The photo-lab technicians at Ross Imaging Center deftly manipulate celluloid memories to produce crisp prints, high-resolution digital images, video transfers, and more. Scanning services, such as slide scans ($2/slide for 1–10 slides) and negative scans ($5.95 for an uncut roll of up to 36 exposures) usher old-fashioned snapshots into the high-res digital age with pixilated images to set inside the mantelpiece iPad. Pictures amassed over dozens of Secretary Appreciation Days condense conveniently onto one CD with the shoebox scan ($39.95 for up to 250 photos) for easy perusal.
Dr. Fausto Petruzziello and Donald Kagan, PAC, couldn’t ignore their patients’ expanding waistlines any longer. While practicing medicine at CareMedica, they realized that optimal health relied heavily on whether or not a person weighed in at a healthy number. So, together they founded WeightMedica in 2007, a branch of their original practice. They oversee weight-loss programs that begin with a physical to ensure a patient’s candidacy, checking their blood, charting an EKG, and handing out carnival prizes to those whose weight was guessed incorrectly. Then, patients meet regularly with the staff to record their progress, receive nutritional tips, and—in some cases—receive Lipofast injections, which expedite fat loss.
The cloth caretakers at family-owned Best Cleaners have expunged and primped area vestments for 56 years. Drop off plain pants ($8.50), plain skirts ($8.50), jump suits ($21.30), or capes ($17.85) for an eco-friendly de-schmutzing that clears away stains and leaves collars crisp enough to pop. Their natural GreenEarth cleaning process is free of harsh chemicals and residual odors, earning appreciative smiles from your living-room ficus and preventing your native habitat from smelling like melted plastic army men. Opt for free home pickup or delivery or entrust your garb to onsite cardigan guardians by 11 a.m. and your cleaning will be ready for pickup by 4 p.m.
Combining her experience working at a restaurant, a prepress printing company, and an advertising agency, Carisa Lockery is able to take a gestalt-like approach to event planning. At CR Socials Event Planning, LLC, she leads teams of coordinators who lend their design and logistical expertise to both intimate events and large-scale soirees. The staff can work from a set of general ideas or build on existing plans, much like the first elevator was built off of abandoned blueprints for a time machine. To complement big-picture services, a resident graphic designer can illustrate custom invitations and greeting cards, and a resident florist builds elaborate bouquets to fit color schemes.
Helmed by an experienced flower and fruit arranger, Fruit Occasions offers a huge selection of fruit bouquets, arrangements, and boxes for a variety of occasions. Chocolate-dipped strawberries show up on platters or in boxes, while fruits such as bananas, pineapple, or melon arrive on stems blooming from mugs, baskets, and vases for birthdays, reunions, or congratulations.
Framed, which was named runner-up for Best Frame Shop in 2010 by readers of the New Haven Advocate, uses careful custom-framing techniques to produce well-balanced rectangles for all occasions. Overseen by 15-year framing veterans Liz Hellwig and Rocco Compitello, the staff at Framed meets with prospective project doers, ironing out the two-dimensional details for projects large and small. These canvas wranglers practice conservation framing, a technique that keeps pieces true to their original conditions through the use of specialized glass and acid-free mat boards. Likewise, to ensure quality and a pleasant lack of presidential apparitions, all custom projects are constructed on-site in the store's comprehensive workshop. Though framing rates vary from project to project, an average 18"x24" piece—including a black wood frame, standard glass, and dry mounting—starts at approximately $66.
With more than 30 years of artistic accolades under his belt, Steve Cooper tailors each of professional photo sessions to match the unique personality of each of his portrait-seeking patrons. First, future face flashers will sit down with Steve for a pre-portrait consultation to plan the style of their session, choosing between a controlled indoor sitting or one set amid the rock formations, wooded paths, and cloned dinosaurs inhabiting his 3.5-acre portrait park. Once the scheduled images come to artful fruition, photo subjects will select prints at Steve's side in a separate session, becoming reacquainted with their glamorous selves via digital projection. Customers can choose to have their 11"x14" portrait reproduced in color or black and white, and the chosen image will also be retouched and hand-signed to impress even the snootiest of mantelpieces.