Looking for Wedding & Event Design, or Custom Wedding Invitations?
I met with Enza and Briana from Enza Events and Pretty in Print who share a space in Ridgefield, CT. It was like I was walking into my wife’s Pinterest board from our wedding when I arrived at their Wedding & Event Decor showroom located at 23 Danbury Road in Ridgefield.
Enza Events handles everything from Wedding Design, Floral Decor, Bar & Bat Mitzvah design, Event Decor, Furniture Rentals, Specialty Linens and much more.
Briana owns Pretty in Print which focuses more on printed materials and event branding. Items she offers include invitations, menus, posters, logos, escort cards, signage, and table numbers...all which are custom designed to match the event. She understands that people want the perfect invitation for their event and don’t want to settle for the stock options others offer. Wedding invitations in CT are a big deal!
What made you want to go into the Event Decor and Invitation Design Business?
Enza and Briana both worked for a big event design company in Westchester and decided to leave to fuel their creative juices. Their showroom in Ridgefield is new, but they’ve both been in the wedding planning, decor, and invitation business for 20 years.
Enza Events doesn’t just do wedding design and décor; Enza works with a lot of bar and bat mitzvah clients to design the perfect event for their families. One of the most popular services they provide is branding, because no one settles for the average bar or bat mitzvah.
If a customer was to choose between Enza Events & Pretty in Print or three other companies in the Wedding Design Niche – why choose yours?
Our event design & custom stationery business is completely personalized. We work in collaboration with our clients to discuss their vision so that we can make it a reality. The 100% customization is really what sets us apart from the competition. We have the resources to do huge events with a custom boutique feel while still dealing with our customers one on one.
Where would you like to see Enza Events and Pretty in Print in 6 months?
We’d like to have a production space up and running in about 6 months. We do big events, and having a second space to house everything nearby would be ideal. We’re working to grow both of our businesses, but want to maintain our personal touch.
We limit the amount of events we take in to make sure our clients receive the highest quality.
Wrapping things up with Enza Events & Pretty in Print of Ridgefield CT
If my wife was doing this interview, she’d be here for 6 hours! Their showroom is like a Pinterest board where all things wedding come to life. They’ve created such a beautiful environment with so much to see and experience. I was impressed with both Enza and Briana on how quickly they were able to get on their feet after leaving a big event décor company. They are both busy professionals, and take what they do to the next level.
Looking for Waxing in Danbury CT?
I met with Samantha who is the Manager of the European Wax Center of Danbury. The European Wax Center is a professional waxing spa dedicated to turning the sometimes unpleasant experience of hair removal into an amazing experience.
All the wax at the European Wax Center of Danbury CT is patented specifically for the European Wax Center. They don’t just do hair removal, but rather they educate their customers on the whole process of waxing, how to take better care of their skin, and keeping their skin healthy year round. They specialize in Revealing Beautiful Skin, in the atmosphere of a beautiful, elegant salon.
What made you want to go into the Hair Removal and Waxing Business?
Samantha started her career working for the Stamford, Connecticut location of the European Wax Center. She enjoys the brand and was promoted to become Manager of the European Wax Center of Danbury. The European Wax Center uses a specific comfort blend of wax that is a lot less painful than other hair removal shops, and a 4 step process that ensures skin care.
If a customer was to choose between the European Wax Center, and three other hair removal spas in the Danbury CT area – why choose yours?
We specialize in waxing, and only waxing. Our focus is to reveal our guest’s Beautiful Skin. We use a 100% beeswax formula, and have a unique 4 step process that really sets us apart. We educate our customers on how to take care of their skin at home so they can receive the full benefits of waxing.
We also give one FREE WAX to all of our first time customers! For women we offer a FREE eye brow, underarm, and bikini line waxing or a Brazilian at 50% off. We also service men, and offer FREE eyebrow, ear, or nose waxing for them.
What’s the toughest thing about having a business in Danbury?
Getting the WORD OUT! People are still very unaware of what we do here. We’re located right in the Stop and Shop Plaza on Newtown Road in Danbury, but people just don’t know exactly what the European Wax Center does. As we continue our marketing efforts, the word is definitely spreading about our wonderful Wax Service!
Besides offering a comfort specific wax blend, a 4 step waxing process, and lower rates, we also have the ambiance of the Wax Center. Our staff is friendly, welcoming, and are all certified aestheticians.
Finishing things up with the European Wax Center of Danbury
I was offered a free wax for helping the European Wax Center out with a feature on The Danbury Review, and I gladly obliged. I got a full back wax which may be too much information, but there was a significant pain difference between them and the other places I’ve been in Danbury CT. They did a great exfoliation beforehand, and gave me some great tips for skin care between waxes. I’ll definitely be heading back to the European Wax Center of Danbury.
European Wax Center
72 Newtown Rd
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: (203) 826-2827
Website: www.waxcenter.com/ct-danbury (You can book online!)
Looking for more than just iPhone Repair in Brookfield?
I met with David Ruhs, owner of Brookfield CT’s uBreakiFix location. uBreakiFix is a repair everything franchise dedicated to changing the perspective that people have on throwing away their expensive electronics, buying new ones, and then repeating this vicious cycle that is continuing to fill up landfills throughout the country.
In Brookfield uBreakiFix literally fixes everything under the sun. They fix electronics in Brookfield from PS4s, XBOXs, Computers, TVs, iPhones, Androids, iPads, Tablets, and many more electronics. Everything that has a power cord can be fixed at uBreakiFix in Brookfield, Connecticut. The only thing they were unable to fix was a 1964 Tandberg audiotape reel because after scouring the internet for weeks they couldn’t find a replacement motor.
uBreakiFix attracts many people from Danbury, Bethel, New Fairfield, Ridgefield, Brewster, and as far up as Rocky Hill or Griswald. When I was invited into their back office I noticed a ton of different electronics being repaired including a 70 inch TV, a mini ATV, a control panel for a snowplow, the console for a lexus, and they even take care of drones.
What was the toughest thing about opening a cell phone repair shop in Brookfield CT?
Trying to get people to understand the type of services we offer. We don’t just fix phones on tablets and screens, but instead we fix everything with a power button. uBreakiFix of Brookfield also has the exclusive right to fix the new Google Pixel phone, and when the Google Pixel is repaired at a uBreakiFix location then the warrenty stays intact.
Asurion is the insurance agency that Verizon, Walmart, and Target use for their phone & tablet repairs. Through Asurion we handle all their repairs in house. When your verizon phone breaks you simply bring it to our shop in Brookfield (2 minutes from Danbury), and we’ll have it repaired for you in two hours.
We do a free diagonstic on your broken phone so it doesn’t cost you anything for our repair techs to look at it. All of our repairs get a 90 day no hassle warranty which includes parts & labor. On top of all that we focus on customer service so if you’re device is not repaired then you don’t pay.
If a customer was to choose between uBreakiFix in Brookfield CT, and three other cell phone repair businesses in Brookfield, Bethel and Danbury why should they choose yours?
Our massive inventory of parts in stock – no one can compete. Our parts are of the highest grade quality available. Most repairs are done same day. We have over 275 stores in 32 states including Canada, and your 90 day warranty covers you in all locations. In fact, we get a lot of snowbirds that come up from Florida to Connecticut, and they love that their warranty lasts in both areas.
According to one customer on their facebook page “After being turned down by the geek squad over at Best Buy in Danbury, and the apple store located in the Danbury Mall – I was shocked to see Ubreakifix be able to repair my phone in 12 minutes.”
People should know that we do more than just repair phones, ipads, xboxes, playstains, drones, and anything else that has a power cord. uBreakiFix is very involved in the local Greater Danbury Community. We work with Ability Beyond Disability to get their people into our workshop from 2-5pm for a whole week. They get to learn hands-on skills with high precision tools.
uBreakiFix has only been here in Brookfield for 4 months, but we love to engage with the local community. We have many people that depend on our ability to repair the impossible from Danbury, Bethel, and into NY.
Wrapping things up with uBreakiFix, the Repair Everything Electronic Shop in Brookfield, CT
Thinking about getting a Pool for Next Summer?
I met with Jim Jr of L&J Pools located in Bethel, Connecticut. L&J Pools has an interesting history; Jim Sr. started his construction business in 1975, where he built many subdivisions, roads, foundations for houses and more. After Jim Sr. built his own house he decided he wanted to get a pool, and so he built himself a pool. Jim’s friends and family were so impressed and in awe of his custom built concrete wall, vinyl liner pool that he was inspired and driven to get into the pool business.
Jim Sr. started his custom pool building business out of his garage in Redding, CT in 1984. And after years of success and growth Jim Sr moved his business from his garage to a commercial building with a showroom and concrete plant in Bethel, CT. L&J Pools is still family owned and operated, Jim Sr. along with his wife and 3 children and more employees, work together to provide quality custom pools throughout Connecticut. Their pool company has many satisfied pool owners in Danbury, New Fairfield, Ridgefield, Brookfield and other areas of CT.
Besides the Pool Building Business do you do anything else?
L&J Pools is much more than just a vinyl liner and gunite pool building company. Jim Sr. got into the pool business when new construction sales where slowing down. Also when he had received great feedback from his friends and family after building his own inground pool, weighed in his decision. In 1987 he started a Heating Oil company to accompany the Pool business since the pool company is seasonal. His Heating Oil Company would be able to keep his guys busy in the off season.
Fiorilla Heating Oil does automatic deliveries throughout Fairfield County and the lower half of Litchfield County. Their website at fiorillaheatingoil.com is very user friendly; customers can go online to see what the current rate is, select the day for delivery, and even pay online. Fiorilla Heating Oil regularly posts their daily cash price on Facebook (@fiorillaheatingoil), and when you follow you can receive Facebook only specials.
Whats the toughest thing about owning a Inground Pool Building Business in 2016?
Time is always difficult to manage says Jim Jr. “You’re basically married to the business, you’re here, and every single thing falls on your shoulders to make it all run smoothly. You’re the first one here, and the last one to leave. The favorite part of my day is getting home to my family.” Jim Jr. lives locally, and is the father to three little girls.
“Another thing that our pool company needs to deal with is the constant fees, licenses, and high requirements just to clean a pool.” Jim proceeded to explain everything to me about the SP-1, SPB licenses needed to run a successful pool company, but it was too overwhelming for me to follow.
If a Customer was looking to get a Custom Pool Built, and was to choose between your Pool Company, and three others like it - Why Choose L&J Pools?
Jim Jr. explains, “We build the pool, patio, fencing, etc., from the start of your project to the finished product and everything in between, everything is done in house. We mix our own concrete so we don’t have to rely on any one. On top of that my father, Jim Sr. is a licensed septic installer so he can relocate your septic tank if required. Most of the pool guys in Danbury and Bethel just build vinyl liner pools. We of course build vinyl liner pools as well, but we also build custom gunite pools. A gunite pool is a commercial grade swimming pool, and it is top of the line. Vinyl liners are kit pools, and have specific dimensions. Our customers love our gunite pools because they are completely customizable. We make swimming pools to fit our customer’s individual needs.”
Besides listening to information about pool licensing my interview with Jim Jr. was very interesting and had a lot of information to offer. I thought it was great that they created another company (Fiorilla Heating Oil) on top of the Pool Company to provide their seasonal employees with work during the off season, which shows great character. I know where I’ll be going to get a pool…. Eventually!
Looking for New Things To Do in Danbury?
I met with Kris the owner of Escape 101, a new addition to the Danbury community. Growing up in Bethel, Kris always had a serious lack of things to do. You could either go to the mall, the movies or sit home and play video games. Escape 101 provides a fresh new look at entertainment for all ages. You have exactly 60 minutes to get out of the locked room. Your team will need to solve puzzles to earn keys or combinations to further your escape.
Escaping from the rooms takes serious team work. They have three rooms available with a fourth in production. For those like myself with a competitive mindset they have two of the same room for head to head battles.
What made you want to start Escape 101 in Danbury?
“I spend a lot of my time in NYC, and love their escape room scene. There wasn’t anything like this in Danbury or even this part of Connecticut.” explains Kris. The father of one of the kids who’s trying to solve the Widow’s Room with their friends interjects to explain how great it is to have somewhere that his daughter is excited to go. On top of having fun on a Saturday afternoon she is able to learn teamwork develop problem solving skills.
You've got a night off, why choose Escape 101?
Escape 101 is something entirely new to do in Danbury. The environment is friendly, welcoming, and we have an all-star staff that makes the whole escape experience fun and challenging. In 6 months from now we’re looking to be a big part of the Danbury community. We’re looking to establish Escape 101 as a great opportunity for team building and networking. We’re constantly investing in new technology, new games, and developing new escape rooms.
The Danbury Community and Escape 101
Kris was enthusiastic about the opportunity for Escape 101 to become part of the Danbury Community. I definitely agree with him that there is nothing else like it in Danbury or the surrounding Connecticut area. I’ll have to get a few friends together to do the head to head Escape Room soon!
Need a Personal Trainer in New Fairfield?
I met with Adrienne Corrigan of ARC Fitness, LLC in New Fairfield. Having drove past her sign at the intersection of Route 37 and Sawmill Road many times this was a great opportunity to get to know what ARC Fitness was all about. Adrienne opened up ARC Fitness in 2015 after eight years of working locally as a trainer.
Adrienne started ARC Fitness, LLC because she has a passion for helping people. She’s a big fan of fixing things, and in this case its people's lives. Improving quality of life is a primary focus for Adrienne. Everything from being able to comfortably get on and off the floor, to being able to walk on uneven terrain, climb stairs and live an active lifestyle. Any limitations that prevent her clients from fully enjoying their lives becomes a primary goal.
Adrienne evaluates current movement patterns, strengthens the muscles involved in each of those processes, and then works to refine the movements in a way that optimizes the results while placing less stress on the involved joints.
Most of ARC Fitness’s clients are 50-70 years old, and she designs a personal program for each one of them. When working with her clients, Adrienne always incorporates their lifestyle and diet into their programs. It's important that the workouts have a real life benefit. As far as diet goes, she works with her client's current diet and refines it for a better nutritional impact. She educates her clients on the benefits of clean eating, and the impact poor nutrition plays on their goals. In the end, it's up to the clients to make the good choices, at least they are now armed with the knowledge behind the nutrition.
What was the Hardest thing about opening up your Personal Training Studio in New Fairfield?
After three minutes of pondering this question, Adrienne said “Nothing! It was like living a dream! I now had the opportunity to create a studio to exactly fit my needs.” ARC Fitness is a perfect personal training solution for anyone who does not feel comfortable in a public gym. The studio is very private and clean & the equipment is excellent.
My Personal Training Studio in New Fairfield was designed to accommodate clients with diverse physical needs and limitations. It is wonderful for clients who require customized programs, either due to previous injury or deconditioning from sedentary lifestyle factors. The fitness equipment is also fabulous for clients who are already active and fit, as they can increase their current fitness levels through emphasis on functional personal training and core stabilization.
She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and also holds a Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification, Senior Fitness Certification, and Women’s Fitness Certification. That’s a ton of Personal Training Certifications! No wonder location doctors and chiropractors from New Fairfield & Danbury regularly refer her new clients.
What’s the Toughest part of having a Personal Training Business in New Fairfield?
Adrienne has kept her rates reasonable, with a goal of being able to reach more people. Total body workouts that are safe and effective can be purchased for as little as $40/hour. These sessions combine both personal training and cross-training cardio.
If someone considering Personal Training was to choose between your Personal Training Studio and three others just like it – why should they choose ARC Fitness?
Adrienne explains “If you've been searching for a clean, private workout experience, you've found it at ARC Fitness... Training at ARC Fitness is discrete and personalized, right down to the music selection. There is no other Personal Training Studio in New Fairfield that is as private as ARC Fitness.
My interview with Adrienne Corrigan, the owner of ARC Fitness, LLC in New Fairfield was a special one. She's got a very private personal training studio, and is clearly very committed to providing the best personal training environment for her clients, plus she's totally ripped.
Contact ARC Fitness, LLC of New Fairfield, CT
Address: 1 Sawmill Road Ste 2, New Fairfield, CT 06812
Owner: Adrienne Corrigan
Year Established: 2015
Phone: (203) 994-1462
Need Custom Graphic Design in CT?
I met with “Man-u-iLL” at his Graphic Printing Studio on Main Street in Danbury. From the outside looking in you’d think it was just a T-Shirt, Sign, and Graphic Design Shop. You’d never know there was a complete studio in back or that they offer website design, commercials, voice overs and everything related music and mixing. iLL Ink was started by Josh, aka Man-u-iLL a hip hop artist because he needed something that could channel his creativeness while paying the bills.
ill Ink started on August 17th of 2011, and with Man-u-iLL’s strong following in the hip hop world his shop as really taken off. As his tagline explains we’re “Taking the Market off the Corner, and Cornering the Market.” He has a soft spot for emerging artists, and offers every service that a business or artist needs to promote themselves in the Danbury Area and beyond. He is esteemed by his followers for making such a big power move, and opening up his own business. Man-u-iLL works with many different local businesses in Danbury doing custom T-shirts, Signs and even car advertising.
What was the Hardest thing about opening up Ill Ink?
“There was definitely a learning curve when I first opened up,” explains Man-u-iLL. He talked about how he needed to channel his creativity into graphics for different businesses from Landscapers to Personal Trainers. iLL ink does everything including T-shirts, Business Cards, Signs, Banners, Websites.
He explains that juggling his hip hop career owning a business was very difficult in the beginning. He’s got a fully stocked recording studio back that’d he’d love to spend all day in, but he does more than just rap in this recording studio. He actually went to school for 12 months for music engineering, and is proficient in commercials, voice overs and music mixing.
If your customer was to choose between iLL iNK, and three other Graphic Printing Studios - why choose yours?
“People come to iLL iNK for a couple reasons,” explains Man-u-iLL. “First, we’ve got the best customer service, it’s like southern hospitality here – you get treated right. Second, people come to iLL iNK because I make things really easy for them, and half the time they don’t even know what they want. Choosing between silk screen or thermal transfer sounds like a hard choice to make, but I make things easily understandable. Lastly, people come to Ill Ink for the innovation. I’ve got a baby on the way, and need to pay the bills so I can’t hang in the studio every day. That built up creativity that’s been dormant really comes out in our products, and people love it,” says Man-u-iLL.
My interview with Man-u-iLL was a real eye opener. Driving by iLL iNK on Main Street in Danbury, you can tell it’s got some flavor, but stepping in back blew my mind. From the recording studio, to the intricate designs, to the music behind it all – iLL iNK is a hidden gem in Danbury.
Contact iLL iNK Graphic Printing Studio of Danbury
Address: 258 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Owner: Josh aka Man-u-iLL
Year Established: 2011
Phone: (203) 748-0711
Need a TMJ Specialist in the CT?
I met with Dr. Tagliarini at his office and we talked about his business, Quality Dental of Danbury. Dr. Tagliarini started practicing in his 20s, and is now one of the leading experts on TMJ. Dr. Tagliarini is also a devoted husband, father of two children and an exceptional, gentle Dentist with a true passion for what he does.
Dr. Tagliarini acquired Quality Dental of Danbury from Howard Schulze in 1999. Later Dr. Schulze became a friend and mentor as they had lunch together every Tuesday and Friday for the next 12 years. Dr. Tagliarini had always been a builder throughout childhood, and wanted to make things with his hands. At first he wanted to be a doctor, but his parents said he'd be bored filling out prescription pads all day. These days he still builds models, but now they're teeth.
Owning a Dentistry in 2016
The toughest thing about owning a business in 2016 is getting the people to find him. Located in Danbury on North Street, his office is tucked away between C-Town & the Car Wash. Little do people know, but Dr. Tagliarini has an impressive background is a leading expert on TMJ and has an extensive dental background.
TMJ Rejuvenation at Quality Dental of Danbury
The TMJ residency took an intensive 2 years, but has been well worth it. Dr. Tagliarini is now one of the only 13 people in the country with this progressive knowledge. TMJ with Rejuvenation Dentistry is a new biology based approach which is much different than Cosmetic Dentistry. Based on scientific research and observation of the chewing system itself the Dr. Tagliarini is now able to remove pain and dysfunction which results in enhanced appearance, improved function, comfort and long-lasting dental health.
If a Customer was to choose between Quality Dental of Danbury and three others just like it - why should they choose you?
Three components make us the best choice for your dental needs, explains Dr. Tagliarini:
Contact Quality Dental of Danbury
Address: 53 North St, Danbury, CT 06810
Owner: Dr. James Tagliarini DDS
Year Established: 1999
Phone Number: (203) 941-0710
Want to keep your ride looking it's best?
Akrham Shine’s rise to the top all started with the a Mustang. Owner, Kevin Awalt was given a Mustang at the age of 15 by his father. At first he just wanted to keep his ride looking great. Throughout High School his interest grew, and he was doing detailing jobs for friends & family. During College he was the local go to guy for keeping your ride looking it’s best. The years went by only for Kevin to get better at his trade. In 2008 he opened up a place in Danbury, but more recently in March 2015 he opened up Arkham Shine (interviewed by The Danbury Review).
Arkham Shine handles all aspects of Auto Detailing including window tinting, paint protection film, ceramic coating, scratch repair and paint touchups. Kevin’s business sees a wide variety of different customers from dads who want to keep the family Jeep looking its best to higher end clients who want to protect their new Maserati with paint protection film.
Owning a Small Business in 2016
Kevin states that the toughest thing about opening was getting the word out. He explains that often Auto Detailing doesn’t have the best name recognition. There seems to be a lot of amateurs out there claiming their auto detailers, but they don’t have a professional background. Kevin’s been Auto Detailing for 20 years, and based on the before & after pictures I saw I’d say he really knows his stuff.
In 2016 the toughest part of having a business is the fact that you’re always working. The connectivity of modern technology has extended the 9-5 work day and had a significant impact on work/life balance. In business you can never really clock out. He relies on the effectiveness of the internet including Google rankings, Facebook and Instagram. Its 2016 and people aren’t opening up the phone book anymore. The only way new customers will find you is through your internet presence.
After talking with Kevin Awalt, owner of Arkham Shine it is readily apparent that they are one of the leaders in the auto detailing business. They are one of the only auto detailers in Connecticut that guarantee their results.
Contact Arkham Shine
Company Name: Arkham Shine Auto Detailing Studio
Address: 90 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776
Owner: Kevin Awalt
Phone Number: (860) 799-5403
Want to get a Tattoo?
Right around the corner is one of Danbury's top Tattoo parlors - Hat City Tattoo. Chris has owned the Tattoo shop since early March 2009. He's been mastering his craft since before 2005. Chris's best friend Jake was one of the shop's first customers, and has joined the team since then.
Hat City Tattoo located in Danbury is one of the only tattoo shops that doesn't require an appointment. As Chris says "Walk-ins are welcome" and over at Hat City walk-ins are common. Often many Danbury residents walk-in for their first tattoos.
Note: The Connecticut State law allows minors 16 and 17 to be tattooed with parental consent excluding hands, neck, face or head.
Hat City Tattoo
32 North Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Even the most expert photographer's over here at The Danbury Review couldn't get a shot of Il Bacio's famous Ice Cream without people in it. Every day this place is packed; its no mistake that they have some of the best ice cream in town.
Il Bacio Ice Cream
30 Germantown Rd
Danbury, CT 06810
Want to Get Back in Shape?
Classes at Prime Time include:
Many Danbury residents skip over the border into New Fairfield to go to this prime location. Their Personal Trainers alone attract new clients from Brewster, New Milford and Brookfield.
Editors Note: The Staff at Prime Time Fitness are friendlier than any gym I've ever been to.
Prime Time Fitness
3 Dunham Drive
New Fairfield, CT 06812