Shop with Pop


Things dads are great at: making paper airplanes, teaching the finer points of popping wheelies, handing out allowance.

And in the case of 13-year-old Zach Rosenberg’s pop: helping a young entrepreneur get his start in retail. The enterprising Rosenberg is the brains behind Zape (his dad is the brawn), a funky new store packed with stuff he likes and thinks other kids will like, too.

Retro toys, rubber bracelets, hoodies, embellished toddler sneaks, tanks from Sugar Lips, and a variety of Zape private-label items, such as tees for babies and adults, fill the space. The stock is ever changing, so you never know what you’ll find.

The interior looks like a five-and-dime crossed with a skate shop.

And smells like teen spirit.

Zape, 1195 Chestnut Street, Newton (617-527-9273 or zapeonline.com).

this week in boston!

FitKids Jamboree
What: Kids play games and do physical activities and crafts that get the blood flowing.
Why: No couch potatoes allowed.
When: Sat., 9-11 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 2-4 p.m.
Where: Newton Community Service Center, 492 Waltham St., West Newton (617-935-9856). Tickets online at finishlineregistration.com.

Drama Day with Wheelock Family Theatre
What: Four hours of theater games, mask making, and goofy puppets.
Why: Permission to act up.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Atrium Mall, 300 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill (617-527-1475).

Easter Egg Hunt
What: Take a basket and look for eggs along the Winslow Nature Trail.
Why: Eggstraordinary fun.
When: Sat. & Sun., noon-3 p.m. (Also Apr. 3.)
Where: Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, 37 Eddy St., Norton (508-285-6451).

Photo: Courtesy of Zape

Newton Community Service Center
492 Waltham St
Newton, MA 02465
1195 Chestnut St
Newton, MA 02464
Atrium Mall
300 W Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary
37 Eddy St
Norton, MA 02766