As the aroma of fresh baked cookies, pies, and cakes wafts through the air at Hannah’s Catering & Bakery, one might wonder where the eponymous baker is. However, the person responsible for the appetizing scent is not Hannah, but rather Margaret Jacobs—Hannah’s great-granddaughter. Surrounded by her great-grandmother's Irish cooking, Margaret learned the ins and outs of the kitchen at a young age—including how to avoid getting locked in the fridge—and developed a deep passion for cooking, a passion she later transformed into a career. In 1989, the Culinary Institute of America grad opened up her own shop in Torrington, naming it in honor of her biggest motivator, Hannah. There, she churned out decadent baked goods for two decades before moving her bakery, café, and catering shop to Litchfield.
Today, Margaret fills boxed lunches or sticks and bindles with hearty chicken-salad, roast-beef, and vegetarian sandwiches, each stacked atop marble-rye, white, or wheat bread. She creates soul-warming soups and chowders, fresh-from-the-oven pot pies, and hearty platters of mac 'n' cheese. For dessert, a glass bakery case showcases freshly baked and elegantly decorated cakes—such as red velvet, mocha raspberry, and classic carrot—and tempts passersby with cream puffs, fruit-filled strudels, and nearly 20 types of pies, from blueberry to mincemeat.
Certified Justice of the Peace Karen Mowad performs wedding ceremonies at a variety of venues across the region. Her ceremonies include a personalized touch for each couple, and she offers up themes such as love letters or love texts. No stranger to giving back to the community, Karen has also volunteered her services to people suffering from cancer for weddings and vow renewals.
Carnivals provide some of the most striking memories of childhood, from the bright colors of whirring rides to the thrill each activity brings. Kids can now get that carnival taste most any time with Bounce About?s rentable inflatables and interactive games. The company?s staff delivers and sets up in customers? backyards and creates safe, cushy, and sanitized play spaces where kids bounce and slide with all the work taken care of. Inflatables range from walled-in bounce houses with slide exits to inflatable obstacle courses and a bungee run. Many inflatables also come in a popular kids' theme, be it an intricate tiki obstacle course, a Justice League bounce house, or a castle just waiting for a kid who can commit to a four-year term as ruler.
Laser Planet's sprawling facility hosts a trio of attractions: laser tag, black-light mini golf, and an arcade. Competitors don vests and equip their laser-emitting weapons before heading into the multi-level laser-tag arena, where they'll be met with techno music, fog, and strobe lights, as they navigate corridors and attempt to tag the other team in a game of PowerPoint de la muerte. Or, they can head to the mini-golf arena, where black lights illuminate bright colors, aliens, and astronauts positioned around the 10-hole course. Elsewhere, a video arcade presents digital challenges, as players grab joysticks and mash buttons gleefully. Additionally, Laser Planet also offers a host of parties and events, ranging from all-night lock-ins, to corporate team building, to birthdays.
Jump!Zone’s indoor playgrounds envelop kids aged 2–12 in an inflatable world filled with challenging obstacle courses, fun slides, and cardio-boosting bounce houses. While navigating the plush courses under the watchful eyes of air-filled dinosaurs and superheroes, kids burn off extra energy and participate in activities that may help develop motor skills. Jump!Zone’s energetic staff supervises all play as kids climb on pirate ships and trampoline inside princess castles. Specific inflatables may vary by location but often include towering bounce houses shaped like fire trucks or octopi as well as party rooms, games, pizza, soda, and other festive fare. The bouncy center also hosts birthday parties, fundraisers, and special events.
A VideoView Production places video projects into the trusted hands of an experienced videographer and production guru. In his more than three decades in the industry, owner Ed Deet has built and operated TV studios, taught college video workshops, and produced several documentaries and video testimonials. He brings his expertise to bear in film transfer and video restoration services, placing home movies in more durable formats so that memories can last for the long haul.