For more than four decades, one family has passed down the tradition of crowd-pleasing pizzas, grinders, and pastas. Hartford Road Pizza owner Greg Procaccini claims the honor of the pizza-making paterfamilias from both his father and his uncle Mike, who recently retired after a long career of Italian cookery at Hartford Road’s affiliate, Gino’s Pizza. Greg continues his family’s proud tradition with plates of stuffed-shell pasta, tender veal parmigiana, and pizzas crowned with toppings such as hamburger, anchovies, eggplant, ricotta, and pineapple. Each meal stays as close to home as possible, with hearty grinders and saucy meatballs sourced from local meats when available, and traditional dishes such as the housemade pasta fagioli soup made from time-tested family recipes.
Licensed massage therapist Marsha Egerton, owner of The Oasis for Healing at The Center for Progressive Therapies, specializes in soothing muscle pain with Swedish, therapeutic, and aromatherapy massage. Inside her leaf-green and white massage room, Egerton fills the air with fragrances from scented candles and Young Living essential oils to further soothe her clients.
When Maggie Carchrie voyaged to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, she hardly expected to discover a passion that would win her the U.S. Mòd Women's Championship in Gaelic Singing two years later. She was immediately enchanted by the traditional music of the region, planning her future travels around the areas of Cape Breton and Scotland and diving headfirst into the Celtic culture. With a college degree in music therapy and a resume that boasts subsequent studies at the Ceòlas Music School, she built a foundation for a life filled with award-winning Celtic performance and education. She lays claim to two albums, books several East Coast showcases throughout the year, and furthers the reach of Celtic stylings through the concerts and CDs of Mermaid Productions. Maggie draws from all of these experiences to act as director of the Callanish School of Celtic Arts. There, she instructs students of all ages in music, dance, and lyrical language, managing a non-competitive venue for guests to experiment with age-old harmonies and master a brogue without having to install a second tongue. From the high-stepping choreography of Scottish Highland Dance to the signature keening of the bagpipe, she outlines several levels of melodic techniques, all of which are steeped in rich history.
Explorers and Boy Scouts alike depend on celestial navigation to know where they are, but astrologer Pat Peabody sees the stars as a way to better understand the emotional journeys of her clients. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, the former president of the Astrological Society of Connecticut uses astrology and tarot card readings to help guests decipher their birth charts and understand how they're affected by planetary cycles. She passes these skills on at astrology and tarot workshops, where her pupils review tarot archetypes and study the astrological charts of celebrities.
Board-certified physician Dr. Tory Westbrook leads The Laser Spa's team of medical assistants in beautifying skin with aesthetic laser treatments. Dr. Westbrook traded his scalpel for Candela's versatile and noninvasive GentleYAG laser, which is effective on any skin type, including tanned, dark, or bioluminescent. As an affiliated member of the Hair Removal Journal, the doctor stays on the forefront of industry advancements, using the GentleYAG laser to disable hair follicles over the course of a few visits. Staffers also direct the device's controlled heat to eliminate eight-legged veins or bolster collagen growth in areas of skin laxity, all while deploying the laser's patented cooling system to minimize discomfort. Dr. Westbrook's crew has compiled a list of frequently asked questions for more information on available procedures and how to use a laser pointer to de-feline a tall tree.
General dentists, certified lab technicians, and specialists in areas from root canals to orthodontia work together on Columbia Dental’s diverse team. They safeguard smiles with a comprehensive array of services, placing special emphasis on disease prevention with rigorous exams, cleanings, and digital x-rays. However, when disease strikes, the team can treat it in-house, tending to inflamed gums and eliminating chronic pain with root canals. The staff can also straighten crooked smiles with Invisalign treatments, which are more effective than constructing mouth guards from rulers. The office accommodates hectic schedules by staying open seven days a week, with evening appointments available.