While a person might wear clothes ranging from basic tees and pants to slinky cocktail dresses, they can't lump everything together when it comes time to do laundry. That’s why the technicians at Fabricare Cleaners offer laundering services in addition to their three styles of dry cleaning: one for basic items, one for fragile items needing special care, and one using biodegradable, eco-friendly detergents. They have a reciprocal relationship with the Fashion Institute of Technology, in which they teach the school how to service garments and the school teaches them how to understand construction. This training enables them to immediately recognize stains and fabric type, allowing them to accurately protect and clean clothes by using fabric-friendly chemicals and buttons previously worn by secret-service agents.
After more than 30 years in the business, the owners recently upgraded the facilities to incorporate green technology and use less energy during their processes. In their upgraded facility, the staff can efficiently clean clothes, furs, house decor, and shoes, which can be dropped off in one of the 24-hour kiosks and are returned with the shop’s free delivery service. They also provide reusable garment bags, helping cut down on plastic waste and large cat nests found in the closet corner.
Furthering their mission to forge connections between the mind, body, and ocean, lifelong surfers Chris Cotter and Lindsay Conner lead students on watery explorations during private surfing and standup-paddleboard (SUP) lessons. Each 60-minute session can be tailored to individuals or groups of any experience level; students can also pick up extra practice by snagging board and paddle rentals by the hour, day, week, or lunar month. Back at the shop, a pair of colorful surfboards frames an entrance that opens into a show room that features surfboards, paddleboards, and skateboards with apparel and accessories that are equal parts funky and functional.
Rockwell Art and Framing has been involved in the community since 1987. In 2002, Stephen Rockwell Desloge acquired multiple art galleries and framing stores, consolidating them into one entity at multiple locations.
Among the paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works of art displayed at each gallery, professional staffers perform a variety of services, such as custom framing and restoration. They're also happy to provide in-home consultations, picture hanging, personalized portraits, art appraisal, or custom commissions. Three Rockwell shops are home to galleries that display rotating exhibits from featured artists. These exhibits range from paintings and photography to museum-quality documents and artifacts, such as an 1842 edition of the Declaration of Independence. Rockwell Art and Framing also actively supports the local community and beyond. Among other things, the shop has collected hundreds of donated art for a charity sale that raised over $25,000 for Save the Children, an organization that has helped thousands of families recover after the earthquake in Haiti.
Knowledge and techniques from medical traditions ranging from east to west—including Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese, modern, and naturopathic medicine—come together at Integrated Health Center. Dr. K. Pramila Vishvanath, N.D., active in her communities both stateside and overseas, directs the center. Dr. Pram and her staff target the entire body as opposed to individual symptoms, embracing naturopathic medicine to address conditions such as chronic pain, weight loss, and allergies. Integrated Health Center combines analysis with uniquely tailored solutions for each patient, and the staff conducts healing sessions via Skype if a patient's car catches a case of agoraphobia.
Taco Loco complements its dinner and lunch menus with more than 50 premium tequilas, earning the title of Best Mexican Restaurant from readers of the Fairfield County Weekly and a 2007 feature in the New York Times. In the traditional spanish paella ($22.95 for dinner; $17.95 for lunch), bites of chicken and chorizo don miniature snorkels to mix with lobster, mussels, and scallops in a sea of spanish saffron rice. Chefs deep-fry grilled chicken and cheese inside blankets of tortillas, resulting in golden-brown chimichangas ($13.50 for dinner; $8.95 for lunch), and fill shrimp, steak, or mahi-mahi tacos ($12.95+ for dinner; $8.95+ for lunch) with fresh tomatoes and avocado. Thirsty patrons can toss back one of Taco Loco's more than 50 premium tequilas or share glasses of margaritas made with fresh fruit and garnished with blue agave's naturally salty seeds.
Piano specialist Eric Johnson employs degrees in piano technology from the University of Wisconsin and composition from the Berklee College of Music as he restores stringed instruments to their pluckiest selves. After graduation, Johnson traveled to Vienna to train in the Bösendorfer piano factory, where he internalized the distinct European sound, achieved only through careful tuning or by padding the inside of the piano with a handful of pommes frites. After his European stint, Johnson traveled through North America, readying grand pianos for concerts, artists, customers, and dealers. He now works with skilled technician Jim Salvatore of PerArts to tune pianos in the Fairfield County area.
Together, Johnson and Salvatore bring an astute ear to their craft, improving the sound quality of traditional and high-end pianos, ensuring that middle Cs meet appropriate standards and high Cs quench lingering musical thirsts. In addition to tuning, Johnson and Salvatore can perform regulation, hammer replacement, and reconditioning as well as hold consultations and offer advice. Working in tandem, the duo helps customers through a range of piano conundrums related to repair, regulation, voicing, and advice.