Town of New Hartford Recreation Center sends skaters of all ages gliding across the frosty floors of its indoor arena during two-hour public skate sessions held throughout the week. Customers can rent skates ($4; not covered by the Groupon) upon arrival or whittle their own pair out of a block of cement before hitting the frozen dance floor to salchow beneath its bright lights. An indoor refrigeration system ensures that the rink can remain open until March 31st, giving visitors one last opportunity to show off their skating skills or favorite flannel poncho.
The instructors at Side Kicks Family Karate aren't just about helping their students progress in belt colors—they aim to help them progress in life. In their martial-arts classes, which combine Japanese fighting styles with kickboxing and basic grappling, they not only teach men, women, and children how to defend themselves, but also how to cultivate self-discipline, self-esteem, and strong character in and out of the dojo.
A father and his sons caked head to toe in mud. A mother and daughter, hands clasped, strolling through the park. A man riding his motorcycle into the sunset. When Todd Bailey steps behind the lens, he strives to capture subjects in the midst of activities they love with the people they love. Combining posed and candid images, Todd photographs everyone from families and couples to fashion models and rock musicians. To preserve each client’s favorite pictures, he offers prints with glossy or metallic finishes, as well as canvas prints up to 32”x48” in size. Besides portrait sessions, Todd lends his artistic eye to commercial and landscape photography.
Passonno Paints has equipped brush wielders with high-quality paint for more than 80 years. A friendly, knowledgeable staff helps patrons navigate thousands of hues from series such as Rustic Colors and The Historic Colour Collection, which includes all 149 colors of President Lincoln’s pet rainbow. In addition to transforming dwellings with vivid colors and equipping windows with blinds, Passonno Paints has also created an award-winning latex-paint-recycling program.
“I like the fact that I get to know my clients on a more personal level and not just as a name on an invoice," says Richard Miller, founder and patriarch of family-owned Abraham Heating and Cooling, Inc. His daughter, Amanda Miller-Sweener, helps him achieve his ideals of personalized service by handling the office work, conducting an orchestra of telephone rings, and scheduling appointments for humidification, generator, and heating and cooling services. Amanda’s husband and head HVAC technician Justin Sweener visits residences and commercial sites to install units from Thermo Pride, Energy Kinetics, Goodman, and Boyertown Foundry. Dedicated to energy-efficient appliances, the team offers geothermal heat pumps that yield 4–5 kilowatts of heat for every kilowatt of electricity, and employ ground temperature to cool homes and monitor the moods of earthworms.
Regal Cleaners tenderly tends to sullied attire using eco-friendly methods. Soiled sweaters, blouses, skirts, and pants ($7.65 each) are buffed clean of fiber-entrenching stains and malodorous dungeon aromas. Customers can spruce up a sports jacket ($8.45), expunge a mustard blotch from a men's shirt ($2.95), or polish a shiny new two-piece suit ($16.10) in a waterless washing session, leaving garments squeaky clean and more likely to break into song-and-dance numbers. These decontamination experts will speedily have all manner of garb ready for pickup or will deliver free of charge to the Capital District.