FEATURED SCOOP: BILLY GRANT FARMS DINNERS...FIREHOUSE SUBS CLOSES

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FEATURED SCOOP: BILLY GRANT FARM DINNERS

If you haven’t tried one of Billy Grant’s farm dinners at Rose’s Berry Farm, we highly recommend it. The setting is true Glastonbury and the food is unmatched. We had the pleasure of attending the dinner last Friday and it was incredible. EVERY. SINGLE. BITE. was unreal. It started with a charcuterie board and passed apps. The meal was Caesar salad topped with the best croutons ever, a savory spring risotto, roasted lamb chop (we don’t even eat lamb, but loved every bite), and finally, a lemon pound cake with fresh Rose’s Berry Farm strawberries. We can’t say enough about it. And, you are in luck because there are 2 more dinners in August and September. So, gather up some of your besties and click HERE for tickets. Pics of this awesome night below.

FIREHOUSE SUBS CLOSES

We are sad to report that Firehouse Subs CLOSED. Owners, Jeff and Jen Finnerty (Glastonbury residents) contacted us to say that they had to make the difficult decision to close both of their locations. They had recently opened in Bristol. They explained that it did not make financial sense for them and wanted to do what was best for their family. They were such an intergral part of the community hosting Chamber events and supporting first responders. They will be missed! Opening a business is so brave…we wish them much luck in their next endeavor.

BELL STREET HORSE FARM OPERATORS BUY NEW FARM

The owners of Hillside Stable recently purchased a 45-acre horse farm in Ellington and will move to that location after a few minor renovations. They will still offer boarding options, services and lessons at the same prices. The farm on Bell Street has been sold to developers. The barns will be torn down to make way for housing. We are sad to see this tranquil spot go…it’s been a staple since our childhood. The new development is called Stallion Ridge and proposes 19 new homes. Below is an aerial shot of the new farm owned by Hillside Stable.

COMMERCE EATERY CONFUSION

We heard from multiple people that Commerce Eatery was closed. Last week, several people contacted us asking if we knew anything because there was a sign on the door saying they were temporarily closed, but their Google listing had said they were permanently closed (see below). Now their Google listing says they are OPEN. We contacted them and they would not say what was happening, but explained that they plan to do something with the Glastonbury Citizen soon. We will let you know if we hear anything further.

THERAPIST OFFERS HELP FOR TROUBLED READERS

Julie McDermott has been a therapist for over 25 years. She is a certified expert in the Irlen Method. This screening tool helps people struggling with visual perceptual challenges. Julie has helped children and adults with dyslexia, brain injuries, ADHD, autism and concussions. The results are so dramatic that the mom of an 18 year old who was at a first grade reading level became tearful as she watched how he was impacted by this method. For more information on Irlen, visit Julie's website - www.irlencenterct.com. Her other contact information is also on the site.

ODDS & ENDS…

*Your CBD Store is holding their Grand Opening today at 10:00 AM at 2239 Main Street. This is just past the fountain on the right. Click HERE to see our full story about them.

*We have heard through multiple sources that the new Max Restaurant will be pizza. Nothing is confirmed, but that is the buzz. Once we get confirmation, we will let you know.

*There is currently a proposal to build a car wash on the corner of Oak Street and Kreiger Lane. This is the lot across from the entrance to Stop & Shop with an old, white house on it. Next door, there is a proposal for a daycare. We are keeping an eye on both and will keep you updated.

*Graceful Acres is offering a Flower CSA. How cool is that? Fresh farm flowers every week for four or 8 weeks. And, it’s SO affordable! Check out their website HERE for all the deets and schedule for pick-up.

*Minnechaug Golf Course is offering a Junior Golf Workshop this summer. You can choose from two 4-day week options or every Wednesday for for weeks. Instruction will be with Gerry D’Amora from Portland West and we hear he is awesome. Click HERE for info.

CBD OIL BOUTIQUE TO OPEN ON MAIN STREET...FEATURED SCOOP: UNIQUE SUMMER CAMP AT GLAZED

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FEATURED SCOOP: GET CREATIVE AT GLAZED SUMMER CAMP

Glazed Pottery Painting & Art Studio above Pinwheels in the center of town is offering some unique summer camps for kids. Parents looking for a low commitment camp that brings out their kids creative side while making friends and having fun will love their offerings. This 2 1/2 hour, drop off camp includes themes like fantasy (dragons, unicorns and trolls), nature (cactus, cherry blossoms, and frogs), outer space (planets and aliens), and movies (Minions, Secret Life of Pets, and The Incredibles). Something for every type of kid! You can sign up for one day or one week…see what we mean by low commitment? So great. And, the best part…if you CALL to register by this Friday, June 21st and mention you saw this in The Scoop Glastonbury, they will give you $5 off per class! What are you waiting for? CALL NOW to get the discount. 860.430.6255. For more information about some of the other cool things they do there (think Ladies Nights, Team Building/Corporate Events, and Kids Birthday Parties), click HERE.

CBD OIL BOUTIQUE TO DEBUT ON MAIN STREET GLASTONBURY

Your CBD Store will open at 2239 Main Street in Glastonbury just one week from today (June 24th). This is diagnolly across from Rankin Road in one of the big old houses on Main. Owner, Linda Muraski is excited to bring this product to town. Let’s talk about CBD…shall we? Cannabidiol is a compound found in industrial hemp plants. This is NOT THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana that produces a high). The health benefits are reportedly endless, but are notably most beneficial for people suffering from arthritis, anxiety, recurring pain, addiction and PTSD. Users have said some of the products literally stop an anxiety attack dead in its tracks or have been miraculous in relieving arthritis. FOR. REAL. This is not regulated by the FDA, but has gained a huge following in the last several years as a natural alternative to pain medications that can often be addictive. Products at Your CBD Store are sourced from Colorado and are more pure than others. The space is upscale, bright, and beautiful. Read more about Your CBD Store HERE or visit them on Main Street starting next Monday.

CODING SCHOOL TO OPEN IN GLEN LOCHEN

The Coder School is coming to Glastonbury! GHS graduate, Chirayu Shah and his wife, Vaishali are opening their second location in Glen Lochen this September. Less than a year ago, they opened their Farmington school after searching for something that would challenge their son who was reading numbers and letters before the age of 2. The school started in Silicon Valley in 2014 and has rapidly grown across the country. It’s now the #1 coding school in the U.S. Kids learn the foundations of technology that will eventually give them the skills to build a robot, design games and websites, and become proficient in 3D printing…an incredible experience that can transfer to every single field of work! They find that this is particularly good for kids who like math or are autistic, but Vaishali encourages all kids, especially girls, to give it a try. Find them on Facebook and Instagram or email them at glastonbury@thecoderschool.com for more information about their fall schedule. See their new location (under construction below) and some pics of their Farmington school.

NEW SALON OPENS ON HEBRON AVENUE NEAR SUBWAY

Looking for a new place to get pampered? Spa Pointe opened last week in the space between Subway and Dunkin’ on Hebron Avenue. It’s the sweetest little spot. The owner, Mihee, has paid incredible attention to detail in terms of decor and cleanliness with a state-of-the-art ventilation system at each station, liners in pedicure baths, sand glass timers, and aloe plants. Not to mention their luxurious lotions and scrubs and non-toxic polish and products. Originally from Korea, Mihee knows skincare and pampering…this is her 4th time opening this type of business. She offers one-of-a-kind manis and pedis, facials, massage, and waxing. Visit them for a truly relaxing experience. They will spoil you!

ODDS & ENDS…

*The Glastonbury Farmers Market starts this Wednesday June 19th at 5:00 PM at Riverfront Park. They are open every Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Follow them on Facebook for updates or just pop down there and buy some fresh food!

*Billy Grant will debut his Farm Dinner at Rose’s Berry Farm this Friday, June 21st. There will be two others on August 9th and September 20th and we’ve heard they are quite the food experience. For tickets, email michelle@billygrant.com. And, check back with us for a complete feature on this event!

*The CT River Valley Chamber has released the dates for the 2019 summer concert series. They will be July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, and July 31st from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Check their website to see which bands will play this year.

NEW LOCATION FOR UNTUCKit.....FORMER GYMBOREE SPACE FILLED

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*SCOOP ALERT*

We will be starting our summer schedule in July and running our BUSINESS SCOOP on a less frequent basis. We hope you check back for updates from your favorite summer vacation spot and enjoy what we think is the best time of the year!

UNTUCKit OPENS NEW LOCATION

UNTUCKit opened last week in Westfarms. The men’s retailer has grown to an impressive 60 locations in just 8 years and this is their first greater Hartford store. We really wish we came up with their simple idea of creating shirts that can be worn untucked. A regular shirt just doesn’t seem to do the untuck justice, right? They are located on the upper level of the shopping center near JCPenney. To see some of their merch, click HERE.

OLD GYMBOREE SPACE FILLED

The Red Geranium has taken over the former Gymboree space in The Shops at Somerset Square. The antique shop was previously located at that old red house on the corner of Hebron Avenue and House Street. That land is now owned by Rosy Kapur of Liquid Nirvana. She plans to build new and relocate there. The Red Geranium sells antique furniture and household decor. Visit them in their new spot.

SQUARE PEG PIZZA & ARCADE CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY

We get so many inquiries about this story! Construction has now started on the interior of Square Peg Pizza & Arcade. They were waiting for permits and approval. We spoke with one of the owners who said they hope to be done within a two-month time frame. Along with pizza, there will be old-school arcade games for the kids….hence the reason for all the interest. Hey kids…here’s some money, go play games while we eat in peace! At least we like to think this is how it will play out. We will keep you posted on an opening date.

JOIN THE OLDEST RUNNING POOL CLUB IN TOWN

It’s almost summer people! Do you know what you are doing with your kids for the next two and a half months? Well, we have an idea…for a little over $15 per day, you can keep them happy, busy, and entertained! (I’m sorry…what?!) Orchard Hill Pool Club has been offering this fun for families since 1941, so they are pretty much experts. FUN FACT: They were the very FIRST club of it’s kind in town and started as a pond. This gorgeous little spot off Overlook Drive has beautiful, well-maintained grounds (lots of member pride at OHC), swim and tennis teams and lessons, and a zillion events for kids and adults (Burger Nights, Movie Nights, Adult Social, Ladies Night). One of our favorite parts about this club is that you can keep your eyes on the kiddos from one spot…whether they are playing tennis, basketball, in the pool or on the playscape (kind of amazing!) We challenge you to find another way to spend so little, but get so much for an entire summer! Hit them up HERE for membership info.

ODDS & ENDS…

*The new art gallery in South Glastonbury will extend their hours for the summer. JW Frame Crafters Fine Art Gallery will be open later on Fridays. Here’s an idea…if there is a wait at Sayulita or 2 Hopewell, why not pop over and check out their gorgeous gallery? Sounds like a great way to pass the wait time! Read more about them HERE.

*Bodeau Realty Group will host their 2nd Outdoor Movie Night series at Riverfront Park this summer. There will be popcorn, face painting, and food trucks. Admission is FREE. The dates are: June 19th, June 26th, and July 3rd. The movie starts at dusk. Follow them on Facebook to find out what their feature presentations will be.

*Root Down Power Yoga in Hartford will offer Teen Yoga classes this summer. Kids ages 12 to 15 can find their OM Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM starting June 18th. If you don’t know about this amazing studio…let us tell you! 1. It’s stunning inside (exposed brick walls, gorgeous wood details, cool merchandise) 2. We took a class there and had so many life revelations…in just ONE class. That’s pretty powerful, don’t you think? To sign up your teen, click HERE.

THE LATEST ON MAX'S RESTAURANT...POPULAR BBQ SPOT CLOSED

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MAX RESTAURANT GROUP CLOSING ONE RESTAURANT, PLANS TO OPEN ANOTHER

The Hartford Courant recently reported that Max Amore is closing at the end of this month after 25 years in business in The Shops at Somerset Square. While out and about, we heard many stories from people about the memories they have of the popular restaurant….from birthday celebrations, to engagements, or retirement parties…it was a great place to honor something special and will certainly be missed by many. BUT...(although the deal is not final)Max Restaurant Group is planning to build a new, stand-alone restaurant in town. What is confirmed is there is currently a proposal in to Town Hall for a 3-thousand square foot restaurant with outdoor seating to be built next to Bruegger’s. We suspect this is the spot, but nothing is confirmed. When all is signed and done, we will reveal their new location. Stay tuned…

GIDEON’S BBQ CLOSED

Gideon’s BBQ announced last Monday that it was their last day of business. We have reached out to them, but haven’t heard back yet. Surrounding business owners told us it seemed very abrupt, but they didn’t know why they closed. There was a big response to our initial story about this, so we know there were a lot of fans of their food. They will be missed.

UPDATES TO WOODLEDGE POOL CLUB

If you are weighing the idea of joining a pool club, we have the answer for you! Have you ever been to Woodledge on Hopewell Road? We recently visited there for the first time and it was pretty awesome. It’s like a little oasis in the middle of the woods! There was full sun on the pool (we love that…it is summer after all!), but also several shady spots, including a pavillion if you are looking to escape the direct heat. They recently renovated and have a brand new swimming pool. It’s beautiful. Some of their amenities include a diving board, tennis courts (three of which are Har Tru clay), a basketball court, toddler pool, and playground. They host all kinds of social events and offer swim and tennis teams. It seems like a no-brainer. Entertainment for the kiddos ALL. SUMMER. LONG. We got some great pictures that showcase this unique spot. Check them out below. Or, if you are interested in a membership, email membership@woodledge.org.

STOP & SHOP GOES HIGH TECH

Have you met Marty the robot at Stop & Shop on Oakwood Drive? It’s tough to miss! It scoots around the grocery store searching for spills or potential hazards to customers and then pages over the intercom what and where it is located in the store. There are cameras inside moving in all directions to detect issues. We found it fascinating and kind of want to know if they named the bot after Marty the manager (who we love)! What do you think?

FLOTATION THERAPY IN AVON

Although slightly out of our normal zone, we thought this was super interesting and had to share. There is a new flotation therapy studio opening in Avon. Imagine Float will feature three flotation rooms. The practice, which has been around for decades, includes clients submersing themselves in a tank of body-temperature shallow water filled with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. Epsom salt has all kinds of benefits. It promotes sleep and reduces stress, pain and swelling of the joints. The actual flotation therapy takes pressure off your muscles, joints, and bones while relieving stress. Sounds like a double-dose of amazingness! Find out more about this cool, new experience HERE.

ODDS & ENDS…

*Raonjena Coffee & Dessert is seeking approval to build an outdoor patio. All in favor, say “I”! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Obviously, we hope this passes.

*There is a beer garden coming to the Pump House in Bushnell Park this summer. Did you hear that? A BEER GARDEN!!!! The Hartford Courant reports that Hanging Hills Brewery and Hog River Brewery are teaming up with Harry’s Pizza in West Hartford to provide craft beers and food at the historic spot.

*The Manchester Scoop is reporting that there are rumors that ALDI is coming to Manchester in a development near Evergreen Walk. If you have never been, ALDI is a different way to shop. They have affordable prices on many items, but nothing is really brand name. They have other nearby locations in East Hartford and Rocky Hill.

*We recently learned that the spa space attached to Shampoo One on the East Hartford/Glastonbury line is available for rent. This is a fully built-out space that includes all the amenities. If you are looking for space to expand, click HERE for contact info or to see inside.

*Women runners or women looking to become runners…LISTEN UP! The Greater Hartford Marathon Foundation is offering a FREE 6-week training course leading up to The Red Dress Run for Women 5K on June 13th. This is a great opportunity to learn how to train for a race or just have some fun with your girls! Find info HERE.

BREWING UNDERWAY IN S. GLASTONBURY....GENO BUYS CAVEYS

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BEER BREWING IN SOUTH GLASTONBURY

We have been following the progress on the new brewery in South Glastonbury and beer brewing is now underway! The owners of Hops on the Hill farm brewery off Dug Road have put their heart and soul into transforming this old tobacco barn into a beautiful space in an even more beautiful setting. Brewer, Phil Lohr started brewing beer last week to prepare for opening. He says they’re modeling the brewing process after the German beer culture…a slow and deliberate method that is tried and true. Right now, they’re brewing a Citrus IPA, Light German Lager, and a Nut Brown Ale. We are so pumped…they plan to open this July! To become an integral part of their community and support their growth, contribute to their GoFundMe page. And, see updates on the building process below.

AURIEMMA BUYS CAVEYS IN MANCHESTER

Last month, we heard from multiple sources that Geno Auriemma was going to buy Caveys, but there was some mixed information about whether it was true….WELL IT IS! The Hartford Courant confirmed this Friday. The restaurant has been an institution on East Street in Manchester for years…drawing customers from surrounding towns for it’s delicious French and Italian food and upscale atmosphere. We have celebrated several milestones there and are so excited that it will remain in some capacity. Although details are scarce, we have heard through a few sources that Auriemma will turn the bottom floor into a banquet style facility and the top into an Italian/Steak restaurant. The Hartford Courant reports that Geno will talk more about it this week. Stay tuned…

GIOVANNI’S OUTDOOR PLANS

Giovanni’s Pizza is seeking approval from the town for an OUTDOOR BAR on their patio. They had us at outdoor bar. They are also looking to install an awning, but there are some concerns from the TPZ committee about how this will look. This is such a great place for families. They are so tolerant of all that comes with kiddos and we love them for it. We also love their patio! We will let you know how it turns out.

ODDS & ENDS…

*We are keeping an eye on the opening of a new spa next to Subway on Hebron Avenue. Spa Pointe is currently renovating the former Sundance Salon & Spa space. Who doesn’t love another spot to get pampered?! They hope to open in the next few weeks…we will keep you posted.

*This Saturday, May 11th, is the Bill Landers Run. The run starts at 8:30 AM at the Hubbard Green and winds it’s way through the Buttonball neighborhood. Funds raised from this event go to the Glastonbury Education Foundation. For more info, click HERE.

*Also this Saturday, Welles-Turner Memorial Library will hold their Spring Book Sale from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the front lawn of the library or, if there is bad weather, in the parking garage next to TD Bank. There will be a huge selection of DVDs, CDs, and books. Don’t miss it!

*We love this Mother’s Day pop-up from Barn Door Blooms. This Saturday, they’re offering grab and go farm bouquets at River Bend Book Shop all day until they sell out and a tulip bar at The Silver Dahlia from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Stop in to support local and small. LOVE!

*This Wednesday, there will be a meeting at Town Hall about the Putnam Bridge Multi-Use Trail Connection. The walkway over the bridge is complete, but there is currently no access from Glastonbury or Wethersfield, so the walkway remains closed. The CT DOT will provide updates about the project. If you are interested, the meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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*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.

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.

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*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.

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.

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*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.

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

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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.

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*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.

HEBRON AVENUE DEVELOPMENT...TOP SHELF ICE CREAM TRUCK

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DEVELOPMENT ACROSS FROM APARTMENT COMPLEX

Across from the new apartments near the first rotary on Hebron Avenue is a tract of land where there is a proposed development for retail and restaurant space. This is directly across the street from One Glastonbury Place. There are several old houses and buildings there now, but the plan is to replace them with a 20,000 square foot building. A drawing of the development is online and shown below.

LOCAL COUPLE CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT ICE CREAM TRUCKS

We love ice cream possibly more than any other dessert on Earth, so this story sang to our sweet tooth! Local residents, Matt and Cristina Zajac have recently brought their ice cream dream to life in the form of an ice cream truck called Blue Chip Creamery. Blue Chip means ‘of the highest quality’ and they believe their ice cream is THE best! They traveled to many different ice cream shops before settling on their favorite. It’s 14% butterfat, which means it is rich and decadent. They offer custom Chipwiches and lots of fun flavors. Their motto and favorite hashtag is #eatdessertfirst and we couldn’t agree more! They do parties and private events. Find out how to book the truck here.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT APPLE FEST

The 44th Annual Apple Harvest Festival is just one week away and we are SO excited! This year, there are some new attractions, including the ‘Silly String Asylum’, which is essentially a blocked off area where you can pay per can of silly string and spray to your heart’s delight! There will also be a S’mores Station operated by The Rotary Club of Glastonbury (kids love S’mores). The CT River Valley Chamber folks (who work round the clock to make this happen) say they returned to the festival’s roots to feature only craft vendors this year. THINGS TO REMEMBER: $5 per person at the door/Parking at GHS with shuttles to and from/NO DOGS/Vendors open daylight hours only/VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED. THE SCOOP and friends will be volunteering in the Angry Orchard Pub Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, so please come see us and say hello!

LOCAL BUSINESS TO RAISE MORE MONEY FOR BOY WITH RECURRING CANCER

American Integrity Restoration has organized a team of runners for the Angry Orchard 5K Road Race to help raise money for 7-year old Kyle Ashley from Colchester who is battling a form of cancer. We first introduced you to this brave little boy when M.E.L.T did a fundraiser for him this past June. After extensive chemo and a leg amputation, Kyle and his family were recently told the cancer has relapsed in his lungs. He will undergo 12 more months of chemo. American Integrity Restoration is donating $10 of every runner or walker’s registration fee to Kyle’s family. PLEASE consider helping this little boy! Register for the road race here. Or make a direct donation to Kyle’s family: Marci Ashley c/o AIR 60 Village Place Glastonbury, CT 06033

*The town’s new networking group for young professionals called SPARC (Suburban Professionals Achieving Real Change) is also helping to raise money for Kyle. Tonight, they will hold their monthly networking meet up at Fig’s Bistro + Bar from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. They are asking those who attend to donate to the Ashley family.

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*Recently, you may have noticed some changes at Daybreak Coffee Roasters. The new owners added a new coffee roaster and new payment system. They’re also introducing a new menu that looks delightful! It includes egg sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, and snacks. Check it out below.

*BREWERY UPDATE: Construction is moving along at the new brewery in South Glastonbury. Here are some cool pictures of them lifting the old tobacco barn (moved there in the 1950’s) to lay down a cement foundation which will help stabilize the building. The Hops on the Hill Farm Brewery off Dug Road is expected to open Spring 2019.