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.
Jenks Productions has been handling the nuts and bolts of consumer trade shows for 33 years. Partnering with local and national businesses, Jenks specializes in home, bridal, and pet shows, which fill sprawling spaces with vendors eager to share their wares and visitors looking for inspiration. The services that Jenks Productions provides are extensive, as the team can do everything from onsite event management and budget planning to marketing efforts such as developing newsletters, logos, and jingles that rhyme the words “impending nuptials.”
LaRosa Marketplace's enthralling story chronicles the restaurant's growth over four generations from a garage-based sausage shop to a purveyor of delectable sandwiches, wraps, fresh salads, and house-prepared meats. Sate midday pangs with a panini sandwich such as the panino parma, an assemblage of parma prosciutto, veggies, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil packed and grilled into crusty diamonds of flavor perfect for winning a stomach's love ($7.50). A roster of grinders challenges chompers with mounds of savory ingredients such as veal cutlet, sweet or spicy soppressata, marinated beef, and eggplant ($7.50–$9 for a half). Weekly specialties incorporate LaRosa's homemade sausages, made from lean meat with no additives, into dishes such as Thursday's roasted Italian sausage with orrechiette pasta and broccoli rabe ($8.99). Meat eschewers and veggie chewers frolic through a salad menu that includes the antipasto salad, which opens taste buds and pollinates tooth flowers with marinated mushrooms, artichokes, olives, and roasted peppers in a meadow of romaine lettuce ($7.50).
Riverfront Recapture boasts 22 years of sending aqua adventurers of all ages down the Connecticut River. With the introduction to rowing class, river riders meet at the recently renovated Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse to learn sweep rowing, which includes oar operation, leg positions, and attaining an wistful far-away gaze to recollect on their old lives on land. No previous experience is needed to man the 12-foot oars, as seven co-captains collectively steer the vessel through the lush green banks of Hartford. Arms and legs operate in harmony, accompanied by the calming splish-splash of water propelling the group down the river, yielding views of a city framed with trees.
Coached by former player Ken Gernander, the Whale (formerly the Hartford Wolf Pack) aim to claw their way up the AHL standings with the help of center Kris Newbury's near-omniscient ice vision, right wing Jeremy Williams's smoke-trailed slap shots, and Lee Baldwin's Plexiglass-bending defensive checks. As you watch the two teams lacerate the ice, exploit power plays, and practice kinetic dentistry, you might just see a future NHL superstar emerge from the ranks. The Whale's throngs of cheering families and letter-painted torsos are guaranteed an exhilarating spectacle regardless of which team wins, which is more than can be said for most flying-saucer invasions.
Celebrating all things matronly, mom's the word! offers a pre-Mother's Day showcase populated by numerous exhibitors, product demonstrations, and other activities. Strike Mother's Day gold with a cornucopia of exhibitors such as Jafra, Creative Memories, Thirty One, Silpada, and Massage Envy. With a VIP ticket, matriarch meeting-goers will be automatically entered into more than 50 giveaway drawings. A panel of veteran mothers will be speaking, sharing reflections on their own motherly journeys and 54 different ways to re-phrase "because I said so."