Get a whiff of this.
What: Former software engineer Roberta Andrade-Gringorten studied the art of perfumery in Thailand and Hong Kong before debuting a stunning line of colognes (inspired by the Earth’s base components) in her native New England.
Why: All the fragrances amaze, but the unisex Water — with top notes of grapefruit and mint, heart notes of seaweed, lavender, and jasmine — evokes a million summer smemories like nothing we’ve ever worn.
When: You’re at one with the elements.
Where: Online at elementalscents.com.
What: Celebrate the just-begun true-fruit season by culling more than fifteen varieties, including Green Zebra, Black Prince, Brandywine, and Japanese Black Trifele ($3/pound).
Why: Whip up a self-selected meal with a bushel o’ peaches for dessert ($2/pound).
When: Season runs thru first frost. Daily, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Smolak Farms, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover (978-682-6332).
Risk-Free, Tax-Free at The Urban Grape
What: The sleek Chestnut Hill wine shop celebrates the surchargeless weekend by opening more than 30 high-end bottles for tasting, including a 2000 Dom Perignon and the small-batch Nor’easter bourbon from Nantucket.
Why: Enjoy an additional 15 percent off all mixed or full cases.
When: Sat., 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 7 Boylston St. (617-232-4831). Event is free.
To the Other Side/Al Otro Lado
What: Catch the powerful 2005 documentary following 23-year-old Mexican fisherman and aspiring corridos (narrative song) composer Magdiel as he struggles with drug dealing and an illegal immigration to the United States.
Why: The chance to check out Charles LeDray’s Workworkworkworkwork, a mystifying but alluring exhibit ($15) of Lilliputian cloth and porcelain sculptures.
When: Fri., 7-8:15 p.m.
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Fan Pier. Tickets ($10) online at icaboston.org. Museum admission free with film ticket purchase.
Etcetera Media Blowout Sale
What: Two of our favorite local design denizens, Chris Grimley and Kelly Smith, are closing up shop to focus on other endeavors; snatch their felt housewares at 60-70 percent off.
Why: PlaceMaths coaster set, $9 (reg. $22); two-tone book box, $48 (reg. $120); the renowned felt wine rack, $16 (reg. $40).
When: ASAP (it’s all going quick).
Where: Online at supermarkethq.com and etsy.com.
Photo: Roberta Andrade-Gringorten / Courtesy of Elemental Scents
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