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Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

30 Wintonbury Mall
Bloomfield,
CT
US

Revival Home helps customers invigorate rooms with vintage furniture items and gently used designer pieces by Baker, Ralph Lauren, and Kate Spade. Owner Arlene opened Revival Home in the summer of 2009 during an economic recession in hopes of equipping shoppers with high-quality homewares for reasonable prices. Using her background in art direction, she hand selects each item from estate sales in the Hamptons to populate her recently renovated 10,000-square-foot show room with antique flatware, china sets, and ottomans. Because Revival Home relies on consignment goods, its stock rotates daily, providing shoppers with new antique lamps to check for genies on each visit.

131 S Main St
West Hartford,
CT
US

The courteous staff shares a wealth of fashion knowledge to help clients find vintage and contemporary apparel to complement their personal style or create completely original looks. Like a mother's stern warning, items from the shop's stock are rarely repeated to make room for a constant flow of new jewelry and clothing discoveries. Busy fashionistas may schedule private shopping appointments outside of regular business hours to receive one-on-one service. Closet-cleaning house calls summon Vice Versa Boutique's organizers to tidy up disheveled wardrobes and provide suggestions on future purchases before floating out the window with a vintage umbrella.

266 Park Road
West Hartford,
CT
US

The experts at Yarnover help knitters of all skill levels learn basic and advanced techniques in knitting classes, as well as help those comfortable enough to knit by themselves navigate the shop and secure buttons, needle cases, and colorful royal alpaca, mulberry silk, or baby llama yarn. During the hands-on classes, students progress at their own pace as they take in wisdom and pointers from experienced teachers and broaden the knowledge of their hands and muscle memory. Guests can also stop by to sharpen their skills and talk trash about crocheters at a free knitting circle held every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

124 Simsbury Rd
Avon,
CT
US

The Claypen is a place where memories are made. Making gifts for a loved one, capturing a newborn’s footprints, birthday parties, scout troops, good times are a regular occurrence here. Where else can grandparents, teenagers, and young children sit together and share the enjoyment of creating.

997 Farmington Ave
West Hartford,
CT
US

Voted Best Florist/Flower Shop in 2010 and 2011, Lane and Lenge Florists commemorates special occasions with artfully arranged floral masterpieces. Nestled in a terra-cotta-style clay dish, the Serene Retreat arrangement embeds white hypoestes in a field of green dieffenbachia, spathiphyllum, ficus, and boston fern ($47.95). Romantics will enjoy the Rose Medley, a perennial cluster of roses, spray roses, and other fresh buds named after gardening enthusiast Pete Rose ($47.95+). The Citrus Kissed arrangement, a vibrant display of orange and coral roses in a slender gathering vase, celebrates sun-splashed summer months and can be used to ward off apparitions of February ($52.95+).

214 Park Rd
West Hartford,
CT
US