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Nuggets by Judy Henderson


A Real Handy Tip

A while back, my husband and I bought a new home, and like clockwork, the anticipated list of unanticipated repairs began to take shape. The thing is, we aren’t handy, so we needed someone who was. Someone real handy. So I went on line — and that’s when it happened. The miracle, I mean. No sooner had I typed the words home improvement into the search window when up popped a small company named (wait for it!) Real Handy. (OK, maybe I had to scroll a little, Real Handy starting with an “R” and all. But that’s about as close to divine intervention as you can get on Google.) So I called the number immediately, and he arrived precisely one minute before he promised. Today, two years on, I am pleased to note that the “Don” of Real Handy has been with us ever since. He’s done big jobs and small jobs, strange jobs, messy jobs, and even a few jobs he probably thought were pretty stupid. But whenever we called, he came. And may I say, that he has proven himself to not only be real handy but real reliable, real experienced, real resourceful, and real reasonable. And be still my heart, he’s also real amusing, which is a truly welcome quality in someone whose job it is to fix all of the things you had no idea needed fixing until you had already unpacked the towels. Give him a call. Knowing him will come in real handy. — J.H.
Real Handy
Serving Glastonbury
Office: 860-858-5279
Cell: 860-205-7699
realhandyct.com

Hey Busy Bodies!

If your schedule is so jammed that working in working out simply isn’t working, then you’ll be glad to know that the Anytime Fitness in Glastonbury (as well as the other 2,999 worldwide) is open to members 24/7. And that means you can stop by as early in the morning as you want...at lunchtime…on the way home from work…after dinner…even late at night. And treating yourself to a little healthy “me time” won’t just make you look better, feel better, and fit into all those clothes that shrank last winter. It’ll give you time to ponder things. You know, find your groove on that treadmill and set your mind free to make lists in your head…write that headline you’ll need at work tomorrow…remember where you put that good-looking guy’s/girl’s phone number…or figure out how you can avoid hosting Thanksgiving again this year. Like company while you exercise? Then do some group training. You’ll find there’s strength in numbers — as well as a personal trainer to help you get the most out of each class. And if one-on-one training is your thing, just say the word. They offer that, too. So get busy getting fit. Because at Anytime Fitness, anytime is a perfect time. — J.H.
Anytime Fitness
2868 Main St., Glastonbury
860-430-5308
anytimefitness.com

Smart Cookie

OK, let’s face it. Dee’s forté is baked goods. And not just wicked good baked goods but wicked good baked goods that darn near anyone can enjoy, because yes! — Dee’s bakes cakes, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, breads and a whole lot more in a strictly allergen-free environment, where everything is gluten, dairy, soy, as well as tree-nut and peanut-free. There are even a number of egg-free items available, too. And Dee’s does it with such flair and flavor that you’d never know. So if you are or know someone who always has to pass up that piece of birthday cake or a cookie, if you’re just trying to eat a little healthier, or if you just like wicked good baked goods, then make Dee’s your destination. And Dee’s one smart cookie, not only does she serve sweets, but some great pizza, pastas, and soups for those who believe dessert should always follow a good meal. — J.H.
Dee’s One Smart Cookie
103 New London Tpke.
Glastonbury
860-633-8000
deesonesmartcookie.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
ruthschris.com

B.Good to yourself.

In a perfect world, the foods we eat would all be good. Naturally grown. Freshly picked. Cleanly prepared. Nicely balanced. Seasonally varied. And sustainably smart. Well, the world may not be perfect — or even very close to it, but there is a restaurant so invested in their belief that the foods we eat should all be good that they restored an old farm on an island in Boston, welcomed customers as volunteers to help in the fields, and began growing many of the ingredients used in their meals. Then they named that restaurant B. Good. Well, soon there was more than one B. Good. And now there are dozens. But despite franchising their dream across the country, they are careful to maintain its integrity by forming strong alliances with likeminded growers and suppliers to supplement their own farm’s contribution, thus ensuring that the food served at every B. Good be both good — and good for you. Treat yourself soon.— J.H.
B. Good
140 Glastonbury Blvd.
Glastonbury
860-633-1630
b.good.com

Drum roll…

Introducing Dynamic Percussion — the go-to-store for drummers, from beginners and hot shots to professionals and teachers. And as the go-to-store for all of those drummers, Dynamic Percussion offers a great selection of “drum sets, snare drums, cymbals, hardware, auxiliary percussion, hand drums, sticks and mallets, electronics, and parts and accessories,” along with rentals, repairs, and consignment. But that’s not all this place has “in store” for their drummers. No siree. Owned and operated by Richard ‘Gus’ Guastamachio, who graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University in 1984 with a degree in Music Education and Percussion Performance, Dynamic Percussion is also in the business of teaching drummers through the Connecticut Drum Academy — and mentoring the young drummers with big dreams who beat a path to the clinics he hosts, all led by pros who’ve actually been on tour with names we all know. And it doesn’t get any better than that. Ba-dum-bum. — J.H.
Dynamic Percussion
6 Highland St., East Hartford
860-647-8887
dynamicpercussion.com

Like surprises?

Who doesn’t. So you’ll want to know that The Paper Store here in Glastonbury isn’t really a paper store at all. Oh sure. They sell writing paper and envelopes, gift wrapping, cards, books, custom invitations, and calendars — all paper goods and all wonderful. But shortly after opening their first stationery shop, their inventory began evolving, and it continued to evolve until The Paper Store became the place to shop for distinctive jewelry, cool men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, must-have bath and body lotions and potions, trendy treasures for the home, awesome baby gear, educational toys and games, great sports apparel and collectibles, and lots of specialty foods — all gift worthy, no matter what the occasion or holiday. Truth is, this place is full of delightful surprises. But don’t take my word for it. Go and see for yourself. The Paper Store isn’t just a paper store. It’s much, much more — with every visit an adventure. — J.H.
The Paper Store
175 Glastonbury Blvd.
Glastonbury
860-659-3157
thepaperstore.com

Down to Earth is
outta this world.

Whether your pleasure is fair trade organic coffee or fair trade organic tea, Down to Earth Coffee House does them both. And more. And so well. Hungry? They’ve got that covered, too, with rich soups and savory wraps, stuffed croissants, fresh quiches, and creative salads. All sorts of baked goods from local confectioners — including some tasty gluten free selections. Little platters of homemade bread, fresh cheese, and lovely ripe fruit. Heartier plates. And really, whatever seems appropriate according to the season or the whim. Best of all, you can settle in at a small table — or grab a bigger one with plenty of room to spread out and work or visit with friends. And if it’s been “that kind of day,” sink into a cushy couch or chair, order what appeals, and just let the warmth of this cozy little coffee house ease you back from that dreadful place known as My Wit’s End. Only a short ways from almost anywhere in Glastonbury, it’s more than worth the trip. — J.H.
Down to Earth Coffee House
30B Hebron Ave., Glastonbury
860-633-1499
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DownToEarthTeaandCoffee

Sea for Yourself

Located just above the borough of Fenwick, Saybrook Point sits at the mouth of the Connecticut River, its vistas of Long Island Sound, historic Saybrook Breakwater Light House, and the river itself splendid — the endless parade of fishing and recreational vessels in every shape and size mesmerizing. So it’s no wonder Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa is one of the best seats in the house for those who love the smell of salt air, the cool touch of a sea breeze on a warm summer afternoon, the sounds of sails luffing when the tide is slack and the air still, the muffled hum of inboards and outboards, and the sound of halyards clanging on the sloops and catboats and daysailers docked nearby. If all of that isn’t enough, this luxurious resort also offers exceptional spa services at Sanno Spa. Superb dining at Fresh Salt or lighter fare in the Marina Bar — both with menus featuring locally sourced, seasonally fresh ingredients and tables with stunning views. The Inn features stylish accommodations, from cozy rooms to impressively spacious suites. With close proximity to a host of other shoreline attractions you can enjoy right away — or save for your next visit. Or the one after that. Because once you’ve discovered Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa, you’ll be back. — J.H.
Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa
2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook
800-243-0212
saybrook.com

 

all nuggets copyright Judy Henderson