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Wavvz Newage Fashion Boutique Opens on Main Street

Maya Capasso

With the help of a supportive community of creatives, designer Qlynton Carboo celebrated the grand opening of Wavvz Newage, his boutique fashion store on Main Street, in mid-November. The bustling storefront echoes with laughter and conversation as tailors create and customers chat about Qlynton’s exciting, fresh designs.

Qlynton’s love of fashion began at an early age as he watched his mother create outfits to sell in tourist-heavy areas of Ghana, where he spent his early childhood years. “When I was a baby, she used to carry me around with my big brother, going to museums to sell outfits and toys she made,” Qlynton shares. “When I got to the United States and came to New York, I realized the path of college and a regular 9-5 job wasn’t satisfying enough.” Qlynton found himself leaning towards art and creativity. When he picked up a sewing machine at his friend’s house, he realized he found something special. “I picked it up and was like, ‘You know what? Let me take my shirt off.’ My friend had a rug, so I used it to see what I could do. Lo and behold, I put something amazing together.”

Within a few weeks, Qlynton bought his own sewing machine and put all his focus and passion into creating new clothes. “I bought a couple of T-shirts and made a long sleeve with those two fabrics. That’s when I realized that, wow, it works!” he says. “The next projects were hoodies and jackets, and that’s when I realized this is my passion.”

Qlynton’s dedication to his craft and unquestionable talent brought him from experimenting with his sewing machine from Walmart to opening his community-driven business’s storefront in just six years. The concept for Wavvz Newage began in 2017 when Qlynton began showing his designs. Gradually, he expanded into teaching aspiring designers how to sew and develop their style. “I was able to create something for myself using my gifts and talents. And through that, I know I can teach other people,” Qlynton shares. “I see a lot of kids who have the skills, and I just want to pass it on. I want to let them know that they don’t have to give up on whatever they wanted to do as a kid. There are people and organizations who can help and are looking for creative people.”

Wavvz Newage isn’t just a boutique with unique hats, jackets, hoodies, and other fashion items. It’s also a way for Qlynton to make a difference in the Worcester community. As he attempted to make headway in the Worcester fashion scene, Qlynton realized he’d have to pave the way for other designers in his stead. “I’m using the disadvantages I had while establishing the business to transform the Worcester fashion scene. I realize I’m in the unique position to be able to do it, so it’s like, why not? And it’s working.”

Qlynton, one of Pulse’s people to watch in 2023, clearly lives up to the title. Not only has Wavvz Newage quickly become a lively hub for fashion lovers, but it’s bringing Worcester into a new era of fashion that Qlynton loves to spread to the community. “Yeah, I can sew. Yeah, I can make an outfit. But that is just one part of it,” Qlynton says. “I get to meet a lot of cool people and to pass down this knowledge. I get to watch as my work solves problems in the community. That is what drives me. That is why I do this. I wake up every day and ask myself, ‘Whose life can I change today with a jacket? Whose life can I change today with a stitch?'”

You can visit Qlynton at his vibrant store to check out handmade clothing bursting with color and character in the Wavvz Newage fashion boutique at 660 Main Street in Worcester. 

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Nu Year Style

William Calaway

Having a wildly successful style column is great, I am the one who chose my path, but sometimes I feel like I’m labeled as a girly fashionista when in reality, I’m more of a nu metal cowboy. Don’t believe me? Just check out my nu metal playlist on Spotify and you’ll see I’m down with the sickness. Anyway, I’m not here to flex my nu-ledge, so grab a brush and put a little make-up because it’s time to talk fashion.

The first thing you’re going to need is a pair of baggy jeans. Time is a valuable thing, and uckily the 90s are back in style, so there are plenty of choices. The usual chains like Target and Walmart do have baggy jeans, although I don’t think they’re baggy enough. In a completely insane turn of events, JNCO jeans are now for the ultra rich with the average cost being $260. There are a few sale options, but even those are $169. My suggestion is to hit your local Savers or Goodwill to find affordable baggy jeans, you might even come across vintage JNCOs.

I’m not sure how committed you are to the nu metal look, but if you don’t want to look like a poser, it’s time to consider some piercings and tattoos. Facial piercings are a great way to show off your nu metal style. Viper bites, lebret and septum piercings will never go out of style, so go wild. As for body art, it’s like the great Fredrick Durst always says, “I’m hairy as hell, outta hell and tattooed up”. Find a tattoo artist you trust and discuss options such as heavy metal font, quotes and images to vibe with the nu metal style that you have now fully embraced. Pay your respect to Chester Bennington with arm flames or shout out your go to drink with the Monster Energy Logo.

Finally, it’s the little things that will enhance your nu style to the next level. It would be advantageous to invest in chains, as they are a staple of your nu identity. I’m talking wallet chains, ball chain necklaces and any kind of paper clip inspired jewelry. A flat brimmed baseball cap is a nice touch, but why not get one that has your favorite band on it. Slipknot’s official merch store has a Barcode Logo from their 2023 tour that is very cool and well worth the $40 (plus shipping). If you’ve already spent money on JNCO’s, and don’t you think maybe we could put it on credit anyway?

I get that style fluctuates, but there’s something inside me that pulls beneath the surface, and nu metal fashion represents my true self. It’s more than just black clothes and baggy jeans, there are so many small easter eggs you can include in your nu metal style. It’s always fun to embrace something nu and step out of your comfort zone. Happy Nu Year!

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Holiday Gift Guide

REBECCA QUIN

What better way to celebrate the holidays than by gifting your friends and family with the most fashionable presents imaginable? From trendy apparel to exquisite accessories, Worcester boasts a range of local businesses that cater to diverse tastes. Let’s explore some fabulous finds perfect for fashionable Christmas gifts. As we celebrate the joy of gifting, let’s explore the vibrant offerings from unique boutiques and stores right here in our community.  

Grime New and Used Clothing, located at 356 Shrewsbury Street, has been making Worcester fashionable for over a decade thanks to owner Molly McGrath. It’s no secret I am a tee shirt snob, and you better believe I shop at Grime. Shop the Harley Davidson collection for the biker in your life, or browse the endless amounts of band, movie and wrestling tees. Grime has plenty of accessories to stuff those stockings with too. The best part is, if you’re low on funds just bring in your own gently used clothes to trade in for cash or store credit. Check grimeworcester.com or call ahead to see what items they’re currently looking for. Stop by, chat with Molly and grab some one of a kind gifts.

From sleek leather handbags that effortlessly marry functionality with flair to avant-garde statement jewelry pieces that elevate any outfit, Voltage Boutique (voltageboutique.com) has something for every fashion aficionado. This chic haven for trendsetters houses a collection that speaks volumes about contemporary fashion sensibilities. When seeking Christmas presents for the fashion enthusiasts in your life, Voltage Boutique offers an array of stylish options. Consider gifting a sophisticated silk scarf or an intricately designed belt to add a touch of refinement to their wardrobe. For the style-conscious men, explore their collection of designer ties or sleek pocket squares that exude suave sophistication.

Head to 218 Franklin Street in Worcester and visit  iLAH Cibis Jewelry, where craftsmanship meets elegance and you can “find the jewelry you f@cking deserve”. Each piece is a testament to precision and artistry, making it an ideal destination for exquisite gifts. From dainty necklaces adorned with Worcester-inspired pendants to stunning gemstone rings, iLAH Jewelry offers a wide array of options to elevate anyone’s style. I am a huge fan of the Words of Wisdom ring and charm collection. I certainly have friends who would love a “yes daddy” ring or a “stop legislating bodies” necklace. With gifts starting at $45, you can easily surprise your loved ones with a timeless piece that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of Worcester’s local craftsmanship

There are so many spots throughout Central Mass to shop at, the Wexford House at 9 Crescent Street in West Boylston has classic scarves and sweaters that will brighten any moms holiday, while the Burncoat Center for Arts and Wellness at 78 Burncoat Street in Worcester offers handmade mittens, hats and slippers. Finally, don’t forget to hit up local craft fairs like stART at the Station for unique, stylish gifts as well. Tis the season to spread that holiday cheer and fashion to your family and friends!

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Pulse Holiday Gift Guide

Shaun Connolly

It has been a busy year this year, so I figured I’d help you all out with one less step this holiday season and provide you all with a gift guide. This isn’t just any old gift guide, this is Worcester sports related. All things Worcester, all things sports. Hopefully this will take a little stress out of your holiday shopping. You’re welcome!

  • The Worcester Railers have a ton of great new hoodies, jackets, and sweaters to stay warm on the ice or off. They are soft, comfortable and stylish. Whether you’ve been a fan since the start or are going to your first game, these garments are perfect for any Worcester resident. 
  • Still can’t embrace the Railers and miss the Ice Cats? Well Worcester Wares are selling stickers of the Ice Cats logo. Not a sticker kind of person? The Worcester hardcore band Foxfires are selling t-shirts with the logo on them as well!
  • I don’t care what you think or if you even knew about them but the ABA basketball team the Worcester Majors’ gear is TOUGH. Their hats, shirts, the logo all of it looks so good. Even if you don’t go to the games (which you should) you gotta rock their gear!
  • Sure, the Worcester Pirates are leaving Worcester and heading on up to Lowell to play at the Agganis Arena. But They are still selling their 2021 United Bowl Champions pennants and bumper stickers. Didn’t know they won? Even better you can make it a surprise collector’s item for any of your Worcester sports fans.
  • The Worcester Red Sox! My buddy Larry said he’s sick of owning a baseball team that he just moved to Worcester. There was an offer for the team from a California firm for $50 million a couple of years ago, so that seems to be roughly the going price. If you want, I’ll start a crowdfund and maybe the whole city can own it like the Green Bay Packers do?

There you go! This is a pristine Worcester sports list. Get one, get them all. There is something for everybody here. And, as a tip you can email me at woocomedyweek@gmail.com for my address if you’re thinking about getting me a gift. Have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

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New in the Woo: The Haus of Art

LuAnn Thibodeau 

Nestled in amongst the shops and businesses on Main Street in Worcester is a new establishment with a unique spelling to part of its name- The Haus of Art. In the front window that faces the street, the description of the business says that it’s a permanent jewelry store and nail studio. But if you look at the beautiful logo, with a pink and white butterfly in the middle, and The Haus of Art written above it, then look at what is written under the butterfly – your story created, you get a better idea of what this business is all about. 

Stephanie Andrews is the young lady who is the owner of the business. She was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the Framingham/ Natick area at the tender age of five. Growing up, Stephanie said that her family always celebrated everything, and that was a very special part of her life. In the back of her mind, that was something that she wanted to see others experience as well. 

Stephanie worked in the corporate world for a few years, and although she says she enjoyed it and met some very wonderful people, she still had the idea of creating a place for others to have special celebrations. And so, she began to think about how to make that happen. But, like the rest of the world, those plans were put on hold when the COVID pandemic hit. 

Never one to be deterred, Stephanie continued to plan. She already was designing permanent jewelry (bracelets and necklaces that have no clasp to open to take the piece off or put it on), and was a nail  stylist in her home area, but she wanted to offer more.  In 2023, she made the move to Main Street in Worcester, and officially opened the doors of The Haus of Art on September 21st

This new business offers permanent jewelry and nail design, but there is so much more. When you enter the business, you are greeted with a warm, welcoming décor of pink, white, and gold. And while this color scheme is geared toward women, there is the reminder of what the building originally housed- one of the oldest hardware stores in the country- Elwood Adams Hardware. That store, which began in 1782, closed in 2017. Creatively woven into the new design are the elements of the original hardware store- the overhead pipes, the brick wall, and other components. 

The Haus can also be booked for those types of memorable gatherings that Stephanie so fondly remembers, as well as for business and other events. Some of the events that have been held include bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, girls’ night out, bachelorette parties, and more. And on the business side, workshops, podcasts, and book club meetings are just a few of the possibilities. 

The possibilities are endless, and Stephanie is more than willing to meet with you to discuss an event that you might want to consider. She works with other local businesses to be able to include your choice of dining and other options, including adult beverages. For more information, check out the website at www.hausofartstudio.com , or the Instagram page at 

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Get Cozy

WENDI RICHTER

Obviously I love fashion, I mean, this column is just the tip of the iceberg for my endless amounts of style knowledge. A common misconception I hear is that fashion has to be painful or stuffy. This is simply not true, there are so many comfortable styles that you can wear around the house, to the store and even Thanksgiving Day dinner. Of course you want to teach your family and loved ones a lesson and show up to the holidays looking good as all hell, but let’s check out the comfiest, most stylish options.

Let’s have a conversation about Old Navy’s “High Waisted Dynamic Fleed Wide Leg Pants”. These are PLEATED sweatpants for under $50 available in black or grey. With their high-waisted design, they effortlessly flatter various body shapes while offering a secure and comfortable fit. The dynamic fleece material not only promises an exceptional level of warmth and softness but also ensures an unparalleled degree of flexibility, which means you can stuff your face with turkey and not feel any buttons aggressively poking into your stomach. 

Okay now that we all agree sweatpants are the way to go for Thanksgiving, let’s dress them up with a cozy top. Let’s totally switch gears here with a trip to Athleta.com, bring your credit card. I love Old Navy because it’s affordable, but Athleta is a treat and you’re always worth it. The Pranayama Long Wrap comes in five earth toned shades for a timeless look. This elegant wrap is both comfortable and chic, and can be customized for any outfit. Yes $99 for a glorified cardigan is a little expensive, but we are all worth it. 

Footwear is kind of a wash for Thanksgiving, everyone usually has that one aunt or yuppie sister in law who insists on having a shoe free house. But you never know, so let’s dive in. I prefer to wear shoes that are easy to slip in and out of when visiting, because if the family drama hits the fan, you can bail quick. Since we’re already on a spending spree, let’s talk about the charmingly bohemian Bolina Crochet Clog. I don’t want to even tell you what these clogs cost, it doesn’t matter money isn’t real. With nearly 20 patterns and colors to choose from, the world is your oysters. Since this hypothetical outfit is on the muted side, I would pick the bright and fun “Beach Stripe”. Their sturdy yet lightweight build provides exceptional support, and their intricately woven crochet patterns add a unique textural dimension, creating a visually captivating look that will absolutely compliment this cozy outfit. 

As for the tops, I would pick a soft, flowy black tank top that looks cute untucked. I’ve turned into a tucked in top person, but in this case you definitely want to hide the fact that you’re wearing Old Navy sweatpants. It’s nothing against a pair of ON sweats, it’s just that this outfit should have a loungewear feel, but a red carpet look. 

At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is all about enjoying the day with your loved ones, not splitting your pants and looking cute to show everyone that you’re totally together and not terrified of the climate crisis, war or financial collapse. This holiday season is going to be great, and you’re going to look amazing