What's now a 16-acre garden center full of lush greenery, multicolored flowers, and hanging plants was initially a sandpit. On the way to a landscaping job site, brothers Scot and Al Leavitt first spotted the sandpit thanks to bright-red winterberry shrubs dotting the field. They decided that it was the perfect spot to combine their already established work in landscape design, irrigation, and residential maintenance with a fully stocked garden center.
Named for those shrubs that first caught their eye, Winterberry Garden Center and Showroom stocks herbs, plants, flowers, and other landscaping necessities in a park-like atmosphere. Friendly, savvy staff members help all customers, whether they're already expert gardeners or plant novices, find the necessary items to create their ideal landscape, garden, or garden-gnome amusement park.
Having worked on large-scale commercial projects and residential tasks for 20 years, David Button has expertly honed his craftsmanship and attention to detail. He and his contractors at SmallJobsDoneWell perform all types of domestic feats, from gutter-cleaning and power-washing to interior remodeling for kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring.
State-licensed massage therapist (license #004958) A. Malaika Sharp cultivates relaxation and targets each client's unique issues with a focused menu of services. She can shoo everyday stress away through basic relaxation massages, but she’s as focused on function as she is on feeling good. An avid martial artist and cyclist, Sharp consults with all clients to understand the ways they use their bodies for work and recreation. That helps her pick out distinct patterns of motion and coax bad habits or stored tension out of muscles, whether she’s targeting chronic aches through deep-tissue techniques or helping athletes recover from strenuous duck-duck-goose training through sports massage. Or, for those suffering from headaches and migraines, she can incorporate trigger-point therapy. Sharp is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
Tool Consignment accommodates craftsmen with quality new and used implements to ease the completion of any project, be it a woodworking, metalworking, electrical, landscaping, or plumbing pursuit. Search for leaks around under-sink nooks or retrieve runaway bolts from hard-to-reach crannies with a telescoping mini light and magnetic pickup ($9.99). A stainless-steel dishwasher hose with elbow joints ($12.99) can connect a favorite kitchen appliance to the proper piping, while a Blackhawk open-ended wrench ($17.50) makes for a formidable opponent against loose nuts. Tool Consignment’s inventory, like the fashion trends in a chameleon colony, is continually changing, and each item comes with a 14-day guarantee.
A VideoView Production places video projects into the trusted hands of an experienced videographer and production guru. In his more than three decades in the industry, owner Ed Deet has built and operated TV studios, taught college video workshops, and produced several documentaries and video testimonials. He brings his expertise to bear in film transfer and video restoration services, placing home movies in more durable formats so that memories can last for the long haul.
Parents and children gaze at Curious George's antics on a movie screen, which is situated amid the same stencil work, pews, and fixtures that have decorated Charter Oak Cultural Center's building since its construction in 1876. Once the first synagogue to be built in Connecticut, it currently hosts the center's theatrical performances, film showings, and gallery exhibits, which all center around the idea that art is sustenance for the mind. With a belief that open and equal access to the arts fosters the community as a whole, it aims to enrich minds through four key activity types—artistic, cultural, educational, and historic preservation—that are often free. Its youth arts institute is endorsed by the Hartford Public Schools superintendent’s office and aims to supplement curricula with programs before, after, and after-after school. In adult-learning workshops, instructors advise on topics such as what to consider before going back to school, while the center's Homegrown Dance movement supports seven local companies.