Parents and children gaze at Curious George's antics on a movie screen, which is situated amid the same stencil work, pews, and fixtures that have decorated Charter Oak Cultural Center's building since its construction in 1876. Once the first synagogue to be built in Connecticut, it currently hosts the center's theatrical performances, film showings, and gallery exhibits, which all center around the idea that art is sustenance for the mind. With a belief that open and equal access to the arts fosters the community as a whole, it aims to enrich minds through four key activity types—artistic, cultural, educational, and historic preservation—that are often free. Its youth arts institute is endorsed by the Hartford Public Schools superintendent’s office and aims to supplement curricula with programs before, after, and after-after school. In adult-learning workshops, instructors advise on topics such as what to consider before going back to school, while the center's Homegrown Dance movement supports seven local companies.
The owners of Big Z Cleaners, Twin City Dry Cleaners, & Squeeky's Cleaners & Laundromat wash and dry-clean garments with environmentally friendly practices and a keen eye for detail honed over a span of 40 years. After dry-cleaning silk blouses, suits, or dress shirts stained with business-related marinara sauce, specialists press collars and cuffs and preserve their shapes with a customizable dose of starch. The team also carefully executes wash, dry, and fold services that conclude with exemplary folding and placement on hangers.
The Kleening Company’s crew of insured cleaning technicians have been caring for New England’s homes and commercial buildings since 2008, when they began driving across Hartford to pressure wash exterior walkways, repair hardwood floors, and tidy up home appliances. The crew members methodically work their way through rooms during routine cleaning sessions, whistling as they sanitize kitchen countertops, scrub bathtubs, and shave carpets’ five o’clock shadows. Aside from household cleaning and maintenance, the company’s technicians and handymen can repair damage to tiles, grout, cabinets, and wooden decks.
It may seem unlikely, but the air inside homes is often more polluted than the air outside. That’s because homes cycle air, which can contain pollen, dust, and dander, through HVAC systems until somebody finally breathes it. The team of technicians at Crystal Clean applies 18 years of experience to help keep indoor atmospheres clear of particulate offenders by scouring air ducts, vents, and ducts. Techs also undertake water-damage repair, stymying the growth of mold and mildew.
Sparkling Bright Cleaners caps off every first visit with a fresh bouquet of flowers, which only adds to the wholesome, revitalized look of the homes they will inhabit. But before the flowers comes the cleaning: the professional cleaners use eco-friendly cleaning products during their extensive process, which includes polishing fixtures, mopping and vacuuming floors, and giving surfaces a thorough wipe-down.