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Brewery Legitimus Plans Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening Celebration

November 1, 2016 Business No Comments

 By John Fitts 

NEW HARTFORD — After several weekends of “soft” openings, the Canton couple behind Brewery Legitimus will host two special events this weekend, including a grand opening celebration on Saturday Nov. 5.

For its grand opening, which takes place from noon to 9 p.m., 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. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook Health Named Business of the Year, Ann Gagnon, Mike D’Apice and Phil Worley Also Honored

October 31, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE – From a non-profit that embeds itself deeply into the community to a trailblazing leader who held the reins for more than a dozen years, the Canton Chamber of Commerce bestowed some special honors during its recent second annual “Stars of the Town” awards dinner.

Held at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on Oct. 21, the organization spent an evening listening to music, enjoying quality food, honoring member accomplishments and, for some, dancing the night away. Most importantly the chamber handed out some special awards.

Garnering the organization’s Business of the Year Award was Cherry Brook Health Center.

The center, located at 102 Dyer Ave., is a 100-bed skilled nursing facility that offers offer Short Term Rehabilitation, Outpatient Rehabilitation and Long Term Care through inpatient and outpatient services.

Outgoing chamber board president Chuck Joseph Jr. told a story of how the center took amazing care of one of his ShopRite employees. Joseph, however, said it’s really Cherry Brook’s involvement in the community that sets them apart. Among the efforts the center is directly involved with are Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.), the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Focus on Canton and the Canton Senior Center.

“(Cherry Brook Health Care Center’s) compassion doesn’t stop at its door,” Joseph said. “It extends into the community. Rebecca (Stevenson) and her team are part of the fabric of what makes Canton great –  people who care deeply about their friends and neighbors.” … Continue Reading

Local Businesswoman Plans to Open Coffee/Ice Cream Shop in Collinsville

October 26, 2016 Business No Comments

Jessie Kaminski Deloy on the steps where she plans to open Black Sheep Sweet Treats. Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – A local businesswoman is planning to open an ice cream/coffee shop in downtown Collinsville.

While an exact date has not been set, Jessie Kaminski Deloy hopes to open Black Sheep Sweet Treats some time in December. It will be located at 100B Main St., most recently home to America the Beautiful Country Store, which has moved to a bigger space in the same building.

Deloy will be renting from the space from the realty company owned by her family.

The shop will serve ice cream, coffee drinks, desserts, candies, juice and smoothies. With a small bar area and adults and children’s tables, the business will have enough seating for approximately 12 adults and four children.

Deloy worked at the Crown and Hammer for three years and has been at LaSalle Market for 16. She worked for both former owner John Rainey and then for her family when they purchased the restaurant more than 9 years ago.  … Continue Reading

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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Submitted Release 

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


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