The Boat Locker, founded in 1957, continues to furnish all manners of outdoor activities with boats and boating gear alongside an extensive stock of snowboards, standup paddleboards, and accessories. Careen across wintry slopes or down carpeted escalators atop a selection of Arbor snowboards ($299+) while outfitted in Burton boots, binding, and apparel ($20+). Standup paddleboards ($799+) surf down shores while sets of Anon goggles ($65+) shield eyes from chilly mountain breezes. The protective lenses of pairs of Kaenon, Maui Jim, Oakley and Gill sunglasses ($70+) safeguard wearers’ mugs against harsh elements when snowboarding or after accidentally falling face-first into the office koi pond.
Drawing on half a century of automotive service, the family owned and operated Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigor with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with efficient catalytic converters built to US EPA standards, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, and Bridgestone.
Winner of the New Haven Advocate's Best of New Haven Readers' Poll as well as Fairfield Weekly's Best of Fairfield County Readers' Poll in 2011, Splash Car Wash provides meticulous cleansings to all manner of auto. Following external pampering that includes the application of triple-foam polish, full-service The Works washes (up to a $26.99 value each) treat four-wheelers' innards to a vacuuming, window cleaning, and dashboard wiping. Wheel-bright and tire-shine services restore the dignity of circular feet after continuous altercations with the street, and a Simoniz clear-coat sealer equips car-outers to shake off needy dirt particles of the future. Finally, car attendants flush thirsty undercarriages with water, hydrating them with more liquid than what can fit in the mouth of a baby squirrel.
Unlike swimming, nobody learns to fly by being thrown in the deep end. Instead, it takes gradual instruction to teach students the controls and feel of an aircraft guided by their hands. Luckily, instructors Antonio Ferrara and Zachary Barrett specialize in that sort of slow-burning scholarship. Both men make their living with their heads in the clouds. Ferrara flies for a commercial airline, ferrying passengers across vast distances in enormous jets. Barrett also possesses his commercial pilot's license, along with an FAA Flight Instructor certification.
At Affordable Aircraft & Flight Instruction, LLC, the duo helps fledgling flyers find their sky legs with discovery flights and group ground school. They also teach longer courses, guiding students toward certifications as private-, multiengine-, and commercial-rated pilots.
Voted 'Best of Auto Repair' by readers of Hartford Magazine, Roggi's Auto Service tends to the jalopies of its clients at its location in downtown Hartford. First opened in 1950 by Henry Roggi, the business has since passed down through three generations of the Roggi family.