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Nuggets by Judy Henderson

Hour Hero
Got a clock that’s off by more than a few minutes — or a favorite watch that hasn’t worked in nearly forever? That’s OK. We all do. And some of us have several. (OK, many.) That’s why I think we all agree that a timepiece that’s too slow can really tick you off (pun intended) by making you late — or leave you either high and dry (or up a creek — take your pick) by stopping altogether. So. What should you do? Gather them up and take them to James Standish at James Standish Clock Repair, whose expertise at turning back the hands of time on the hands of time is, well…second nature. And do it today, because there’s no time like the present. — J.H.

James P. Standish
Clock Repair
1145 New Britain Ave.
West Hartford
860-561-5599

Stop hemming
and hawing.

Looking your best matters. Indeed, if shipshape attire is “the measure of a man” (or woman), then an ill-fitting jacket could appear disorganized, a torn seam could seem careless, and a missing a button (especially in a tricky spot) could mean missing the boat entirely. But don’t worry. If your clothing needs resizing, reshaping, restyling, or just a simple (but essential) mend, get a bag, load it up, and head on over to Sew Amazing, where their talent for tailoring, flair for fashion, and eye for excellence ensures “outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail,” no matter what the challenge. And if your heart’s desire is something designed just for you, trust Sew Amazing to create an original destined to make you look… that’s right — so amazing! Appointments available. Walk-ins welcome. — J.H.

Sew Amazing
998 Farmington Ave., Ste. 100
West Hartford
860-313-0234
www.sew-amazing.com

Putting the “Din”
in Dinner

There’s only one place we know of where you are guaranteed actual sizzle with your meal, and that’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Fact is, Ruth’s Chris Steak House learned a long time ago that broiling the finest cuts of beef to perfection, topping them with a buttery mix of freshly chopped parsley, then serving them on a 500-degree plate so customers can actually hear the savory flavor isn’t simply the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart. It’s the shortest route. And when they discovered that they could make chicken and chops and seafood deafeningly delectable, it sort of lit a fire under them — and before you knew it, Ruth’s became an international favorite. The good news is there’s one close by in Newington. Where? Just follow your ears. — J.H.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2513 Berlin Tpke.
Newington
860-666-2202
www.ruthschris.com

A Class Act
The Connecticut Family Theater probably never envisioned a future of its own. But when the youth program at the Park Road Playhouse opened in June 2005 with 45 kids — then grew to a 175 in just one year …well, it was show time. And in no time, they had settled into their own location, complete with rehearsal/classroom space and a costume shop. Classes include performance training, improv, vocal technique, and dance, while workshops include audition prep and make-up. And for those with more technical behind-the-scenes interests, there are plenty of opportunities, too. And how’s this for a little inspiration: Many of their students have gone on to perform in commercials or films — and on Broadway. (Yes, Broadway. Applause! Applause!) Got a child who dreams big? This could be their start. Call today. — J.H.

The Connecticut Family Theater
20 Jefferson Ave.
West Hartford, CT
860-992-7764
www.connecticutfamilytheatre.org

Remember to Remember
Pier 1 Imports has been around a long time — so long, in fact, that it’s easy to forget it’s still the go-to place for all things colorful, fun, sleek, comfy, soft, functional, silly, contemporary, unique, handy, fragrant, reflective, impressive, and vintage. Decorating from scratch? Start here. Bugged by that last empty space across from the fireplace? Not for long. Got a friend with a birthday coming up? The perfect gift awaits. From furniture and soaps and pillows and dishes to rugs and glassware and towels and lamps, it’s all there. And if curtains, cushions, candles, or clocks are what you’re after, you’ll find those, too. So when you need anything — and I mean anything — to make your home a sweeter home, remember to remember Pier I Imports. They’ve been around a long time. And it’s no wonder why. — J.H.

Pier 1 Imports
1465 New Britain Ave.
West Hartford
860-521-4449

Be chewsy.
We are what we eat. At least that’s what they say. And since “they” know a lot more about nutrition than most of us, anyone with concerns about their diet will want to know about West Hartford Nutrition. Offering comprehensive counseling that includes understanding the role of nutritional in health, adjusting your cooking habits with new recipes, detoxing your pantry, and making smarter choices in the grocery aisle, Registered Dietician Veronika Marczyk guides clients onto new paths that promote greater wellness. In addition, she teaches classes on such topics as vitamins, holistic weight loss, and avoiding diabetes, enabling participants to take control of their lives by taking control of their diets. So if you’re struggling with diet-related issues, give West Hartford Nutrition a call. What they can teach you really is food for thought. — J.H.

West Hartford Nutrition
356 Park Rd. (in the Victorian Day Spa building)
West Hartford
860-305-0471
(or the desk at Victorian Day Spa at 860-232-6782)
www.westhartfordnutrition.com

Want to make something of it?
We all do. Because making things — indeed, creating things — is something most of us do, even though we aren’t always aware of it. We think “real artists paint or draw, sculpt, work in clay, or take inspiring photographs of noble things.” But truth be told, those of us who wrap gifts in extravagant style, turn family snapshots into framed masterpieces, wield a mean glue gun for crafts of all kinds, insist on using elegant paper for the simplest of letters, or dive into our kids’ school projects with reckless abandon are artists, too — our imaginations hard at work in everyday ways. So when you want to make something out of it, no matter what “it” may be, think Jerry’s Artarama. They have it all so that you can, too.
— J.H.

Jerry’s Artarama
1109 New Britain Ave.
West Hartford
860-232-0073
www.yourartsupplies.com

Name That Tuner
On a scale of C to B, sharps and flats included, ToneDeaf Piano Service gets a 12. That’s because proprietor Mike MacKinnon’s education, credentials, and 25 years of experience in piano tuning ensures a virtuoso performance every time — and if keys, strings, or pedals are sticky, broken, or missing…if crumbs, dust, or even a resident mouse needs banishing…if you want to know the value of your piano in case the bathroom above it leaks (again)…if you’re looking for a piano but you don’t want to get a grand (or spend one)…or if you need to get rid of your piano, no problem. Repairs, cleaning, sales, and removal are among Mike’s services. And this should strike a major chord: Those with kids taking lessons they hate will be glad to know that Mike’s rates are based on your needs, your piano, and your budget. Make a note to call. — J.H.

ToneDeaf Piano Service
44 Vine Hill Rd.
West Hartford
860-836-2753
www.tonedeafpianoservice.com

The Frosting on
Your Event

I bake. You probably do, too. But more than likely we do not bake like Classic Cakes bakes because few can. Gifted at an ever-changing, seasonal menu of holiday pastries, petite fours, cheesecakes, tortes, and, of course, cakes, their confections are as artistic as they are delicious. In fact, sometimes their creations are so exquisite that cutting into them is almost sinful. Custom orders are not only welcome but a specialty. Their wedding cakes — always designed individually to satisfy every taste, complement every style, and astonish every guest — can also be designed to accommodate every budget. Appointments are necessary, so jot down their number. Their cakes make any occasion an event. — J.H.

Classic Cakes
by appointment only
860-586-8202
ClassicCakesCM@aol.com
www.classiccakescm.com

all nuggets copyright Judy Henderson