Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Certified Level 1 CrossFit trainer Dave Duprey faces all challenges with a fierce, competitive spirit. The ex-minor-league hockey player—who holds a National Academy of Sports Medicine certification—has won several American Strongman competitions, bested the state deadlift record, and competed in the 2010 CrossFit Games.
At Self Made CrossFit, Duprey channels this devout athleticism into his coaching duties as he helps clients of all ages and abilities blast through their perceived limitations. He and his team of trainers harness CrossFit's high-intensity, constantly varied functional movements to bolster strength and endurance. To do this, they use free weights and body weight to help everyone from athletes to new moms get in shape. While there is no typical class at Self Made CrossFit, exercises may include kettlebell training, gymnastics, climbing, and lifting.
Alex and Ani's jewelry is designed to be not only beautiful, but inspirational and unique. Within the shop, customers can take a seat in the formidable designers' chair at the bangle bar to begin the process of customizing their choice of adornment. Each piece is expandable to ensure a perfect wrist or finger-hugging fit. From stacks of Russian gold wrist bangles piled high with Byzantine coin pendants and metal beads, to simple hoop earrings dripping with glass teardrop beads, to men's wire bracelets, there is something for everyone in the Alex and Ani treasure trove. Browse their chic yet trendy collection of bracelets, rings, earrings, and hair accessories to bedeck yourself for the holiday season or give the gift of glimmering appendages.
In addition to clipping hair into chic and trendy silhouettes, Hair Power Salon's stylists lengthen manes with hair extensions and infuse strands with high beams of color. To transform gnarled hair labyrinths into sleek thoroughfares, the salon administers La-Brasiliana keratin treatments. Unlike other conditioning sessions, which mainly involve stylists hoping really hard at frizzy hair and then smoothing it with their tears of frustration, La Brasiliana gussies up finicky strands with collagen, leaving hair sleek and manageable for up to four months.
Since Jim and Mike Amore opened Jet Cleaners in 1956, the place has become a rite of passage not only for Mike Amore Jr., who worked there as a teen and now represents the third generation of his family's business, but for New Haven residents. The company's Facebook page fondly catalogs photos of staff through the decades, occasionally noting the growth of their careers and families, or marking their passing. The good feelings are mutual, as the community voted Jet Cleaners Elm City's Best Dry Cleaner and Tailor in 2011. Voting with their dollars, the Yale Repertory Theater and Yale Medical School entrust Amore and his team with their costumes and lab coats, a practice begun after hearing the school's dean relied on them to starch his upper lip. A light touch with these delicate materials extends to refreshing heirloom quilts and wedding gowns, as well as tailoring suits. Free weekly pickup and delivery services save trips to the cleaner's modernist building on State Street, which is instantly recognizable not only for its austere design but also for the garden flourishing within its glass walls.