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Images of Canton: A Sweet Sendoff

January 28, 2017 Business, Community No Comments

COLLINSVILLE — On Saturday, as  Shirley Scarpino opened the doors to the Village Sweet Shoppe for the final time, a group of musically gifted area residents visited the store and sang a personalized rendition of the famous pop song, “I Want Candy.”

Late last year Scarpino announced she would be closing the store, which had been in business for 30 years. She initially operated in Riverton, and in 2004 moved to River Street in Collinsville. 

See our previous story here. Additionally a partially video clip from the musical treat can be found on the Canton Compass facebook page

Collinsville Property Owner Moves Forward with Used Dealership Application but Leaves Options Open

January 27, 2017 Business No Comments

5 River Road.

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – The owner of 5 River Road has filed an application for a used car dealership but said he continues to market the property for other potential uses.  

Stephen Roberto has filed an application at the land use office, proposing the use of a used car dealership  with 30 spaces for vehicles, 7 parking spaces, two dark-sky compliant light fixtures and the ability to use two existing bays for limited repair and inspection. 
 
The application comes after a Burlington resident seeking to run a used car dealership decided not to pursue the business. The proposed use was already controversy but the withdrawal came amidst a flurry of controversy. (See this week’s Valley Press for more details). 
 
Now Roberto is pursuing a special exception that would allow the use on the property, The proposal is slated for a public hearing on Feb. 15. However, Roberto is also entertaining other proposals for the property, which is “offered for lease.” Currently Dentfix Express operates at the site. 
 
 See more details in a future edition of the Valley Press. 
 

Images of Canton: Francesca’s Reopens its Doors

Francesca’s Wine Bar and Bistro officially reopened its doors on Wednesday, Jan. 25. 

The Nadeau family, which originally opened the restaurant in the fall of 2012, reopened the doors Wednesday.

In August of 2015, the family had sold the business to a different partnership, and the doors closed in October of 2016. 

However, the Nadeaus have opened the restaurant again with original owners Francesca and Don taking a more minor role and their son Jonathan, who is also executive chef, as the primary owner. 

However, Francesca and Don will still be a presence at the restaurant, especially for the next year. 

“I feel like we never left, like it was yesterday,” Francesca Nadeau said Wednesday evening. “It feels so natural. It’s wonderful. It really is.” 

See more at https://www.francescaswinebar.com or https://www.facebook.com/FrancescasWineBarAndBistro/

Area Businessman Looks to Renovate Maple Avenue Building

A rendering of the proposed improvements at 61 Maple Ave.

By John Fitts

CANTON – A locally based financial advisor is looking to renovate a long-deteriorating commercial building on Maple Avenue. 

Michael Chadwick, who runs Chadwick Financial Advisors, wants to completely renovated the 6,150-square-foot building at 61 Maple Ave. and create approximately four office spaces, one of which would be for his company. 

The applicant plans to make numerous building, landscaping and parking improvements. 

This application is due to go before the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 15. According to a memo from town planner Neil Pade, a public hearing is not required for a site plan application but the commission “may schedule one.” 

Please see more in this week’s edition of The Valley Press. We also plan to follow up in future editions.  

61 Maple Ave as it exists today.

Application for car dealership in Collinsville withdrawn

January 17, 2017 Business No Comments

Canton Compass has learned that an application for a used car dealership in Collinsville is being withdrawn. 

Phil Doyle of Simsbury-based Landscape Architectural Design Associates had made the application for 5 River Road on behalf of a Burlington businessman Zolfikar Ezzeddine and property owner Stephen Roberto. On Tuesday morning he sent an email to town planner Neil Pade, asking that the application be withdrawn. 

The application had been noticed for a public hearing Tuesday evening. 

More to come.

5 River Road.

Francesca’s Wine Bar and Bistro set to reopen

January 11, 2017 Business No Comments

Jonathan Nadeau, center, plans to reopen Francesca’s with parents Don and Francesca.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – As the Nadeau family plans to re-open the doors to Francesca’s Wine Bar and Bistro, choices of fermented beverages will certainly be plentiful but executive chef and owner Jonathan Nadeau is especially excited to debut a new, ever-evolving Mediterranean-inspired menu. 

“We’re going to do a revolving menu, so every six to eight weeks it’s going to change,” he said. “It’s pretty drastic, but I’m definitely looking forward to focusing a little more on the food aspect of it.” 

Helping him will be parents and original owners Don and Francesca Nadeau. 

See full story in the Jan. 12, 2017 edition of the Valley Press

Burlington Resident Looks to Open Used Car Dealership at Collinsville Site

January 11, 2017 Business 2 Comments

A Burlington resident is looking to open a used car dealership at 5 River Road in Collinsville.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE — A Burlington resident is looking to establish a used car dealership at 5 River Road in Collinsville. 

Lava Motors, owned by Zolfikar Ezzeddine of Burlington, is looking to sell vehicles at the .47- acre site with a 1,300-square-foot building, which sits at the corner of a v-shaped intersection of Route 179 in Collinsville. 

The application proposes 33 spaces for the used vehicles and seven additional for employee and customer parking. It also proposes two “dark sky compliant” light fixtures. 

The application has been noticed for a public hearing at the next planning and zoning commission meeting, set for  7:30 p.m. at the Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave., on Jan. 17, 2017. However, Neil S. Pade, the town’s director of planning and community development, said there are many items due to be heard that night and it is possible some could be postponed or continued.

Please see more details in the Jan. 12 version of the Valley Press

John Fitts joins staff of The Valley Press

January 10, 2017 Business, Community 1 Comment

John Fitts

The Valley Press, an award-winning weekly newspaper, is pleased to announce that John Fitts has joined its staff as assistant editor.

Best known locally as the owner and editor of the news website Canton Compass, Fitts has more than 20 years experience in the journalism industry.

“We’re excited to have John join our team and look forward to the ways in which we know he will enhance our publications with his strong reporting and photojournalism skills,” said Abigail Albair, executive editor of TurleyCT Community Publications, the parent company of The Valley Press. “He is a truly dynamic individual, and we are lucky to have him on board.”

Details are still being finalized, but the plan is to incorporate the Canton Compass into existing TurleyCT digital offerings. Currently, TurleyCT provides online flipbooks of all its print publications, which include a weekly West Hartford newspaper and the monthly LIFE publications.

Fitts and Albair will work together to reinvigorate the Compass as a digital element that will complement the Farmington Valley’s weekly newspaper of record and best serve the readership of The Valley Press.

“The opportunity to work with The Valley Press was a unique one that seemed the perfect fit for me and the Compass, which has become an important part of the Canton community since I founded it in 2014,” Fitts said. “I’m happy the Compass will continue to thrive and am thankful to the residents who supported me in this venture over the past few years. The Valley Press is truly the best newspaper through which to reach the Farmington Valley, and loyal Compass readers will be well-served by this joining of forces.”

b.good to Donate 5 Percent to Local Volunteer Firefighters/EMTs on Jan. 3

December 30, 2016 Business, Community, Fire No Comments

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CANTON — The b.good at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley is partnering with The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department to donate back five percent of all store sales on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

The fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 .m. at the 110 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT location. To participate, customers can simply order food from the restaurant during those hours on Jan. 3. 

b.good gives backs to the causes and organizations that matter most to customers through two programs: Community Partners and Fundraising Nights. To learn more, visit www.bgood.com/community.

The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department provides fire, medical, rescue and other emergency services to the Town of Canton. They also participate in a wide variety of community events throughout the year. To learn more, visit www.cantonfireandems.org.

Crown and Hammer Debuts New Menu

December 16, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — Justin LaCapria has been executive chef at Lisa’s Crown and Hammer since April but only recently did he debut a revamped menu.

LaCapria said he really needed to get a sense of what people wanted, what new dishes people liked and which offerings from predecessor Michael Alfeld remained most popular.

“I was trying to figure out what Collinsville and the Farmington valley wants, eats and likes,” LaCapria said. “I took what people were buying from his menu and kind of made it my own, with a lot of additions and changes.”

One of the most popular new items is a $14 Truffle Burger, which features an 8-ounce patty, seasoned and grilled to order, with melted Swiss, caramelized onions and a made-from-scratch truffle mayonnaise. … Continue Reading

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