Growing up around his dad’s dry-cleaning chain, Patrick McCann witnessed how immaculately cleaned clothes can brighten a customer's entire day. Patrick and his wife, Polly, now elicit satisfied customer grins of their own at Coastal Cleaners, a dry-cleaning and tailoring shop that keeps clothes and the environment healthy using eco-friendly fibromatic cleaning methods. Early risers can take advantage of the Branford location’s same-day cleaning services, and garments brought to the Madison location by 3 p.m. will emerge as spot-free as a shaved dalmatian by the next afternoon. Both shops feature a 24-hour drop box in which patrons can slip their soiled duds, tablecloths, and linens to have them cleaned according to the instructions already listed on their client file.
The staff at Artistic Healings believe in the transformative power of art. To them, art is not about a finished product that adorns a wall or hides a secret passage: it's a process, a way to relieve stress and anxiety in order to live a more relaxed lifestyle. Their classes introduce children and adults to a variety of creative outlets, from fingerpainting to scrapbooking, as well as guided meditation and other stress-busting techniques.
Though quite experienced in the scientific field of traditional healthcare, Dr. Betty Brainerd, ND, believes the natural healing powers of the body can rival those of the lab. For more than 20 years, she has studied and practiced natural healing solutions in both hospitals and private clinics, listening to her patients' needs in order to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses them. Her treatments can reduce allergic reactions, balance bodily chemistry with nutritional supplements, ease chronic pain, or cleanse bodies of toxins and brains of all but the most useful state capitals.
Gina Ledwith, the certified holistic health coach who heads Holistically Well, has struggled with her weight and won. Her weight-loss success inspired her to earn certificates from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Raw Food Institute. With knowledge of over 100 dietary theories under her belt, she teaches the same strategies that helped her lose more than 80 pounds to students at her weight-loss clinic. There, she offers everything from one-on-one coaching to cooking demos and tours of health-food stores.
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.
Experienced mason Damon Rich specializes in projects that deal with the maintenance and construction of bluestone, granite, and brick. Damon and his crew of technicians at D. Rich Stonework LLC construct custom fireplaces, patios, and walkways that enhance the style and appeal of a home's décor. Damon and his crew also care for chimneys, ensuring safe and warm homes through regular cleaning, inspections, and up keep. Technicians perform waterproofing, tuckpointing, and crown repair, and can install stainless steel chimney caps to keep animals from sneaking in as Santa imposters.
Windows are the first surface to show exterior grime on a house, whether from an accumulation of water marks or from the fingerprints of passing down-on-their-luck family men. For more than 25 years, Sparkle Window Cleaning's Andrew Minicozzi has wiped away such glass-marring stains, specializing in one- and two-story homes and storefronts. With squeegees and buckets of environmentally friendly cleaner in hand, Andrew ascends his ladder to strike away dirt from windows and screens. With scrapers and scrubbing pads, he also removes stubborn crud such as paint, glue, and tape.