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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Application for car dealership in Collinsville withdrawn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Canton Compass has learned that an application for a used car dealership in Collinsville is being withdrawn.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 On Tuesday morning he sent an email to town planner Neil Pade, asking that the application be withdrawn.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

More than 300 Benefit from Gifts for Canton

December 14, 2016 Business, Community No Comments
The annual Gifts for Canton distribution took place Tuesday. Seen here are some of the volunteers and chamber members involved in the effort. Submitted Photo

The annual Gifts for Canton distribution took place Tuesday. Seen here are some of the volunteers and chamber members involved in the effort.
Submitted Photo

CANTON — More than 300 people benefitted from the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Gifts for Canton effort, organizers said.

After a weeks-long toy, clothing and gift card drive, the items were distributed from Trinity Episcopal Church on Tuesday morning.

Jill Brandon, who chaired this year’s effort, said 47 people came out and picked out items. In all 305 people will benefit, she said.

“Canton residents and the Canton business community donated gifts, funds and their time for another successful year,” Brandon said.

Brandon said she especially want to thank ShopRite of Canton, the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton, The Canton Lions Club, Larsen Ace Hardware and Jeannine fund Raisers for donations. Additionally, the Canton Police Department and Community Emergency Response Team held gift drives at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley and Ocean State Job Lot. Numerous businesses displayed collection boxes many chamber and community members volunteered their time. … Continue Reading

The Village Sweet Shoppe To Close Its Doors Early Next Year

December 13, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

COLLINSVILLE — For 30 years, The Village Sweet Shoppe has been an integral part of Shirley Scarpino’s life. Now, Scarpino has decided this will be the last holiday season at the popular River Street business.

At age 65, she’s ready to retire, Scarpino said.

“It’s time,” Scarpino said. “It’s not going to be an easy go. It’s been great here.”

After working as a health and fitness director at the YMCA in Torrington, Scarpino first opened Village Sweet Shoppe in Riverton. In 2004, spurred by some major changes in Riverton, notably the fact that world-famous Hitchcock Chair Co. was closing its doors (It’s now re-open under new ownership), Scarpino decided to move. The search brought her to Collinsville. … Continue Reading

Sip and Shop Scheduled at ‘Antiques Row’

December 13, 2016 Business No Comments

Shops in Canton’s “Antiques Row” on Route 44 (161-175 Albany Turnpike) will host a ‘Sip and Shop’ on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Park and shop as 6 of the shops will be open late for holiday shoppers. Store owners are asking shoppers to bring a non-perishable food item for animals or humans, benefiting Dogology and the Canton Food Bank.

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