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.
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.
New Britain-Berlin YMCA's 90,000-square-foot complex helps members improve their lives through community programs, personal training programs, and a variety of fitness facilities, including a new massage studio. Besides bulking up on full circuit of Nautilus strength equipment or powering through Precor treadmills, steppers, and ellipticals, visitors can join friends for games of basketball in the double gymnasium or chuck tomatoes at the walls of five on-site racquetball courts. The clear waters of the 25-yard swimming pool parallel the mirrored walls of an 800-square-foot fitness studio, where members can partake in several health and wellness programs throughout the week.
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.
Ivy Bound Test Prep wants to send students away. To top-ranked schools, that is. During prep sessions, tutors help students identify and conquer academic issues, prepare for the rigors of upper education, and raise SAT and entrance-exam scores before they apply to Hunter high schools and top universities. By the end of the program, students often leave with exam scores boosted by up to 600 points and a better understanding of what major universities look for from an applicant. And if anyone knows what top-tier high schools and universities look for, it’s Ivy Bound's tutors; all of its instructors are licensed high-school teachers or college professors, with some hailing from Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale.