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It’s Not Too Late to Help The Less Fortunate Among Us

December 7, 2016 Business, Community, Police No Comments
Some of the gifts that were given out to families Tuesday morning. Photo by John Fitts

Seen here are some of the gifts that were made available to needy Canton families in 2015.

Gifts for Canton Collection Runs Through Dec. 11

By John Fitts

CANTON – There might be just a few days left in the annual Gifts for Canton effort but there’s still many ways to pitch in.

Since 1995 the Canton Chamber of Commerce has led the effort, which involves collecting items such as holiday gifts, everyday essentials and gift cards to help struggling Canton residents. Last year, the effort helped some 60 families, which collectively represented 388 people.

The effort relies on donations from local residents as well as the help of partners such as ShopRite of Canton, The Canton Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Avon-canton, Larsen ACE Hardware and Jeannine Fund Raisers. The chamber also holds other fundraisers during the holiday season.

“The community is extremely involved,” said Jill Brandon, who is chairing this year’s drive. … Continue Reading

Christmas in Collinsville Festivities Set for this Weekend

Photo by Carrie Wiser

From the 2015 Christmas in Collinsville event. Photo by Carrie Wiser

By John Fitts

Temperatures in the 30s are predicted for the weekend but there’s nothing like a bit of champagne, a visit with Santa or local crafts to warm the spirit.

That’s right – the annual Christmas in Collinsville events are slated to take place on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

Friday evening events include horse-drawn carriage rides, tree lighting and an an adults only champagne walk. Saturday involves such festivities as breakfast with Santa, time with Mrs. Clause, face painting, puppet shows and more horse drawn carriage rides.

Many features, such as the Gallery of Trees at the Canton Historical Museum, take place on both days.

Kathy Taylor, one of the event organizers, said she loves the friendly and festive atmosphere, set in a village where so many of the buildings are so historic.

“You feel like you’re back in the late 1800s,” she said. … Continue Reading

Dogology’s Second Location is now open in West Hartford

December 7, 2016 Business No Comments

dogologylogoWEST HARTFORD, CT – Dogology recently announced that it has opened a second retail store at 5 Sedgwick Road in West Hartford.

Dogology West Hartford carries all of the high-quality products that are available in their original Canton  location, according to a submitted release.

“Every day people come to us looking to give their dogs the best possible nutrition, training and support – and we love to see pets that are truly thriving, happy animals,” said Marissa Garson, co-owner of Dogology. … Continue Reading

Collinsville Watch Co. Provides Locally Flavored Timepieces

December 6, 2016 Business No Comments

Frank Flood said 10 percent of gross sales through Dec. 24 will be donated to the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department. Submitted Photo

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE — While media outlets and advertisers spend much of their time convincing us why we need the latest electronic device, Frank Flood III has another idea to enhance your style. He sells locally flavored timepieces designed to be fashionable, functional, dependable and even adaptable.

In May of 2016, Flood, a Canton resident and business man, launched Collinsville Watch Co. with his wife Dawn.

Among the offerings, which feature interchangeable bands, are Main and Bridge Street models. There are also others, such as Nautilus and Swiss Collections, and varying limited edition offerings, many of which are launched via kickstarter campaigns.

“I wanted to do something that was personal, and collectible for me but would also appeal to other collectors as well,” Flood said. “I love watches. It’s a huge passion.” … Continue Reading

Nodine’s Smokehouse Now Open in Canton

November 21, 2016 Business No Comments

By John Fitts 

CANTON — Nodine’s long-awaited restaurant, deli and retail store formally opened its doors on Monday, Nov. 21.

For owner Calvin Nodine and crew, who have been working on the restaurant since March, it was an exciting day and an extension of the smoked meats business his parents Ronald and Johanne started in 1969.

“We’re 47 years in business,” Calvin Nodine said. “This is a big tribute to my mom and dad.”

The 192 Albany location is open with a selection of Nodine’s meats, jams, jellies, pizzas, sandwiches and more. Initially the menu will be limited to items such as pizzas, sandwiches, hot oven grinders and deli sides but that will be greatly expanded after the New Year, said owner Calvin Nodine.

“It’s still a work in progress,” Nodine said of the menu. “We’re going to do our best, see what people want and change it from there.” … Continue Reading

SunShine Floor Supplies Expands to Canton

November 7, 2016 Business No Comments

Submitted Information/Photos by John Fitts

SunShine Floor Supplies, Inc. (SunShine), a CT-based company with its primary location at 1957 Main Street in Bridgeport, has announced the expansion of SunShine’s retail and wholesale footprint to two new locations in Norwalk and Canton.

According to SunShine CEO, Razvan (R.T.) Tata, the expansion was necessitated by the significant growth the company has experienced in the last few years. “As our products and services have become better known in the industry, demand has risen,” said R.T. “Our new locations will support our continued growth and expansion.” … Continue Reading

In Brief: Brewery Legitimus Receives a Formal Welcome

November 4, 2016 Business No Comments

Grand Opening Takes Place Saturday

Pictured above are some moments from the ribbon cutting as well as the October soft opening at Brewery Legitimus. 

By John Fitts

NEW HARTFORD – Local officials as well as members of the New Hartford Business Council and Canton Chamber of Commerce formally welcomed Brewery Legitimus to town on Friday night.

The business, owned by Canton couple Chris and Christina Sayer, will host a grand opening from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 5. During the event the brewery, located at 283 Main St. (Route 44) in New Hartford, will feature at least five of its own beers, several guest taps, a food truck courtesy of Christie Caters LLC and, from 6 to 9 p.m., the music of Blind Smudge.

The brewery first opened late last month and is located in a 3,300 square-foot space in the former Waring Factory complex.

The taproom features a bar and farm tables with seating for approximately 60.

Hours are:
Thursday and Friday – 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday – 12pm to 9pm
Sunday – 12pm to 5pm

For updates and more, visit http://www.brewerylegitimus.com or https://www.facebook.com/brewerylegitimus/

For a full screen gallery of this and other photos or to purchase prints and digital downloads, visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com.

Brewery Legitimus Plans Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening Celebration

November 1, 2016 Business No Comments

 By John Fitts 

NEW HARTFORD — After several weekends of “soft” openings, the Canton couple behind Brewery Legitimus will host two special events this weekend, including a grand opening celebration on Saturday Nov. 5.

For its grand opening, which takes place from noon to 9 p.m., the brewery, located at 283 Main St. (Route 44) in New Hartford, will feature at least five of its own beers, several guest taps, a food truck courtesy of Christie Caters LLC and, from 6 to 9 p.m., the music of Blind Smudge. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook Health Named Business of the Year, Ann Gagnon, Mike D’Apice and Phil Worley Also Honored

October 31, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE – From a non-profit that embeds itself deeply into the community to a trailblazing leader who held the reins for more than a dozen years, the Canton Chamber of Commerce bestowed some special honors during its recent second annual “Stars of the Town” awards dinner.

Held at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on Oct. 21, the organization spent an evening listening to music, enjoying quality food, honoring member accomplishments and, for some, dancing the night away. Most importantly the chamber handed out some special awards.

Garnering the organization’s Business of the Year Award was Cherry Brook Health Center.

The center, located at 102 Dyer Ave., is a 100-bed skilled nursing facility that offers offer Short Term Rehabilitation, Outpatient Rehabilitation and Long Term Care through inpatient and outpatient services.

Outgoing chamber board president Chuck Joseph Jr. told a story of how the center took amazing care of one of his ShopRite employees. Joseph, however, said it’s really Cherry Brook’s involvement in the community that sets them apart. Among the efforts the center is directly involved with are Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.), the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Focus on Canton and the Canton Senior Center.

“(Cherry Brook Health Care Center’s) compassion doesn’t stop at its door,” Joseph said. “It extends into the community. Rebecca (Stevenson) and her team are part of the fabric of what makes Canton great –  people who care deeply about their friends and neighbors.” … Continue Reading

Local Businesswoman Plans to Open Coffee/Ice Cream Shop in Collinsville

October 26, 2016 Business No Comments

Jessie Kaminski Deloy on the steps where she plans to open Black Sheep Sweet Treats. Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – A local businesswoman is planning to open an ice cream/coffee shop in downtown Collinsville.

While an exact date has not been set, Jessie Kaminski Deloy hopes to open Black Sheep Sweet Treats some time in December. It will be located at 100B Main St., most recently home to America the Beautiful Country Store, which has moved to a bigger space in the same building.

Deloy will be renting from the space from the realty company owned by her family.

The shop will serve ice cream, coffee drinks, desserts, candies, juice and smoothies. With a small bar area and adults and children’s tables, the business will have enough seating for approximately 12 adults and four children.

Deloy worked at the Crown and Hammer for three years and has been at LaSalle Market for 16. She worked for both former owner John Rainey and then for her family when they purchased the restaurant more than 9 years ago.  … Continue Reading


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