Parents and children gaze at Curious George's antics on a movie screen, which is situated amid the same stencil work, pews, and fixtures that have decorated Charter Oak Cultural Center's building since its construction in 1876. Once the first synagogue to be built in Connecticut, it currently hosts the center's theatrical performances, film showings, and gallery exhibits, which all center around the idea that art is sustenance for the mind. With a belief that open and equal access to the arts fosters the community as a whole, it aims to enrich minds through four key activity types—artistic, cultural, educational, and historic preservation—that are often free. Its youth arts institute is endorsed by the Hartford Public Schools superintendent’s office and aims to supplement curricula with programs before, after, and after-after school. In adult-learning workshops, instructors advise on topics such as what to consider before going back to school, while the center's Homegrown Dance movement supports seven local companies.
State-licensed massage therapist (license #004958) A. Malaika Sharp cultivates relaxation and targets each client's unique issues with a focused menu of services. She can shoo everyday stress away through basic relaxation massages, but she’s as focused on function as she is on feeling good. An avid martial artist and cyclist, Sharp consults with all clients to understand the ways they use their bodies for work and recreation. That helps her pick out distinct patterns of motion and coax bad habits or stored tension out of muscles, whether she’s targeting chronic aches through deep-tissue techniques or helping athletes recover from strenuous duck-duck-goose training through sports massage. Or, for those suffering from headaches and migraines, she can incorporate trigger-point therapy. Sharp is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
Tool Consignment accommodates craftsmen with quality new and used implements to ease the completion of any project, be it a woodworking, metalworking, electrical, landscaping, or plumbing pursuit. Search for leaks around under-sink nooks or retrieve runaway bolts from hard-to-reach crannies with a telescoping mini light and magnetic pickup ($9.99). A stainless-steel dishwasher hose with elbow joints ($12.99) can connect a favorite kitchen appliance to the proper piping, while a Blackhawk open-ended wrench ($17.50) makes for a formidable opponent against loose nuts. Tool Consignment’s inventory, like the fashion trends in a chameleon colony, is continually changing, and each item comes with a 14-day guarantee.
Chem-Dry's carpet-cleaning experts use a hot carbonated cleaning system to scrub your rugs by exploding dirt and grime, then lifting the offending substances away. These berber-busting detectives carefully comb over carpets for trouble spots, collaborating with customers to formulate a blanketing game plan. Using a minimum amount of water, carpets are expunged of filth and emerge sparkling clean in hours, not days. Regular cleanings are necessary to keep carpets looking new and tasting splendid. Accumulated soil, grit, Lego helmets,
and butter statues of cows eating sticks of butter can destroy even the hardiest textile floor coverings and allow bacteria to hold barbecues nonstop. So let these ground-floor gurus take care of your homestead and put carpet filth in the past, where it belongs.
Over the course of 20 years, family-operated Just Like New has inspected apparel, accessories, and home furnishings from thousands of consigners, accepting only the pieces that meet strict quality and style standards. At the start of each fashion season, the family treks to New York City to gather enough designer duds to restock two 5,000-square-foot locations. Clothing, shoes, and accessories by classic brands such as Coach and Ann Taylor adorn shelves and keep mannequins from being charged with public indecency, and a children's section outfits youngsters in apparel purchased exclusively from catalog brands and specialty stores. Just Like New's jewelry selection glitters with 14-karat gold and sterling silver; vintage and costume jewelry occasionally makes the cut by way of jingling the shop owners' favorite songs. Vintage glassware, furniture, and artwork make unique design accents for the home.
Clean & Green Cleaning Service's roving band of dirt demolishers launches crusades against household grime with earth-friendly products and methods. With up to three hours of cleaning, a hawkeyed maid scans surfaces for accumulating filth, dusting fixtures, vacuuming floors, and carefully polishing chrome busts of Darth Vader. A spritz of natural, nontoxic solutions gussies up kitchen sinks, appliances, and ovens while sanitizing showers and bathtubs. Thorough cobweb removal evicts spiders from the house, forcing them to seek part-time employment as spooky carnival-attraction actors.
The sealant savants at The Grout Doctor specialize in all areas of grout, tile, and stone care, protecting these construction accouterments from staining, discoloration, and tile-loving microbes. Treat kitchen tiles to a cleansing and rejuvenating floor facial, or scour the grout of a shower to free it from grimy debris and any remaining confetti. The Grout Doctor uses an easy-to-clean formula that is specially designed to ward off vagrant microorganisms and tile-dulling stains. After a thorough cleaning and resealing, the grout is treated to a custom staining, available in a variety of colors and shades, allowing your stony surfaces to don the season’s trendiest hues.
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Licensed massage therapist Heather Dexheimer of Simply Serenity Massage draws on more than a decade of experience as she tunes up tired physiques with the long, fluid strokes of Swedish massage and the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Heather has worked with many athletes, including the Orlando Magic Wheels wheelchair-basketball team, and aims to rehabilitate old injuries and enhance flexibility and athletic performance while kneading muscles. During sessions with Heather, clients can request hot stones for deeper relaxation or for building temporary lean-tos, or pamper appendages with the soothing wax of paraffin treatments.
At Fini’s Plant Farm, children and families can enjoy a Halloween-themed daytime party and more adventuresome souls can undertake a nighttime haunted hayride. Beginning at 7 p.m., explorers embark on a 20–30 minute covered hayride through the expanses of Deadman Woods, then wander through a haunted house that some say still echoes with the mournful cries of frozen wontons forgotten in the oven.
The Kleening Company’s crew of insured cleaning technicians have been caring for New England’s homes and commercial buildings since 2008, when they began driving across Hartford to pressure wash exterior walkways, repair hardwood floors, and tidy up home appliances. The crew members methodically work their way through rooms during routine cleaning sessions, whistling as they sanitize kitchen countertops, scrub bathtubs, and shave carpets’ five o’clock shadows. Aside from household cleaning and maintenance, the company’s technicians and handymen can repair damage to tiles, grout, cabinets, and wooden decks.
For 18 years, foodies at For the Kitchen have stocked their shelves with premium pots, pans, cutlery, and kitchen accessories. Striving to stock items "customers will only have to buy once," shopkeepers source brands known for durability and high performance. All-Clad, Berndes, and Scanpan pots and pans quickly heat up meats, veggies, and frozen archeological artifacts atop the stove, and French-made Staub dutch ovens equipped with self-basting lids leave slow-cooked items tender and brimming with flavor. In addition to the big-ticket items, smaller kitchen accessories such as Microplane graters, cookie cutters, and vegetable peelers ease everyday cooking. Regardless of the size of the item they grab, shoppers can count on free gift-wrapping to make a present extra special or a utensil holder extra colorful.
For more than half a century, the factory-trained, licensed, and insured contractors at Exteriors of CT, LLC have plugged up leaky roofs, installed windows, and hung siding at buildings throughout Connecticut. Concentrating on residential work, the team keeps homes dry and cozy with products by top brands such as Owens Corning. In addition to roofing, Exteriors of CT, LLC can also add living space to houses with a sunroom, and provide free estimates for any services during their inspections.
Furniture Emporium stocks a wide variety of American-made home furnishings in a cozy 1801 structure on Route 44 in Canton. Visitors can browse furniture by Harden, Clayton Marcus, Four Seasons, and quality Amish wood furniture. The company's talented decorators also reupholster furniture and make custom slipcovers and window treatments.
The team at PPG Pittsburgh Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Multiple sheens of Manor Hall ($61.38+/gal.) and Manor Hall Timeless ($67.65+/gal.) paint stand ready to replace previous exterior embellishments, such as presidential portraits painted in mustard. Sun-Proof, whose penetrating formula provides long-lasting UV protection ($58.41+/gal.), helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season.