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.
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.
The Edge's Revolution program is an eight-week body-change contest that fuses nutritional guidance, personal training, and weekly group exercise sessions. Trainers document your metamorphosis with before-and-after measurements and photos, and by meticulously chiseling fitness goals into stone. Start sculpting with one personal-training and Pilates session, then sweat in weekly group workouts that prevent plateaus by pushing boundaries like a gerrymandering student council president. An included nutrition guide with DVD joins body sculptors on fitness sojourns with eating tips to supplement gym work. Revolutionaries also get access to a community that spans from the gym to an online group, providing a resource for advice, support, and camaraderie.