At The Scuba Shack, the staff’s family-oriented lessons encourage divers to take social rather than solo ventures into the blue beyond. Each instructor carries an impressive résumé of underwater travels—the head trainer has been diving for more than 20 years and others have logged more than 1,000 dives. Captaining PADI-certification courses and specialty seminars—which cover topics such as night diving, photography, and fish identification—they take groups on open-water excursions to area lakes and Clear Spring Scuba Park. They prioritize educating their charges with safe and enjoyable teachings, rather than monotonous quizzes on whether the bends is a serious health issue or a 1980s punk band. With trips to dive sites in Fiji and Mexico, they introduce divers to the visual wonder of reefs and aquatic wildlife throughout the world.
The owners of Big Z Cleaners, Twin City Dry Cleaners, & Squeeky's Cleaners & Laundromat wash and dry-clean garments with environmentally friendly practices and a keen eye for detail honed over a span of 40 years. After dry-cleaning silk blouses, suits, or dress shirts stained with business-related marinara sauce, specialists press collars and cuffs and preserve their shapes with a customizable dose of starch. The team also carefully executes wash, dry, and fold services that conclude with exemplary folding and placement on hangers.
Nelson Molina had just graduated from medical school when a chance encounter changed his life's path. Every day, he'd stop by a local cafe for lunch, and every day, he'd run into a crowd of fellow customers who seemed astonishingly relaxed and happy. Convinced by their laid-back demeanor that they must be fishermen by trade, he asked?and discovered that they spent their mornings working the stock market, and had the freedom to spend their afternoons hanging out with their families or watching cat videos. He decided then and there to change careers.
He started trading penny stocks, bond futures, equities, and options, and he's been an independent trader since 2010. Wanting to share his success with others, he started McBillion.com, which trains students to read the market's crucial indicators to find their own success.
When she’s not teaching creative writing or crafting award-winning songs, Kate Callahan helps high school seniors channel their own creativity into college essays. A 12-year artist-in-residence in West Hartford public schools, Kate walks students through essay-writing step-by-step, from brainstorming to revision. Along the way, she shows pupils how to incorporate creative elements into their pieces, such as dialogue or building suspense. For students who already have an essay ready, Kate happily makes content or grammar suggestions during her one-on-one Skype or in-person sessions. Along with seniors, she extends her services to juniors, who can develop and refine their pieces a full year ahead of the application grind in senior year.
Ivy Bound Test Prep wants to send students away. To top-ranked schools, that is. During prep sessions, tutors help students identify and conquer academic issues, prepare for the rigors of upper education, and raise SAT and entrance-exam scores before they apply to Hunter high schools and top universities. By the end of the program, students often leave with exam scores boosted by up to 600 points and a better understanding of what major universities look for from an applicant. And if anyone knows what top-tier high schools and universities look for, it’s Ivy Bound's tutors; all of its instructors are licensed high-school teachers or college professors, with some hailing from Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale.
Started in 2001 as a local milk-and-cookie delivery service, Geoff & Drew's quickly evolved into a bearer of baked goods to sweet teeth across the country, gaining attention from the Today Show, Gourmet magazine, and others. Freshly prepared dough, Grade A butter, pure vanilla, and vibrant gift packaging distinguish these cookies from supermarket dunkables and day-old bread. From polka-dot-boxed cookies ($28) to eight decadent double-fudge chunk cookies ($20), Geoff & Drew’s gourmet dessert disks come in a variety of taste-bud-tempting flavors and combinations.