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Preservation of Place Grant Will Help EDA, Canton Main Street Develop Marketing and Brand Strategy

mainstreet1Canton Main Street joined forces with the Canton Economic Development Agency to win a $10,000 Preservation of Place grant from the Connecticut Main Street Center. The grant was one of eight recently awarded by the Connecticut Main Street Center, a non-profit downtown revitalization and economic development organization.

“The Preservation of Place grant will boost our efforts to develop an effective marketing and brand strategy for Collinsville and ultimately Canton as a whole,” Robert Bessel, chairman of the Canton Economic Development Agency (EDA), stated in a submitted release. “We now have additional funds to help identify the audience we want to attract to Collinsville and to develop the creative elements that will appeal to that audience. We are committed to building off of our historic assets to ensure that our economic development efforts achieve the right balance of growth and preservation.”

The grant matches town funds already allocated to the Canton EDA for a comprehensive market study and brand strategy for the Town of Canton in the 2014-15 budget. In addition to the market study and brand strategy, the EDA has developed a three-year strategic plan, a survey of town residents, and publication of a Canton Economic Development blog. … Continue Reading

CT Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Canton Tax Case

January 12, 2015 Business, Government 2 Comments

The decision on a Canton tax case involving 51 Albany Turnpike is now in the hands of the state’s Supreme Court.

51 Albany Turnpike, according to town records, is owned by Cadle Properties of Connecticut and has a long history of pollution and tax issues.

Town officials said tax delinquency on the property goes back many years, even pre-dating Cadle’s ownership in 1994. The current outstanding bill is $325,000, which does not include interest or liens or non-payment dating back more than 15 years, which the town can no longer collect.

The town has tried several strategies over the years and the Supreme Court case deals with a legal argument between the town and M&S Associates, LLC, parent company to Mitchell Volkswagen, which currently operates on the property.

M&S is an “intervening defendant,” and on Jan. 6, the justices heard arguments by an attorney representing the dealership as well as the town.

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Kiddly Winks Closing its Canton Location

January 9, 2015 Business No Comments
Kiddly Winks has chosen not to renew the lease for its Canton store.  Photo by John Fitts

Kiddly Winks has chosen not to renew the lease for its Canton store.
Photo by John Fitts

After 10 years in town, Kiddly Winks is closing its Canton store in the Shoppes at Farmington Valley, according to an email sent to customers and forwarded to Canton Compass.

The company decided not to renew its lease after 10 years at the Shoppes, according to the email.

The Canton store will hold an “inventory reduction” sale from Jan. 15 to Feb. 8. Additionally gift cards will still be honored at the company’s store in Longmeadow, MA or at kiddlywinks.com – even after the Canton store closes.

In part, the email, signed by Joy & Michael Leavitt, states, “Sadly, we say goodbye to our Farmington Valley friends and thank you for 10 years of support.” … Continue Reading

From Canton Compass: Happy New Year and A Look Back at 2014

December 31, 2014 Business, Community No Comments

CantonCompass_bcards_finalBy John Fitts

In the last 8 months, the Canton community has been extremely support of this local news initiative.

I would like to thank those residents and business owners that have supported Canton Compass through readership, online donations and advertising revenue.

While it’s not clear what 2015 will bring, I can say that this site will remain viable and continue to bring readers news about Canton.

Meanwhile, here are some stories that proved most popular with readers in 2014. As noted above, this site did not exist the entire year. Additionally, due to a large number of photos, many stories contained multiple pages, resulting in higher page views. But while the listing may not be all-encompassing or scientific, the fact remains that the following stories or news sections were the site’s most read in 2014:

Gallery: 2014 Senior Prom Night at Canton High School

Gallery: CHS 2014 Junior Prom

Canton Intermediate School Encampment Brings Civil War to Life

Images of Canton: 2014 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Images of Canton: High School Graduation 2014

Images of Canton: Collinsville Halloween Parade 2014

Events Calendar

Besita Boutique Adds Glamour to Canton’s Business Landscape

Images of Canton: 23rd Annual Lobster Loop

Images of Canton: Sam Collins Day 2014

Canton Volunteer Firefighters, Others Rescue Injured Kayaker from Banks of Farmington River

Canton School District Honors Retirees, Long-Time Employees

Images of Canton: Jamboree Parade and Fireworks

In Collinsville: Tree Stolen, Planters Vandalized

Canton Intermediate School Fourth Graders ‘Land’ On Ellis Island

Your Photos: Canton’s Wildlife

Area Resident Plans to Open Tacos Dorados’ at Former Char Koon 1800 Location

About Canton Compass

Group Looking to Redevelop Collinsville Factory Complex Provides Tour of Facility

Tacos Dorados’ to Open Its Doors Next Week (With Menus)

Stiles Artistry Now Up and Running in Collinsville

Kevin stiles tattoos ‘Angels of the Get Through,’ a poem by Andrea Gibson on Lindsay Marcin of Collinsville. The writing on the tattoo is a based on Gibson’s handwriting in a personal note to Marcin. Photo by John Fitts

Kevin stiles tattoos ‘Angel of the Get Through,’ inspired by a Andrea Gibson poem, on Lindsay Marcin of Collinsville. The tattoo is a based on the phrase from Gibson’s own personalized note in a poetry volume owned by Marcin.
Photo by John Fitts

Stiles Artistry, LLC is now operating on River Street in Collinsville.

Kevin Stiles of Harwinton officially opened up shop at the tattoo parlor/art gallery earlier this month.

“I’m happy to be in Collinsville,” Stiles said.

Stiles is a long-time artist who also spent 22 years teaching. In addition to tattooing, he works in many mediums and especially loves photography.

“I get a real charge out of that,” he said.

It’s been a long-time goal of Stiles to open in Collinsville and in late November he successfully demonstrated to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission that he had met the Farmington Valley Health District and state requirements for tattooing. … Continue Reading

Tidal River Brewing Formally Applies for Canton Zoning Permit

December 22, 2014 Business, Community No Comments

TRBC-simple-logo-trans-2Tidal River Brewing Company has formally applied for a town permit to open a nano brewery at 15 Cheryl Drive in Canton.

A special zoning permit and review by the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority are just two steps the company needs to take as it looks to brew and sell beer from the 2,485 square foot location in the lower level of the building.

The company’s owner Geoffrey Mattheis is looking to manufacture and sell beer directly in 32 and 64-ounce growlers, as well as market to local restaurants and retail outlets. The business would also offer tours and tastings and host special events.

“Nano” breweries are small-scale craft beer makers and in his application Mattheis said the brewery would initially produce up to 200 barrels (31 gallons each) of beer per year. In his business plan, Mattheis talks about the necessary steps to open the business, leave room for growth, utilize social media, host local events and involve the community in the process. … Continue Reading

Tacos Dorados’ Now Open in Canton

December 22, 2014 Business No Comments
The open sign is now lit at Tacos Dorados' on Route 44 in Canton.  Photo by John Fitts

The open sign is now lit at Tacos Dorados’ on Route 44 in Canton.
Photo by John Fitts

Tacos Dorados’ officially opened its doors late Monday morning.

“We’re just happy to see customers already coming through the door,” said Declan Carr, co-owner of the Mexican Italian Restaurant on Route 44.

Excitement in town has been building over the past several weeks as news spread of the plans for a new restaurant at the 144 Albany Turnpike, a building with a long history of culinary offerings but one that stood vacant for more than two years.

Carr said owners are ready to adapt if necessary but will initially be open seven days a week. On weekdays, the restaurant will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. Dinner hours will be the same on weekends, with a separate brunch menu offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It will close on Christmas Day. … Continue Reading

Group Looking to Redevelop Collinsville Factory Complex Provides Tour of Facility

R. Michael Goman talks about re-development plans in an area envisioned as restaurant.  Photo by John Fitts

R. Michael Goman talks about re-development plans in an area envisioned as restaurant.
Photo by John Fitts

A restaurant, brewpub, commercial business, office space, a boutique hotel, public river access and a mix of housing types are all part of a plan to redevelop the former Collins Company factory complex.

Saturday morning, a group of area businessmen hoping to secure funding to purchase and redevelop the site led a tour of the complex. The group has some preliminary approvals in place and wanted to give the Planning and Zoning Commission an update on its plans. The tour was an officially posted meeting and included on the town and Canton Compass calendars.

Since 2010 real estate developer R. Michael Goman, broker and Realty Works owner Julius Fialkiewicz and commercial real estate broker Rich Correia have been working on the project. More recently they were joined by financier Gregory Boyko. The group is also working with and engineering firm, architects and other professionals. … Continue Reading

For Belforest Kitchen and Bath Owners, New Collinsville Location Feels Like Home

December 19, 2014 Business No Comments
Phil Pane in the new Belforest showroom at 41 Bridge St. The space is still a work in progress but the business is open.  Photo by John Fitts

Phil Pane in the new Belforest showroom at 41 Bridge St. The space is still a work in progress but the business is open.
Photo by John Fitts

Only recently did Belforest Kitchen and Bath move to 41 Bridge St. in Collinsville but its owners know the property well.

The portion of building the business occupies was once the Kitchen Showroom for the Old Miner Lumber Co., a company for which Belforest co-owner Phil Pane worked for two years.

His wife “Rina” (Miner) Pane has an even greater connection, having spent nearly 30 years as comptroller for the family business. She worked in a separate part of the building but is happy to be there again.

“It’s like being back home,” she said. … Continue Reading

Featured Event: Winter Wonderland is Saturday, Dec. 20

Corrin Pruitt, who plays the role of a dew drop fairy, rehearses for the show.

Corrin Pruitt, who plays the role of a dew drop fairy, rehearses for the show.

Farmington DANCE & Center for the Arts is presenting its Holiday performance, Winter Wonderland, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. It takes place at the Canton High School Auditorium, 76 Simonds Ave., Canton.

The performance is a celebration of Christmas and Hanukkah, through the performing arts. … Continue Reading


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