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A night of dinner, drinks, and dancing doesn't always have to involve three different destinations. At Shish Restaurant & Lounge, visitors can do all three, seamlessly. While they cozy up on a leather sofa, the wait staff ferries Middle-Eastern cuisine such as small plates of baba ghanoush and grape leaves as well as flatbreads decorated with lamb, hallumi, and olives. From the bar, servers transport nine signature cocktails, flutes of seven types of champagne, and draft and bottled beers to lounging diners as they watch other cut a rug on the giant dance floor. Whether visiting on swing-dance Wednesdays, Latin Thursdays, or DJ-party Fridays, there is always something to watch.

904 Farmington Ave
West Hartford,
CT
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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 Road
Avon,
CT
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Plus One Defense Systems is arguably the most fully functional martial arts school in Connecticut. We do more than just provide people with a way to learn how to protect themselves. We help our students learn how to live healthier, happier, safer lives.

20 Jefferson Ave
West Hartford,
CT
US

For more than 90 years, the same soft morning sunlight has poured over the fields of yellow sunflowers, tasseled stalks of sweet corn, and rows of grapevines growing at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards. In that span of time, five generations of Rosedales have tended to the farm’s fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers, sharing them with the Simsbury community and even earning a nod in the Washington Post. It wasn’t until 2005, however, that the family produced its first vintage from its 4-acre vineyard of French hybrid grapes. Since then, the winery’s estate-grown vintages have earned several awards, including a double gold at the 2010 Vineyard & Winery International Eastern Wine Competition. Today, at the winery’s onsite bar, staff members pour samples of varieties such as the Simsbury Celebration, which distinguishes itself with a creamy structure, mineral overtones, and a penchant for hiding beneath lampshades. Additional events include fall farm fests that include free hayrides and corn mazes. Partnering with the Max Restaurant Group, Rosedale Farms & Vineyards also features chef-to-farm dinners, during which chefs prepare four- to six-course banquets using ingredients plucked straight from the fields.

25 E Weatogue St
Simsbury,
CT
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Owner and certified instructor D’Mario Sowah, known as one of the "best trainers" as Molly Qerim, ESPN broadcaster, related to the Hartford Courant, helps students achieve healthy levels of strength and self-confidence at Akua Ba Fitness in West Hartford. Upon moving to New York, D'Mario spent 10 years as a personal trainer before opening the intimately sized Akua Ba Fitness facility. D’Mario⎯a practitioner of both capoeira and meditation⎯motivates his students by constantly highlighting the transitive property of mental mastery. His group classes often focus on muscle confusion, a methodology which challenges muscles to adapt to new resistance by mixing up routines and administering algebraic pop quizzes. Trainees also maintain fit forms with the help of the facility's resident nutritionist and wellness coach. D'Mario is so renowned as a trainer that he has been tapped by The Doctors to help guests lose weight and get fit on an upcoming program.

87 Memorial Rd
West Hartford,
CT
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Covenant to Care for Children aims to create a future where all Connecticut children have a caring support system and a safe place to live. Operating with this vision, the organization helps to mobilize community members to serve as advocates, mentors, and supporters for children who are neglected, abused, or impoverished. Additionally, its Children's Enrichment Fund collects critical items for children, including clothing and bed linens, and channels donations toward meeting the special needs and less ordinary requests of underserved youth, such as helping a child get a haircut, go to summer camp, or attend prom.

120 Mountain Ave
Bloomfield,
CT
US