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Dobson Pools

Just in time for the pool-closing season, a post about Dobson Pools in Litchfield! Good timing actually, because when you finish reading, you can start dreaming about your new Dobson Pool for next summer season!

Established in 1968, Dobson Pools is going into their 50th year in business. Founder Jim Dobson, who at 75 still oversees daily operations, runs the company alongside his son, Brian Dobson and daughter Julie Dobson. Julie (who we met when we visited RIDE, her other business!) put together a pool experience for us that will be hard to top, and a post to honor her father’s 50 years in the biz!

Here’s a little glimpse into our typical conversation on the drive to any of our “At home with” features. You know, the features where we basically invite ourselves over to interesting people/local celeb’s homes, for a chat and to hang out. It goes back and forth like this, “I hope they like us, I hope they feed us, I hope they’re fun, I hope they offer us a drink, I hope they don’t think we’re weirdos.”

Our visit with actor Paul Marcarelli (the “Can you hear me now?” guy) and Ryan Brown at their recently renovated country home in Litchfield, did not disappoint on any hope…

Owned by a former Team USA Lumberjill, Shannon Strong has opened Strong Core Wellness Center in Kent, to offer clients a one-stop location to rehabilitate, restore, and strengthen their core. We went along to take a morning group fitness class, and to meet Shannon, the woman who Sylvester Stallone didn’t want to go up against on the Late Show with David Letterman (more on that later)!

We enjoyed Sheila Nevins’ book, You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales so much that we bought it twice! Once, on Audible, because that’s how we roll, and because the cast of famous readers were too much to resist! Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, RuPaul, Gloria Steinem, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie O’Donnell, to name just a few. The second time we bought it was in hardcover, for Sheila to sign when we went to meet her at her gorgeous Litchfield home. Over the course of the evening, we discussed the book, life in Litchfield County, the acceptance of aging…and other fairy tales.

This week’s #WCW is Sheila Nevins!

We first met Cathy Soukup, Life Coach/Energy Healer, a few weeks ago when we were at the Grounded Goodwife’s “Past Lives Revealed” event. It was a goosebump-inducing couple of hours where we listened to Cathy’s stories and learned that she offers energy healing sessions through her business, “Snap Out of It”. She recently began opening her home to those who’d like to go beyond a single session and could benefit from a getaway for a night or two to do a more intensive rejuvenation. We were intrigued, to say the least. Here’s our experience @ The Connection…

On a scale from one to ten, what we knew about fine art posters before this feature would be a two. One, because Lora always wanted the Le Chat Noir one; and two, I knew I thought they were pretty. Lucky for us, the Veronica Martin Gallery (specializing in items from the Art Nouveau period) has opened in the always cool Switch Factory building in Bantam.

We popped along to visit with Veronica Martin one evening to learn all we could about fine art posters (lots of great history and stories we loved). Don’t worry, no quiz at the end, just a special Unlocking Litchfield offer. We got you! 😉

We invited Ryan Kristafer of News Channel 8 fame to come and take a Jazzercise class with us at the New Milford location, where I, (Bev) happen to teach.  If you know your Unlocking Litchfield trivia, you’ll know that Jazzercise is where the two of us became friends and is a workout we both love!

And those who know Ryan Kristafer and his “Cruisin’ Connecticut” segment, realize that he’s up for any challenge and loves to try fun things, much like us! So, it was really no surprise when he agreed to come along and give Jazzercise a try. 

Ding, ding! Litchfield County just got really lucky! Globe-trotting, Emmy award winning stylist, Scott Bond has put down roots and opened Byrde + the b, a salon and dry bar in Washington Depot. Scott has been bopping around LA, London, and NYC for many years coloring and cutting clients hair at home, including some fabulous women such as Meredith Vieira, Kim Basinger, and Hope Davis. And now, we can all access Scott’s talents at his awesome new hair studio.

We stopped by to say hi to the team and enjoy some services. Blow dry and brows for Lora, brows and a six-inch chop for Bev!

Rejoice, it’s New Milford Farmers Market season!

Farmers markets are everything. They’re a place to get the freshest and most local fruit, vegetables, and flowers, as well as loads of other produce. They’re a venue to hang out with your neighbors and community. A place to spot really cute dogs, to people watch, and to eat baked goods. At the farmers market, you can learn about the items you’re buying straight from the experts and growers. Get cooking tips, and on this particular Saturday when we visited, pose on our red carpet in front of our Unlocking Litchfield step and repeat backdrop!

And now for something completely different! Herbal remedies, paranormal activities, life stories, vortexes, and special tonic shots…this post has it all.

Velya Jancz-Urban (mom, historian) and Ehris Urban (daughter, herbalist) form “Grounded Goodwife,” a business based out of their Woodbury 1770s colonial farmhouse home, offering hands-on unique herbal workshops & presentations. Classes begin with a tour of the home the family purchased in 2011, which is like taking a step back in time to colonial days. The Urban family and their 247-year-old home have many a tale to tell and lessons to teach…