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June 2, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
On the stoop at Rootz. Back Row: Liz Jackson, Katie Noel, Dawn Leniak Front Row: Krista Johnson, Jennifer Gero Missing: Kathleen Kay, Sharon Coons

The staff at Rootz will soon work out of 124 Main St. in downtown Collinsville. The new location, like their current one at 110 Main, comes with its own front “stoop.” File Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – A business landscape is always fluctuating but it is certainly a time of notable changes in the downtown area.

This summer, Rootz Organic Salon, now in its 12th Year at 110 Main St., will be moving to 124 Main St., the 16-year location of Realty Works, which recently merged with William Raveis.

Rootz owner Jennifer Gero said the new space will allow her to fulfill her vision — a rustic, industrial look. It will be accomplished with the help of numerous area artisans.

“It’s a complete buildout,” she said. “I have these amazing people behind me, doing the majority of the work.”

Julius Fialkiewicz, former Realty Works owner and sales associate for The Realty Works Group at William Raveis, said the group will still have the ability to meet clients in Collinsville and retains a presence in town. Most agents will be based in nearby Avon but many also live in Canton.

He added that vacating the office is another way to save money in an ever-difficult business environment.

“The state of Connecticut is doing nothing to help small businesses stay in Connecticut,” Fialkiewicz said.

Valley Center, a real-estate education center and meeting space owned by Gail Fialkiewicz, remains at 128 Main St.

Julius Fialkiewicz said he feels Rootz is going to be a great fit for the building.

“I think they’ll be a really good neighbor,” Fialkiewicz said.

For now, Rootz continues to operate at 110 Main St. and Gero anticipates July 31 will be the last day in that space. She expects to open in the new location on Aug. 2.

“It’s a new beginning,” Gero said. “I’m excited for expansion as well as new updated equipment and facilities.”

Gero said she also appreciates her amazing staff.

“They can not go without being recognized,” she said.

Sheralyn K. Marsh, who manages the LLC that owns the building, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Another change downtown is official as of this week. Downright Music and Art is no longer in the 100A Main St. location the business occupied for more than 10 years.

Eileen O’Connor-Kaminski, proprietor at LaSalle market and a member of Rugen Realty, LLC, which owns the building, collectively listed as 104 Main St., said she and her husband chose not to renew the store’s lease.

O’Connor-Kaminski alleged that there were noise issues over the years but said the primary reason is the desire to revamp the space directly off the Town Hall Parking Lot. The space will undergo renovation over the next several months, she said.

“Scott and I would like to enhance the building further,” Eileen O’Connor-Kaminski said. “It’s a prime corner piece.”

Until this week, Downright Music and Art occupied this space for more than 10 years.

Until this week, Downright Music and Art occupied this space for more than 10 years.

Downright’s co-owners said little about the change. Naomi Kravitz said it came as a shock. 
She did say the store is working future plans and will continue to offer performances in Collinsville.

“We’re still going to have as many performances as we can,” Kravitz said.

Downright also continues to give lessons in Collinsville, will offer its summer jam camps and live performances.

“You can take our space but you can’t take our spirit,” said co-owner Andrew Decker.

O’Connor-Kaminski said Downright is a vital part of the community and that she wishes them well.

America the Beautiful Country Store continues to operate at 100B Main – the space next to the former Downright location.

While there are well known rumors about plans for the basement spaces,  O’Connor-Kaminski said she could not comment on them because nothing is set in stone.

Another long-time business that is moving and changing is the long-time Sports Technologies, which has now merged with Minneapolis-based SportsHub Technologies.

10 Front St.

10 Front St.

Sports Technologies, which builds fantasy games for professional sports leagues, started on Route 44 just a little more than 10 years ago and came to Collinsville about 9 years ago, said Chris Nicholas, now COO of SportsHub Technologies.

The company will maintain its Collinsville presence but plans to soon move out of the third floor of 10 Front St. and occupy the former Canton Library at 26 Center St.

26 Center St.

26 Center St.

Steven Stang, who owns the 10 Front Street Building said Yoga Center of Collinsville will be taking third floor, opening the first and second-floor for new tenants.

“I suspect they will be fairly easily leased up,” Stang said.

Stang has also listed the building for sale at $1 million but said he’s hasn’t pursued that too aggressively.

“If I don’t sell we’ll keep leasing it up and it’s business as usual,” he said.

If it does sell, Stang said he’ll put the funds into other projects and would anticipate the building uses would likely continue.

111 Main St.

111 Main St.

Other buildings for sale in the immediate downtown area include 111 Main St., which is listed at $580,000 and the Collinsville Factory complex, listed at $3.9 million. The town is hoping a Tax Increment Finance Incentive will help spur the factory complex’s redevelopment, a subject for other stories. However, approximately 40 businesses currently thrive in the complex.

Additionally, 5 River Road at the corner of Routes 179, Bridge Street and Maple Avenue, remains available for lease. Building owner Stephen Roberto said Dentfix Express, a business he started, continues to operate there under new ownership.

“It’s being used until I can find a longer-term lease,” he said.

61 Maple Ave., while outside of the immediate downtown area, is also up for sale and is listed at $149,900.


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