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:
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 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.
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.
At Star Auto Sales, the staff place customers behind the wheels of shiny preowned vehicles and ASE-certified mechanics elevate cars, vans, trucks, and SUVs to glory with thorough repairs. Detailers polish, wash, and shine the outsides and innards of dusty chariots, removing pet dander from carpets and protecting paint jobs with coats of wax. As visitors await their vehicles, they rest in the comfortable lobby, framed by leafy palms and big-screen TVs that cycle through the storeroom's inventory and the latest automobile-polo scores.
The technicians at Cheshire Cycle know bikes inside and out, not only because they repair them on a daily basis, but also because they spend hours and hours riding them. The adventuresome crew even sponsors a road-racing team that took home more than 50 top finishes in 2012 alone. They couple this insider knowledge with advanced technology to perform like-a-glove fittings and offer services that range from basic tune-ups to total overhauls. Their shop stocks reputable brands, including bikes by Scott, Jamis Bicycles, and Stolen BMX and clothing by designers such as Louis Garneau, Fox, and Pearl Izumi. Whatever bikes or equipment the staff don't have on the shelves they can order from a catalog supplier or have the elves in the backroom make from scratch.