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More than 300 Benefit from Gifts for Canton

December 14, 2016 Business, Community No Comments
The annual Gifts for Canton distribution took place Tuesday. Seen here are some of the volunteers and chamber members involved in the effort. Submitted Photo

The annual Gifts for Canton distribution took place Tuesday. Seen here are some of the volunteers and chamber members involved in the effort.
Submitted Photo

CANTON — More than 300 people benefitted from the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Gifts for Canton effort, organizers said.

After a weeks-long toy, clothing and gift card drive, the items were distributed from Trinity Episcopal Church on Tuesday morning.

Jill Brandon, who chaired this year’s effort, said 47 people came out and picked out items. In all 305 people will benefit, she said.

“Canton residents and the Canton business community donated gifts, funds and their time for another successful year,” Brandon said.

Brandon said she especially want to thank ShopRite of Canton, the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton, The Canton Lions Club, Larsen Ace Hardware and Jeannine fund Raisers for donations. Additionally, the Canton Police Department and Community Emergency Response Team held gift drives at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley and Ocean State Job Lot. Numerous businesses displayed collection boxes many chamber and community members volunteered their time. … Continue Reading

The Village Sweet Shoppe To Close Its Doors Early Next Year

December 13, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

COLLINSVILLE — For 30 years, The Village Sweet Shoppe has been an integral part of Shirley Scarpino’s life. Now, Scarpino has decided this will be the last holiday season at the popular River Street business.

At age 65, she’s ready to retire, Scarpino said.

“It’s time,” Scarpino said. “It’s not going to be an easy go. It’s been great here.”

After working as a health and fitness director at the YMCA in Torrington, Scarpino first opened Village Sweet Shoppe in Riverton. In 2004, spurred by some major changes in Riverton, notably the fact that world-famous Hitchcock Chair Co. was closing its doors (It’s now re-open under new ownership), Scarpino decided to move. The search brought her to Collinsville. … Continue Reading

Sip and Shop Scheduled at ‘Antiques Row’

December 13, 2016 Business No Comments

Shops in Canton’s “Antiques Row” on Route 44 (161-175 Albany Turnpike) will host a ‘Sip and Shop’ on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Park and shop as 6 of the shops will be open late for holiday shoppers. Store owners are asking shoppers to bring a non-perishable food item for animals or humans, benefiting Dogology and the Canton Food Bank.

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.


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