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Shebeen is the Irish Gaelic word for illegal brewhouse, or speakeasy. But for Irish-born head brewer Rich, Shebeen Brewing is the formalization of 25 years of homebrewing. That's 25 years experimenting with unique flavors and ingredients; so in addition to classic styles such as irish pale ales and rye porters, Shebeen offers a rotating roster of specialty beers.

The brewery's most famous is the cannoli beer, made with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and served with a dusting of powdered sugar and shaved chocolate. Like the cannoli beer, many of Rich's creations focus on sweeter or spicier ingredients as opposed to aggressive use of hops. This results in concoctions such as the bacon Kona stout, or the wine-like saison made with concord-grape extracts. But Rich doesn't shy away from bolder flavors?one slightly green-hued brew pairs the cooling flavor of cucumbers with hot wasabi. Customers can sample the range of creative beers during tastings or tours, or carry home growlers for a more fun, rewarding alternative to lifting weights.

1 Wolcott Road
Wolcott,
CT
US

Farmingbury Hills comes about as close to a full 18-hole layout as any 9-hole course can. The fourth hole?number 13 on the back side?has two separate tee boxes though they share the same green, while number 5/14 has two completely different greens. The finishing hole on either side, numbers 9 and 18, even have two different pars: it's a par 5 the second time around, a par 4 the first, and a par 3 if you can bend the laws of natural numbers. This adaptability has been a hallmark of the course since it was opened in the 1920s, when it was a private course for the managers of the Chase Brass and Copper Company. Today golfers of any stripe can spin around the 9-hole loop as many times as they like, taking care to note the former trolley line on the 5th tee and the remains of an old brick house near the 14th green.

141 East St.
Wolcott,
CT
US

Party Plus stocks a wide assortment of shindig essentials as well as whimsical additions to delight partygoers of any age. Patrons can win favor at a child's birthday party by bringing along a prize-packed piñata ($10.95+) or nix Newton's theories with a bouquet of balloons ($7.75+). Playful cake pans form delectable desserts in the shape of beloved cartoon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Mickey Mouse ($14.99+). Party Plus also rents tables ($7.50+) and chairs ($1+) to prepare homes for an influx of guests or public parks for an impromptu game of musical chairs.

95 Wolcott Rd
Wolcott,
CT
US

National Credit Masters' CEO Daniel Brenes knows what many of his clients have gone through because he himself lost nearly everything when the housing market crashed. He and his staff of credit-restoration specialists work with clients to remove negative and incorrect information and sad faces from their credit reports so they can be more secure financially.

They rely on five laws to get creditors and credit bureaus to back the claims that they make by using documented information. If the creditors can't validate their claims, they are required to remove the negative information from the credit report. National Credit Masters' staff also provides advice to help clients manage their finances and rebuild their credit.

21 West Main Street
Waterbury,
CT
US

One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.

344 Reidville Dr
Waterbury,
CT
US

In her native Holland, Susan Occhino grew up surrounded by flowers. Her passion for these colorful blooms led her to craft arrangements at a top Holland boutique. Upon moving to America, she opened Dutch Flower Lady, where she imports plants directly from Holland. That means, instead of American flowers, her shop stocks exotic florae such as organic dahlia tubers and narcissus bulbs, which can only grow while facing a mirror. These she creatively assembles into eye-catching, customized arrangements for every type of occasion, from weddings and Mother's Day to Bar Mitzvahs and Valentine's Day.

448 Willow Street
Waterbury,
CT
US