A paint-your-own-pottery workshop, Ready Glaze Fire stocks everything from ceramic plates to dragons to miniature Christmas trees with holes for lights. Pick your favorite item from the shelves, and give it life with vibrant paints and nontoxic glazes. The studio also teaches students to create their own pieces with onsite pottery wheels and lessons.
At Connecticut Cycle Center, indoor spinning classes or triathlon training with coach Kelli Montgomery beckon students to wheel in their own bikes and affix them to cycling apparatuses. Both classes and training sessions emulate outdoor adventures thanks to ErgVideo and CompuTrainer systems, which mimic famous routes on TV screens. Virtual Tour de France inclines or Spanish plains challenge cyclists to push their endurance to the brink as they mingle with peers. Classes, like the art of hanging out in an operating laundry machine, range from beginner base spins to high-power interval training. Feedback after each session charts your ascent to fitness. High-quality Apex bikes are available for rental and can be taken to nearby roads for an alfresco adventure.
From University of Connecticut Husky T-shirts to hot sauce, Statement USA supplies customers with a hodgepodge of eclectic gifts and apparel. College and sports gear rep New England institutions such as Yale and the Boston Red Sox with hats, hoodies, and shirts. Other gift options include small tokens, such as keychains and magnets, as well as edible foodstuffs and a random assortment of kids' toys including Lego kits to build a miniature city or college diploma.
What began as a tailor shop more than a century ago evolved into Cleaning by Frederick’s, a chain of dry-cleaning outposts certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation for their environmentally conscious techniques. Cleaning by Frederick’s technicians employ decades of experience as they clean shirts, pants, and dresses, and gently remove stains embedded in delicate suedes, leathers, bridal gowns, and space suits. Most locations have a full-time tailor who can do alternations, and patrons can drop off their garments or arrange pickup and delivery service.
The staff at Crystal Hanger Cleaners has served its community for 22 years. It's no wonder, then, that staff members put so much care into everything they do: from tailoring to wash-and-fold laundry service to preserving precious garments like wedding dresses and ruby slippers.
With three floors of interactive exhibits, Imagine Nation keeps tykes aged 2–10 and their parents engaged for hours of synapse-firing fun. Tunnels filled with natural decor await youngsters in the museum's indoor jungle-themed playscape, where they can shake excess energy out of their bounding legs in preparation for naptime or hibernation season. In the ESPN center, kids can pretend to be sportscasters as they sit behind the desk of a model TV set, replete with real equipment from the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
The museum also boasts a health exhibit in which children can don hospital attire and explore a model newborn nursery and an operation table, ideal for parents trying to nudge their child toward a career as a hypochondriac. After whippersnapper's minds have been blown learning about the cosmos at the space exhibit, they can unwind with drinks and snacks at the old-fashioned soda fountain, which winds the clock back to the 1940s with the help of a player piano.