Grace Medical Aesthetics

“Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.” Yeah, whatever Stanislaw Jerzy Lec; we love youth and nature and want to strive for it as long as possible! We’ll be a work of art later. 😆

TG for places like Grace Medical Aesthetics, owned and run by the talented and beautiful Charis Wipfler APRN. She’s a master at helping clients reach their full healthy and glowing potential. Whether by state of the art medical grade facials, injectables, a skin care routine carefully planned out by the group of expert aestheticians and nurses…or any of the many other rejuvenating services they offer, Grace Medical can get you looking and feeling your best!

We visit, we sample some services, and we chat with Charis about all things Grace Medical! She has an inspiring business success story – read on!

Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen – West Hartford

Restaurant: Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen, 991 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT

When you are hankering for: A++ delicious Mediterranean fare. A menu that encourages ordering lots of small plates – which is good, because you’re not going to be able to decide! A unique and very likable craft cocktail menu.

Occasion: Welcome to Unlocking Connecticut! This is our first post as the new and improved Unlocking CT, where we will be discovering the best restaurants in the entire state. Bring it!

At home with Olympian Tucker West

Today’s blog adventure brings us to the childhood home of luge Olympian Tucker West, in Ridgefield, CT. With such a cool name as Tucker West, we think he was probably destined for great things! He has numerous world cups and gold medals to his name from luge championships around the world. “At the age of 18, Tucker was the youngest male ever to qualify to represent the United States in the men’s luge at the Olympics. West placed 22nd in the men’s single competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.” Thanks, Wikipedia 😉

Just in case…luge is the face-up, feet-first sled one. Haven’t you ever wondered how anyone gets into such sports, and what must be going through their mind as they hurtle down that icy track? Us too…read on.

An Afternoon in the Barns

Do you know what we love more than one cool store in a picturesque town? A cluster of cool stores and businesses! The cluster we speak of is Kent Barns, a complex of industrial-barn style buildings, both modern and rustic, located on North Main Street in Kent. We decided to have the complete Kent Barns experience and spend the afternoon strolling, shopping, and eating at the fab new restaurant, Swyft!

Destination shoppers – this one is for you!

Etre Beau Salon & Blow Dry Bar

Living in CT means living with hat head and staticky hair throughout the winter months. We’re so over it! With zero percent humidity and icy cold weather for days on end, we were both in need of a hair pick-me-up. We stopped at Etre Beau Salon and Blow Dry Bar in New Milford to meet the lovely ladies and take our hats off so they could help us! There’s nothing like a blow out to lift the spirits!

Interview with Howard Jones!

If you had told our teenage selves that we would interview Howard Jones in the future, we’d most definitely not have believed you! But, here we are, about to talk to Howard freakin’ Jones! With two shows coming up in our area, Daryl’s House, Pawling and Infinity Hall, Hartford, we had a couple of questions to ask and share with our Unlocking readers!

Around the world, Howard Jones has had an impressive 15 top 40 hit singles between 1983 and 1992. His current tour, “Solo – The Songs & The Stories” will include trips down memory lane recounted by Howard, behind the scenes stories (we love!) and the inspiration behind the songs.

The Goodwin Hotel – Hartford

Finally, another getaway post! Our last trip was to Scotland and Iceland, so the next place to visit would be Hartford, CT. Naturally! Yep, it was time for us to give our state capital some love and treat ourselves to a little daycation + hotel stay. We decided on The Goodwin Hotel in downtown Hartford, which is pretty much close to everything.

Freshly renovated with a new lease on life, we wanted to check out this iconic hotel. As part of RMS Companies (see our Hotel Zero Degrees feature too!), we knew we would be in for a chic treat. Come, we’ll show you all the bits we loved!

Anticuado Jewelry

What gets us to leave our house when it’s a whopping eight degrees outside? Jewelry, that’s what. Mic Urban of Anticuado Jewelry specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces made with rare stones and also creates limited edition collections twice a year. Inspired by his unique life between Connecticut and Puerto Rico, we can tell you right here in the first paragraph that you need to check it out!

Keep scrolling to hear Mic’s fascinating story, his process, and his philosophy. Most importantly, see what you might want to add to your own jewelry collection. 😍

Pilobolus + ASAP!

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional dancer in a world-renowned dance company? Like, Pilobolus, for example – Litchfield County’s very own famous dance company based in Washington Depot.

What do they eat? Do they have any pre-performance rituals? Where do they all come from? We got to ask all of these questions and more, plus we got to experience a pre-performance ritual when we had the pleasure of hanging out backstage with them the night before their Danbury show.

But before we get to that part of the story, let us start at the very beginning.