Creative Music Center’s skilled teachers have been nurturing musical talent in students of all ages and skill levels for nearly three decades, earning recognition for their efforts with a Best Music Lessons and Instruments award from Moffly Media readers in 2009. They achieve this high level of instruction by adapting their teaching styles to the needs of each pupil rather than insisting that everyone play Mozart or eat sheet music for breakfast. While private lessons prep students to play everything from the viola to the trombone, teachers also foster camaraderie through group lessons for piano and guitar. Students who haven’t hollowed out a baguette to make their own French horn can rent or buy an instrument from the center, which stocks brands such as Yamaha and Fender.
The award-winning editorial staff at Connecticut Magazine packs the monthly publication with articles about local shops, restaurants, and houses. The home-and-garden section examines immaculate abodes, travel articles showcase exceptional weekend getaways, and entertainment features profile exciting happenings throughout the state. Once a year, the Best of Connecticut feature highlights extraordinary eateries and entertainment options, anointing these establishments with incandescent compliments and gold-star stickers.
77kids, a new children's clothing brand by American Eagle, swaddles newborns and youths up to size 14 in rock ‘n’ roll–inspired duds featuring stylish retro details. The pink Rock Sparkle hoodie ($39.50) adds an urban edge to the animal print of the Flowy ruffle-front dress ($34.50). The Rad to the Bone graphic tee ($16.50) launches playground debates about skeletal system ethics and complements a pair of Destroyed loose-fit jeans ($34.50). A baby bedecked in an All Good! footed one piece ($16.50) gets a head start on learning rock ‘n’ roll vocab such as "rad," "awesome," and "check check, one two, one two."
At FoodWorks, a team of amicable grocers stocks shelves with organic dairy, produce, and bulk grains, herbs, and vitamins from fair-trade and local vendors. Applegate turkey breast ($6.99) completes any sandwich or performance-art piece, and the Tofurky maple bacon ($4.99) is a hearty addition to vegan breakfasts. Customers can dig into bags of Late July sea-salt chips ($3.19), pairing them with a Sunshine veggie burger ($4.99) for delicious, animal-friendly flavor. After stashing carts with nourishing nosh, saunter through aisles of vitamins, gifts, books, and health and beauty supplies, or invest in a selection of freshly prepared foods to build a healthy meal or a parking lot food sculpture.
Tilth Beauty founder Anthony Vargas is a skincare guru. After years of launching new cosmetics as head of research and development at a major cosmetics company, he decided to branch out with his own line of luxury, high-performing, non-toxic skincare. All of his products are formulated with high-quality botanical, natural, and cosmeceutical ingredients, shunning the use of GMOs, gluten, parabens, sulfates, and petroleum products. From serums to anti-aging creams and peptide mists, Tilth Beauty's moisturizers and their other skincare products leave skin healthy, hydrated, and nourished.