When she was establishing Gigi's Italian Kitchen & Catering during the recession, owner Patty Pulver knew she would have to work hard to get people in the door. But her positive attitude and creative ideas—for example, clients can sign up to take the restaurant's toy-duck mascot on their family vacation and photo document their journey—were eventually overshadowed by the eatery's hearty Italian menu.
Patty's team artfully plates lunches and dinners, which include prime-rib entrees, homemade manicotti, and veal specialties, along with more than 15 paninis and sandwiches served exclusively during lunch. They also bend to their diner’s whims and assemble build-your-own pasta dishes from seven types of pasta, including a gluten-free option, and four sauces. On Wednesday nights, they challenge guests to fill their bellies with all-you-can-eat pasta, complemented by a signature red sauce, optional meatballs, and the hopes that the restaurant will let you curl up and take a nap under the table. Live guitar music serenades diners on Friday and Saturday nights, which further cultivates an atmosphere of merriment at the family-friendly hot spot.
For more than 25 years, Tasteful Connections Catering has outfitted events with spreads of artfully plated cuisine ranging delicate finger fare to hearty steak roasts, customized to meet specific party themes. Equipped with all the tools necessary to craft a memorable event—from the plates to the glassware to the ice sculpture of Arnold Schwarzenegger—the expert staff transforms offices and backyards into sophisticated partyscapes. The caterers are also armed to furnish larger events such as weddings, setting up bars and china and arranging for flowers, décor, and entertainment.
With 45 years of wicker-weaving experience, Ridge Rattan decorates homes and apartments with its own original pieces and other furnishings from well-known brands. Living up to their legacy as rattan workers and antique-basketball-hoop designers, the talented craftsmen fill floor space with handsome cane work in pieces such as a 20"x17" rattan bench ($250) or a 24-inch rattan glass-top end table ($175). Enhance a drab bedroom or den with elegant items from notable labels, such as armoires from American Drew and Lane Venture or sofa sets from Norwalk and Braxton Culler. Ridge Rattan also cradles bodies with seats made in-house, such as Mackey chairs ($300) and custom stools ($197), both personalized with the shopper's choice of finish, fabric, and hidden booby traps.
Rochester Linoleum & Carpet One's flooring professionals partner with more than 900 companies to gather a diverse selection of carpet, hardwood, tile, and laminate-flooring materials. Carefully organized shelves help customers quickly browse samples from brands such as Tigressá and American Expressions, and a multilevel warranty system categorizes products according to expected lifetime and level of protection. Expert ground softeners also aim to minimize airborne irritants, such as dust, mold, and dust-covered trapeze artists, by installing new carpeting with signature Healthier Living techniques.
For more than 25 years, Kiddie Kollege has fostered a love of learning in kids age 6 weeks–12 years, offering safe, nurturing day-care programs led by a caring and experienced staff. Staff members develop individual schedules for each child age 6 weeks–18 months, curious kids 18 months–3 years develop their motor coordination and confidence with structured activities, and preschool kids, age 3–5, participate in a storybook-based curriculum that introduces literacy, language, math, and science. Staff members assess each child twice a year to identify developing skills and needs. Kids age 5–12 build friendships and academic skills with book readings, games, and field trips, along with supervised science experiments where they'll learn how to transmogrify homework about physics into homework about fudgsicles. The staff-to-child ratio is four to one for infants, five to one for toddlers, eight to one for preschoolers, and ten to one for school-aged children.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location.