The Hartford Advocate named Consignment Originals the Third-Best Consignment Store of 2010. While there aren't many online reviews for the Rocky Hill and Orange locations, five Insider Pagers give the Cheshire location a four-star average:
The friendly and cozy Salon Le Rae invites sun-starved patrons to enjoy a golden color touch-up with natural-looking airbrush tans. The 30-minute treatment employs an eco-friendly product made by Biddiscombe, a U.V.-free tanning mist that leaves skin with a flattering bronze glow. Like endless workweeks and most junior-high relationships, the tans generally last 7 to 10 days. The French-inspired salon welcomes guests into its elegant space, with stenciled, mustard-brown walls accented by white trim and satin curtains.
Eddie Rivera’s trip to Puerto Rico, during which he ate everything the island had to offer, convinced the entrepreneur to bring Puerto Rican cuisine back to Bridgeport. Thus, El Flamboyan Restaurant & Lounge was born, a brick, moody eatery reminiscent of those Eddie dined in while visiting bustling San Juan. Twin lobsters with two sides highlight a menu of island delicacies, from empanadas stuffed with crab or octopus to plantain mofongo mashed with roasted pork shoulder. Nightly special events include live DJs on weekends, and Thursday-night karaoke, when guests can emulate the chirpings of Puerto Rico’s iconic coquí frog.
The classes at Baran’s Kenpo Karate forge stronger students by working on them from the inside out. Sifu Jim Baran leads sessions with an emphasis on self-confidence, perseverance, and mental discipline. Baran and his fellow instructors guide students through a multibelt progression of kenpo classes. Students learn quick strikes, rapid-fire kicks, and body blocks in an inclusive environment where no one feels out of depth or is forced to sit on the sidelines. Instructors also train adults in self-defense sessions as well as the rigorous krav maga fighting style developed by the Israeli armed forces.
When they began Mountain Fun in 2001, Stephen Messina and Gary Lundin wanted to create a space where novice rock climbers could sample the sport. More than 10 years later, Stephen, Gary, and their dedicated staff continue walking beginners through climbing fundamentals during their Try a Climb workshops. The instructors help guests into climbing gear before allowing them to scale 25-foot walls decorated with murals of towering, thick-branched trees and mountain vistas. Their advanced climbing sessions boost endurance for experienced visitors and yodelers.
The certified yoga instructors at Dharma Yoga Studio align stances in beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes, operating under the spiritual guidance of Sri Dharma Mittra, a man who has devoted more than 50 years to the ancient practice. A schedule packed with 26 weekly classes woos beginning posers with a yoga basics course, as well as restorative and gentle sessions where pupils master easy asanas using props such as blocks, inflated balls, and sequined top hats. Students seeking further advancement can manipulate bodies in the Dharma yoga series, which gradually intensifies from the balancing, stretching, and inverted poses of Dharma I to highly advanced, two-hour Dharma IV sessions. The advanced Dharma IV class guides partakers through a meditative psychic sleep that incorporates ancient breathing practices, sound, and supersensory games of Guess Who.