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Wide Open Golf Classic Celebrates 35th Charity Fundraiser

October 26, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

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On Oct 7, 164 golfers gathered at Blue Fox Run in Avon for the 35th Annual Wide Open Golf Classic Tournament and Charity Fundraiser. Organizers of the tournament were Dave Regan, Ryan Mains, Fran Amara and Dr. Matthew Keefe from Canton Valley Dental.

This year’s tournament raised over $13,000, to help support not only the Anti-Drug and Alcohol Abuse programs of the local high schools (Canton and Northwestern Regional 7), but also the organization Smile Train®, a charity organization that covers the cost of cleft palate repair surgeries for children in need and The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Oncology Department (CCMC).

On Oct. 6, 2017, The Wide Open will celebrate its 36th Golf Tournament Charity Fundraiser at Blue Fox Run in Avon.  If you would consider sponsoring a hole for next year’s event or participating, please contact Jill at Canton Valley Dental, (860) 693-0887.

Yoga Center of Collinsville Debuts New Space

October 17, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — For those familiar with Yoga Center of Collinsville, their new space is easy enough to find. The business has simply moved from the first and second floor to the third floor of 10 Front St.

But now the business not only operates from one floor but its space is also completely reimagined. Over the summer, the owners, with numerous local partners, completely revamped the third floor to create a cohesive area that features a warm welcome, fluid pathways, easy check in area, natural storage for personal items, built in prop shelving, rustic appointments, a private treatment room with sound absorption insulation, an office area, restrooms and two expansive spaces – at 645 and 450 square feet – for guided yoga practice.

The business recently debuted the space to its friends, teachers and clients.

“It was a lot of fun to see the reactions,” said Shawn Cole, who owns the business with Ela Lagasse. “It felt good that all that work and investment created something special for folks.” … Continue Reading

Ticket Deadline Approaching for Canton Chamber’s ‘Stars of the Town’ Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

October 12, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

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CANTON — The Canton Chamber of Commerce has much to celebrate, and will be doing just that with its “Stars of the Town” annual meeting and awards dinner on Oct. 21 at 41 Bridge Street Live. The event reflects on the successes of the past year and celebrates those businesses and community members who have helped make it possible. With the ticket deadline of Oct. 17 rapidly approaching, the Chamber encourages members of the Canton community to attend the event and show their support for friends, neighbors and local businesses.

“Part of what makes the evening so special is the opportunity to come together and recognize the many amazing people who are vital to the town of Canton and the Chamber of Commerce,” said Gary Miller, Executive Director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce. “Stars of the Town is an evening to acknowledge all of the good work being done and celebrate our community.”  … Continue Reading

Tidal River Brewing Co. Plans to Close

October 6, 2016 Business No Comments

Tidal River during its soft opening in January. Photo by John Fitts

Owner Hopes for Buyer to Keep it Going

By John Fitts

CANTON — Tidal River Brewing, which opened to the public this past January on Cheryl Drive has announced it is getting ready to close its doors.

Owner Geoffrey Mattheis said there are many factors behind the decision. While it’s been 10 months since the public opening, the business has occupied the space for nearly two years.

“We are a small business and like many other small businesses, there are many challenges,” he said. “Ultimately it’s a business decision.”

Mattheis said the brewery will likely operate until the end of the month, as it sells off remaining beer at 10 percent off.

While acknowledging financial and other challenges, Mattheis said foot traffic at the nano brewery has been steady.

He said the Canton Community has been great. He especially wanted to thank his customers, many of whom have been so supportive.

“The community has been awesome,” he said. “The community of beer consumers in the area welcomed us with a fever pitch. That was delightful.” … Continue Reading

Ski Sundown to Host Job Fair

October 6, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

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Ski Sundown has its annual Job Fair from 1 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. 

The area has winter employment opportunities for customer-service oriented and enthusiastic people! Complete a job application and receive an on-the-spot interview.  The job fair will be held in the Ski Sundown base lodge, 126 Ratlum Road, New Hartford, CT 06057.  We have openings in the following departments: … Continue Reading

Francesca’s Closes Its Doors (Update: Original Owners to Re-Open)

October 5, 2016 Business No Comments
Francesca's in July 2016.

Francesca’s in July 2016.

Editor’s Note: Please note the original owners are planning to re-open this business. Please look out for an updated story. 

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE – The current operators of Francesca’s Wine Bar & Bistro have closed the doors to the Collinsville restaurant, according to the building landlord.

The lights were off Wednesday and while a sign inside the business states it is “closed for renovations,” Mary K. Howley, manager of the LLC that owns the 105 Main St. location and several neighboring buildings, said she received an email from her attorney on Tuesday that stated the business would not be re-opening.

“It is, in fact, closed and it’s basically a fiscal issue,” Howley said.

In August of 2015, a culinary team led by owner/chef Jared Talarski took over operation of the restaurant, which was originally opened in September of 2012 by Francesca and Don Nadeau along with chef Jonathan Nadeau.

On Thursday, David A. Richman, a local investor and businessman, said he was a backer of the business. He said the closure, which came on Sunday, was due to the inability of the business to pay its bills. One factor was the failure to build upon the original success of the restaurant, according to Richman.

“Unfortunately, the market wasn’t as strong as we were led to believe,” Richman said.

Richman said he loved the business and is sad to see it go.

“It was a very difficult thing to do,” he said.

Canton Compass is also attempting to reach Talarski.

Howley said the building owners will begin searching for tenants.

“We will be seeking to lease the space,” she said.

Anyone interested can send Canton Compass a quick message at cantoncompass@gmail.com and we will forward it to Howley.

America the Beautiful Country Store Now in New Location

October 3, 2016 Business No Comments

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — America the Beautiful Country store has officially tweaked its address, moving one door over in the village.

The store, which first opened in February of 2013, is now located at 100A Main St. The new space, at some 1,100 square feet, is nearly twice as large, features more natural light and is located right on the corner off of town hall parking lot, adding increased visibility.

Kellee Abramczyk, who co-owns the store with Greg Wasoka, said she is excited and thankful about the improvements her landlords recently made to the space as well as other changes downtown, such as the streetscape and newly improved spaces for other businesses, including Yoga Center of Collinsville and Rootz Organic Hair Salon.

“I’m just thrilled to be part of all the changes that are going on in downtown Collinsville,” she said. … Continue Reading

Public Hears Details of Preliminary TIF Master Plan for Collins Co. Complex

By John Fitts

On Thursday evening, representatives from Camoin Associates presented the public with a preliminary Tax Increment Financing Plan for the Collins Company Complex.

Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is the process in which a town, for a period of time, allows a portion of the increased property tax revenues generated by a project to go back into the project and/or related improvements and/or administrative costs.

For the past several months, the company has been working with a town-appointed TIF Steering Committee to develop a preliminary master plan for the 19-acre complex, the former site of the Collins Company, a world-famous manufacturer of edge tools that operated from the 1820s to 1966.

Currently Colliers is listing the property, on behalf of At Collinsville, for $3.9 million. Currently there are dozens of businesses in the complex but town officials have been frustrated for years at the lack of redevelopment of the complex, some of which is deteriorating to various degrees.

On Thursday, Jim Damicis, senior vice president at Camoin, shared an overview of TIF, the process for the town and the idea that a public-private partnership could help spur redevelopment at the complex.

The company estimates the property could generate more than a million in annual taxes. Today it generates approximately $32,000.

Damicis said a project could help the town diversify its job market and tax base and preserve a historic and beautiful asset in it’s the village downtown.

“This represents a significant opportunity for Canton,” he said. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Wood Firing at Canton Clay Works

By John Fitts

CANTON — Many potters love the beautiful, yet slightly unpredictable results of wood firing.

“It’s really manipulating randomness,” said Tim Scull, owner of Canton Clay Works. “There is a certain degree of the unexpected, idiosyncrasies in firings that make pieces unique and one of a kind.”

The firing method is just one of several that clay artists use to harden and finish their pieces. Several methods and kilns are utilized at Canton Clay Works.

But wood firing at Canton Clay Works is somewhat unique in its frequency and educational benefit. Often, it’s somewhat of a luxury. Many artists don’t have regular access to a wood kiln and those that do often only use it a handful of times per year. Some who own one only fire annually. … Continue Reading

First Selectman’s Corner: Preliminary TIF Plan Presentation is Thursday


Leslee Hill

Leslee Hill

Dear Canton Residents,

This year, the Town has been looking at ways to incentivize redevelopment of the historic Collins Company property (the “Axe Factory”) in Collinsville.  At the Annual Town Meeting in January, we heard a presentation on Tax Increment Financing, which is linked here:

Since then, the Town used grant funds to hire a consultant to prepare a preliminary TIF master plan. This preliminary plan can be presented to potential developers, to describe what incentives the Town may be willing to provide them. This preliminary plan will be presented to the public by the consultant on Thursday evening, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Community Center, Room F. Below are some FAQs regarding Tax Increment Financing (“TIF”).  … Continue Reading


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