FEATURED SCOOP: SENSATIONS DAY SPA...NEW POWER EQUIPMENT SHOP OPENS

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FEATURED SCOOP: SENSATIONS DAY SPA FEELS LIKE HOME [SPONSORED]

Jacquelyn Pagel has been helping clients look and feel their best for 15 years.  Her business, Sensations Day Spa in Glen Lochen, was built mainly on word-of-mouth referrals.  She has grown so much through the years that she gets about 3 to 5 new clients per week.  Her space is welcoming and cozy, but what brings people back is Jacquelyn.  Her down-to-earth personality radiates warmth and kindness. All she wants to do is make people feel good.  And, oh what fun we had when she offered to give us a keratin treatment for our nails (twist our arm). Such a treat! 

She offers manicures and pedicures, aromatherapy massage (gentle, not firm or deep), customized facials, makeup artistry, and spa parties (a client favorite).  Check out her Instagram or call her for an appointment.

*PHOTOS BY DANIELLE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

NEW POWER EQUIPMENT SHOP OPENS

Glastonbury residents, Dan and Lindsay LeBlanc recently opened River East Power Equipment in East Hartford.  The shop has been a labor of love and devotion for Dan, who started in three small trailers behind his Dad and brother’s Auto Repair Shop on Tolland Street with NO HEAT.  He used to come in every morning to frozen tools and would have to use a space heater to warm them up.  That sure sounds like passion to us!  Dan specializes in small engine repair and service and also sells Gravely lawn equipment and Ariens snowblowers.  His shop has an old school mom and pop feel where customer support and satisfaction is paramount.  Did we mention he picks up and delivers equipment in need of fixing or a tune-up? How great is that?  They have some awesome grand opening deals running right now.  Find them HERE.

BEAUTIFUL SPACE FOR KIDS YOGA STUDIO

Next Sunday, May 5th, The Dreaming Tree Yoga Studio will hold a Grand Opening. Owner, Emily Keel recently renovated space in Glen Lochen and it’s a beautiful oasis. She is offering yoga and mindfulness classes for children ages 3 to 12 years old, including those with ADHD and Autism. There is currently space left in one summer camp, but there will be some FREE classes after the opening. Space is limited and you must sign up during the Grand Opening on Sunday. Click HERE for more info and see the new space below.

*PHOTOS BY DANIELLE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

NEW BREW FOR THE HARTFORD MARATHON

The Hartford Marathon Foundation will now offer a specialized beer at their races throughout New England including the Eversource Hartford Marathon this October. 26.2 Brew (love that name!) from Marathon Brewing Company (an offshoot of The Boston Beer Company) is a golden, hazy ale brewed with Himalayan sea salt and coriander. It has just 9 CARBS and 120 CALORIES. Wowza! Sounds amazing. CHEERS TO A GREAT RACE!

ODDS & ENDS…

*The owners of Square Peg Pizza & Arcade are targeting to open the restaurant in the old Piatti space June 1st. They are still awaiting approval from the town on their renovation plans. We will keep you posted!

*The Glastonbury Children’s Tag Sale Spring Sale is May 3rd and 4th 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the POC on Hopewell Road. Look for their sign.

*Glastonbury Parks & Rec is looking for LEGO donations. You can drop them off at 2143 Main Street Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Great way to clean house for a good cause!

*Soarin’ Indoors in Manchester was recently forced to close their doors, because the new owners of the building where they were located on North Main Street did not want to renew their lease and they are unable to support a new build-out.  We never made it there, but heard this was a great place for kids looking to conquer some amazing life skills…balance, strength, fear We hope to see them somewhere else soon. 

*We just read in The Hartford Business Journal that The Spigot Cafe is under new ownership and will remain OPEN. The Journal reports that the future of the more than half a century-old bar was uncertain after the death of the long time owner. We have great memories of this spot in the city’s West End. It’s old school and kind of a dive bar (which we love). They will be mixing the old with some new services and have lots of great beers on tap…visit this iconic spot and see for yourself.

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

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NEW ART GALLERY IN SOUTH GLASTONBURY

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

BREWERY OPENS IN COLCHESTER

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

POOL CLUB OFFERING GREAT DEAL

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

JEFFERSON RADIOLOGY OFFERS 3D IMAGING

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SECOND LOCATION FOR POPULAR SHAKE SHOP

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

KITCHEN TO KILOS GUIDES CLIENTS TO A STRONGER LIFESTYLE

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

COUNSELOR HELPS YOUNG ADULTS THROUGH TRANSITION

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

ODDS & ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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

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NEW BUILDING UP AT SHOPS ON MAIN

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

WEST HARTFORD MOVIE THEATER TO GO HIGH END

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

NEWINGTON CHIROPRACTOR OPENS OFFICE IN TOWN

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

CHAMBER FUNDRAISER TO HELP PREVENT SUICIDE

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

ODDS & ENDS…

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

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

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

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

MAIN STREET BUILDINGS SOLD...NEW ONLINE BOUTIQUE

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TWO BUILDINGS ON MAIN STREET SOLD TO NEW OWNERS

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

GLASTONBURY RESIDENT LAUNCHES BOUTIQUE CLOTHING WEBSITE

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

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

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

ODDS & ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW DENTIST OPEN NEAR BERTUCCI’S

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

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

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

ODDS & ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT MOVING INTO OLD SPICY GREEN BEAN SPACE

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

SOUTH GLASTONBURY BREWERY COMING ALONG!

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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PILATES CHAIN COMING TO WHOLE FOODS PLAZA

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

NEW RESTAURANT COMING TO VACANT RAFFA’S LOT

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

DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR HORSE FARM ON BELL STREET

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

NEW MANAGEMENT FOR MINNECHAUG GOLF COURSE

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

OLD CHURCH ON HEBRON AVENUE TO BE RENOVATED

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

SMITH BROTHERS FUNDRAISER INVOLVES KIDS HELPING OTHER KIDS

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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NEW COLLABORATION LETS YOU DESIGN HISTORIC BUILDING

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

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

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

*Interior Photos Heather Conley Photography LLC ©

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.