The certified swimming coaches of Swim Fanatics Swim Club instruct wee waders ages 2–15 in proper swimming technique and water-safety basics, with a maximum of six swimmers per coach and one coach per four kids ages 2–9. Tadpoles will practice breathing and basic strokes as well as proper Marco Polo evasions and boogie-board Morse code. Each week has a theme, such as Purple People Eaters "Dino Discovery," which supplements its aquativity with nature-filled treks through park grounds as kids search for an elusive T. rex that frequently hides itself by donning Groucho glasses. Children also get a chance to escape the summer sun's stink eye with indoor group adventures and craft time. Parents should equip children's backpacks with plenty of sunscreen and a change of clothes for terrestrial activities. Camps are held rain or shine.
Saying that chefs stick to Italian classics might imply a slim menu, but the culinary team at Giovanni's A Taste Of Italy prepares a wide range of dishes, from cheese-stuffed manicotti and homemade gnocchi to linguini tossed with mussels and clams. Beyond pasta, chefs flavor racks of lamb and 14-ounce T-bone steaks with cracked black pepper and extra-virgin olive oil before carefully searing them on the grill.
Old World varietals sourced from Italy and America comprise an equally extensive wine list with options to complement each hearty dish. After meals, digestives such as espresso, cappuccino, and specialty coffee spiked with Kahlua can settle stomachs and give diners the burst of energy they need to finish building a silverware ziggurat.
Blossoms by Stroud Florist's skilled pedal arrangers deftly assemble fresh blooms in vases for aromatic gifts and silk flowers in wreaths for lasting memorials. Bury noses in a custom flower arrangement ($24.95+) or a bouquet with stems wrapped in protective fabric ($24.95+). The Suddenly Spring bouquet energetically pops from its chic square vase with a constellation of pink gerberas, carnations, roses, and lavender tulips ready to bring a hint of spring to an office cubicle or an igloo cubicle ($40+). The peace lily houseplant, alternately, blooms reliably indoors as long as it is watered and kept near a light source ($35+). Blossoms by Stroud Florist also purveys cemetery arrangements ($24.95+) and balloons ($4.95+).
Dr. Crystal Finnegan and the dedicated staff at Adams Farm Dental Care keep chompers healthy and snowy white in a friendly, patient-oriented office. The staff rides the cutting edge of dental practices, undergoing continuing training each year and participating in exchange programs with tooth fairies. Dental services include basic preventive hygiene, whitening, and veneer application, with Dr. Finnegan and her hygienists taking the time to break down confusing topics for curious patients. The staff uses a range of topical anesthetics and delicate techniques to keep patients' mouths as pain-free as possible; guests are encouraged to speak up if anything hurts or if they just realized how to make the perfect peanut brittle.
The friendly staff at Zen Spa Lounge—located in The Sedgefield Shoppes between Marisol Restaurant and Blossoms—pampers clients with a lengthy list of massage, skin, and nail treatments. Therapists knead away tension and improve immune systems with deep-tissue massages and reflexology treatments. Aestheticians customize four kinds of facials to combat acne, dehydration, and dullness, perking up treatments with specialty masks full of football-movie pep talks and vitamins A and C.
The terrace tamers at Razor’s Edge Lawn Care rejuvenate landscapes with an impressive array of lawn services, working with customers one-on-one to help fulfill green-thumbed visions. Whip shaggy-mopped yards into fine-trimmed nobles with a general lawn-care service (from $60 per 1/4 acre to 1/2 acre, to $100 per acre) that includes a thorough mowing, weeding, and edging, as well as removal of any debris accrued from the crew’s fleet of equipment-toting tornados. Cultivate a fresh generation of greenery with Razor’s Edge Lawn Care’s seeding, liming, and fertilization services ($150 per 1/4 acre), or upgrade seeding to include a soil-soothing aeration ($250 per 1/4 acre) to allow nourishing nutrients to penetrate deep, enhancing infiltration and beefing up frail, noodle-armed roots.