MARSHALL


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