For more than 15 years, the technology gurus at 5280 Computer Solutions have helped homes and businesses handle their hard drives. They specialize in cleaning up slow computers, removing viruses and spyware, and performing maintenance to help computers last longer and perform faster. The technicians can recommend new products, and they even offer clients web-design services.
Since its founding in 1994, Action Computers has seen the rise and fall of many technologies. Zip drives. DOS. Dot-com companies. But through every systemic shakeup, the team has held firm in stocking up-to-date new and used hardware, as well as refurbished systems. These range from monitors and desktop towers to sleek graphics cards and RAM sticks. When the team turns its computing knowledge toward repairs and system setups, it carries a commitment to top-shelf customer service and spending one-on-one time with each client?sometimes spending more time with the customer than the device itself. Many services can be performed remotely, precluding the need for travel fees or folding a technician into a cramped shipping box. Any parts that can't be repaired or refurbished get repurposed or donated elsewhere, living up to Action Computers' motto of "We recycle technology."
Having filmed their own skate, surf, and snowboard movies for years, Matt D’Amico and Jeff Barrett acquired a taste for digital videography. When Matt and Jeff launched Valley Home Movies, they combined their passion for video editing with their knowledge of antiquated and modern video formats. Using high-capacity computers, they transfer every frame from aging formats such as 8mm and VHS onto reliable DVDs and convert old photos and slides to digital files, ensuring prom pictures may be ridiculed by future generations.
The pair also puts their editing skills to good use, laying down beats for accompanying DVD soundtracks and crafting individualized DVD menus. Videography services and sound engineering round out the company’s offerings, though the staff also shoots still photography, repairs computers, and develops websites.
Named best massage/facial service by Connecticut magazine for five years running, Tranquility places an emphasis on natural, holistic treatments. Customers enter a lobby decorated in soothing earth tones through a portal wreathed with vines, where they can then choose their preferred method of relaxation, beautification, and stress lancing. The light-to-medium pressure of a Swedish massage can improve muscle tone and stimulate circulation that stalls during the course of long workdays and transcontinental boat rides in sedentary soil boxes. The Rejuvenating facial, with its deep cleansing, toning, exfoliation, mask, and extractions, can hydrate the skin and reduce evidence of aging. Additionally, customers who spend a total of $400 (including this Groupon) in November and December at the spa and attached shop will receive a $50 gift certificate though the Shop and Save Days program.
Amy and Miguel of The MacSpa put their technological expertise to work both at their facility’s spa-inspired space and clients' homes to repair Macs, iPhones, and iPads. While they wait for diagnostic, upgrade, or data-recovery treatments to be completed, patrons peruse a rotating selection of local artwork hanging on the shop's exposed brick walls. In addition to optimization, the crew administers creative services including graphic and website design, presentations, and e-book publishing.