S. GLASTONBURY ART GALLERY...NEW BREWERY IN COLCHESTER

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NEW ART GALLERY IN SOUTH GLASTONBURY

Tucked away behind the new frame shop in South Glastonbury is a beautiful new art gallery. JW Frame Crafters recently took over the space of the former framer next to Carrie Draghi Photography on Main Street. In the back of the shop, owner Joel Kurlan created a gorgeous gallery with artwork from a few talented, local artists. The work of Lynn Damon, Rob Skinnon, Don Brone, and Clinton Deckert are all on display. This is the second location for the framing business, which was started by Joel’s mom in Plainville. He has been honing his craft since he was 8 years old. His mom propped him on a milk crate and had him cut mats for her when she owned the business. He has been doing it ever since. His custom, hand-cut frames are quite beautiful. Check out his website HERE and click on the video to hear Joel’s personal story. We loved it and you will too!

BREWERY OPENS IN COLCHESTER

Hop Culture Farms & Brewing Co. opened this past weekend in Colchester. The farm brewery on Cato Corner Road is run by a husband and wife team who grow their own hops on the farm. They have an assortment of farms brews with fun names like Juicy in the 8-6-0, Hop of Shame, and Goats + Hoes. Check out some pics below or visit them to taste for yourself.

POOL CLUB OFFERING GREAT DEAL

Minnechaug Swim & Tennis Club is offering memberships for $800 to new families for their first year. That’s just $57 a week and $8 a day for the summer. Think about it…something to do EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for the entire summer. Amazing, right?! Listen to all the unique things about this club: 1. Only club in town with a heated pool (this matters in June, trust us!) 2. Only club with lighted, Har-Tru tennis courts. 3. Swim and tennis lessons included with cost (fo.r real!). 4. Playscape/basketball court/fire pit and a social schedule that will keep you busy all summer long. For more information, click HERE and tell them we sent you.

JEFFERSON RADIOLOGY OFFERS 3D IMAGING

This is so near and dear to us that we had to share. Jefferson Radiology is now offering 3D imaging. That doesn’t sound too exciting, until you see the difference between 2D and 3D and how it is impacting patients. The detail of 3D is unreal and greatly reduces the potential for additional exams. Think about this…when women go for a mammogram and get called back, it’s terrifying. These machines allow radiologists to see a clearer, more detailed image and give patients better care…a total win-win. They are currently switching out every single machine to 3D and will have them all up and running by July. Look at the rose test below to see the difference.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Sign-ups for local CSA’s are underway. There are CSA shares available at Beckett Farms, Deercrest Farm, Dondero Orchards, Killam & Bassett Farmstead, Shenstone Gardens (860.614.8974), and Wind Hill Community Farm. Check out their individual pages by clicking on their names for more information.

*The Glastonbury Youth Football Association is offering a FREE cheer clinic Tuesday, May 14th from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. Kids K-5 can see if they would like to be a part of cheer during this one-hour clinic. To sign up, click HERE.

*Fuller Yoga is offering a yoga class for people battling scoliosis. It is Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 PM starting this week and will run for six weeks. Instructors will be mindful of the spinal issues of participants while showing them different yoga postures. To sign up, click HERE.

*Giovanni’s Pizza is looking for someone to design their next logo. They are holding a competition for one month, starting TODAY. The logo will be used on the back of their t-shirts. Submit a design to glastonburygiovannis@gmail.com.

*Polka Dots Girls is now offering a stuff your own animal station. You can choose your own, unique animal, stuff it and add a wishing gem, pixie dust and a scent. How fun!

SPOTLIGHT SCOOP: THE NELSON SHOP...THE FRESH MONKEE OPENING SECOND LOCATION

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SPOTLIGHT SCOOP: THE NELSON SHOP’S LINE OF MERCHANDISE PROMOTES KINDNESS [SPONSORED]

Allison Nelson wants to spread kindness and positivity one t-shirt and coffee mug at a time. The Brooklyn, New York native (now local) recently launched her spring line of products from The Nelson Shop. The online store features the softest t-shirts you’ll ever feel (they have suede in them…uh-mazing!), coffee mugs, hats, and bags with unique sayings like ‘Rule the Roost’, ‘Pretty Powerful’, ‘It’s Been a Long Day’, ‘Mama’s Heart’ , and our personal favorite ‘Yes You Can’. Allison and her husband created the online shop as a space where everything comes from love. In her words, “You should wake up every day and act out of love.” We just “LOVE” that! The tenets of her mission: INCLUSION, KINDNESS, LOVE, and LAUGHTER. Follow her on social media (Facebook/Instagram) to see her line of goods and join her movement of making the world a better place.

SECOND LOCATION FOR POPULAR SHAKE SHOP

The Fresh Monkee is opening shop #2 in town. They will be one of the tenants in the new building at the Shops on Main next to McDonald’s. They also have a location next to The Coffee Shop in the center. This will be their 6th location! How exciting for owner, Judy Flynn, who started the business in a small space in Wethersfield just six years ago! They have a loyal customer following with lots of love for their many different flavors of protein shakes. If you haven’t tried one…stop in and tell them we sent you. Our fave is the Chunkee Monkee = HEAVEN.

KITCHEN TO KILOS GUIDES CLIENTS TO A STRONGER LIFESTYLE

Jessica Gilmore loves to help people refine their fitness. The personal trainer and nutrition coach initially started Kitchen to Kilos to help friends prepare for fitness competitions, but now works with all different people and body types (Moms, Weightlifters, Crossfitters, Runners) who have one common goal: TO GET FIT. Her nutritional focus is macro-nutrient calculations, a healthy balance between carbs, fats, and proteins. Her results speak for themselves. Check out some impressive before and after pics of her clients below or find her HERE.

COUNSELOR HELPS YOUNG ADULTS THROUGH TRANSITION

Ask parents who have sent their kids to counselor Jeannie Kmetz for guidance through difficult transitions and they can’t say enough. Jeannie owns Reach Counseling on Main Street in Glastonbury. She was a counselor in a local school system for years before branching out on her own. She specializes in helping late adolescents and young adults through some of life’s biggest changes (high school to college/college to real life). Jeannie has an easy way about her and uses a supportive approach for both the kids and their parents. To reach her, email: reachcounselingllc@gmail.com.

ODDS & ENDS…

*Marshall’s in Manchester is moving locations. They will open in the former Toys ‘R Us space in The Plaza at Buckland Hills (near Trader Joe’s). They are currently on the back side of the mall next to the old Bob’s Store. This Marshall’s has always been a hidden gem with some great finds! It will be a secret no more in this new location! (Info credit: The Manchester Scoop)

*The CT River Valley Chamber is selling tickets for their DUCK RACE fundraiser. Here’s how it works: You buy a ticket ($10 per duck) and your numbered duck will be entered into the race at the Hockanum River on May 18th at 11:00 AM. It’s downstream to the finish line at Labor Field Park. 1st place wins $5,000! SO FUN! Click HERE for more information.

*Glastonbury Barre & Yoga is having a big celebration in honor of their 3rd birthday. Sunday, April 28th, there will be FREE barre and yoga classes, chair massages, and class card discounts. If you have never been, stop in and check them out. Their space is gorg!

*This recently caught our eye when we were visiting Athleta in Westfarms. They sell Empower Pads! These are bra inserts for women who have had a mastectomy. And, they sell them AT COST to help support those who are going through this difficult transition in their life. We just love that and wanted to share.

SHOPS ON MAIN RECAP....HIGH END MOVIE THEATER IN W. HARTFORD

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NEW BUILDING UP AT SHOPS ON MAIN

The 2nd building at the Shops on Main next to McDonald’s is coming along. There will eventually be four buildings on that site. Last month, the Town Plan and Zoning Commission approved a more than 10-thousand square foot building as part of the development. There will be a restaurant (we think Mission BBQ - see below), Aspen Dental, and a vet. In a few short weeks, we will reveal one of the tenants of the newest building…a SECOND location for an already popular spot in town. See below for the initial drawing of this entire site to get an idea of what it will look like when complete.

WEST HARTFORD MOVIE THEATER TO GO HIGH END

Grab your friends for some serious fun in West Hartford! The movie theater in Blue Black Square is currently undergoing renovations to make it a high end theater…Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas. There will be reclining seats, push button waiter service from the seats or an app, and upscale concessions. Sounds amazing! They plan to reopen this summer.

NEWINGTON CHIROPRACTOR OPENS OFFICE IN TOWN

Damato Chiropractic Center in Newington recently opened a location in South Glastonbury. This is NOT the same owner as the Hebron Avenue chiropractic office with the same name. Dr. Eric Damato has a location in Newington, but recently opened this satellite location at 1420 Main Street. They offer everything from chiropractic care, to massage, and exercise therapy. Find them HERE.

CHAMBER FUNDRAISER TO HELP PREVENT SUICIDE

It’s the third year for the CT River Valley Chamber fundraiser, Bids, Bites, & Beer. The event, on April 25th at the Holiday Inn in East Hartford, will help benefit the Jordan Porco Foundation. Parents, Ernie and Marisa Porco lost their son, Jordan, to suicide 8 years ago, when he was a freshman in college. They have made it their mission to help prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. The statistics are startling…suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24. Click HERE for tickets.

ODDS & ENDS…

*We hear that Cycle Bar is now searching for space in town. The spin studio is a chain with locations throughout the country. A West Hartford location opened last year. We will keep you posted on where they land in Glastonbury.

*The Historical Society of Glastonbury is hosting a Colonial Playtime for kids during April break at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House. On Tuesday, April 16th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, kids 8 to 14 years old, will learn about hearth cooking and colonial games. Reserve a spot at www.hsgct.org.

*The Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury will host an interesting event for nature lovers by well-known author, Dr. Douglas Tallamy. This Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM at the Riverfront Community Center, Dr. Tallamy will discuss how towns and their residents can help sustain wildlife and native plants. He will also describe how they are an integral part of a healthy ecosystem.

*Did you know The Yard Goats offers a 3-day baseball camp? Kids ages 7 to 13 will work on their skills while getting personal instruction from the team’s coaches and players. We are pretty sure this is a baseball-loving kid’s dream! It runs August 13th to 15th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Check their website for details.

MAIN STREET BUILDINGS SOLD...NEW ONLINE BOUTIQUE

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TWO BUILDINGS ON MAIN STREET SOLD TO NEW OWNERS

The two buildings on Main Street across from the fountain in the center of town have been sold to new owners. This is where Wang Palace, Liquid Nirvana, Bollywood, Cycling Concepts, and Sign Wiz Signs & Graphics are located. The deal has been in the works for awhile, but they recently closed on the buildings. We have been told by the new owners they will eventually develop the properties. One possibility includes bringing the building that sits back up to the street with parking behind it. There are obviously different options and lots of approvals to get through before anything happens. We will keep you posted, but think this is pretty exciting!

GLASTONBURY RESIDENT LAUNCHES BOUTIQUE CLOTHING WEBSITE

Brittany Beckwith has always had a knack for fashion. The UConn grad majored in fashion merchandising and later worked for an agency in New York City where she learned many tricks of the trade. After moving to Glastonbury to be closer to home, she decided to use that expertise to start something of her own. Her online clothing boutique, Olive French, is named after her adorable French bulldog (see pic below) and features a mix of trends. Brittany says she chooses clothing that helps clients build a wardrobe, but also mixes in some other pieces that are on trend to keep things fresh. She searches for looks that appear high-end, but are more affordable. You can get a first-hand look at her merchandise during a pop-up shop at Rooftop 120 May 9th at 4:30 PM.  To see all of her latest offerings, follow her on Insta or Facebook.

TOWN WILL ALLOW BREWERY TO HAVE FOOD TRUCKS/MUSIC ON PROPERTY

The town passed a request by Hops on the Hill Brewery in South Glastonbury to have food trucks and acoustic music. Breweries often allow patrons to bring their own food, but this will be another option. The brewery, off Dug Road, is expected to open this summer. Check out recent picks of their development below.

ODDS & ENDS…

*We are excited to welcome Tom Yurzyk from Blue Giraffe Films as a videographer for our FEATURE/PROMOTIONAL videos. We met Tom when he contacted us to do a video about The Scoop and that video is still on our ABOUT page of the website. Tom is super talented and we can’t wait to work with him. Find him HERE.

*This Friday, March 29th at 6:00 PM, Riverbend Book Shop will host Suzy Kline, author of the Horrible Harry series. Sadly, the series is coming to an end with the release of Horrible Harry Says Goodbye. FUN FACT: Suzy’s daughter, Emily, is an elementary school teacher at Nayaug. The author will be personalizing books at the book shop.

*Welles-Turner Memorial Library is premiering a Cook Book Club! It starts this Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 PM. The cookbook of the month will be available and you can get a free copy of the recipe you choose from the book for each meeting. They are encouraging participants to make the recipe and bring it for tastings at the Cook Book club! Calling all chefs!

FEATURED SCOOP: DANIELLE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY...TRAVELING IRISH PUB

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FEATURED SCOOP: LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER FOLLOWS FAMILIES THROUGH THE YEARS [SPONSORED]

Danielle Aube, of Danielle Marie Photography, is incredibly talented. Have you seen her work? We always think some of it should be used in national ad campaigns. IT’S THAT GOOD. She has been photographing all kinds of people for decades. Families, high school seniors, babies, couples…they all fit neatly into her lifestyle photography business. Some of her families have stuck with her through all of their major life events…from engagements, to babies, to yearly family pictures, and high school graduation shots. Working with her is an experience from start to finish. She has the ability to get anyone (including cranky kids) to shine in every picture. Currently, she is signing on families for spring/summer photo sessions and 2020 graduating seniors. There are some unique products too, including a cool, new, customized app for your phone. Find her HERE and scroll through her beautiful, new website. Or, see samples of her gorgeous work below.

*For more information about PHOTO FEATURES with The Scoop, email thescoopglastonbury@gmail.com

NEW DENTIST OPEN NEAR BERTUCCI’S

PS Dental recently opened in space near Bertucci’s. It is owned and operated by Dr. Prashant Sinha, a dentist with many years of experience both in the U.S. and abroad. He and his wife recently moved to Glastonbury with their daughter and love being part of the town. They offer all dental services, including 3D imaging for implants. They also take insurance. Check them out HERE.

THIS IRISH PUB COMES TO YOU (EXCUSE ME?!)

We are SO excited about this! Have you ever heard of The Rambling Inn? It’s a traveling Irish Pub. Yes, you heard right…an Irish Pub that comes to you! Say what? They go to all kinds of events, like weddings, parties, festivals, galas, or business gatherings. You and your guests can party like you are in the heart of Ireland. This might be the coolest thing EVV-ERRR. Co-owners, Damien Cashman and Troy Stuckey dreamt up the idea over drinks in, what else but a pub, and drew their plans on a napkin (LOVE THAT!). They then took an old trailer and renovated it themselves, considering every detail to make guests feel like they’re in a traditional Irish Pub. They can also book bagpipers, traditional Irish music, and Celtic rock bands to add to the fun. Find them on Instagram to follow their trail of green. And, check out their traveling PUB below.

ODDS & ENDS…

*March is the Month of Giving at Jersey Mike’s Subs. They are offering deals throughout the month with a portion of the proceeds going to the Glastonbury Education Foundation. On March 27th, they will hold a full Day of Giving. ALL of the money from sales that day will go to the Foundation. News Channel 8 Meteorologist, Joe Fury will be MC for the day. Stop in and show your support!

*This coming Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Pinwheels is hosting a Kindness Rocks Day. Join them to paint a rock with an inspirational quote and leave it on their front patio. They hope to fill their outdoor space with as many rocks as possible. Oh what fun! Check their Facebook page for details.

*Wind Hill Community Farm has a few community garden spaces left to rent for the upcoming season. They are raised organic garden beds that include compost, a water co-op, shared seedlings, and a great group of gardeners. For more info, EMAIL: windhillfarmcom@gmail.com.

FEATURED SCOOP: C'EST LA VIE DAY SPA....MULBERRY STREET OPENING IN TOWN

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FEATURED SCOOP: C’EST LA VIE DAY SPA IS A GEM IN PLAIN SIGHT [SPONSORED]

You have probably seen it. The little white cape house across from the post office on New London Turnpike? This is where you will find C’est La Vie Day Spa, where we experienced, first hand, the magic of owner, Karine Wielock. The French-born esthetician, is an expert in her field and it shows in the face of every client who walks through her door. We saw results after ONE facial. Amazing, right?! There are multiple treatments offered at the spa, including facials, peels, waxing, therapeutic massage, botox and cosmetic fillers (administered by a doctor). For a look at just how much Karine has impacted her clients, check out the video below.

* For more information about VIDEO FEATURES with The Scoop Glastonbury, email thescoopglastonbury@gmail.com

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of our VIDEO FEATURE shoot with C’est La Vie Day Spa!

TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT MOVING INTO OLD SPICY GREEN BEAN SPACE

A carry out version of Mulberry Street from Manchester will take over the old Spicy Green Bean space. Mulberry Street offers an eclectic mix on their menu at their Main Street restaurant in Manchester. They have everything from salad to wings to special sandwiches, pizza and calzones. Their new, Glastonbury location will be similar, but take-out only. They are currently renovating the entire space and hope to open by the end of May.

SOUTH GLASTONBURY BREWERY COMING ALONG!

We were recently super excited to see the progress of the Hops on the Hill Brewery off Dug Road in South Glastonbury. The old tobacco barn is under renovation and looks awesome! It has such a cool, vintage feel. We can’t wait until they open so we can hang there and drink some beers with friends. They also just released their line of apparel. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a pop-up swag sale. Their timeline for opening the brewery is this summer. Find out more about their hours and when you can buy their beer on their new, updated website www.hopsonthehillbrewery.com. And, check out the recent pictures below.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*A request by the owners of Square Peg Pizza to open the old drive through window at their new location on Hebron Avenue passed. You won’t be able to order through the window though. They will use it for take-out orders only. Super convenient. They are aiming to open by May.

*Meadowbrook Estate in Marlborough will host a Spring Retreat May 3rd to 5th. The weekend includes accommodations, farm-to-table meals, yoga, hiking, meditation, and spa offerings. For more information or to book, click HERE.

*The East Glastonbury Library (the cute, little red building next to Eastbury School) will hold their Annual Sale March 23rd from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. They are selling used books, games and puzzles, homemade baked goods, gently used household items, home décor, toys, jewelry and more. It’s $10 to get in early. Call 860.633.5637 for more info. All of the money goes to the library.

ELIXIR COMPANY LAUNCHES THIS APRIL...THE EDGE FITNESS UPDATE

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NEW FLAVORING COMPANY SET TO LAUNCH

Kazaam Elixirs is pretty cool if you ask us. It’s a line of flavored elixirs that can be added to any beverage, including beer. The company, started by Josh Scavetta (a Glastonbury-native) and Shyam Kulkarni, is set to launch their line of unique and delightful flavorings this April. And…this one-of-a-kind brand is made right here in Glastonbury! They have a warehouse next to Oakwood Golf at the end of Oakwood Drive. We were excited to taste test their product and it delivers. The brightness of their orange and pineapple turned an ordinary Bud Light into an exciting new beverage. And, the watermelon and apple flavors in a made-just-for-us mixed drink were inviting and flavorful. Did we mention elixir means a magical or medicinal potion? Hmmm, seems fitting. FUN FACT: In a blind taste test, executives from one beverage company chose the orange flavored Kazaam drink over their own orange flavored drink. Say what? That’s impressive. Look for them soon in stores and establishments.

BREWERY COMING TO EAST HARTFORD

A new craft brewery is coming to Main Street in East Hartford. Paddle Creek Beer Company will be located at 1277-1287 Main Street near Cheek’s Chicken & Waffles. With beer names like Silence of the Pumpkin and Papa’s got a Brand New Stout, sounds like it will be a fun place to meet friends and drink beer! Check them out on Facebook to see some of their past products. They plan to open this fall!

THE EDGE FITNESS UPDATE

We get a lot of questions about the status of the proposal for The Edge Fitness behind Chili’s in town. The town passed plans for the project to move forward, but there is currently an ongoing lawsuit between The Edge and the owners of 80 Glastonbury Boulevard over zoning. The latest is that the zoning appeal is scheduled for trial this April. In other words, it’s stuck in court. Anything can happen between now and then and we will be sure to keep you updated! On another note, We-Ha.com reports that The Edge Fitness will open in Corbin’s Corner in West Hartford after plans were recently approved there. Below is a photo of one of their locations.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER PUBLISHES HANDY BOOK

Donna Finocchiaro has been helping people get organized since 2004 as the owner of Lotus Transitions. She recently published a book on the topic called 30 Days to OrganizationThe book is actually a take action journal that includes tips to organize more efficiently and how to work through the organizing process. There is also a section where you can identify the different things that have helped you organize. As we write this, we think we really need to get organizing! Find this handy book HERE.

MARLBOROUGH’S POTENTIAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The recent opening of Big Y in Marlborough is just the beginning for this virtually untapped market. The developers of that property also purchased other properties in that area and hope to eventually bring a daycare, gym, high end coffee shop and salon to town. There are several spaces available. Click HERE for more information. And, check them out below.

SALON OFFERING FREE MAKEOVERS TO LUCKY NEW CUSTOMERS

Venora’s Salon is holding their annual March Madness Makeover event. They are offering the first 10 NEW customers a FREE makeover. It includes color, cut, blow dry, and makeup. And, the transformations are incredible! Take a look below. To be one of their makeovers, call Venora’s at 860.657.4450.

ODDS AND ENDS…

* We want to give a shout out to a really cool, new brand based out of Wethersfield. Have you heard of Fuel Love? Well, hurry up then, get on Insta and give them a follow. Their mission is to make people feel good, spread kindness, and give back. A virtual LOVE triangle! Find them HERE. And check out some of their cool products below.

*The Scoop Glastonbury and Tishler Coaching Services are excited to announce the her SPACE spring event. Join us March 28th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at The Silent Partner Marketing offices in Manchester (their space is amazing!). We will focus on networking and give you some tips for becoming a pro! Look for our event on Facebook to RSVP. Or, sign up for our newsletter (email thescoopglastonbury@gmail.com) to be the first to know about future events!

*The Red Roof Inn in Hartford is being transformed into a boutique hotel! How exciting! The Hartford Business Journal reports that the new name will be The Capitol Hotel and will be completed this month. Can’t wait to check it out!

*The Hebron Maple Festival is just two weeks away and we are excited about the tractor parade! Who doesn’t love a tractor parade? Here are the details: March 17th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. They will go down Main Street and past the Town Green. Don’t miss it!



PILATES STUDIO NEAR WHOLE FOODS...NEW RESTAURANT NEXT TO BRUEGGERS

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PILATES CHAIN COMING TO WHOLE FOODS PLAZA

Club Pilates is going into the vacant space between Foxy Pizza and The Eyeglass Place. The fitness chain, which started in San Diego 12 years ago, has hundreds of locations across the U.S. and Canada. Their classes are Reformer-based, but integrate modern practices. The Glastonbury location is expected to open by the end of this year. We included some pictures from their site and a look at the exterior of one of their locations below.

NEW RESTAURANT COMING TO VACANT RAFFA’S LOT

A developer is looking to build a new restaurant in the empty lot next to Bruegger’s Bagels on Main Street. There is a proposal for a more than 3-thousand square foot restaurant with almost 200 seats. There will be indoor and outdoor dining. This is the former location of the once-popular Raffa’s.

DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR HORSE FARM ON BELL STREET

A new neighborhood is proposed for Hillside Stable on Bell Street. Developers have submitted plans for a 29-lot housing development. We mentioned several months ago that the land was being surveyed for this reason. Over the years, many different developers have looked at the land, but nothing has come to fruition. It’s a peaceful, tucked-away setting with beautiful views. Check out the layout of the proposed “Stallion Ridge” neighborhood below.

NEW MANAGEMENT FOR MINNECHAUG GOLF COURSE

A new management company will take over Minnechaug Golf Course. Guilmette Golf, run by brothers, Chris and Matt Guilmette, will manage the property. Chris lives in town and told us they’ll maintain and grow what Glastonbury Hills Country Club did for the course. Guilmette Golf played an integral part in transforming Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford. Have you been there recently? It was rated as the #2 best place to play golf in Connecticut by Golf Week in 2018. Impressive! We can’t wait to see what they do for Minnechaug! The last picture below is a gorgeous shot of Keney Park Golf Course.

OLD CHURCH ON HEBRON AVENUE TO BE RENOVATED

The vacant church on Hebron Avenue across from Rose’s Berry Farm stand is being purchased by the owners of Educational Playcare. They plan to renovate the church and offer before and after school programs as well as summer camp programs for elementary school kids. Their Glastonbury location is located directly next to the church. They also have 18 other locations throughout the state.

SMITH BROTHERS FUNDRAISER INVOLVES KIDS HELPING OTHER KIDS

Do you know about Kids 4 Kids? If you don’t, listen up! It’s an amazing way to get your kids involved in giving back to the community…because…isn’t that what life is all about? Seven years ago, Smith Brothers President and CEO, Joe Smith and Kieran Callahan, co-founded this charity basketball tournament to instill the value of philanthropy and community in kids. Here’s how it works…kids coordinate (with help from parents), a team of 3 to 5 players, come up with a team name and their own shirts. On Sunday, March 17th, they play against each other by grade level. For more information about this worthwhile cause, go to www.kidsforkidsct.com.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Heather Budinscak from Position First Pilates is offering several unique, new workshops about cooking and eating for your health. The first, Eating for Awesome Energy, will be March 28th and includes information about building and sustaining energy levels with specific foods. There will also be six recipe samplings. To register, or for more information about the other workshops, click HERE.

*The Hartford Business Journal reports that Pratt Street in Hartford will be blocked off and turn into a giant craft brew pub for March Madness! How fun does that sound? It will take place March 21st and March 23rd from 12:00 to 9:00 PM. City Steam, Hanging Hills, Thomas Hooker, and Hog River breweries will all take part.

*FEATURED SCOOP: Did you see our last feature with The Social Blueprint? It’s such a unique concept…we loved sharing it! Design Your Monday and Regions Real Estate have teamed up to bring you The Social Blueprint. They are renovating a historic building on Main Street in Marlborough and want you to VOTE on the design elements. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram to help design your very own Main Street. And, check out our FEATURED SCOOP with them HERE.

FEATURED SCOOP: THE SOCIAL BLUEPRINT LETS YOU DESIGN YOUR MAIN STREET

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NEW COLLABORATION LETS YOU DESIGN HISTORIC BUILDING

Design Your Monday and Regions Real Estate have teamed up to bring you The Social Blueprint. This unique collaboration allows YOU to help design a historic building in Marlborough.

SO, WHAT IS THE SOCIAL BLUEPRINT? The Social Blueprint is a way for this duo to engage people in renovation projects in their community. Built in the 1950’s, the former Mark’s on Main in Marlborough (to your right) needs a complete overhaul. And, YOU, yes YOU get to design it! Each week, participants vote on design elements of the renovation for the exterior of the building and two apartments on the second floor. One apartment will be modern style, the other industrial. The downstairs commercial space is FOR RENT (and is awesome!). When it makes sense, the pair plan to use products from local businesses and promote them on social media. Take a look at some of the winning design elements below, along with an inspirational rendering of what the team envisions the building could look like.

DESIGN YOUR MONDAY: Jennifer Gaggion started this commercial design firm after working in the corporate world as the head of human resources for 15 years. This experience is what sets her apart. She knows how to design space that helps promote happier and more productive employees. And, what’s better than happy employees? They can be your biggest brand ambassador. Jennifer has worked with corporate and medical offices and manufacturing businesses to create space reflective of their brand. If needed, she will partner with independent architects and engineers to compliment her designs. See her work below.

*Interior Photos Heather Conley Photography LLC ©

REGIONS REAL ESTATE: Michael Guidicelli began in real estate 15 years ago after serving in the National Guard. He soon branched out on his own and worked 7 days a week sun up to after sundown to create and build Regions Commercial Real Estate. Two years ago, he created Regions Residential as a subset of the work he does commercially. He is quite impressive. At just 36 years old, he was named to the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, is the youngest member in the state of the prestigious real estate organization, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (your business must produce a minimum amount to even be considered), and is an expert in the latest technology that helps his clients sell or buy properties. In addition to the renovations in Marlborough, the two are renovating a 14-thousand square foot building into a state-of-the-art medical office next to MidState Medical Center in Meriden. View this featured property below.

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YOGA STUDIO FOR KIDS...NEW MIXED MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM

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YOGA STUDIO FOR KIDS TO OPEN IN GLEN LOCHEN

There is an incredible new space for children opening in Glen Lochen. The Dreaming Tree Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness Studio, owned by Glastonbury-resident, Emily Keel, will open on the second floor this Spring. The idea started…well…with a dream and blossomed into reality for Emily. She currently teaches elementary school students and noticed a need. So, she started an after-school yoga program and the response was overwhelming. Her new business will include yoga and mindfulness classes for kids of all levels, including those with ADHD and Autism. Summer camps will be offered as well with creative theme’s, such as Life’s An Adventure, Gratitude, and Girl Empowerment. Check out her website HERE or email Emily (thedreamingtreellc@gmail.com) for info and pricing.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM NEW TO TOWN

F.I.T.E. Fit (Fun Inspired Training Experience) is a 12-week training program at Against All Odds Fitness Studio on New London Turnpike that teaches participants self defense using mixed martial arts. It was developed by Julian Rivera, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and fierce competitor in Martial Arts. If you want to get in shape, learn self-defense, or maybe just toughen up, this new program will be held Saturdays and Sundays and includes a nutritional plan. There is an open house next Sunday, February 17th from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Find more info HERE.

CHOIR SHOWCASES ALL TALENT LEVELS

Do you know about the Spotlight Show Choir? It’s pretty awesome. Even their motto is awesome: Everyone Deserves to be in the Spotlight. Because…doesn’t everyone at some point in their life? They offer classes per semester to kids in grades 5 to 12. And, no audition is required! Learn to sing, dance, and well, just be good at life. For more information, email them at spotlightshowchoir@gmail.com and tell them we sent you.

DON’T MISS: OUR FEATURE WITH THE SOCIAL BLUEPRINT

In our FEATURED SCOOP tomorrow, find out how you can help Design Your Very Own Main Street and engage in renovations of this historic building in Marlborough (shown below).

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Do you know about the sports app SI Play? Well, we didn’t! So, we’re a little in the dark, but we were super excited to hear about it while watching kids basketball this weekend. It’s an app that integrates all of your kids’ sports schedules into one location. Anything that helps us get more organized is a win! Search for SI Play and look for the app icon below.

*The Welles-Turner Library will hold their annual Kids’ Book Sale Saturday February 23rd from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the Friends Room. Lots of books, DVD’s puzzles, and games ($0.50 to $3). Get there early and bring your own bag.

*The library is also holding a contest to decide on a design for their Summer Reading Program t-shirt. The theme this year is “A Universe of Stories”. They are accepting design submissions from February 15th to March 15th. Find details on their website.

*The Yard Goats is holding a huge job fair Saturday, February 23rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the park. They are looking to fill several different positions including ushers, ticket takers, box office personnel, housekeeping, and concessions, among others. We think it sounds like a pretty awesome Summer job.

*River Bend Bookshop is hosting New York Times Best-Selling Author, Lynda Mullaly Hunt this Wednesday, February 13th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Hunt has written two award-winning novels, One for the Murphy’s and Fish in a Tree, and has another book, Shouting at the Rain, coming out this May.

ESCAPE ROOM OPENS IN ROCKY HILL...BLIND WOMAN LAUNCHES WELLNESS BUSINESS

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NEW ESCAPE ROOM OPENS IN ROCKYHILL

There is a fun new spot in Rocky Hill and we had to share. Codeword Escape Room Adventures opened a few months ago on the Silas Deane Highway. It’s a pretty cool concept. Essentially, there is a room filled with puzzles and participants must work together to complete the ‘mission’, or in some cases, escape in 60 minutes. It’s a great spot for families or office gatherings, so everyone can learn to work as a team. Check out their website for pricing and info. Right now, they are running a fun Valentine’s Day special for couples!

BLIND WOMAN LAUNCHES WELLNESS BUSINESS

If you think you can’t do something, you need to read this! Susanne Cesana is quite an amazing individual. Blind since she was 11 years old, she has proved over and over in her life that not being able to see won’t stop her. Recently, the 65-year old launched her own wellness business, Empowered Lifestyle. She educates clients about nutrition and plant-based medicine, including pure essential oils. She also endorses a ketogenic diet. Her business name comes from her repeat mantra…that living like this is an Empowered Lifestyle, because YOU have the tools to make you feel your best. She is motivated by her three grandkids. And, oh, no big deal or anything, but she runs half marathons! Find her on Facebook.

NEW ORANGE THEORY IN MANCHESTER

There is a new Orangetheory Fitness opening in Manchester. It’s located in the same plaza as Trader Joe’s a few doors down. The Manchester location is owned by the same people who own Glastonbury. If you don’t know, you can join one Orangetheory and attend any location. So convenient! We hear they expect to open Manchester sometime in March.

STRAND SALON ADDS “BAR”

Have you noticed that we love highlighting when businesses do unique things? Strand Salon recently added a processing/refreshment bar. What can you get at said “bar”? Coffee, tea, wine (excuse me?!), infused water, homemade biscotti, phone chargers, wifi, Netflix. We might just go there and hang out! Not really, but sounds fab. Check it out below.

FOUNDER OF KINDNESS ROCKS PROJECT COMING TO GLASTONBURY

The kindness is literally radiating from this story! Megan Murphy, the Founder of The Kindness Rocks Project is visiting Glastonbury at the end of February. Her connection to town started when resident, Lori Lucey, created the Kindness Rocks Garden at Hopewell School. Lori has been chosen as a Kindness Rocks Movement Ambassador to help spread the word of kindness organically. We are so proud and happy for her! Talk about someone who has found their calling. Back to Megan Murphy’s visit…she will be the guest of honor at a book signing for her new book, A Pebble for Your Thoughts at Riverbend Book Shop on February 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The following day, Megan is kicking off a nationwide speaking tour right here in Glastonbury and will give a private presentation to students at Hopewell called ‘The I in Kind’. It teaches kids ways to be more kind in their daily life. What an honor!

ODDS AND ENDS…

*If you are a business looking for unique talent or a woman looking to return to work, you should consider attending Untapped Potential’s 5th Bi-Annual Signature Event with a Speed Interview Session. This year, the event will be held at Upward Hartford (a cool new work-share space in downtown) on March 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Participants will learn more about the organization’s pool of work talent and how their program works. Find them HERE.

*Chandelier Boutique Fitness for Women is now OPEN. Remember we introduced you to them a few weeks back? It’s a beautiful space in Glen Lochen. Pop in and say hi to the owner, Gursu, to learn more about what they offer.

*We have to tell you about an Instagram account we love. 1. It’s hysterical and gives us a good laugh each day. 2. This funny chick is from Glastonbury. The account is called M.O.B (Mother of Boys) Truths and is run by Karen (Galinsky) Lesh. She has three boys, works full-time, and still finds time to brighten up our day. Follow her HERE.

DAYCARE NEXT TO MELZEN'S...CARINI DEVELOPMENT PLANS

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DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR CARINI BERRY FARM

Last week, we told you a developer from West Hartford is looking to buy Carini’s Berry Farm. Plans were submitted to Town Hall for initial review. Concerns raised by town officials about the plans include getting sewers to the site, wetlands, and traffic, among others. This was a big story for us last week. The response was quite emotional, understandably. However, we ask that you consider all the facts and not pass judgement on what is an extremely difficult situation for this family. We will follow any updates and bring them to you. See the development layout below.

A LOOK INSIDE THE NORTHAMPTON MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

We are intrigued by all types of business and one that is particularly interesting right now is the marijuana business. As the legislature gets ready to debate the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana use, we thought it would be interesting to see inside a dispensary, so we visited NETA (New England Treatment Access) in Northampton, MA. MA recently legalized recreational marijuana use. Traffic is busy leading up to it, but four police officers stationed outside keep things moving smoothly. Inside, visitors are given a menu of available options to look at while in line. We didn’t know what to expect, but the inside looks more like a technology retail store than a pot shop. It’s clean, modern, well-organized and very efficient. Customers go to individual stations with a computer and an associate. They can ask questions about different products or order whatever they choose. Everything is kept behind the counters, categorized and labeled. Packaging is retro-style and even a bit futuristic. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, the outcome of this bill will certainly be interesting to watch.

NEW DAYCARE PROPOSED FOR OAK STREET

Proposed plans to build a new daycare next to Melzen’s have been unanimously approved by the Town Plan & Zoning Commission. Plans for the 10,000 square foot facility include an outdoor play area. The Learning Center has locations in Windsor, South Windsor, and Manchester. They offer programs for Infants through after-school care for Kindergartners. See BELOW for a picture of the lot where this is proposed (to the right of Melzen’s).

UNIQUE BARRE CLASS FOR GIRLS

Type A Athletics is offering barre classes for tweens and teens ages 8-15 years old. The specialized six-week series is taught by Terri Perrone, a certified personal trainer and barre instructor. The 50-minute class includes a brief discussion about nutrition and exercise prior to each session. Girls will learn about posture, balance, coordination, rhythm, and breathing. Classes look super fun! She will open registration for the next session soon. For more info email: typeaathleticsllc@gmail.com

BREAST FRIENDS FUND SELLING TICKETS FOR FUNDRAISER

Breast Friends Fund is now selling tickets for their annual fundraiser to help find a cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer. Founder, Sandy Cassanelli was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37. In spite of treatment, it turned into metastatic breast cancer and spread to her liver. This type of breast cancer currently has NO CURE. Taste the Cure is Friday, March 29th at The Gallery in Glastonbury. ALL of the money raised will go toward research to find a cure. For ticket information, click HERE.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Yard Goats tickets go on sale Friday, February 8th at 10:00 on site (at the stadium). If you are one of the first 50 fans to get tickets in person, you will get a $25 Dunkin’ gift card. You can also buy tickets over the phone or online starting at NOON that day HERE.

*Glastonbury Little League is adding a Challenger Team for children with special needs. The new division will launch this Spring and is available to kids ages 4 to 18 years old. Go to www.glastonburylittleleague.org for information about pricing, practices, and games.

*Glastonbury Youth Football Association is hosting their annual FREE Flag Football Clinic March 23rd from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at Oakwood. The clinic is open to kids in grades 1 through 4. It’s an impressive clinic and a great way to see if your child would be interested in football. Sign up HERE.

FEATURED SCOOP: SMITH BROTHERS - A CULTURE OF CARING

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Smith Brothers has been in the Hartford area since 1971. The insurance company in Glastonbury provides clients with coverage for their business, home, or vehicle, but perhaps most importantly, PEACE OF MIND. They offer advice, guidance, and assurance that they are there to help every step of the way. And, within the organization, they have developed a culture of caring. Along with the best for their clients, they’ve made community outreach and the health and happiness of their employees a main priority. President & CEO, Joe Smith, says insurance is fun, exciting (you heard right!), and different everyday. The warm and lighthearted atmosphere at their National Drive offices shines through when you visit them, but so does their passion for the work they do. Check out their video below.

Here are some photos behind-the-scenes of our video shoot with Smith Brothers. Great group of people! Find them online HERE or out and about with clients.

CARINI BERRY FARM POTENTIAL SALE...GYMBOREE CLOSING IN SOMERSET

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HOUSING DEVELOPMENT POSSIBLE FOR CARINI BERRY FARM

We recently heard that Carini Berry Farm will possibly sell to a housing developer out of West Hartford. The story behind the sale is heartbreaking. The owner of the land, who is a Carini by birth, lost her son who had been tending to the farm. He left behind a family, including his wife and three girls. Development plans, which propose a subdivision of 19 homes, were submitted to Town Hall last week and are under initial review. Residents living nearby would like to see this tucked-away gem, off Chestnut Hill Road, saved. There are many parts that need to fall in place before anything happens, including a concrete sale and a checklist of town approvals. We will keep you posted on how this plays out.

POPULAR CHILDREN’S RETAIL STORE CLOSING (Scoop from our intern, Madison Schulman)

Gymboree recently filed for bankruptcy and is beginning to close all of it’s 540 stores, including the one located in The Shops at Somerset Square. This is the second time the retail giant has filed for Chapter 11. They are closing their Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores so they can focus on their Janie and Jack brand.

NEW RESTAURANT AT BUCK’S CORNER, by Madison Schulman

A new Chinese food restaurant recently opened in Buck’s Corner near Lotties. The Golden House is run by two cousins, Alex Cheng and JiaFei Dong. They also have a location in Durham, CT. The restaurant offers traditional Chinese food with a healthy twist. They steam many of their dishes and toss them in your choice of sauce as opposed to frying directly in oil. Their extensive menu boasts many different classics such as fried rice, chicken lo mein and honey chicken. Favorites such as General Tso’s Chicken and Sesame Chicken are made somewhat differently, focusing on using only white meat. They also do takeout. Stop in for a taste and tell them we sent you.

ONGOING AND NEW PROJECTS UPDATE

-We have learned that there will be new owners of 2333 and 2343 Main Street before the end of February. These are the buildings across from the fountain where Liquid Nirvana, Bollywood, and Cycling Concepts are located. There are some exciting plans for that location. We will let you know when they are more concrete.

-There is a proposal to build a 20,000 square foot office building at 340 Hebron Avenue. This is near the first rotary as you are coming into town on the left. Right now, there is a house where Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management is located. The plan will be reviewed by Town Plan & Zoning this week. We will keep you posted.

- The demolition of the old Red Geranium took place last week. This property has been purchased by Rosy Kapur, owner of Liquid Nirvana. They plan to build something new in that location. Construction will start this Spring.

-You may have noticed a wire fence at the corner of Hebron Avenue and Sycamore Street. This is in preparation for demolition of those buildings to make way for 400 Hebron Avenue. We showed you a drawing a of this new building a few months ago. It will be 20,000 square feet and include retail and restaurant space. See below.

-Demolition of the interior of the old Piatti is complete, making way for Square Peg Pizza & Arcade. They are looking to reopen the drive through behind the building for use as a convenient way to pick up take out. That is being reviewed this week at Town Hall. Construction starts SOON and they hope to open by mid-April.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Crystal Ridge Winery is teaming up with Bricco to offer catered food to guests on Fridays. The cost is $30 per person and you must pre-order. See below for more details. The first one scheduled for February 1st sold out, so plan ahead and reserve!

*Equilibrium Brewery out of Middletown, NY is launching in CT February 4th and The Taproom at The Beamhouse will have the exclusive. Kind of exciting right? Local beer lovers rejoice.

*The Spicy Green Bean opens in their new location THIS WEEK. They held a soft opening this past Saturday with family and friends. Here are some pictures of the inside.

*The town of Manchester is offering no interest loans to entrepreneurs or landlords, up to $250,000. The initiative is called Downtown 2020 and is part of a larger plan to revitalize and transform downtown Manchester. Worth looking into if you are searching for space for your business!

*The Coder School in Farmington recently announced their summer camp schedule. There are some discounts if you sign up now. Do you know about them? They teach kids how to code. So neat. Check out their website for more deets.

BOUTIQUE FITNESS STUDIO OPENING IN GLEN LOCHEN...2 HOPEWELL RENOVATING

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NEW FITNESS STUDIO USES SCIENCE TO OFFER PURPOSEFUL WORKOUTS

There is a unique fitness studio opening in Glen Lochen. It’s called Chandelier Boutique Fitness for Women and it’s awesome. Owner, Gursu Samancioglu, an exercise physiologist and personal trainer, has developed a science-based program that tailors workouts to each individual client’s needs. He is incredibly bright and passionate about helping people maintain their workout goals. This particular program helps develop internal motivation, something that keeps clients on the right path. The name Chandelier was inspired by the relationship Gursu has with his mother. Just as she has always been the guiding light for him, he hopes to guide and transform the lives of the women he coaches and trains. This new space is stunning with mid-century modern décor including gorgeous ‘chandeliers’, faux greenery, and exposed wooden beams. It’s so beautiful…we kind of want to move right in and live there. Chandelier is located next to RaonJena Coffee & Dessert. They hope to open by the end of January. To hear more or become a founding member, email: gursu@chandelierglastonbury.com

2 HOPEWELL GETTING A FRESH NEW LOOK

2 Hopewell is renovating! Twelve years after opening, they’re redoing both the interior and exterior of the building. You’ll notice new siding, windows, and signage on the outside. The house dates back to the 1700’s and maintains it’s old-style charm, but will also get a touch of new on the inside with some modern window treatments and paint. We love when old looks new again. Stop in and visit to see the changes.

NEW FACIAL ENHANCEMENT BUSINESS OPENS

There is a new medical aesthetics practice in town. Liquid Aesthetics is owned by Kristin Kolat and Wojciech Junger. The two are nurse practitioners in primary care and gastroenterology, but have opened up this new business on the side. Because, what’s more exciting than having something to call your own?! They have specialized training in cosmetic procedures and injection techniques by the American Academy of Procedural Medicine. They customize treatments to give client’s natural looking enhancement and offer many different services, including microneedling…a procedure known as the ‘vampire facial’ and made famous by Kim Kardashian. Although seemingly intimidating, the results are nothing short of amazing giving clients a vibrant glow. Check out their before and after pics on Instagram and Facebook.

THISTLE & REED OPENING NEW LOCATION

Thistle & Reed is opening a brick and mortar store in Farmington. The mobile boutique recently announced that they will hold their Grand Opening January 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the same space as Crafted Hair at 1051 Farmington Avenue. We introduced you to their mobile boutique when they came to town several months ago. They travel to different locations and offer a unique shopping experience at parties, bridal events, wineries, and girls nights. Check out their clothing and accessories HERE or get a sneak peek of their quaint, new space below.

NOMINATE A DESERVING TEACHER FOR A FULL MAKEOVER

We could not love this story more! Strand Salon is asking people to nominate a deserving teacher for a chance to win a FULL MAKEOVER. Amazing!!! We have our favorite teacher in mind…do you? Four lucky teachers will get a haircut, blow dry, and makeup. Send their name, where they teach, and why they deserve to win to strandsalonct@gmail.com or enter on Facebook or Instagram.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Untapped Potential is hosting a meet up for professional moms at Berkins Blend January 17th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Untapped Potential helps women re-enter the workforce…SO. DARN. COOL. If you’re interested, just show up at Berkin’s Blend and meet a mentor that will help you return to work.

*The second of several workshops on a potential new Aquatic Center is TONIGHT in the Academy Cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. There will be a presentation of facility options and clarification about the project. If you are interested in learning more about this, follow Glastonbury for a Comprehensive Aquatics Program on Facebook.

*Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union is helping students learn financial literacy with the addition of a bank inside Rocky Hill Highschool. Shouldn’t EVERY school have this? Glastonbury High School…are you reading this? We love that they are actively helping young people learn how to save. Check out this super ‘cool for school’ bank below.

OLD ANN TAYLOR SPACE FILLED...MEET OUR FIRST INTERN

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Happy 2019! This February, we will celebrate THE SCOOP’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY and could not be more grateful for our enthusiastic and loyal followers whose words of encouragement have helped make The Scoop what it is. Thank YOU! Here’s to many more years of bringing you the latest SCOOP!

As we start the New Year, we’d like to let everyone know exactly what we offer. Each week, we follow the latest BUSINESS SCOOP…new business in town, business relocations or renovations, or something we find unique or interesting. Contact us if you have SCOOP!

We also offer FEATURED SCOOP as advertising. We have three different options, including our premier VIDEO package that gives business owners a 2-minute promotional VIDEO that is theirs to KEEP for use on a website or social media. Email thescoopglastonbury@gmail.com for rates and information.

OK, LET’S GET TO THE SCOOP…

INTRODUCING THE FIRST INTERN FOR THE SCOOP

We are excited and actually pretty honored to announce that we will have an intern for the month of January. 19-year old Madison Schulman is studying Digital Media at Endicott College in Massachusetts. She graduated from Glastonbury High School in 2017. She will be with us for the next three weeks taking pictures, researching and writing stories.

OLD ANN TAYLOR SPACE FILLED

There is a new, boutique gym going into the old Ann Taylor space in The Shops at Somerset Square. The owner is excited to bring ‘The Hub’ to town. She is a health coach with Herbalife and plans to use her experience in all things health and fitness at this new location. The Hub will be one-stop for all levels of fitness and include a variety of classes. There will also be a shake bar and metabolism boosting tea. We will keep you posted on an opening date.

SOUTH GLASTONBURY BREWERY UPDATE

Things are coming together at the new Hops on the Hill Farm Brewery off Dug Road. The barn was lifted back in October to lay a cement foundation. They have since installed water, gas, and electricity to the site and insulated the barn from the outside to maintain the old interior. The next step is to add a black, metal roof and vintage style wooden barn slats. They hope to begin brewing by April and are shooting for an opening date this June. Check back with us for the next update on this exciting project!

OLD LOTTIES SPACE RENOVATED INTO SALON & SPA

Sundance Salon & Spa has moved into the old Lotties on New London Turnpike. They were previously located next to Subway on New London Turnpike in the center of town, but outgrew that space. Have you been by their new location? They cleaned up the outside of the building and it looks AWESOME! Love when things get a nice, little facelift. The interior is stunning with wood and crystal features. They offer all kinds of services that help you look good and relax. Check them out HERE.

BLISS BODY SOUL CHANGES NAME, MOVING TO NEW SPACE

Glastonbury-based, Bliss Body Soul, has changed their name to Root Down A Baptiste Yoga Community, and will soon open new space at The Linden in Hartford. Owner, Nicole Carango, has been teaching out of her home for several years, but her baptiste yoga classes have grown in popularity leading to this exciting transformation. She is currently renovating the space, which includes beautiful old brick walls and arched doorways. This is one of many exciting things happening in Hartford! We plan to follow her and show you the new space when it’s done.

TISHLER COACHING SERVICES AND THE SCOOP LAUNCH HER SPACE, ANNOUNCE PANEL

We are excited to collaborate with Stephanie Tishler (Tishler Coaching Services) on a new group geared toward women in business. her SPACE will host the 2nd in a series of events this Thursday at The Yoga Shop on Naubuc Avenue. The focus of the night will be Goal Setting, Intention, and Self Care featuring four fascinating women business owners. Judy Flynn, The Fresh Monkee, Jade Kelly, Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage, Mariah Mandile, Fresh Water Peaches (blog), and Nadia Goracy, The Yoga Shop Glastonbury have INCREDIBLE stories about what led them to where they are now. Don’t miss it….Thursday, January 10th 6:30 to 8:30 PM at The Yoga Shop, 122 Naubuc Avenue. See the event on Facebook.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Renovations are underway at the new Square Peg Pizza & Arcade on Hebron Avenue (the old Piatti space). Workers have been gutting the inside for the last couple of weeks. We will let you know when they give us an opening date!

*The Connecticut Audubon is hosting the 2nd Annual Mountainfilm on Tour event at Smith Middle School February 22nd from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. If you missed it last year, mark it on your calendar, because it’s really unique. They show outdoor, adventure films selected from the international film festival in Telluride, Colorado. How cool is that? For tickets, click HERE.

*Wind Hill Community Farm is hosting a Family Full Moon Hike Monday January 21st from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. They will serve chili and hot cocoa after the ONE MILE ROUNDTRIP hike. It’s $5 per person. Click HERE to reserve.

*Did you know that you can now order groceries from Whole Foods through your Amazon Prime account and have them delivered within 2 hours of your order? Excuse me?! Sounds like a dream…and dangerous! We’ll be ordering up food just for fun now! Go to Amazon for deets.

*Every now and again, something from out of state grabs our attention…this is a good one, so we had to share. You can have lunch or dinner inside of an old, customized Vermont gondola at The Ocean House in Rhode Island this Winter. It’s called The Fondue Express and is available by reservation only. Check it out below or click HERE to reserve.

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT: AGAINST THE GRAIN FITNESS...SNEAK PEEK AT FOOD FROM SQUARE PEG PIZZA

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[BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT] AGAINST THE GRAIN FITNESS

Brian Cusano has an easy, kind way about him. The owner of Against the Grain Fitness, inside Designed Training on Oakwood Drive, has more than 10 years of experience in the health and fitness field. After working for different types of exercise facilities, he decided to go out on his own. He offers personal and group training and a youth fitness program. His youth program helps athletes learn proper movement, how to jump and land correctly, change direction, and eventually get stronger and faster. Brian’s priority is safety and it shows…his motto is literally DO NO HARM. When clients have an injury, he helps them heal and recover through their workouts. His personal training is actually quite affordable and he’s not intimidating, but rather, extremely personable. He offers a FREE assessment and three personal training sessions for $99. Find him HERE or drop in for one of his group fitness classes ($12) Monday and Friday mornings at 6:00 AM.

SQUARE PEG PIZZA RESTAURANT WILL OFFER MORE THAN PIZZA

We had such a great time at the Square Peg Pizza & Arcade pop-up at Porron & Pina in Hartford last week. Celeb chefs, Tyler Anderson and Bruce Kalman, showcased the food they’ll offer at their new Glastonbury pizza shop in the former Piatti on Hebron Avenue. We tasted salad, meatballs, a chicken parm sandwich, pizza, potatoes, and collard greens, along with dessert. All were delicious. We tried to get out of them which vintage video games they will offer, but we didn’t have much luck! Renovations will begin in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for an exact opening date.

POP UP SWEATER SHOP OFFERS HIGH GRADE CASHMERE FOR LESS

Julia Thomas Sweaters has temporarily taken over the space of the former Coldwater Creek in Somerset. The cashmere and baby alpaca sweaters are designed and created by 23-year old Julia Thomas. It was fascinating to talk to her. She majored in business in college, but was frustrated that she could not find sweaters that were high-quality and figure flattering. So she designed them herself. Because her business is mostly direct to consumer, her 4-ply, Grade A cashmere is offered at nearly half the price of what you would pay in a regular store. And, the styles are so unique and festive! Stop in and tell her we sent you and she will give you 15% off…just for mentioning The Scoop Glastonbury! Check out some of what she offers below.

CELEBRITY GOWN DESIGNER LAUNCHES OWN LINE

Olivia Humphreys is wildly talented. She makes custom gowns that are so gorgeous, celebrities, like Gwen Stefani and Taylor Swift, have worn them. She recently moved to Glastonbury and is now out on her own after working for high-end labels like Marchesa and Jenny Packham. Her line of designs, under the name NOVA McLARENNOVA is the Roman name for Newport, her hometown in the UK…McLAREN is her mom’s maiden name…are breathtaking and SO affordable. Her custom wedding gowns range from $1,800 to $3,000. CUSTOM! ONE-OF-A-KIND! NO ONE ELSE WILL HAVE IT! Amazing, right?! Check out some of her work below.

GLASTONBURY MOM STARTS HOME STAGING BUSINESS

Fiona Kirk recently launched her own home staging business in town, aptly-named, Fiona Kirk Home Staging. The mom of two boys has always had a knack for organizing and arranging rooms to make them look beautiful. She loves meeting with homeowners and helping them arrange their homes for sale. It’s rewarding for her to see how her work makes a home look better or helps it sell. Find before and after photos HERE.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Santa at Wickham Park starts December 12th. If you have never been, you should, it’s magical. Santa, Mrs. Clause, and their elves greet kids inside a log cabin, complete with a real fire, hot chocolate and wooden toys. Click HERE for hours. Don’t miss it!

*The new El Pollo Guapo location is now OPEN in Hartford. It’s located on Front Street. The Hartford Business Journal took these pictures of the inside. We look forward to trying them. We hear it’s amazing.

*We hear, from a reliable source, that there is a gym going into the old Ann Taylor space, but haven’t been able to confirm this yet. We will keep you posted!

*Margaret Wilcox Watkins & Associates is offering the cutest thing for kids. They can send their letters to Santa to their address and they will get a custom reply. Check out the poster below for details.

FOCUS ON FITNESS AND FUN AT F45 TRAINING

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F45 WORKOUT IS HIGH ENERGY AND LOTS OF FUN

When you walk in to a place like F45 Training, you might think it would be intimidating, but it’s the complete opposite. Trainers and staff are friendly and attentive and fellow members follow suit. It’s that familial atmosphere that makes F45 a place you want to workout. Glastonbury residents, Tim and Erin Button opened the franchise in May and have enjoyed the camaraderie that’s evolved through this unique workout. F45 originated in Australia and grew rapidly around the world. It means functional (F) training in 45 minutes (45). Amazing - who has time for more than that?! Workouts combine high-intensity interval training with circuit and functional training. Each workout, with names like Firestorm, Athletica, Romans and Hollywood, is laid out for you on TV screens that show you the exercises and how to do them. Trainers are there to motivate and help you with your form. Saturdays include a LIVE DJ and SHE. IS. AWESOME. Check out the video below for a taste of what it’s like to take a class.

F45 Training

Team Training - Life Changing!

NEW ADVENTURE PARK...FESTIVE HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY

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URBAN AIR ADVENTURE PARK TO OPEN IN MANCHESTER

A new indoor trampoline and entertainment center, called Urban Air Adventure Park will open in Manchester this coming Spring. The 53-thousand square foot building will feature a trampoline park, ninja warrior course, rock-climbing, an intense ropes course and the Urban Air Sky Rider Indoor Coaster. The Manchester location will be at 220 Hale Road (the former Bob’s Store, next to Marshall’s). Below are some photos of other locations throughout the country.

FESTIVE LIGHT DISPLAY A SIGHT TO SEE

If you haven’t been by the giant holiday light display at the house on Fisher Hill Road, you should find time and swing by. The lights are impossible to miss from Manchester Road. Turn down Fisher Hill and take a slow drive by with the kids while listening to some Christmas music. It’s a sure way to get everyone in the spirit. Here’s a peek below.

WINTERFEST UNDERWAY IN HARTFORD

Another great way to get in the holiday spirit is at Winterfest in Hartford. It’s a wonderland of magic that includes FREE ice skating and skates, The Bushnell Park Carousel, Santa, hot chocolate, and lots of festive decorations. Take the family and spend the day for lots of wintery fun. For a complete list of activities and events, click HERE.

FEATURED SCOOP WITH STILLPOINT

Did you get a chance to see our Featured Scoop with Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage? We encourage you to take a minute and read about massage therapist, Jade Kelly, and all the good she is bringing to her clients. She is a kind soul with a passion for helping people heal. Find her online at www.stillpointmassagect.com or on Facebook and Instagram.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*The Best Wine Shop in Town is partnering with 2 Hopewell for the Fess Parker Wine Dinner Monday, December 10th. The dinner will include a 5-course meal paired with wines from Fess Parker Winery (located in California) For info, click HERE.

*The Welles-Turner Memorial Library is offering several different holiday-themed programs for kids through the season. They include Holiday Story Breaks, Jingle Babies, and Climb Aboard the Polar Express. For more information, click HERE.

*We mentioned last week that The Yoga Shop opened on Naubuc Avenue, but we don’t think our previous pictures did the space justice. Take a minute to look at this gorgeous new studio in a renovated part of an old factory. They even kept the old steel door (you can see it to the side of the front desk).

*The daughter of Hair Today, Mike and Jane Chemerynski, is making quite the name for herself. Rachel Kaczynski, recently created the Spark Your Bliss Deck (of cards) and it was featured in Health Magazine. It is a 36-deck of affirmation cards that includes inspirational words, healthful journaling exercises, and steps toward a better life. Rachel is a health coach and writer with a blog called Healthy Chicks. We think these cards make a great gift for a friend or to yourself this holiday season! Find them HERE.

GET CENTERED AT STILLPOINT THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

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MASSAGE THERAPIST JADE KELLY OFFERS SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Glastonbury resident, Jade Kelly, is doing what she was meant to do. A licensed massage therapist for more than 20 years, Jade brings vast experience to her work at Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage (her practice on Sycamore Street). She has advanced training in neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, and integrative nutrition. Not to mention, she has a way about her that brings calm and relaxation to her clients. Her intuition helps her identify what they need for a unique experience…we can attest to this after a one-of-a-kind session with her.

But really, it is more than that for Jade…her past life has prepared her for this work. Her childhood was chaotic. Bringing people peace has been extremely rewarding. When someone feels good after a session, she is truly grateful. On her path to helping people heal, she adopted the motto, Balanced Body, Balanced Life and wants this to resonate with every one of her clients.

“If we can start with our temple, our body and bring it to a place of peace or calm, healing or relief, it’s just going to ripple out into the other areas of your life. It makes you very self aware and I think it’s a way of practicing self love.”

Although she is trained in many of the common massage techniques, Jade is expanding her studies to include Craniosacral Therapy, which helps bring the body to a complete state of calm. Thousands of years ago, craniosacral work was known as ‘the art of listening’. A mindful listener at heart, Jade helps clients understand exactly what they need.

“I hope they feel lighter when they leave. I hope that whatever they walked in with, whatever is weighing them down or hurting them, I hope they can leave some of that behind and take with them a better sense of themselves.”

How fitting that Stillpoint essentially means the place where things are undisturbed or tranquil, silent and calm? Her space is warm and inviting with simple, yet elegant décor. See it below and check out her brand new, beautiful website HERE.

*PHOTOS BY BELLA BLUE PHOTOGRAPHY