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.

Follow The Social Blueprint on Instagram and Facebook and cast your vote! Let’s help Design Your Monday and Regions Real Estate design your very own Main Street.

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.

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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

NEW LOCATION FOR SPICY GREEN BEAN....NAME FOR NEW PIZZA PLACE

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DRUM ROLL FOR SPICY GREEN BEAN’S NEW LOCATION

Recently, The Spicy Green Bean announced they will be moving. Several different sources tell us their new location will be the space of the old Mexican restaurant in the plaza at 103 New London Turnpike. We are excited about this for a number of reasons! 1. There will be more room for parking considering their popularity. 2. We are also happy this space has been filled and can’t wait to visit them in their new location. Stay tuned for an opening date.

NAME REVEALED FOR TYLER ANDERSON PIZZA RESTAURANT

Celebrity chefs, Tyler Anderson and Bruce Kalman will open Square Peg Pizza & Arcade in the old Piatti space on Hebron Avenue. Tyler is holding a special pop up at his Hartford restaurant, Porron & Pina to give a sneak peak of his new venture. Tyler also owns The Cook & The Bear in West Hartford and Millwright’s Restaurant in Simsbury. He was also featured on BRAVO TV’s Top Chef Season 15. Check back with us for details about the food that will be offered and the layout of the restaurant.

LOTTIES TO OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Lotties recently announced that they hope to open in their new location TOMORROW. The popular breakfast spot moved from 2249 New London Turnpike to the plaza at Buck’s Corner next to Pizzeria Sassano. The space was renovated by the owners and looks awesome! Check it out below and visit them for some of their famous breakfast treats.

NEW ACUPUNCTURE BUSINESS OPENS IN TOWN

CT Family Acupuncture recently opened at 100 Sycamore Street in the building across from American Eagle Credit Union. Owner, Matt Maneggia and his wife, have been in business for eleven years at their original location in West Hartford. The Glastonbury site will be their third location. They also have an office in Coventry. Acupunture has gained popularity in recent years because of the benefits it offers people in different types of pain. It is also good for digestive issues, migraines, allergies, and has worked to treat fertility issues for some couples. Meet the team HERE.

THE YOGA SHOP OPENS ON NAUBUC AVENUE

Yogi chain The Yoga Shop opened this past weekend in the factory building on Naubuc Avenue. More than 200…yes, you heard right…200 people showed up for their Grand Opening this past Saturday! This is The Yoga Shop’s 6th location. The Glastonbury location is owned by Glastonbury resident, Nadia Goracy. She was blown away by the turnout this Saturday. Check out their new space below or click HERE for a list of class times.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Glastonbury Town Initiative is offering FREE trolley service throughout the holiday season in downtown Glastonbury. The festive ride will take shoppers to three locations (Giovanni’s at Station 33, The Shops at Somerset Square, and Whole Foods Market) where they can hop on and off and visit small businesses in town. The trolley will run December 8th and December 15th from 12:00 to 6:00 PM.

*The Historical Society of Glastonbury is hosting the Home for the Holidays House Tour December 8th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Participants will tour 10 homes along historic Main Street. Tickets are available HERE.

*Hops on the Hill Farm Market and Brewery recently revealed their new logo. It was designed by James Harless, a graphic designer out of Hartford. Check it out below.

SECOND LOCATION FOR MEXICAN EATERY...GLASTONBURY FAMILY OPENS DONUT SHOP

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SHOP LOCAL ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

We want to remind everyone that this Saturday is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. Gather up your friends and head out for a day of perusing all the amazing little local shops. Help support these brave, creative people who put their passion into everything they do EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Vow to buy from them this year and keep our community thriving.

EL POLLO GUAPO OPENING SECOND LOCATION

El Pollo Guapo in Wethersfield recently announced they will open a second location in Hartford. The Glastonbury-based couple who owns the restaurant has a cult-like following because of their fresh, savory Mexican food. They will soon open a space on Front Street in Hartford next to Infinity Hall and across from Spotlight Theatres. What a great night out…Mexican and a movie or concert perhaps? The couple also owns Mercado food truck (a favorite at the Riverfront Summer Concert Series and events around the state). Check back with us for an opening date. Below are some photos from El Pollo Guapo’s Wethersfield location.

GLASTONBURY COUPLE OPENS DONUT SHOP IN WEST HARTFORD

Glastonbury residents, Irene and Cesar Luaices will open Donut Crazy in West Hartford Center this Wednesday on Farmington Avenue near Luna Pizza. The family of five welcomed customers into their decadent shop this past weekend. How great is their motto? CRAFTED WITH LOVE. COVERED IN CRAZY. It’s part of what drew the Luaices to open the franchise…they knew it was special. So special, in fact, that they moved their family from Boston to Glastonbury so they could open the West Hartford franchise. Reading the names of the donut offerings made our mouth water…Blueberry Cake…Cereal…French Toast…Birthday Cake…Pumpkin Pop-Tart. We are definitely making the trip to taste these delightful creations. For descriptions, click HERE.

THE QUAINT RIVER BEND BOOK SHOP OPENS BLACK FRIDAY

We’re so excited to tell you that the new River Bend Bookshop on Main Street will officially OPEN this Black Friday, November 23rd! Hasn’t it been fun to follow owner, Meghan Hayden, on her journey? We have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. There is nothing better than watching the American Dream unfold. We hope you will pop in and visit them on their opening day or Small Business Saturday. River Bend is a new Glastonbury treasure. Read on my friends…

GLASTONBURY RESIDENT RELEASES SECOND BOOK FOR KIDS

Glastonbury resident Brook Aiello recently released her second children’s book. The educational series teaches children about tolerance. The idea for the books came to her after writing a poem about her childhood experiences and the anxiety she had as a result. Her first edition, about 10 children, with different issues, had great success and is making a difference for children around the world. Some of the things covered include ADHD, anxiety, down syndrome, gender identity, and hearing impaired students. Her new book introduces 10 new children to Miss Brooke’s classroom. Find this unique story HERE.

SINGLE MOM LAUNCHES MARKETING COMPANY

Deirdre Tindall took a leap recently. After nearly 20 years working for others, she decided to open her own marketing and PR firm….Tind-All Creative Marketing. Go Deirdre! She has vast experience in the field and specializes in helping companies with business development and sales. Deirdre’s passion shines through in everything she does. She would eventually like to use her company’s profits to give back to others in the community and help combat social issues. Take a look at what she can do for your business HERE.

ODDS AND ENDS….

*Marlborough Tavern officially opened for business last week. We gave you a preview of this historic restaurant a couple of weeks ago! Check out their new website HERE.

*Phenix Salon Suites is now OPEN on Glastonbury Boulevard near Stop & Shop. They offer individual space for hair stylists, nail specialists, or other salon professionals looking to open their own business.

*The Glastonbury Boathouse is hosting a Holiday Fair Sunday, December 9th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There will be holiday crafts for the kids, photos with Santa, and local vendors selling some unique gifts. Don’t miss it!

*We love the concept of The Coder School in Farmington where kids are learning how to code. Next week, they are offering a FREE hour of code next week for kids ages 7-11…a great opportunity for kids to see if they like it. They are also offering a Winter Coding Camp during winter break. If you are interested, contact them at farmington@coderschool.com.

CAR DETAIL BUSINESS OPENS...NEW DONUTS AT HARPO'S

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19-YEAR OLD OPENS AUTO DETAIL BUSINESS

Jimmy Kask has been hustling since he was little. The 19-year Glastonbury resident old used to sell legal fireworks on the corner in his neighborhood and later rode his dad’s mower from house to house asking people if they needed their lawn mowed. In high school, he developed a love for cars and enjoyed detailing the inside, literally shining them until they sparkled. His passion drove him to start his own business out of his dad’s garage in Glastonbury. It grew so much that he is now opening Apex Auto Detailing just over the line in Portland. Apex offers a unique service called Ceramic Pro. It provides permanent protection for the duration of the vehicle. Apex also offers car storage for anyone looking to keep their car out of the elements or in a safe place while they’re away. Check out this awesome space below and find Apex on Facebook.

TWO POPULAR EATERIES RELOCATING

The owners of The Spicy Green Bean and Goats ‘N Roses recently announced there will be new locations for their two restaurants. The Spicy Green Bean has been searching for new space for awhile and found it. We’ve heard about a possible location, but nothing is confirmed from our end and we haven’t heard back from them yet. If you know, we would love to hear from you! Over the weekend, they also announced they are searching for a new location for Goats ‘N Roses. The popular outdoor restaurant in Marlborough was at The Farm at Carter Hill for the last two summers. Check back with us for an update on both of these stories.

HARPO’S ADDS FAMOUS SHORELINE DONUTS

Harpo’s Bakery recently added Beach Donut to their offerings. These delicious donuts are famous along the CT Shoreline. They are located in Clinton, but we hear that everyone from Old Saybrook drives there just to get their fix of these donuts! And, now you can get them right here in town. Stop by and taste these mouth-watering treats for yourself.

*PHOTOS BY MELISSA MORIN (MY HELPFUL FRIEND)

BEER TOURS THROUGH HARTFORD

Have we been living under a rock? It sure feels like it, because we had NO idea that you can take a prepaid bus tour of the breweries in Hartford for just $15! Yes…a ticket to ride this BREW BUS is yours for just 15 bucks! The Thursday Night Shuttle will take you to Hog River Brewing (which we hear is amazing), Hanging Hills Brewing Company (also heard this is great…we really need to up our brewery game), and Thomas Hooker Brewery (an old favorite). The bus runs every 45 minutes between locations from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. You have to pre-order tickets HERE. Even though we are late to the party (this has been around for 2 years!), we can’t wait to try it.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*The Yoga Shop’s Glastonbury location has announced their Grand Opening date. The popular yoga studio is opening their doors in the factory on Naubuc Avenue November 24th. This will be their 6th location. Check back with us for pictures of their new space.

*If you haven’t taken a ride to Springfield to see one of the largest holiday light displays in the country, you should. Bright Nights Opening Night is November 21st from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. I mean…it’s $6 per car! Gather up the fam and head north for a fun way to kick off the season.

*Santa has arrived at Westfarms. This year’s theme for a visit with Santa is Santa’s Flight Academy. Kids get to try on a virtual flight suit, map Santa’s route, and play in the snow before visiting with the big guy!

MARLBOROUGH TAVERN OPENING SOON...BOOK SHOP SNEAK PEEK

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THE MARLBOROUGH TAVERN’S LEGEND CONTINUES

The iconic Marlborough Tavern has a new look, but maintains it’s historic feel. In just a few short weeks, before Thanksgiving, this legendary place will reopen. New owners, Evan and Allen Schwartz, along with their team, GM Justin Morales and head Chef Peter Varkala, worked carefully to represent the tavern’s storied past in EVERY. LAST. DETAIL. They kept many of the original attributes…the huge, stone fireplace, the post and beam structures, an old sign from the last time it was open, and a wall of prints that showcase the tavern’s path. Their deliberate restoration has paid off. The space is warm and inviting, the details charming, the history apparent. We’re excited to reveal their American Tavern inspired menu that includes a lot of feel good, comfort foods and cocktails named after the original owners and visitors from another time. They are now booking holiday parties for this December. Follow them on Facebook or check back with us for an exact opening date.

WELL-KNOWN PILATES INSTRUCTOR AUTHORS BOOK ABOUT PAIN

Maggie Downie is a pain relief expert. Her extensive background in Pilates led her to focus on how to reduce pain for her clients. Her first book, Keep Moving is a practical, easy-to-understand guide, that describes how you do just that without drugs or surgery. It features helpful illustrations (many are based on clients she has helped from Glastonbury), funny, relatable stories, and advice on how to alleviate pain and get moving again. Maggie is the founder of Personal Euphoria, a fitness and wellness company. Her company also offers programs through Glastonbury’s Parks & Rec Department. Maggie is down to earth and personable and her new book reflects that. It is currently the #1 New Release under the Pilates category on Amazon.

RIVER BEND BOOK SHOP SNEAK PEEK

As we mentioned about a month ago, River Bend Book Shop has found a home on Main Street in the old Jan’s on Main space. Owner, Meghan Hayden has been setting up shop there for several weeks and is so excited that she is opening her doors a bit early for customers to get a SNEAK PEEK. Saturday and Sunday, November 10th and 11th from 12:00 to 4:00 PM, River Bend will be open for customers to check out some of their offerings. We popped in to say hello and wanted to show you a selection of some cute gifts. They plan to be open for Small Business Saturday!

ICONIC BUSHNELL PARK OPENING NEW PLAYGROUND

A lot has been done to spruce up the historic Bushnell Park Carousel and surrounding area. The Bushnell Park Foundation is excited to announce the Grand Opening of the new playground next to the carousel. Saturday, November 17th, they will have a ribbon-cutting, FREE carousel rides from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and ice cream from Capital Ice Cream for the first 100 children. There are two structures for different aged children. The playground reflects the beautiful history of Hartford, including the State Capitol dome and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. There are a few photos below, but if you have time, join them in person and celebrate this happy event for the city.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*The Glastonbury YMCA is holding a fundraiser this Saturday, November 10th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Shopping for a Cause will include a wine and beer tasting, dinner, and a live and silent auction. For tickets or to join the auction, click HERE. Money raised will help families in need pay for child care, camps, and pre-school.

*The Best Wine Shop in Town is offering a Monthly Wine Club. They hand-select four wines and package them for pick-up. Find out more HERE.

*Apella Capital is hosting their 2nd Annual Connecting Through Art event this Thursday, November 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Guests are invited to browse the gallery of artwork from three award-winning artists. There will also be art demonstrations.

*One Big Happy Photo and Danielle Marie Photography are teaming up to offer families Christmas Pajama Minis. The sessions, of families or kids in their Holiday PJ’s, will be held this Saturday, November 10th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Click HERE to book.

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT: BLOWOUTS BY ABBE...EMPOWERED EXPANSION PLANS

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[BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT - BLOWOUTS BY ABBE]

Abbe Kierstein has made a name for herself by making women look beautiful one blow dry at a time. Her business, Blowouts by Abbe, has gained popularity throughout town and beyond for it’s mobile blowout service. Abbe will come to you and blow out your hair in the comfort of your very own home. Talk about convenient! Although her business name points to blow outs, she does much more, including in-salon treatments such as cut & style, color, and keratin. She is also available for proms, weddings, and senior portraits. We love Abbe’s reinvention story. She was a teacher for years while dabbling in hair on the side, until she decided to pursue her dream full-time. She operates her business on-the-go or at Beauty on the Ave Salon on Hebron Avenue. Find her all over Facebook and Instagram to see her portfolio of all the clients she has made gorgeous.

*If you’d like to be FEATURED on The Scoop Glastonbury, contact us at thescoopglastonbury@gmail.com

BIG PLANS IN THE WORKS FOR EMPOWERED INDOOR CYCLING STUDIO

Empowered Indoor Cycling Studio is expanding. The popular fitness spot is currently renovating the space upstairs from their current location. Owner, Jocelyn DeMaio says, they plan to offer low impact, full body, strength training classes. One of the classes will be a 30/30…30 minutes of cycling followed by 30 minutes of strength training. One hour and done - boom! They are in the beginning stages of this build out, but plan to be up and running by January 2019. Check back with us for an exact date and word on their new name!

DETAILED LOOK AT 400 HEBRON AVENUE DEVELOPMENT

A few weeks back, we told you about plans for development across from the new apartment complex, One Glastonbury Place. We were recently given a 2-D rendering of the building by developer, Evan Schwartz, and wanted to share it with you. The plan is to replace the existing old structures with a brand new, one-story building that will include retail and restaurant space and outdoor seating along Hebron Avenue. If the plan is approved by Town Plan & Zoning this December, they hope to start construction in the Spring of 2019.

SAYULITA EVENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR STAFF MEMBER WITH RARE MEDICAL ISSUE

Sayulita is hosting a fundraiser for beloved staff member, Stephanie Lemire November 5th from 4:30 to 9:30 PM. Recently, at just 27 years old, Stephanie had two severe strokes that left her unable to walk. She is on an extremely long road to recovery that includes a lot of medical bills. Join them next Monday for some food or a quick marg to show support for this strong, young woman. She is fighting hard to regain enough strength to be there. Don’t miss it! Admission is FREE, but a portion of the night’s sales from food and drinks will go toward Stephanie’s GoFundMe page.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*Dondero Orchards and the South End of Hartford-based breakfast spot, The Place 2 Be, are hosting a 3-course Apple-themed brunch this coming Saturday, November 3rd from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the orchard. There will be bottomless mimosas and a seasonal menu. Tickets are $50 and a portion of the proceeds will go to Hartford’s Camp Courant.

*The CT Made Shop at Killam & Bassette Farmstead in South Glastonbury starts Thursday, November 1st. There will be a selection of local, hand-crafted items for purchase. Visit them anytime from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM until Christmas and tell them we sent you.

*Starbucks near Luna Pizza on Hebron Avenue will be closed temporarily for renovations. A sign posted in the store says they will close this Tuesday, October 29th and will reopen Saturday, November 10th. They are asking customers to visit their store in The Shops at Somerset Square.

*Close to Home won 3rd place in the Hartford Business Journal’s Family Business Awards. Congratulations to The Gattinella Family for this recognition! They have been serving customers since 1982. The sewing centers are located in Glastonbury, Southington, and Orange.

*Did you see our latest feature with Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union? The local bank has plans to renovate their Glastonbury branch in 2019. Anyone can join, so pop in and learn about some of the big benefits of being a member. And, check out our FEATURE with them HERE.

NUTMEG STATE STANDOUT LOCAL BANK

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Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union is a hometown bank with big bank options. They offer products and services to a range of clients, including all income levels, and maintain personal relationships with those they serve. In Glastonbury since 2008, they are located on the corner of House Street and Salmon Brook Drive.

Did you know anyone can join? That’s right, no affiliation is necessary…anyone is welcome to become a member. Some of the benefits include lower rates on loans, higher rates on deposits, and little to no fees.

CEO, John Holt, who lives in Glastonbury and might have been destined to be a banker (he used to pretend as a kid), says Nutmeg is at the forefront of many exciting changes.

“I think the credit union industry is poised to do everything, catering to younger clients by offering self-service technology, like our banking kiosks or mobile app, or helping older clients by guiding and educating them about these new technologies.”

In spite of their growth, Nutmeg still has a small bank feel. When customers visit a branch, they are likely greeted by name. When they call customer service, they talk to a real person on the other end.

And, big things are happening with the branch in Glastonbury. They plan to redesign the interior and lease out the extra space and will eventually redevelop the property next door.

In the meantime, find them online at www.nutmegstatefcu.org or stop in and visit them at one of the following locations:

GLASTONBURY / ROCKY HILL / MANCHESTER / HARTFORD / CROMWELL / WEST HARTFORD / NEW BRITAIN / ORANGE / STRATFORD / MILFORD

*PHOTOS BY DANIELLE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

CONDO COMPLEX PROPOSED ON NAUBUC...WINERY LOOKING TO ADD BEER

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NAUBUC AVE CONDO COMPLEX PROPOSAL

A proposal for a condo complex behind Katz Hardware on Naubuc Avenue passed the Town Plan and Zoning Commission last week. The development site is a couple of doors down from the back of Katz. Cortland Place will be a 10-unit complex within walking distance of town. We will keep you posted on the next steps for this project.

WINERY LOOKING TO ADD CRAFT BEER

Crystal Ridge Winery is looking to add craft beer to their offerings. The winery, on Belltown Road, has been a popular attraction for it’s delicious wine and spectacular views. The owners are seeking approval to add a farm brewery to the existing location. Stay tuned to see if this passes.

NEW LACTATION EXPERT OFFERS RANGE OF SERVICES

Oh Baby! Lactation Care recently opened on Commerce Street in the Thrive Center for Health. Lori Atkins is a registered nurse and certified lactation consultant. Her specialty is complex breastfeeding cases, but she offers a range of services, including prenatal visits to get parents ready for the breastfeeding process. She loves connecting women with one another and runs an online support group that she intends to transform to in-person this November. An expert in all things breastfeeding, Lori even has a cookie recipe to help increase milk production. Find her at www.ohbabylactationcare.com.

NEW COMMUNITY OUTREACH OFFICER IN TOWN

The Glastonbury Police Department has appointed a new community outreach officer. Officer Michael Magrey, pictured below, will be in charge of a number of tasks, including resolving public safety issues, communicating with businesses and property owners about crime prevention, and building relationships within the community. Contact him at (860) 652-4286 or michael.magrey@glastonbury-ct.gov.

ODDS AND ENDS...

*This weekend, Pinwheels is holding a Halloween Boo Bash. The party is Saturday, October 27th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. There will be popcorn, candy, and spooky games with prizes.

*The Shops at Somerset Square will have their Annual Trick or Treat Parade Saturday, October 27th from 12:30 to 2:00 PM. Kids are invited to wear their costume and parade around the square collecting candy.

*New or expecting parents, Sunday, October 28th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Thrive Center for Health is offering a car seat check clinic. It’s by appointment only. Call them at (860) 714-5477 to reserve your spot.

*Check back with The Scoop tomorrow to see our latest FEATURED SCOOP with Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union and find out some things you might not know about this community bank!

GET YOUR FIX IN WEST HARTFORD...KINDNESS ROCKS SPREADING LOVE

HERE’S THE SCOOP…

GET YOUR FEEL GOOD FIX IN WEHA

The Fix IV Therapy opens TODAY in West Hartford Center. This innovative business on Farmington Avenue across from Luna Pizza is offering hydration drips and vitamin boosts. Their menu includes ‘fixes’ such as the ‘Party Fix’ (pre or post party hydration - we did this - LOVED it), the ‘Slim Fix’ (burn baby burn), and ‘Myers Fix’ (does it all). There are also ‘boosters’ such as the ‘Sunshine Boost’ (Vitamin D for your mood), the ‘Anti-aging Boost’ (to maintain your youth), and the ‘Glow Boost’ (speaks for itself). Owner and single mom, Erin Fox, says their medical director is an anesthesiologist, registered nurses administer the shots, and all staff are OSHA and HIPPA certified. The first 5 people to SHARE this SCOOP on social media will get a coupon for $25 off your first service good through November 15th.

GLASTONBURY MOM SPREADING KINDNESS AND LOVE

Lori Lucey is on a mission to spread kindness through Glastonbury. Her purpose resides deep within her. She lost her 18-year old sister when she was younger and most recently her mother who had terminal cancer. The loss led her to search for signs of comfort. When she found the Kindness Rocks Project, it resonated. With help from the art teacher at Hopewell School, Dawn Mistretta, Lori then took it to another level by creating the Kindness Rocks Garden. The gorgeous outdoor scape includes 3,000 rocks with inspiring messages like ‘There’s always hope’, ‘Tomorrow is a new day’, ‘Oh my darling, what if you fly?’, and a whale that says ‘Do kindness in a big way’. The project has attracted attention from the Hartford Courant, Better Connecticut, and the Kindness Rocks Project Founder Megan Murphy, who has her own inspiring story. Watch here. Lori and Dawn will also be honored by the Board of Education for their inspiring work.

*PHOTOS BY DANIELLE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

ORANGETHEORY FUNDRAISER WITH EMERGENCY PERSONNEL

Orangetheory Glastonbury is joining the fight against breast cancer this month. They are hosting ‘Battle of the Badges’ this Friday, October 19th at 7:00 PM. FIRE, POLICE, and EMS personnel will compete for the most ‘splat’ points (a term Orangetheory clients know well). It’s FREE TO ENTER and donations will be $1 per splat point. Money raised will go to The Linda Clemens Breast Cancer Foundation. The non-profit supports many programs that help women with breast cancer. Read about all of the contributions they’ve made to the cause here.

ODDS AND ENDS…

*The Yoga Shop has announced their location in Glastonbury. They will be in the old factory on Naubuc Avenue known as Iyer Office Park. This will be the yoga studio’s 6th location.

*The Scoop Glastonbury and Tishler Coaching Services teamed up last week to host a Women’s Network Night at Welles-Turner Library. We were overwhelmed by the turnout and impressed with our panel of entrepreneurs who shared their advice about starting their own business. Thank you to Kristina Coughlin of the Instagram account Cooking with Kristina, Meghan Hayden, owner of the new River Bend Book Shop coming to Main Street, Robin Walden, owner of RW Connect, a marketing and communications firm, and Kim Reid, owner of The Silver Dahlia, Pinwheels, and Glazed. Stay tuned for more events to come!

*The Coder School recently opened in Farmington. It’s a franchise from Silicon Valley that teaches kids 7 to 18 years old how to code. Their offerings include classes on 3D gaming, web development, and algorithms. They will also have Coder Camps during holiday and summer breaks. Check them out here.