Living Greenwich Professional Services Guide - Fall 2019 Edition | Catering, Dog-Grooming, Mortgages, Insurance, Travel, and Beyond!

Welcome to the Living Greenwich Professional Services Guide - Fall 2019 Edition - a trusted resource for Greenwich-area residents seeking connections with local professionals capable of providing a wide array of professional services.

Part of the strength of any community lies in the network of connections between those people who are in need of professional services and their neighbors who provide those professional services.

That's why Living Greenwich has made it a major part of our mission to connect Greenwich-area businesses and service providers with the local residents who happen to be seeking what they are offering.

Whether you're in need of a luxury travel professional, insurance services, a home organizer, a pet groomer, a mortgage lender, tutoring + test prep for college admission, catering + event planning services, computer + IT solutions, real estate professionals, or more -- Living Greenwich strives to be the vibrant hub where local residents forge those rewarding connections that empower them to #shoplocal, #dinelocal, #dobusinesslocal and #livetheirbestlifelocal as efficiently and conveniently as possible!

The list of benefits go on and on...

Where to begin? Scroll Down to Peruse All Professional Service Providers - Or Click on Any Name Below to Visit a Specific Service Provider's website. Each Service Provider's website opens in a new tab in your browser - to return to this index page and view additional Service Providers, just return to this tab. We strongly suggest taking the time to read the full details for each Service Provider - and clicking through to their actual websites - in order to get an informed sense as to the actual spectrum of offerings furnished by each featured listing.

Note: Featured image above courtesy of Watson's Catering & Events | Full Service Catering And Event Planning Firm

  


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Living Greenwich Professional Service Provider Directory

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Professional Service Provider Showcase

  

Stuart Luxury Travel | Journeys with a Purpose.

What is Your Travel Purpose?

Whether you would like to explore the latest trends in travel, celebrate a milestone event, escape for a fun weekend with friends, or take a family vacation with an element of “giving back”, whatever your vision may be, Stuart Luxury Travel uncovers your purpose, and creates unique, meaningful travel experiences that will enrich your lives.

Why Partner With Stuart Luxury Travel?

My service is flexible, no matter what the purpose of your trip may be.
From booking a hotel reservation to ensure you receive special amenities and upgrades, to planning a quick getaway or an all-encompassing vacation.

I will save you time.
Planning a trip is like a second job, between searching websites, Instagram, pins, blogs, it takes HOURS to find the right hotel or to plan a customized trip. I will take the stress of researching and planning off your mind and eliminate the extensive time you would spend comparing the endless options for your destination. Your time is valuable, researching the best trip for you, is my specialty.

I provide expert knowledge and value.
Whether I have been there myself or know people who have, I am up to date on new hotels, destinations, hidden gems, out of the box experiences, and have strong relationships with the best hotels and touring companies all over the world. Through my industry affiliations and in-depth knowledge of the travel market, I happily unlock wonderful perks for you.

We will Develop a relationship.
Being a personal Travel Advisor is similar to having a trusted friend who knows your travel style – your likes and dislikes, favorite meals and drinks, preferred activities and cultural interests. I get to know you, capture this valuable information, and plan a journey that suits your exact needs. I want you to return from your trips, truly inspired, with a desire to continue exploring and discovering all the amazing destinations and marvels of this world.

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MDK Interiors | Full-Service Design Business Specializing In Residential And Commercial High-End Projects

MDK Interiors is a full-service design business specializing in residential and commercial high-end projects.

Our strength lies in incorporating existing elements and furnishings while editing and combining new and vintage pieces to add depth. We mix high and low pieces to keep budgets in check and can often be found using our selective eye at estate and warehouse sales, as well as Homegoods.

We are experts in renovations, often acting as our clients' representatives from start to finish, working closely with architects, contractors and tradespeople, while overseeing all installations from start to the finishing details. Our all-encompassing experience ensures that all areas of each project get equal attention. We enjoy consulting on smaller jobs and renovations, as well as staging or editing for resale.

Marianne D. Koushouris | Founder/Principal Designer

Marianne's appreciation for great design and beautiful spaces started long before her studies in Florence, Italy - it's genetic.

As the daughter of an Italian immigrant (an exquisite tailor of fine clothing) and a Bostonian (the Italian Martha Stewart), she was surrounded by beautiful clothing, interiors and music at a very early age. Her self-taught sketching and spacial planning skills stem from her dapper uncle, a talented architect in Massachusetts and Rome.

Marianne started building her skill set as the Merchandiser and Display Manager for Barneys New York in Westport, Connecticut. A two year hiatus as a merchandise coordinator for Calvin Klein would further hone her skill for creating spaces of visual beauty while balancing the relationship of fabrics, fixtures, furniture, lighting and finishes. Barneys New York asked her to return to oversee a talented group of display managers in the field as the company expanded nationwide. She directed floor and fixture layouts, window presentation and all interior visuals. BNY was a collection of creative geniuses and a world of inspiration all in one place.

Marianne's desire to move closer to home in Greenwich brought her to Waterworks, where she spent five years as Director of Merchandising for the growing, luxury purveyor of the finest fixtures, surfaces and merchandise for the bath. Prior to starting a family, she spent her last year at Waterworks focused on bathroom design, where beauty, function and attention to detail must go hand-in-hand.

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Lampe-Batkin Associates, LLC. | Insurance That Brings Assurance.

We are an independent insurance agency offering personalized quality customer service. Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, our clients enjoy the safety and anonymity of our intimate firm without compromising on market options.

We cater to our clients’ individual needs with specialized products priced for their individual risks. No waste, no guessing, only perfection.

As a third generation firm, we firmly believe that we only continue to grow and better serve our clientele with every passing year. Our local family-owned agency has been loyally serving our clients for over 50 years! While we are based in Greenwich, CT, we are also licensed to write insurance for New York residents.

Solutions and services for all

At Lampe-Batkin Associates, we work with the finest of carriers. This advantage allows us to tailor each and every policy for our unique clientele.

When it comes to personal insurance solutions, our agency can cater to a wide variety of lifestyles and situations. We can provide the basics, such as auto and homeowners insurance, or protect much further with our flood, windstorm, earthquake, and even recreational vehicle insurance.

On the business side of things, our agency can write the business basics — BOPs, general liability, commercial auto, and workers compensation — and more. Companies with distinct risks will have no trouble finding a solid policy when working with us.

Our agency also offers high-quality solutions and services for Private Clients. Individuals or families looking to be a part of our Private Client sector should give us a call. We are more than happy to discuss your options!

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SPIFF Home Organizing | “I transform spaces by organizing, bringing beauty and serenity.”

Organize every space in your home or office with SPIFF.

At SPIFF, we organize every space in and out of your home, from basements and bedrooms, to cabinets, drawers and pantries and everything in between. Our goal is to declutter, rearrange, and completely transform a space to look aesthetically pleasing, while maintaining functionality. Jenna and her team make sure to customize each project according to your lifestyle.

Declutter: You want your home to be efficient and functional, above all else. Jenna will discard/donate any items you no longer use. Old boxes (cardboard, shoe boxes etc.) are replace with customized, durable storage boxes or bins if desired by the Client. Jenna and her team will sort, toss, store and reorganize your items. *Bins and containers make a space look much neater*

Rearrange: A helpful and functional flow enters your home when your space is maximized. Rearranging small pieces of furniture or items in closets can create better functionality while creating a nice view.

Transform: Chaining a once cluttered or empty space to a clear/organized and functional space. Jenna’s goal is beauty, efficiency and functionality.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Home Organization?
SPIFF’s definition of home organizing is to rearrange and transform an area within the home to display your items in a more attractive and functional way.

How can SPIFF help?
SPIFF clients simply do not have the time, desire or the patience to sit down and organize each and every item, and we don’t blame them. Thats where we come in! Jenna and her team can help you transform an entire space within hours by eliminating unnecessary items and redesigning your space.

Contact SPIFF today to learn more!

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Snip Doggy Dog Gorgeous Grooming | Time To Get Your Groom On.

Welcome to Snip Doggy Dog Gorgeous Groomers owned and managed by local Old Greenwich and Riverside residents.

We are passionate about your dog’s care and will strive to always be considerate to your dog’s needs. We are also immensely proud of our groomers, bathers and our roots in the local community.

​We are established today in the top peer group of grooming salons in Lower Fairfield County thanks both to the loyalty of our pet parents who continue to trust us with their beloved companions and the experience of our groomers and bathers. The average experience of our groomers is close to 11 years and each has been with Snip Doggy Dog for at least 4 years. Our senior bather has been with us for 5 years and has a wide reaching reputation in particular for large dogs.

​Our commitment to each pet and their owner is consistent access to the same groomer to ensure you receive a dependable service and your preferred haircut and style.

What People Say:

"Best dog grooming place I've ever been to. I have two dogs. They both looked amazing when I picked them up and ran after their groomer not wanting to leave. They are caring wonderful people who love the dogs and the dogs clearly love them."
— Deborah L., Online Review

"Took us same day for first time service; absolutely wonderful. They are true professionals at Snip Doggy Dog. The staff gave us tips on some issues we are having with hot spots with one of our Golden’s. Ask for Emir he is full of love and energy for the pets he serves. We will definitely be back. Our dog never looked better."
— Terry H., Online Review

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Peter Grabel - Luxury Mortgage | Licensed Mortgage Lender.

Peter Grabel is a Managing Director, MLO at Luxury Mortgage.

He is one of the leading mortgage bankers in the New York area. Peter has been originating loans for over 10 years and he’s arranged over 1000 residential mortgages. Most of his clients are from New York City, Westchester, Greenwich, Long Island and Florida.

Additional Information:

Mr. Grabel takes pride in working with first-time homebuyers as well as clients seeking luxury properties. His knowledge of the market—and his network of lenders—enables him to obtain the lowest possible rates on the widest range of mortgage products. Likewise, his background in public accounting allows him to compare the financial implications of various mortgage products and clearly explain the rationale behind a given mortgage loan. Peter has also developed an expertise in handling divorce related financing.

Mr. Grabel has been quoted on residential mortgages in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and on CNN.com. He also appeared on Fox Business News 12 Connecticut. All of his clients are from referrals, primarily from past customers, financial planners, accountants, realtors and attorneys.

Luxury Mortgage offers homeowners and homebuyers a cost-effective way to turn a house into a dream home. A Renovation Loan can be used on a newly purchased or refinancing property that needs a makeover. The loan will cover the cost of minor or extravagant renovations.

We understand how emotional and cumbersome the mortgage process can be. That's why we've spent countless hours outlining every detail of the loan process shortening each step, so you receive what you deserve- the perfect mortgage with a luxury service experience.

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Greenwich Education Group | Tutoring, Test Prep, College Admission Counseling, Educational Consulting, Specialized Learning Services, Day Schools, and Summer Classes.

Since 2003, Greenwich Education Group has been providing our students with the exact support needed to achieve academic success.

Greenwich Education Group offers services in tutoring, test prep, college admission counseling, educational consulting, specialized learning services, day schools, and summer classes.

We pride ourselves in offering students of all ages, abilities and needs with personal attention, individualized instruction and every resource imaginable to reach their full academic potential.

With more than ten years of partnership with public, private and home school educators around the region and the nation, Greenwich Education Group can provide your child or teen with exactly the support he or she needs for total academic success.

What We Do:

Greenwich Education Group houses a rich array of academic resources, including subject tutoring, SAT, ACT, & ISEE test preparation, day and boarding school advisory services, college counseling, diagnostic assessment, clinical and coaching services and social skills support.

Our three NEASC accredited, co-ed, independent day schools, Links Academy, The Pinnacle School, and The Spire School offer unique environments and curricula designed for their students. Spire and Pinnacle are licensed by the state of Connecticut as Special Education Schools.

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Watson's Catering & Events | Full Service Catering And Event Planning Firm

Watson’s has been serving the Greenwich community for over 25 years and has won Moffly Media’s “Best of Greenwich” caterer eight times since 2010.

Watson’s is a full service catering and event planning firm executing phenomenal events in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, and New York City. We are known for our exquisite food as well as professional and courteous service. Our goal with every event, whether it be a wedding, private affair, corporate event or non-profit gala, is to attend to every detail so you can fully enjoy your party.

Watson’s Catering and Events designs menus that can encompass the foods and the mood that you are envisioning. We combine decades of experience in the culinary arts with a keen understanding of current trends, and offer menus that change seasonally to provide the best available from local farms.

Watson’s offers a wide range of menus from the casual cocktail party with passed hors d‘oeuvres to formal plated dinners with multiple courses.

We're not just great food!

Weddings
Whether you’re a wedding planner, or taking on the big-day planning yourself, Watson’s is happy to help you down the aisle in style. Our full suite of wedding and catering services includes everything from planning and design to complete day of coordination. As you can see below, working with brides, grooms and wedding planners, we’ve helped create some of the most breathtaking weddings in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, as well as New York City.

Event Planning & Catering
For 25+ years, Watson’s Catering and Events has delivered consistently exceptional food, always with exquisite and imaginative presentation. In that time, we’ve created thousands of successful catering events in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, and New York City. To complement our extraordinary culinary creations, our team has a special passion for creating themed celebrations of all kinds. Our catering clients have presented us with some interesting challenges over the years – we relish the opportunity to offer our talents.

Corporate Events
As an eight-time winner of the Best of Greenwich award, our belief is that corporate events – from summer picnics and holiday parties to product launches and store openings – all hold the potential for greatness. Guests should leave your event feeling motivated, inspired, catered to…and exceptionally well fed. That’s why our catering creations never blend in with the typical corporate event fare – creative energy goes into every hors d’oeuvre, every entrée, every cocktail. “Expected” isn’t our style, and for 25+ years, we’ve approached every catering event with the singular goal of making it more imaginative, more memorable, more… eventful.

And there's more... We're sure you have questions! Contact us today for the answers!

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Computer Super Center | The IT Department For Main Street

Face to face, we present only the best in computer, television, and audio products, and then stand behind them with the finest professional people in the business.

Every single member of our staff is highly trained, experienced, and professional. Computer SuperCenter also provides technology integration services and supports a multi-vendor environment, in our facility or yours.

  • We are local and faster.
  • Shop with confidence and always at direct prices.
  • We sell, install, and support all of our products.
  • We maintain a state-of-the-art, static free service facility, where your data remains on our premises from drop off to pick up.

Our Difference

Don't trust your valuable equipment to just anyone. A more highly trained, experienced and professional staff does not exist anywhere else in the retail world, and we are right in your backyard.

We are a Microsoft Desktop Support Gold Partner and an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Every single member of our staff is highly trained, experienced and professional. Our technical staff and sales consultants are rigorously trained to assess each customer needs and match them to the right product solution.

We make it simple and merchandise only the products that have merit within each product category.

If you like to do business with people that you will know, year after year, where you can shop with price confidence, you have come to the right place.

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Stacy Young | Sales Associate, William Raveis Real Estate, Greenwich Office

Since 1993 Stacy has called Greenwich home, formerly from Scarsdale, New York. With strong ties to both communities, she brings a critical understanding of each market's attributes to buyers and sellers alike.

As an active Greenwich resident, Stacy is a strong advocate for community involvement and encourages her clients to take advantage of everything the town has to offer.

A consummate professional, Stacy focuses on providing superior service, technical marketing expertise, and a creative approach to achieve her clients' diverse goals. Her energy and enthusiasm pair with strong business acuity to deliver client satisfaction at every stage of the transaction. Beyond simply finding the right property, she is well versed on everything from pricing, inventory and technology to neighborhood specifics, local culture and area activities.

When Stacy is not spending time with her husband or daughter she enjoys volunteering in the community, taking her dogs Axel & Bumper to the beach and maintaining a healthy, fit lifestyle.

Areas Covered:

Specializing in the following towns:

Connecticut: Greenwich, Old Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside, Byram, Stamford

New York: Armonk, Scarsdale, Eastchester, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye, Rye Brook

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Elizabeth Dagnino | Real Estate Salesperson, Houlihan Lawrence, Greenwich Brokerage Office

Liz Dagnino is a top-producing real estate agent and represents both buyers and sellers in Greenwich CT.

She has been a full-time real estate agent for over 13 years and has extensive knowledge and expertise in all facets of real estate.

Liz enjoys sharing her knowledge and insights so her clients can make informed and confident decisions. Her keen analytical mind, attention to detail and ability to truly listen, enable her clients to enter into important real estate transactions based on fact, not emotion.

Prior to selling real estate, Liz was in Brand Management for nine years at Unilever LLC where she honed her marketing, sales, negotiation and communication skills. She brings a perfect blend of energy, compassion and assertiveness to every deal – which serves her buyers and sellers well.

Professional Awards & Achievements
Liz has been a top producer for the last several years and in 2018 was a Houlihan Lawrence Gold Award winner and was recognized by The Real Deal as one of the top 100 Agents in Greenwich. Liz was a Chairman's Circle Gold award winner at Berkshire Hathaway and received the Legend's award for receiving the Chairman's Circle Gold designation for more than five years.

Testimonials:

"Working with Liz Dagnino was a truly wonderful personal and professional experience. Her in-depth knowledge of the Greenwich marketplace was invaluable. Liz’s skill sets, characteristics, consultative prowess and perhaps most importantly her day to day management, not only of the ‘process’, but her ability to manage our, her clients, needs and expectations was a life saver - selling or buying a home is VERY stressful. Thank goodness we found Liz."
-- B. & V. Wasserman

"Liz is extremely knowledgeable of the market and went above and beyond on helping us find the RIGHT house. Once we did find the house, she seamlessly guided us through the closing process and always had our best interest in mind."
-- K. & M. Horgan

"We worked with Liz for a year to find a house that worked for our family. Liz's knowledge on the markets we were looking in (Old Greenwich and Riverside) was excellent and we appricated her opinion on streets, houses and importantly price. What sets Liz apart in our mind is that we really felt like she was working for us vs just trying to get a deal done. We have bought and sold 5 other houses and we would use Liz to sell our current home if (when) we next move. I highly recommend working with Liz with absolutely no reservations."
-- Mark & Michelle H.

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