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.

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*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.

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*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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

TOWN'S 325TH CELEBRATION...HAYRIDES AT HEBRON AVE FARM

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HAPPY 325TH BIRTHDAY GLASTONBURY

If you haven't heard, Glastonbury is turning 325 years old and the town is having a huge celebration at The Boathouse.  Next Sunday, September 16th, there will be LIVE music, food trucks, lawn games, adventure tours on the river with L.L. Bean and a FIREWORKS display!  Festivities begin at 3:30 PM and end after the fireworks, scheduled for 7:30 PM. They are still trying to reach their fundraising goal of $25,000 to help make the party a success.  For a schedule of events or to donate, visit the town's website

KARATE STUDIO OWNER ON A MISSION TO EMPOWER WOMEN

Rich Kohler of Kohler Elite Karate & Krav Maga wants to help women help themselves.  This year, Kohler wants to empower 1,000 women by teaching them to protect themselves from predators, abusive spouses, or a random attack.  In collaboration with Interval House (a non-profit in Hartford that helps abused women), Fox 61, and iHeart Radio, he's hosting Time's Up Tune Up.  It will be an hour-long self-defense workshop at Goodwin College.  Sign up here with a friend (or encourage someone you think might need this) and learn how to kick some butt!

FALL FAVORITES AT THE FARMS

Fall is just weeks away and the farms are gearing up for one of their biggest seasons.  Apple picking is underway at Scott's Nursery and Dondero Orchard.  Dondero's is offering their famous apple fritters now too!  This is exciting news for East Glastonbury folks...Rose's Berry Farm will now offer hayrides and pumpkin picking at their Hebron Avenue stand starting September 22nd.  And, Killam & Bassette Farmstead has an amazing selection of mums at their stand on Main Street. 

GIDEON WELLES PAINTING MOVED

Wondering what happened to the striking painting of Gideon Welles that was in front of the library?  It's been moved to it's final home...Gideon Welles School, of course!  A team of movers dismantled the painting and moved it last week.  What a great addition to the school!

PIG ROAST AT LOCAL FARM THIS WEEKEND

Killam & Bassette Farmstead is hosting their Fresh From The Farm Pig Roast Fundraiser this coming Sunday, September 15th at 4:00 PM.  Six years ago this month, farm owner, Chris Bassette lost her mother Judy Lynch.  Bassette has since started a scholarship in her Mom's name awarded to two students at the high school each year who show a strong work ethic and put others first (some of her Mom's mottos).  Money raised goes toward those scholarships.  Get your tickets here and join them for a fun evening on the farm.

ODDS AND ENDS...

*The Beamhouse is expected to open for LUNCH in 2 weeks!  We will keep you posted as the date gets closer and hope to have a preview of the MENU soon. 

*The poster for this year's Apple Fest has been unveiled and it's awesome.  The picture was taken by Glastonbury resident, Sam Rodriguez from All American Aerial. Work by the aerial media and drone service has been featured on ABC, the History Channel and Discover Channel. Rodriguez was testing his drone from his house nearby and took the gorgeous picture below.  Can't wait for this year's festival October 12th to 14th!  If you post a picture, be sure to use this hashtag: #AHF2018

*A Summer favorite is on the menu all year long at Maggie McFly's!  The kid-friendly restaurant offers S'mores at the table and it's a blast for kids.  Check it out to remind yourself of those Summer nights!

*The Hartford Symphony offers families a chance to introduce young children to the symphony with their Family Series.  Their members bring music into different communities...including Glastonbury.  This April, they will host a Family Series at the CT Audubon Center on Main Street.  There will also be an event at The Lutz Children's Museum over the line in Manchester.  Check out their website for a list of events and tickets. 

 

 

 

FITNESS STORE OPENS...NEW MOBILE BOUTIQUE IN TOWN

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FITNESS STORE OFFERS ONE OF A KIND ITEMS

Numinous Fitness Apparel & Accessories opened this past Saturday next to Empowered Indoor Cycling StudioNuminous is a feel good boutique offering many unique brands, including Sea Bags and Sisco Berluti...popular with Hollywood celebs (and friends with the owner)...they will design a special Numinous bracelet.  Pretty cool, right?!  Farm to Bath soaps (based in South Glastonbury), Free People, and Born Primitive are also available.  Visit them at 345 New London Turnpike and tell them we sent you!

MOBILE BOUTIQUE COMES TO TOWN

Thistle & Reed is fashion on wheels!  The mobile boutique offers contemporary bohemian style clothes and jewelry for women.  Owners, Marisa O'Brien (new to Glastonbury) and Shannon Pecorelli, bring their fashion truck to home parties, ladies' nights, fundraisers, bridal showers, or bachelorette parties.  The long time friends came up with the idea after working together in the fashion industry for over a decade.  Browse their website to see what they offer or to learn how to book an event with them!

REHABILITATION CENTER OFFERS CHRONIC PAIN RELIEF

Whole Body Rehabilitation recently opened in South Glastonbury.  They share space with Jai Yoga in the plaza with Thai House and Sushi Bar.  Massage therapist, Tim Tynan, specializes in Structural Energetic Therapy.  It's the only therapy of it's kind in town and focuses on structural imbalance...something that accounts for 90% of pain in the body.  Treatment can alleviate headaches, low back pain, sciatic pain, sports injuries, and joint stiffness, among a list of other chronic pain issues. Call Tim to book an appointment 860.458.3826 or click here for more information. 

AUDUBON SOCIETY TO HOST DINNER AT BOATHOUSE

The CT Audubon Society has moved their fundraising dinner event to The Glastonbury BoathouseHarvest Dinner on the River will be September 6th and will feature a meal of Connecticut-based foods.  Tickets are on their website for $125 each, part of which is tax deductible.  This will support educational programs at the Audubon.  Make a night of it and enjoy gorgeous views from the Boathouse!

ODDS AND ENDS...

*We just love that there are now beer bats available at Dunkin' Donuts ParkWhat is a beer bat, you ask?  It's a bat filled with beer and we need to get one...STAT! Check out a Yard Goats game and try one for yourself. 

*Danielle Marie Photography is now booking senior photo sessions...a great way to capture your graduating senior before they head off to college or out into the world.  Contact her to get your session on the calendar!

*The new casino in Springfield is two weeks away from their Grand OpeningMGM Springfield opens August 24th with a parade.  If you're not a gambler, there are plenty of new restaurants to try.  Peruse their website to see what they offer.

*Berkins Blend has opened their 2nd location in Hartford, called Berkins on Oak.  If you work in the area of Capitol Place, stop in and say hi or tell a friend they are there!  They offer breakfast and lunch at their new location now too.

*Here's a great deal...each adult paying full admission to Sturbridge Village during the month of August is allowed to bring up to 3 kids FREE!  Check out their website for all the details. 

 

 

 

TOP 5 BUSINESS SCOOP

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THE SCOOP took a short vacation this past week, so we are recapping our top weekly BUSINESS SCOOP from the time we started in March. 

#1: FARM BREWERY COMING TO SOUTH GLASTONBURY

This was our most popular story to date. It reached more than 12,000 people and was shared 102 times on Facebook.  What can we say...people love beer!  Hops on the Hill Farm Market and Brewery off Dug Road in South Glastonbury is expected to open in the Spring of 2019.  Al Gondek is renovating an old tobacco barn on his property that his family has farmed for seven decades.  Follow us to see their progress!

#2: OPENING OF THE BEAMHOUSE AT THE TANNERY

The long-awaited, new restaurant, from the owners of Sayulita, 2 Hopewell, and Birch Hill Tavern...The Beamhouse opened last week at The Tannery on New London Turnpike.  The story reached more than 7,000 people and was shared 29 times on Facebook and Instagram.  Check out the inside of the restaurant and their New American Fare menu below and tell them we sent you.   

#3: WANG PALACE LEAVING TOWN

This story evoked the most emotional response from our readers.   Wang Palace has been in town for 25 years, but will soon move to Rocky Hill.  The plaza where they are located on Main Street in Glastonbury is being sold.  Their loyal followers posted a SCOOP record of nearly 100 comments across social media in just a couple of days.  

#4: FEATURED SCOOP: ONE BIG HAPPY PHOTO

The Scoop's first FEATURE with One Big Happy Photo received praise from the nearly 5,000 people it reached online.  Amber Sehrt is a newborn photographer in town who has a gifted connection with newborns.  Check out her video below or in THE FEATURED SCOOP section of our website.

#5: THE FRESH MONKEE EXPANDS

The Fresh Monkee's expansion into Southington and Manchester was exciting news for their fans.  The shake shop will open their 4th location this September on Queen Street in Southington near Nardelli's and Fancy Bagels.  The 5th shop will be located in Manchester's The Plaza at Buckland Hills next to Beach House Tanning.  After renovations, they expect to open there in October.  

Hope you enjoyed our TOP 5 BUSINESS SCOOP!  Stay with us for new SCOOP next week!

 

 

THE BEAMHOUSE OPENS THIS WEEK...THE FRESH MONKEE EXPANDS AGAIN

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THE BEAMHOUSE OPENS THIS WEEK

The Beamhouse at The Tannery on New London Turnpike is just days from opening and we were excited to get a first taste of their menu and see the finished space.  It is beautiful and inviting.  There is a small bar when you walk in, called The Taproom, and a larger bar in the seating area of the restaurant.  The menu includes small and large plates, beer, wine, and unique cocktails.  We enjoyed the Smoked Gouda Mac + Cheese, Slider Trio, Crispy Pork Belly, and Local Orchard Peach Flat (bread).  Dessert was equally delish...Key Lime Crème Brulee and Buckeye Cheesecake.  It's impressive to note that their head chef was previously head chef at The Golden Lamb Buttery in Brooklyn, CT.  They open by the end of this week, possibly earlier, so stay with us for an exact day.   

*PHOTOS BY DANIELLE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

HILLSIDE STABLE DEVELOPMENT

We recently heard through a few different sources that housing developers are surveying the land on Bell Street where Hillside Stable is located.  The property has been for sale for years.  The sources said there are plans to build about 30 houses on the site.  We will update you when we know more. 

FRESH MONKEE EXPANDING AGAIN

The Fresh Monkee is announcing this week that they will open their 5th location in Manchester.  This is a really exciting time for the small, start-up shake shop.  We announced just weeks ago that they would open a location in Southington.  The Manchester store will take over the space of the former Fast Signs next to Beach House Tanning in The Plaza at Buckland Hills.  Renovations begin this week and they expect to open in October. 

NEW LOCATION FOR MASSAGE CENTER

Glastonbury Massage Center has moved into the space with Glastonbury Cryotherapy at 730 Hebron AvenueDamato Chiropractic Center of Glastonbury owns the businesses and recently renovated the space to accommodate both businesses.  The massage center was previously at 76 Eastern Boulevard.     

PUBLIC HEARING FOR LIBRARY EXPANSION PLANS

There will be a public hearing at Town Hall on August 7th at 8:00 PM for plans to expand the Welles-Turner Memorial Library.  The town council is currently reviewing the project.  The expansion is expected to cost $6.5 million and will include additional space for children and teens, a new outdoor children's terrace, media studio, and computer center.  If approved, the project would begin in 2019 and last about a year and a half.  We have included the expansion plans below with closeups of areas of interest. 

TRANSITION BACK INTO THE WORKFORCE EVENT

There is an interesting event in Hartford that will appeal to stay at home moms looking to return to the workforce.  Untap YOUR Potential ~ A Mentor Mingle will be held this Thursday, August 2nd.  If you can't make the event, check out Untapped Potential to see how you can transition into the workplace after staying at home with kids or caring for a loved one. It's a pretty awesome service and exists right here in Hartford County!  Check out the flyer below for deets. 

ODDS AND ENDS...

*100% Martial Arts will no longer offer karate classes for kids.  The studio started an adult kickboxing program 3 years ago.  The success of those classes led to their recent decision.  The owner is referring families to Villari's down the street.  They have already transformed their website to 100% Fitness Kickboxing.  

*Included in a rebrand for Gymboree is a cool new app called Made Me Smile, available for use at the local Gymboree store in The Shops at Somerset Square The app allows customers to spin a wheel on their phone and get discounts on their purchases.  Users can also be entered in the Gymboree Surprize Surprize Sweepstakes to win some bigger prizes!

*Stop by The Elks this weekend for a fun, family event!  The Glastonbury Food Truck Festival will be Saturday from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Admission is FREE.  There will be 20 food trucks, craft beer and wine, and carnival rides for the kids.

*Wind Hill Community Farm is offering an Heirloom Tomato CSA.  It's $100 for 4 weeks of 5 lb. baskets from August 15th through September 5th.  Visit their website for more information. 

*Cost Plus World Market opens in Manchester this Thursday at 9:00 AM.  There will be $10 gift cards for the first 100 guests.  The new location is on Hale Road near AC Moore Arts & Crafts.  The store features home décor and unique gifts.  

 

 

WANG PALACE MOVING...ANN TAYLOR CLOSING

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FAVORITE RESTAURANT LEAVING TOWN

Many will be sad to hear that Wang Palace is moving to Rocky Hill!  The long standing restaurant, which has a cult-like following, has been in Glastonbury for 25 years.  Sai, the owner, admits the move is bittersweet.  He says they have purchased a building at 1914 Silas Deane Highway across from Kohl's.  The space will undergo complete renovations before the move and will have a bigger bar area for patrons.  They will be in their new location by the end of this year.  There is a drawing of the new exterior and signage below.

We covered a story about this plaza a few weeks ago.  To refresh your memory, all businesses must move.  There is no known deadline yet for them to move.  We are still waiting to hear about new locations for Liquid Nirvana and BollywoodWe have heard both will stay in town. 

CLOTHING STORE LEAVING SOMERSET

Ann Taylor in The Shops at Somerset Square will CLOSE at the end of August.  The popular clothing store has been in the plaza for years, but will close by August 25th.  A sign in the store says they hope customers will visit their Westfarms location.  We are waiting to hear back from Somerset about what might go in that space. 

CRYOTHERAPY BUSINESS NOW OPEN

Glastonbury Cryotherapy opens TODAY.  They are located at 730 Hebron Avenue next to F45 Training.  They will be open limited hours to start...Mon/Wed/Fri 8:00 to 10:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM and Sat/Sun  8:00 to 10:00 AM.  Cryotherapy patients have experienced many benefits, including faster recovery after injury, reduced inflammation, and weight loss.  You can go to their website to schedule a session.  First responders get their first session FREE and 20%  off packages.  Get a first look at the inside below.  

WHOLE FOODS/AMAZON PRIME DISCOUNT

Did you know about the Amazon Prime discount at Whole Foods?  If you have a Prime account, you can download the Whole Foods Market app and get exclusive discounts throughout the store, plus 10% off sale items.  We were impressed with some of the options, including organic strawberries at 2 for $5 or Waterloo seltzer 2 for $7!  Happy Healthy shopping!

ODDS AND ENDS...

*Chick-fil-A at The Shops on Main will open this Thursday, July 26th.  They will begin their First 100 celebration at 6:00 AM Wednesday.  100 guests will have a chance to camp out overnight and get FREE meals.  Go to their website for details. 

*Gutt Family Farm on Addison Road has their famous corn out for sale!  We love corn season and wait for their corn to come out every Summer.  They currently have bi-color for $6.50 a dozen.  

*Glastonbury is one of the first towns in the state to launch a food waste collection program.  In collaboration with Quantum BioPower and All Waste, residents can bring their raw or cooked food waste to the transfer station for disposal.  There are marked containers at the station.  The waste will eventually be used to generate renewable energy.  

*Welles-Turner Memorial Library is offering some fantastic programs for teens 7 to 12 years old this summer.  There is Teen Karaoke Coding where teens essentially learn how to design their own beat box.  Other classes will show teens how to design their own tote bag or plastic tumbler using the library's new Silhouette machine.  Registration is required.  Hit their website for dates and times. 

*Bliss Body Soul is hosting a unique event at The Barn in South Glastonbury.  BITCH ON THE MAT will be a two-hour long event with one hour of speaking your mind and one hour of power yoga.  It's a chance to connect with people, express yourself, and listen.  The event is August 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  You must register with the MINDBODY app

*Barn Door Blooms is working with Gutt Family Farm for a flower arranging event at Birch Hill Tavern.  This Saturday, July 28th, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, they will host a flower arranging class for $75 that includes a farm fresh menu, prepared by the chef, and a cocktail.  What better way to spend a summer afternoon?!  Call a friend and buy tickets on their website

*Ulta Beauty in Wethersfield will hold their grand opening this weekend, July 27th through the 29th.  Every day, the first 100 guests will receive a treat from the store.  

 

 

 

 

FIRST LOOK AT CHICK-FIL-A...INDIE BOOK STORE COMING TO TOWN

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FIRST LOOK AT CHICK-FIL-A

Chick-fil-A is about a week and a half from their grand opening and we were excited to get a first look inside!  Owners, Jordan and Emily Snook, live in South Glastonbury and can't wait to share the Chick-fil-A experience with local patrons.  It's actually incredibly difficult to become a franchisee of the restaurant chain.  Every year, only 100 out of 40,000 applicants are selected.  Jordan has been with the company for 10 years in different capacities and is finally living his dream.  The grand opening on July 26th will include a First 100 Celebration where guests can camp out starting Wednesday morning to try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win FREE Chick-fil-A meals.  There are rules though, so check their website to see how it works.  

INDIE BOOK STORE COMING TO TOWN

Glastonbury resident, Meghan Hayden, was destined to work with books.  She was named after the character in the famed book The Thorn Birds after her parents read it to one another while they were dating.  Although scandalous, it's quite the love story.  Meghan is the owner of River Bend Bookshop...a soon-to-be Indie book store in town with a hand-selected and highly-curated collection of books.  She is currently looking for space, but is making her first appearance as a pop-up shop at this week's Farmer's Market.  Meghan chose the name for it's connection to town.  Glastonbury actually means bend in the river!  Not to mention...the bend is where things slow down...pause...stop.  She hopes patrons do just that at her unique store.  Find her on Instagram and Facebook to follow her journey.

ORANGETHEORY CELEBRATING MEGA MILESTONE 

Orangetheory Glastonbury will host a Small Business Saturday to honor the opening of the chain's 1000th location in just 10 years.  An amazing feat for the single mom who started the business a decade ago.  Founder, Ellen Latham, began teaching pilates out of her home to help support her son.  When clients asked for more, she developed the Orangetheory workout and eventually franchised across the globe. Super inspiring, right?!  The Glastonbury location has experienced their own form of success, signing 500 members in just six months. And, no big deal or anything, but baseball great, Manny Ramirez works out there when he is in Connecticut.  Small Business Saturday is July 21st from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Head down there, take a tour, and see a class in action. 

SWEET VENTURE FOR GLASTONBURY NATIVE

Glastonbury natives, Marika Esteves-Smith, and her sister, Ashli Esteves-Nelson (along with her husband, Reggie), recently launched an online bake shop called Brown Butter Creations.  They offer cookies, muffins, cupcakes, pound cakes, and...wait for it...POP TARTS!  Their signature delight is their brown butter maple cookies!  Our sweet tooth is aching and we can't wait to taste them.  Take a look at some of their goodies below. You can order them on their website or have them cater your event. 

ODDS AND ENDS...

*Sundance Salon & Spa is moving into the old Lottie's on New London Turnpike.  Right now, Sundance is on Hebron Avenue next to Subway in the same area as Dunkin' Donuts.  They are currently gutting and renovating the new space.  We will keep you posted on their move!  

*Bodeau Realty Group is hosting their 2nd Glastonbury Movie Night July 19th at 7:00 PM at Riverfront.  The feature movie is Goonies and all proceeds from the event go to Autism Speaks

*Barn Door Blooms has launched their Feature Flower Farm Series with an event at Robb's Farm July 26th from 1:00-3:00 PM.  This will be their first event with families. Tickets are $45 and include 2 ice creams and the family friendly flower arranging class at the farm. Graceful Acres is their Feature Flower Farm for this event.  

*Tequilas Grill & Cantina on New London Turnpike has CLOSED.  The Mexican restaurant opened in March, but said they were closing for renovations about a month ago.  Recently, their sign came down and a for-lease sign went up.  Their Facebook page has also disappeared.  We are not sure the reason for the closure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FRESH MONKEE EXPANDING...TEMPORARY TENANT IN PIATTI

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THE FRESH MONKEE EXPANDING

The Fresh Monkee is opening their 4th location!  They are currently renovating space at 405 Queen Street in Southington.  This is in the plaza with Nardelli's and Fancy Bagels.  The new shop will be run by Southington-native, Tammy Williams.  The Fresh Monkee owner, Judy Flynn, opened her first healthy shake shop in Wethersfield 4 years ago.  She has since opened locations in Glastonbury, Berlin, and now Southington.  She also runs the monkee bus.  It travels to various locations throughout the state.  She hopes to open the Southington shop mid-August/early September.

FORMER PIATTI SPACE HOSTS TEMPORARY TENANT

We have had many questions about the former Piatti space on Hebron Avenue.  We just learned that, starting today, the Glastonbury Democratic Town Committee will occupy the space from now until elections this November.  Piatti closed their doors one year ago.  Since then, several restaurant owners have looked at the space, but none have leased it.  For now, you will see a flurry of activity as the committee takes over! 

NEW MASSAGE SERVICE AT HEALTHTRAX 

Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness recently added a new HydroMassage lounge.  The massage system uses powerful waves of water to give you a heated, deep-tissue massage in just 10 minutes.  We can attest, after trying it, that it's pretty amazing!  The service is available to Healthtrax members for $10 per month.  The health center will soon undergo some major renovations.  We plan to follow them, so check back to see the new space!

THE SCOOP FEATURES LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS

The Scoop Glastonbury is excited to announce that we have finished our first video FEATURE shoot with One Big Happy Photo.  We had a great Saturday morning at her studio on New London Turnpike and can't wait to show you how she works with newborns and their families to create some truly magical photographs.  She is hugely talented and has a unique connection with babies.  Take a look at a few snapshots of our time with her below.  The video will be up soon!  And, check our website for information about our FEATURES!

SUMMER FUN IN BUSHNELL PARK

The Bushnell Foundation is showcasing their fun family attractions this summer in the park.  They have something for everyone!  There are park and tree tours, FREE movie nights, and yoga classes.  They also offer tours of the Arch and carousel rides for $1 (a favorite childhood memory).  There is also a newly-renovated playground for kids.  The map below shows you where to go for more information. 

ODDS AND ENDS...

*Daybreak Coffee Roasters has changed their summer hours.  They will now be CLOSED on Sundays for the rest of the summer until Labor Day.  Their hours will remain the same Monday through Saturday.  

*Summer Fun Runs are underway at Smith Middle School.  Glastonbury Parks & Recreation is hosting the FREE runs every Tuesday through August 7th.  The kids course is a 1-mile loop around the soccer field.  Adults can choose between the 2.2-mile course on the paved trail from Smith to Bell Street or a 3.3-mile run along the road.  Registration is at 6:30 PM. 

*Crystal Ridge Winery is extending their hours for the summer.  They will now be open Thursday and Friday 4:30-8:00 PM, Saturday 12:00-8:00 PM, and Sunday 12:00-6:00 PM.  FYI: They will be closed July 18th and August 17th for private events.  If you haven't visited yet, stop by, try some wine, and soak in the gorgeous view. 

*Rose's Berry Farm is now offering pick-your-own raspberries!  The raspberries are available at their main stand at 295 Matson Hill Road.  

*There is a push on Facebook to build a splash pad at Riverfront Park.  Resident and Strand Salon owner, Jennifer Casserino Misciagno posted a message in the Glastonbury Community page last week.  The post was shared 10 times and had 167 comments, many in favor of the proposal.  Misciagno said she is in touch with Town Hall and hopes to move forward.  We will keep you posted on their progress!

 

 

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1000 DEGREES PIZZA...COFFEE SHOP/BAKERY IN GLEN LOCHEN

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2-MINUTE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA AT THE SHOPS ON MAIN

Glastonbury residents, Joseph and Jacqueline Weiss are excited about the opening of their new venture...1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza.  The fast-casual restaurant chain is the third business to sign on in the new development next to McDonald's.  It will be located next to Jersey Mike's Subs in the back of the plaza.  The Weiss' were looking for something different and unique to bring to town.  They did some research, found the pizza chain, and knew it would be the right fit for them and Glastonbury.  The pizzas cook in 2-3 minutes inside a 1000-degree brick oven.  The restaurant will open this September.  Check out their menu at www.1000degreespizza.com

EUROPEAN/JAPANESE STYLE BAKERY OPENING SOON

RaonJena Coffee & Dessert will offer all kinds of sweet treats and light roasted coffee.  The new shop in Glen Lochen will have macaroons, crepe and roll cakes, scones, and specialty coffees and teas.  We think it's interesting to note that Raon stands for HAPPINESS in Korean.  And the full name, RaonJena, is the names of the owners' two daughters.  Their new space has been renovated into a simple design with light colors and wood finishes.  It's airy and inviting.  Watch for their opening mid-June.  

WALK-INS NOW WELCOME AT POLKA DOTS

Polka Dots has just completed renovations of their new space called the Sugar Lounge.  Girls 4 and up can now get manicures and makeovers without an appointment.  There is also a Beauty Bar where they can make their own sugar scrubs, shower gels, and lotions.  The nail service is $14.95 and includes lotion, pixie dust, a glitter ring tattoo and gem, and candy bracelet.  What more could a girl want?!  The playful new space is dreamy with pink and glitter galore.  See for yourself in the pictures below. www.polkadotsgirls.com

DOT PROPOSES CLOSING OFF RAMP

There is a public hearing this week to discuss the removal of the Route 17 off-ramp that leads traffic to New London Turnpike across from Oak Street near Stop & Shop.  This is one way to access some of the businesses in town.  The hearing is this Thursday at 7 PM in Town Hall.

PHOTOGRAPHER OFFERS PLAYFUL PHOTO SESSSIONS

Danielle Marie Photography is offering unique photo sessions for kids.  We love these whimsical photos and think she is incredibly talented.  We should mention that she also does PHOTO FEATURE PACKAGES for The Scoop! Find her at www.photosbydaniellemarie.com

ODDS AND ENDS...

*The Rotary Club of Glastonbury will host their 42nd Annual Lobsterfest at the Elks this weekend.  The event grew to a record 2,400 people last year.  It's the club's largest fundraiser and has allowed them to do service projects like building the dugouts at the GHS girl's softball field and the concession stand at the football field.  If you don't make it this year, put it on your list for 2019!

*Happy 70th Anniversary to Minnechaug Golf Course!  That's right!  The course is celebrating seven decades in town with a BBQ and discounted golf rates on Sunday, July 15th.  Call for tee times.

*POP Weight Loss has a new name!  The nutrition and weight loss company announced they will now be Sea Slim.  The name comes from the company's deep rooted connection to the sea.  They originated in Old Saybrook, but also have an office on New London Turnpike in Glastonbury.  To see their services, go to www.seaslim.com. 

*A new support group in Wethersfield is offering help for professionals whose careers have been impacted by substance abuse or life stressors.  Reflections Counseling and Consulting is hosting the group for 8 weeks starting this Tuesday night.  Call 860.837.0401 for more information.  www.reflectionsccs.com

 

 

 

PROPOSED FARM BREWERY...STOP & SHOP ON OAK RENOVATIONS

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PROPOSED FARM BREWERY IN SOUTH GLASTONBURY FACES PUBLIC HEARING

Tobacco and hop farmer, Al Gondek Jr. and his partner, Phil Lohr, hope to bring a farm brewery to South Glastonbury!  Their plan is to renovate an old tobacco barn on Gondek's remote property off Dug Road.  Hops on the Hill Farm Market and Brewery would include a farmer's market, featuring fresh, local products, and a farm-style brewery with a tasting room.  So far, they have eight different kinds of beer, including German-style pilsners, an IPA, and an Amber.  If the plan is approved, renovations will begin this Summer.  They hope to be up and running by the Spring of 2019.  First, the plan must be approved by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.  The meeting is Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 PM in the town hall council chambers.

Take a look at the gorgeous views and their crop of hops below. 

STOP & SHOP GETTING TOTAL TRANSFORMATION

Stop & Shop on Oak Street is undergoing major renovations.  The store will soon look completely different.  They will also be closed for a short period of time this Summer to complete the update.  The new features will be state of the art and make it easier for patrons to shop.  Similar remodels have been done to other stores in Connecticut, including one in Greenwich and another in Middletown.  

CONSULTING BUSINESS HELPS COUPLES NAVIGATE ADOPTION

Long-time Glastonbury resident, Amy Twombly, has launched Hello Baby Adoption Consultants.  They help guide traditional and same-sex couples, and single parents, through the confusing and overwhelming process of adoption.  Amy adopted her 3-year old daughter through a domestic adoption.  Her personal experience made her very passionate about helping others in the same situation. 

Find her and the amazing work she is doing at www.hellobabyadoptionconsultants.com

SOW'S EAR OFFERING NEW LINE OF FURNITURE

The Sow's Ear will now carry The Essentials Collection of furniture from Cisco Brothers.  The pieces are custom, handcrafted, high quality items.  Visit them at 2400 Main Street (down the stairs to the left of the Chamber entrance) to see what they have to offer. 

DANCE CENTER LAUNCHING CLASS FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

New Steps Dance & Fitness Center is starting a pilot program, called Sunshine Stars, that is designed for kids, 5 years and older, with special needs.  The twice-a-week, one-hour, dance class will help students with balance, muscle control, and emotional expression.  Teachers of the class have extensive experience with special needs children.

For more information, go to www.newstepsdanceandfitnesscenter.com

FARM SEASON IS UPON US!

Many local farms are preparing for opening day!  Rose's Berry Farm Hebron Avenue Stand and Killam Bassette Farmstead will open on May 25th, kicking off Memorial Day Weekend.  Dondero's is already open.  Cavanna is open limited hours from 1:00-4:00 PM and Belltown will open June 1st.  We love farm season and can't wait to visit all of these beautiful places!