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Canton Main Street Earns Tax-Exempt Status

March 4, 2015 Business, Community No Comments

(Submitted) Canton Main Street Inc., , has been granted IRC Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt status which permits donors to deduct their charitable donations from their federal income tax. Today’s news is expected to attract more community involvement in a growing number of Canton Main Street activities.

“Tax exempt status is a cornerstone of our efforts to attract community sponsors to our place-making efforts,” said Amy Parchen, director of Canton Main Street. “Thanks to the efforts of our Board of Directors, and particularly Gary Roman, President and CEO of Collinsville Savings Society, corporations as well as individuals can take a federal tax deduction for any charitable donation made to Canton Main Street. This will enable our organization to expand our efforts to create a greater sense of place in our community, which is the goal of Canton Main Street. We couldn’t be more pleased.” … Continue Reading

Canton Resident Finalizing Plans for Craft Brewery

March 3, 2015 Business 1 Comment
Chris Sayer brews beer.  Submitted photo

Chris Sayer takes his brewing, even at home, seriously. 
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With an advanced degree, a business plan, years of experience in the beverage industry and home brewing know-how, Chris Sayer certainly has the tools to open a craft brewery.

But for Sayer, Brewery Legitimus is much than an effort to establish a successful company. He also sees it as a way to express his passion for craft beer and contribute to a local food movement that he feels already has much vibrancy and a world of possibility.

“This part of the state has a great potential to be on the culinary map,” said Sayer, who moved to Canton with his wife Christina six years ago. “I want to help elevate that.”

Sayer is currently finalizing his search for a location in the area to open a craft brewery that focuses on Belgian and American styled ales. He’s concentrating on several locations in area towns. While much will depend on the location and licensing process, he hopes to open by late summer or early fall. … Continue Reading

Canton EDA Requests Proposals from Area Marketing Agencies

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

End Product: Branding and Marketing Strategy

(Submitted) The Town of Canton, through its Economic Development Agency (EDA), has issued a request for proposals from area marketing agencies to develop an effective marketing and brand strategy for Collinsville and ultimately Canton as a whole. Deadline for proposals is March 20.

“We are looking to develop an effective brand and message strategy,” said Robert Bessel, chairman of the Canton EDA. “We want to use our unique assets, from the river to the history to the inventive, creative people who live and work here. The end product should balance our need for economic vitality, cultural vibrancy and preservation of our place.” … Continue Reading

Updated: Bounce Town Owners Plan to Open Canton Location

February 24, 2015 Business No Comments


Editor’s Note: The owners of Bounce Town have announced that the opening of the facility has been delayed due to a delay in the shipping of inflatables. The new target date is March 7.

It was the Canton Jump Zone location that inspired Scott and Stephanie Weinstein to open Bounce Town in South Windsor.

Despite living in Suffield, they had brought their own kids to the Canton facility on several occasions.

“We always loved the layout and we always loved the facility,” Scott Weinstein said.

The couple realized that other families in their area would appreciate such a business and they decided to open Bounce Town, located at 97 Commerce Way, South Windsor.

Now after five years of operating that business, the couple is opening its second location in that very 9,000-square foot, 15 Cheryl Drive space that was home to the Canton Jump Zone franchise, which closed its doors in late December.

Bounce Town is due to open March 1. … Continue Reading

Brewery Owner Hopeful for Summer Opening

TRBC-simple-logo-trans-2With local approvals in place, Tidal River Brewing Co. owner Geoff Mattheis is busy working to secure state and federal licenses, purchase equipment and tend to other details of opening a nano brewery on Cheryl Drive. He’s aiming for a June or July opening.

“A lot of it is contingent on the licensing process and how long it takes,” he said.

As the word nano suggests, Mattheis plans to start small, targeting production of 8 to 16 barrels (31 gallons each) a month, or up to approximately 200 a year.

The 2,000 square foot facility would allow some growth as well. … Continue Reading

Letter: Chamber’s Gifts for Canton Project Thanks the Community

February 5, 2015 Business, Community, Opinion No Comments

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 7.57.08 PMA huge thank you from the Canton Chamber’s Gifts for Canton Project goes out to all of you, Canton’s residents, businesses, and organizations, who once again responded with love and generosity to help your struggling Canton neighbors during the 2014 holiday season. … Continue Reading

Live Music Returns to the Crown and Hammer on Saturday

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Live music will return to the Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub this Saturday night and several local favorites have been scheduled to play in the coming weeks.

The restaurant is working hard to provide a fun place to get a great meal and enjoy a comfortable atmosphere, said bar manager Will Shafer.

“We just feel entertainment will boost that and add another element,” he said.

Lisa and John Maurer recently purchased the Collinsville restaurant and re-opened its doors as Lisa’s Crown and Hammer in November. … Continue Reading

Canton Planning and Zoning Commission Grants Special Permit for Tidal River Brewery

January 22, 2015 Business, Government No Comments

TRBC-simple-logo-trans-2On Wednesday, the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously granted a special permit for Tidal River Brewing Company to operate at 15 Cheryl Drive.

Geoffrey Mattheis plans to operate a “nano,” or very small brewery at the location, initially producing approximately 200 barrels (31 gallons each) of beer per year, selling directly in 32 and 64 ounce growlers and potentially at restaurants and retail outlets. He also plans to host small tours and tastings Thursdays through Sundays.

Attorney Katherine Dwyer, represented Mattheis Wednesday and said the town permit was the first step in the process. … Continue Reading

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Owner Discusses Housing Plan but Says Conservation is Possible Under the Right Conditions

The housing plan Allan Borghesi has discussed with the town. This, however, is not part of an official application.

The housing plan Allan Borghesi has discussed with the town. This, however, is not part of an official application.

While developer Allan Borghesi moved a step closer Wednesday toward a plan for a small housing development on Satan’s Kingdom, LLC property along Route 44 in Canton, he also said conservation was still a possibility if a plan involved timeliness, guaranteed funding and the right price.

The comments came during and after a “pre-application review” at the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night.

Borghesi informally presented a concept for a 9-home subdivision on a portion of the 39 Canton acres owned by Satan’s Kingdom, LLC, Most of the homes would be along a 600-foot access road near Route 44 and one on top of the ridgeline further back would utilize a long driveway where a partial dirt road exists now. Approximately 15 acres in the rear would be conserved, he said. … Continue Reading

Hearing on Brewery, Informal Satan’s Kingdom Discussion Set to Take Place Next Week

TRBC-simple-logo-trans-2On Jan. 21, the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed “nano” brewery as well as an informal discussion on a residential subdivision plan for the “Satan’s Kingdom” property on Route 44.

New Hartford resident Geoffrey Mattheis is looking to open Tidal River Brewing Co., which hopes to manufacture and sell beer directly in 32 and 64-ounce growlers, market to local restaurants and retail outlets and offer tours, scheduled tastings and host special events. See more in our previous story here.

The informal discussion on Satan’s Kingdom involves possible plans for a 39-acre property between Route 44 and the Farmington River, owned by Satan’s Kingdom, LLC. Land use for the property became a hot topic in town after the company sought to change much of the land from residential to industrial. The company was successful in getting approximately 18 acres re-zoned in New Hartford.  … Continue Reading


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