Voted the Best Place to Buy Eyewear in 2011 by New Haven Advocate readers, Kennedy & Perkins Guild Opticians focuses gazes and outfits eyes in contemporary designer frames. Owners Richard Kennedy Jr. and J. Dart Messick keep up with the latest face-mounted fashions and airport vending machines by attending eyewear shows from Los Angeles to Milan. Drawing from nearly 1,000 designer frames ($99+), staff frame stylists can suggest styles ideally suited to customers' facial features.
Overseeing more than 22 New England locations, Jack Brewer—a lifelong sailor—has tended to boats and provided peace of mind for their owners for nearly 50 years. At their 50-acre marina community, Brewer Pilots Point Marina’s year-round staff works to keep the family-friendly facility’s swimming pool, restaurant, clubhouse, and more than 800 boat slips in ship shape. Sailing schools for juniors teach recreational and competitive skills, and adult-oriented classes introduce students to sailing or help them brush-up on hoisting sails, maneuvering, and reading the wind based on the ripples in a pitcher of beer. Summer slips and events offer boating and entertainment through the warmer months, and indoor-storage options keep skiffs safe from Old Man Winter’s icy beard-cicles.
With more than 3,000 varicose vein procedures under his belt, Dr. Jeffrey Goldblatt, a diplomat of the American Board of Surgeons, leads the staff at Shoreline Medical Spa in blotting out bodily imperfections with up-to-date technologies. Lasers play starring roles in several treatments, with the CoolLipo system breaking up and removing fat cells from necks and jowls, and elos technology precisely ousting visible veins and hair from all skin tones. The staff puts down the lasers to evict bodies of toxins with body wraps, smooth wrinkles with dermal fillers, and soothe complaining muscles with therapeutic strokes or compassionate back pats.
At Northeast Fitness Factory, fighters are allowed to talk about Fight Club. Named after the iconic novel and film, the gym’s signature class blends strikes inspired by boxing and mixed martial arts with cross-training fundamentals, leaving students as confident as they are toned. It’s not all about fighting at this gym, though. Students can also enlist in classes such as dance-inspired Zumba cardio, yoga, and boot camp. Committed instructors push participants to the limit, working with all types of fitness levels to maximize results. They even have the option to leave their children in the gym’s daycare, where staff members supervise as tots play with toys or compare their stock portfolios.
Since 1884, countless communities have benefitted from the YMCA's activities and programs. The Connecticut River Valley and its Valley-Shore facility are no different. Structurally speaking, the building features a gymnasium, a fitness center, a racquetball court, an outdoor track, and two six-lane swimming pools made from an old highway. Communally speaking, the staff offer an array of youth development programs and more than 40 types of adult fitness classes, including Zumba and boot camp.
While working as a sales executive for two of the top hearing-aid manufacturers, Nancy Jablonski quickly realized that the people who most needed her products were those who often found it difficult to travel to audiology centers. She established Audiology Concierge as a means to correct this problem, and today, she and her staff travel to homes to perform exams, suggest solutions, and fit custom hearing aids. For the latter, she has been able to access desirable pricing thanks to her years spent as an industry insider.