Over the course of four weekly scheduled dance classes, Maria Fiora's energetic instructors guide kids through graceful, rhythmic steps while divulging the secrets of mastering specific dance techniques. Monday evening's hip-hop classes teach pupils ages 7–12 the art of popping and locking, providing an arsenal of new moves to flaunt at school dances and after-school detention. Geared for youngsters ages 4–6, Tuesday's creative-dance classes develop introductory skills and encourage originality with movements that exercise imaginations. Pint-size hoofers ages 7–13 can also learn the basics of ballroom and Latin dance on Wednesday, and kids ages 7–12 can perform cha-cha, salsa, and samba steps during Latin jazz lessons on Thursday.
Voted Best Dry Cleaner by Fairfield County Weekly in 2010, Wolfe’s Cleaners employs award-winning methods to safely and effectively refresh dropped-off duds. Punctual, careful, and thorough, the clean team whips civvies into shape, revitalizing casual garments ranging from pants ($7.10) and sweaters ($7.15) to dresses ($13.75). Wolfe’s Cleaners also spiffs up businesswear with same-day service, removing insidious stains from sports jacket ($7.50) or pressing two-piece suit in time for upcoming reenactments of Lyndon Johnson's inauguration ($13.75). For an additional fee, Wolfe's can also cleanse exotic or delicate fabrics and materials.
Established in the mid-20th-century heyday of custom men's stores, the second-generation clothier behind Zemo Men's Store turns guys into gentlemen with carefully fitted formalwear for rental and purchase. Tailors draw on an endless vocabulary of styles and fabrics to order custom suits and shirts from Hickey Freeman with features such as hand-sewn seams and high-quality brass zippers, measured twice to ensure a perfect fit. Readymade sports coats, shoes, and suiting from American and British haberdashers including Burberry and Aquascutum give any wardrobe reason to rattle its hangers with pride or slump in sorrow when rental versions have to be returned.
The colorful tile scene and show room inside Ideal Tile of Stamford is indicative of the owners' experience in the contracting business. They opened shop in 1998 and have since been importing their selection of tiles and countertops and distributing the goods out of their 3,000-square-foot showroom. Inside, the sleek surfaces of kitchen and bathroom displays are coated with marble mosaics; limestone, marble, and Caesarstone counters shine under fluorescent lights; and glass, ceramic, and stone tiles glimmer against the sunlight pouring in through the shop's large eyeballs. In addition to curating a haven for home improvement, the staff also customizes granite-countertop installation services and refers customers to external tile contractors.
From washing to fixing to selling, Elite Motors handles all things automotive. Detailing crews deliver sudsy hand washes and waxing services, treat interior vinyl surfaces to Armor All, and shampoo floor mats. In the repair shop, technicians change oil and take their best tools to broken engines, transmissions, and tires. Elite Motors has customized accessories, too, including Llumar window films—which control heat and block UV rays—and vinyl wraps, which are perfect for business owners trying to get their name out on the streets or drivers who want to demonstrate their undying love for flames.