Winner of the 2010 Connecticut Florist of the Year award from the Connecticut Florist Association, Paul Buettner Florist creates inspired and creative floral arrangements for every occasion. Let the floriculturists stimulate the senses with the FTD Holiday Rose Bouquet by Better Homes and Gardens ($49.99), the FTD Share My World Bouquet ($42.99), or the FTD Basket of Dreams Arrangement ($47.99). Those celebrating the birth of a new baby can pick up the lily-packed FTD Starshine Bouquet ($34.99). With Buettner Florist, pedal-seekers can find an arrangement to say various well-wishes, including “happy anniversary,”, “get well soon,” “sorry I crashed the Wienermobile into your house,” and “congratulations”. All orders are online or by phone and must be placed 24 hours in advance. Local delivery costs $10 extra.
At Joe’s Shoe Service, owner and 30-year shoe repair veteran Joe Siracuse fixes ailing footwear, paying meticulous attention to detail, as he re-lacing moccasins or resoles vintage boots. Siracuse can fix heels to restore the ability to reach rooftop cookie jars via women's heel repair ($13) , mend the man-heels ($20) that help gentlemen casually jump to high-five stop signs, or repair both soles and heels ($49) for a complete pedial makeover. Distressed handbags that threaten to expel their cargo on the street can be steadied and retouched through meticulous repairs ($10). Ward off seasonal side effects by asking about additional services such as spring waterproofing, winter skate stretching, or summer shoe to sandal transmogrification.
Because Connecticut Flight Academy’s fleet includes four Piper aircraft in addition to an FAA-approved flight simulator, the school's certified instructors can help students of all skill levels accomplish their goals, whether they want to learn where the controls are before getting in the air or accrue the flight experience they need to become professional pilots. The school's location at Hartford-Brainard Airport is an asset; the airport's proximity to Boston and New York means students can practice in high-traffic areas and experience New England’s swift weather changes.
Family-owned Sadie Green's has adorned limbs with innovative and antique jewelry for more than 30 years. Bring some character to your cuff with the sea glass and silver bracelet, a custom bracelet whose sea-glass shape and color varies per piece ($10). Finery fans can catch sylvan breezes with their lobes by wearing the sterling-silver leaf earrings ($38), or let ears twinkle under police flashlights the in Victorian-style Swarovski Austrian crystal post earrings ($20). Meanwhile, hammered Alpaca metal necklaces in a variety of shapes hang from necks in graceful geometrics ($18+), and colorful pashminas ($8+) and trade beads in glass ($3) or novelty and charm varieties ($2) allow vogue vixens the chance to commemorate landmark car tune-ups with chromatic splashes and charm bracelets. All jewelry purchased comes guaranteed for life.
The bakers at Atlanta Bread Company rise early to begin the day by combining yeast, flour, and water to lay the foundation for 18 different types of bread. Sandwiches, soups, and salads occupy the menu; offerings from the breakfast section are served all day to rouse late-slumbering appetites and give late-rising roosters a false sense of accomplishment. Atlanta Bread Company’s team of caterers pack vans full of hearty fare to feed hungry crowds at soirees, saving party hosts the hassle of deciding which guests get to nosh on the dining room centerpieces.
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.