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The Insider's Guide to Greenwich

You’re a Greenwich local. You’ve been there, done that, drank it, downloaded it, shopped it and shared it. But in case one trusted resource or speed-dial service has slipped below your radar, we’re bringing it front and center. Keep your eyes peeled as you sort through our essential guide. We called on some very special local friends—from television personalities to our very own New York Yankee—to share their hidden gems.

Who knew Polo had so many perks? When you shop at the Ralph Lauren store on the Avenue, you’re instantly entitled to use its new, complimentary concierge service. Hard-to-book blowout? Saturday night reservation at the hottest restaurant in town? Car service after a gala? They have you covered.
Ralph Lauren, 265 Greenwich Ave., contact women’s department manager Stephanie Trotta at (203) 869-2054; ralphlauren.com

Motivation level for slugging it out on the StairMaster: eh. Motivation level for working a punching bag, Rocky-style, with twelve to fifteen of your favorite girlfriends: oh yeah! Boxing parties at Punch Fitness have become a new trend for bachelorette nights, birthday bashes and moms’ nights out. You and your posse will get a two-hour, total-body workout, with pics and individual video clips e-mailed to each guest. (They’ll even let you bring vino for post-workout relaxation.) Parties are $65 per person, but in the month of June, you’ll receive 20 percent off.
Punch Fitness Center, 321 Greenwich Ave., (203) 992-1916; punchfitnesscenter.com

“As an athlete who’s always busy, I need to take time to meditate and let my body heal itself. I found a great tool in Jin Shin jyutsu, run by Don and Mitzi Adams in a little office above King’s in Old Greenwich. One hour of treatment gets my body’s energy flowing again and revitalizes my mind, body and spirit.” Mark Teixeira, infielder, New York Yankees
Jin Shin Jyutsu, 26 Arcadia Road, Suite 4, (203) 637-0066; jsjct.wordpress.com

Psst...the boys of Le Penguin (Antoine Blech and Anshu Vidyarthi) are opening Le Fat Poodle in Old Greenwich this July. The chic eatery will feature French-based cuisine with a global influence. The best part of this guaranteed future hot spot? Thirty prime outdoor seats. Meet you at noon for frites and rosé? Oui oui, or should we say, woof, woof.
Le Fat Poodle opens next month at 20 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich

Dr. Oz loves her, and he’s not the only one. Greenwich women are flocking to Dr. Susan Blum’s Blum Center for Health, which provides everything from functional medicine to healthy lifestyle seminars (many are also offered to nonmembers). This month, the center is offering Greenwich readers a complimentary 30-minute guided meditation as well as a free pantry makeover with Chef Rebecca Brown.
Blum Center for Health, 34 Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook, NY (914) 652-7800; blumcenterforhealth.com

You want your backyard swim soiree to be a splash but don’t want to be paranoid throughout your event that an accident may happen. For their pool parties, local moms swear by certified lifeguard Cindy Del Vecchio, who is also a Greenwich nursery school teacher as well as swim instructor. Del Vecchio is CPR and first-aid certified. Her rates are $60–80 per hour, depending on party size and day of the week. Lifeguard Cindy Del Vecchio, (203) 496-3225; cjdel6@aol.com

You don’t trust your locks to just anyone, so why should it be any different for your dog? Greenwich pet-lovers call on Carmen from Pawlor Fur Dogs, who comes to your home with her kitted-out van of pooch products. Carmen is gentle, meticulous and known for giving your four-legged family members plenty of TLC.
Pawlor Fur Dogs, (203) 274-2533; pawlorfurdogs@yahoo.com

Nothing says New England summer like a clambake. Fjord Fisheries offers a top-notch catered version called the Tier 1 Clambake that includes lobster, littlenecks, PEI mussels, veggie slaw, corn, potatoes and watermelon at $34.95 per person. All you have to do is arrange your tasty spread at the beach or in your own backyard. Time to get crackin’.
Fjord Fisheries Cos Cob, 158 East Putnam Ave., (203) 661-5006; fjordfishmarket.com

“I love the cinnamon buns at Black Forest Bakery and then walking them off at the Pinetum.” Hannah Storm, coanchor, ESPN's SportsCenter
Black Forest Bakery, 52 Lewis Street, (203) 629-9330; blackforestpastryshop.com; Montgomery Pinetum Park, Bible Street, greenwichct.org

"Addictive” is the word people use to describe Fly Yoga at Mantra Mind + Body, a combo of dance, fitness and aerial yoga (yes, you read right—you’re striking a pose, upside down). Whether it’s the zero gravity decompression, the strength and flexibility that results, or just for the fun of it, six-year-olds to sixty-five-year-olds are flocking to the studio. Check out its Fly Yoga summer promotion: a four-class beginner series for $99 starting June 1. Classes max out at eight people, so sign up weeks in advance to claim your spot.
Mantra Mind + Body, 1455 East Putnam Ave., (203) 990-0500; mantramindbody.com

Growing kids age out of their bikes every few years, which can add up fast. Bring your child’s bike into Dave’s Cycle—even if you bought it from another shop—and trade it in at up to a third of its value toward a new one. If you don’t mind a ding here and there, they also have a good selection of used bikes at half price.
Dave’s Cycle, 78 Valley Road, (203) 661-7736; gdaves.com

“I grew up in Old Greenwich and my favorite haunts are Abigail Fox Designs for one-of-a-kind pieces and Garden Catering. My husband tried to replicate its secret sauce but couldn’t. Their chicken nuggets and sauce would literally be my last meal.” – Lauren Santo Domingo, owner, Moda Operandi and contributing editor, Vogue
Abigail Fox Designs, 187 Sound Beach Ave., (203) 344-1707; foxyladydesigns.com; Garden Catering, 185 1/2 Sound Beach Ave., (203) 637-7699; gardencatering.net

Time to officially mark the calendar with “Mommy Sleeps In Day” now that Home Depot Kids’ Workshops are offered on the first Saturday of each month—for free. Have dad take the kids (ages 5-12) between 9 a.m. and noon for DIY projects, tool safety and a free apron, pin and certificate of achievement.
Home Depot, 150 Midland Ave., Port Chester, NY

Renovating your kitchen often means junking high-end existing cabinetry, appliances and surfaces. Instead of sending those items to the dump, call Kitchen Trader, a luxury kitchen recycling company with a celebrity and professional-athlete following. Their insured service will remove your kitchen for free, resell it, and give back up to 10k from your donation to your favorite nonprofit through their Renovation Angel program. Plus, you get a tax write-off to boot.
Kitchen Trader, 15 East Putnam Ave., #214, (203) 561-9997; kitchentrader.com

When everyone else is dodging spotty weather and jam-packed fall schedules, why not be the oh-so-composed one who already got her family’s holiday photo taken? Cynthia L. Ever, owner of Clever Photos, has a devoted following of Greenwichites who shoot their holiday photos in July and will offer new customers a 25 percent summer discount.
CLEver Photos, (917) 345-9953; cleverphotos.com