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There are a lot of things in life
you can do without.

But a heating and plumbing expert is not one of them. Nope. Not here in New England, where “brrrrrrrrr” is considered an actual word. Not if you’re planning to redo that tired old kitchen or bath. And not if your home has running water. (We’re assuming it does.) So remember this name: Avon Plumbing & Heating. Their staff is experienced at designing and installing plumbing and heating systems, including radiant heat, whether it’s a small residential project or a major commercial build — and if a repair is all you need, just say the word, because they’ve got one of the best selections of parts in these parts. If remodeling your kitchen or bath is in the cards, you’ll want to collect a few of theirs, because their professional showroom consultants will help you select everything from their actual working displays. And they specialize in the roll-in showers, walk-in tubs, and other accommodations that make living at home easier (and sometimes just plain possible) — as well as the systems and services that homes with well water often need or want. They even install gas logs, so the warmth of a fire can be yours at the flip of a switch. Avon Plumbing & Heating. Their experts will be there when you want them — and there when you need them. — J.H.
Avon Plumbing & Heating
124 Simsbury Rd., Avon
860-677-9721
www.avonplumbing.com


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




Introducing Hartford
County’s Big Cheese

Know who got the Connecticut Magazine Award for “Best Cheese Shop in Hartford County?” Yup. Avon’s own Dom’s Cheese Shop. One year young and already famous. You might even say Dom’s is Dom-inating the cheese market. But that’s not all you’ll find in this posh little place, because owners Andrius and Asta — whose love of quality, originality, and flavor is second to none — not only offer their discerning customers some of the finest cheeses, charcuterie, and other fabulous food goods from all over the world, including Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Lithuania, Austria, Norway, Sweden, England and Ireland. They also make sure that their cache of Camembert, Cashel Bleu, and Caciocavallo Silano is kept company by plenty of delights from farms local to the Farmington Valley. Feeling like a quiet nibble? Stop in for a small plate. Having a party? Then you’ll want a platter (or two or three) of cheeses and meats and all the elegant et ceteras your guests will relish. Either way, stop in. — J.H.
Dom’s Cheese Shop
20 West Main St., Avon
860-707-0925
domscheese.com


When Present Meats Past
Used to be you could go to your neighborhood grocery store and actually talk to the butcher. You know, ask about his kids, brag about yours, then discuss this week’s best buys so you can order exactly the meats you prefer before heading off to select the freshest produce and dairy possible, hearty homemade breads and baked goods, and all the different seasonings, sauces, soups and snacks you’ll need to keep the whole family healthy and happy. Well, welcome back to the way things were — at Avon Prime Meats. Meats are their “essence,” of course, always locally sourced and incredibly fresh. But this spacious yet intimate market also sells everything you’ll need for every meal you can imagine — and then some, with catering expertly planned and prepared by professional chefs who routinely dazzle. Hot meals to go, as well as heat ‘n serve selections, all made from scratch for genuine home-cooked goodness. Wonderful coffees and teas. Some really nice New England beers. Tasty dog treats. A gluten-free section where flavor still matters. There’s even a nutritionist on staff to help those with other dietary issues make healthy choices. Mulling over next week’s family meals? Maybe it’s time your list started with Avon Prime Meats. And if someone says, “welcome back,” you’ understand what they mean. — J.H.
Avon Prime Meats
395 West Main St., Avon
860-676-4444
avonprimemeats.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 Ten on the
Scales of Justice

My father was a lawyer. Indeed, an Atticus Finch kind of lawyer — as astute as he was modest and as shrewd as he was honorable. I had the privilege of being his client well into my adult life, and although my needs were never much of a challenge, he was insistent that nothing ever be left to chance. Well, it seems Attorneys Donna Buttler and Ann Newman are cut from the same cloth. With a focus in family law, which involves divorce, child custody, parenting plans, alimony and support, restraining orders, and prenuptial agreements, their practice not only calls for significant legal knowledge, it also requires intuition. For while balance is often restored in a court setting, Attorneys Buttler and Newman know that a collaborative divorce or mediation approach, wherein couples negotiate the terms of their own dissolution agreement, can restore both their footing and their sense of control — and that involving experts from other fields, such as psychology and financial planning, can provide crucial support. Fact is, when a family’s shared road must diverge, the pathways onward can be bright with promise. It’s what the Scales of Justice — and The Law Offices of Donna L. Buttler — are all about. — J.H.
The Law Offices of
Donna L. Buttler, LLC
43 West Main St., Avon
860-678-1620
dbuttler.com

Got a yen for Asian?
Well, the smart money’s on Liki Sushi & Asian Bistro in Avon. Unassuming from the street, it’s warm elegance within — deriving from a comfortably contemporary décor that features private booths draped with fabric, tables with plenty of elbow room, and casual seating at their very stylish bar — provides the first of many delightful surprises. Liki offers diners some of the most artful plating I’ve ever seen, making even the simplest of meals a feast for the eyes. And their expansive menu is nothing short of a feast for the taste buds. Order from their generous array of savory Asian Bistro Entrees, as well as a wide-ranging selection of Sushi and Sashimi certain to satisfy even the loftiest expectations. Daily luncheon specials (including Bento Boxes), Happy Hour Monday through Saturday, and online ordering make Liki an easy, go-to kind of place any time of day — and any day of the week. Libations include all the old favorites, along with intriguing beverages like the popular Key Lime Martini, which is topped with whipped cream and garnished with graham cracker sprinkles. The desserts get raves from those with just enough room left after their meal for something sweet. And the staff is both genial and professional. So plan a visit to Liki soon. It’s a best bet when you’ve got a yen for Asian. — J.H.
Liki Sushi & Asian Bistro
385 West Main St., Avon
860-255-7809
likiasianbistro.com



The “Dom” Perignon
of Coffee Shops

Contemporary, yet warm. Bright. Airy. Wonderfully simple. And so very, very Zen. That’s Dom’s Coffee Shop in the heart of Avon — and what a lovely change of pace when it’s time for a cuppa, a little something sweet, and few minutes with a good book, good friends, or a few colleagues. Beans for the freshly brewed coffees are roasted by J Renée in West Hartford. The freshly baked pastries arrive warm from Hartford Baking Company and Better Half Bakery. And right in the midst of it all is a cheese shop. Indeed, an award-winning cheese shop called Dom’s Cheese Shop — where cheeses, charcuterie, and other “food goods” from Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Lithuania, Austria, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, and some of the Valley’s finest local farms make every visit a freshly inspiring adventure. So go — for as one entire wall at the shop quietly affirms You can’t buy happiness…But you can buy coffee…And that’s pretty close. And you know what they say: Never ignore the handwriting on the wall! . — J.H.
Dom’s Coffee
20 West Main St., Avon
860-255-7232
domscoffee.com

Best in Show
Got a pet you really love? Then you’ll want to know about Progressive Animal Wellness — or PAW in Avon. This small, highly personalized veterinary practice is a rare breed, offering the same technologically advanced services usually found only at large animal hospitals. And that’s a big deal, especially if your pet is sick or injured, because PAW will not only complete all the tests necessary for a diagnosis quickly but share both the results and your pet’s medical records with emergency vets or specialists swiftly, as appropriate, equipping them with precisely what they need to know when they need to know it — and eliminating the delays and duplicate tests that can cost precious time, as well as the monetary resources so often needed for treatment. Just take a look at their “About Us” page online, featuring six “CTNOW Best of Hartford Readers Poll” awards and a “Best of the Valley Press” trophy. If that isn’t a Best in Show line up, I’m not sure what is. Got a pet you love? Then get a vet you love. Check out PAW today. — J.H.
Progressive Animal Wellness (PAW)
70 E. Main St., Avon
860-325-2124
progressiveanimalwellness.com


 

 




 

 

 

 

 

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