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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 Rd
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

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

Jim, the owner and operator of Extreme Paintball, bought his first paintball marker––a Nelspot 007––more than 20 years ago. Shortly after discovering his passion, he toured the country on a National Professional Paintball League team, retiring after 11 years to open Extreme Paintball. Nowadays, Jim and his staff work to introduce new players to his preferred method of paintball: woodsball. Contrasting with bunker-based speedball, woodsball is played in the natural outdoors, such as in the woods or at the bottom of the ocean.

At Extreme Paintball, Jim's three vast courses are designed around different scenarios with thematic obstacles scattered throughout to enhance the experience. The tank course carries the scars of war as crashed planes and the wrecked husks of tanks litter the battlefield, and the Vietnam course is shrouded in the area's densest foliage, finally making use of all the artificial trees populating the region. Jim's team rotates the courses throughout the year to preserve the environment and create an ever-changing battlefield.

476 Boyden St.
Waterbury,
CT
US

Since 1994, KarTele has connected consumers with useful electronics and handy wireless devices from manufacturers such as Apple, Directed Electronics, and Pioneer. KarTele’s stock of high-tech gadgets such iPad tablets and iPhones enable mobile computing, and remote car starters let drivers access vehicles from far away, which comes in handy during cold-weather months or when being chased by a frisky squirrel. Experienced auto technicians deftly install these digital add-ons to cars and perform repair work on all of KarTele’s products.

511 Wolcott St
Waterbury,
CT
US