After serving as a Methodist church for more than a century, Trinity-on-Main was set for the wrecking ball. Despite the grandeur of its 108-foot granite tower, its intricate stained glass windows, and its neck-straining ceilings, it seemed that the historic structure would be reclaimed. That is, however, until the New Britain community stepped in to save it. With their support and direction, the church became a haven for the town's cultural scene, and today hosts events ranging from theater productions to poetry readings.
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.
Recently featured in the Hartford Courant, Spin Cycle Café eliminates the boredom and spin-induced hypnosis associated with traditional, un-tricked-out Laundromats. In addition to 25 washers ($2/single load, $3/double load) and 24 dryers ($1 for 24 minutes, $0.25 for additional six minutes), Spin Cycle Café has free WiFi, organic fair-trade coffee, satellite TV, and a full bar and café menu. All-day breakfast items, such as the sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich ($3.95) or the bagel with cream cheese and a small coffee ($3.25), provide nutritional fuel to last you through your clothes’ de-dirtenings. The tomatoes, black olives, shredded chicken, and mozzarella of the chicken-pesto panini ($7.25) inject cleansing sessions with a distinctly boot-shaped flavor. Off-the-clock laundronauts can kick back with an ice-cold beer from Spin Cycle’s bar, and those fed up with the eulogy and tragic- monologue readings that are popular in traditional laundry destinations will enjoy a change of pace with Spin Cycle’s event calendar, which features comedy shows on the last Saturday of every month.
The owners of Vero Pizza chose the name vero, meaning "true" or "real", to reflect their food philosophy. Each pizza, salad, and panini sandwich is prepared with locally farmed produce, all-natural meats, unbleached flours, and artisan-baked breads. Diners may split specialty pizzas such as the Picante with buffalo chicken, blue cheese, and celery while sipping a glass of wine or beer brought from home.
Founded by American Mountain Guides Association–certified instructor Matt Shove, Ragged Mountain Guides teaches its climbing pupils the techniques and tools needed to scale the natural terrain of the Traprock region. Rock-climbing adventures illuminate how to handle rope and repel down mountain cliffs even when their escalators are broken. As seasonal temperatures drop, guides turn their attention to ice and alpine climbing, which challenges mountaineers to swing their axe and scale vertical ice. Students master increasingly advanced techniques until they can tackle cliffs on their own, and the most dedicated climbers can enroll in guide-certification programs. Matt Shove's expertise has also been tapped by organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard, and he regularly repels into the offices of Climberism magazine to contribute articles.