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

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

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

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

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

TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT MOVING INTO OLD SPICY GREEN BEAN SPACE

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

SOUTH GLASTONBURY BREWERY COMING ALONG!

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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NEW FLAVORING COMPANY SET TO LAUNCH

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

BREWERY COMING TO EAST HARTFORD

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

THE EDGE FITNESS UPDATE

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

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER PUBLISHES HANDY BOOK

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

MARLBOROUGH’S POTENTIAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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

SALON OFFERING FREE MAKEOVERS TO LUCKY NEW CUSTOMERS

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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



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.

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

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NEW ESCAPE ROOM OPENS IN ROCKYHILL

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

BLIND WOMAN LAUNCHES WELLNESS BUSINESS

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

NEW ORANGE THEORY IN MANCHESTER

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

STRAND SALON ADDS “BAR”

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

FOUNDER OF KINDNESS ROCKS PROJECT COMING TO GLASTONBURY

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR CARINI BERRY FARM

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

A LOOK INSIDE THE NORTHAMPTON MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

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

NEW DAYCARE PROPOSED FOR OAK STREET

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

UNIQUE BARRE CLASS FOR GIRLS

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

BREAST FRIENDS FUND SELLING TICKETS FOR FUNDRAISER

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

FEATURED SCOOP: SMITH BROTHERS - A CULTURE OF CARING

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

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

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

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HOUSING DEVELOPMENT POSSIBLE FOR CARINI BERRY FARM

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

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

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

NEW RESTAURANT AT BUCK’S CORNER, by Madison Schulman

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

ONGOING AND NEW PROJECTS UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEW FITNESS STUDIO USES SCIENCE TO OFFER PURPOSEFUL WORKOUTS

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

2 HOPEWELL GETTING A FRESH NEW LOOK

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

NEW FACIAL ENHANCEMENT BUSINESS OPENS

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

THISTLE & REED OPENING NEW LOCATION

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

NOMINATE A DESERVING TEACHER FOR A FULL MAKEOVER

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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[BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT] AGAINST THE GRAIN FITNESS

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

SQUARE PEG PIZZA RESTAURANT WILL OFFER MORE THAN PIZZA

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

POP UP SWEATER SHOP OFFERS HIGH GRADE CASHMERE FOR LESS

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

CELEBRITY GOWN DESIGNER LAUNCHES OWN LINE

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

GLASTONBURY MOM STARTS HOME STAGING BUSINESS

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

FOCUS ON FITNESS AND FUN AT F45 TRAINING

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F45 WORKOUT IS HIGH ENERGY AND LOTS OF FUN

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

F45 Training

Team Training - Life Changing!

NEW ADVENTURE PARK...FESTIVE HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY

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URBAN AIR ADVENTURE PARK TO OPEN IN MANCHESTER

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

FESTIVE LIGHT DISPLAY A SIGHT TO SEE

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

WINTERFEST UNDERWAY IN HARTFORD

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

FEATURED SCOOP WITH STILLPOINT

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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

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DRUM ROLL FOR SPICY GREEN BEAN’S NEW LOCATION

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

NAME REVEALED FOR TYLER ANDERSON PIZZA RESTAURANT

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

LOTTIES TO OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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

NEW ACUPUNCTURE BUSINESS OPENS IN TOWN

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

THE YOGA SHOP OPENS ON NAUBUC AVENUE

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

ODDS AND ENDS…

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

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

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

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

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SHOP LOCAL ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

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

EL POLLO GUAPO OPENING SECOND LOCATION

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

GLASTONBURY COUPLE OPENS DONUT SHOP IN WEST HARTFORD

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

THE QUAINT RIVER BEND BOOK SHOP OPENS BLACK FRIDAY

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

GLASTONBURY RESIDENT RELEASES SECOND BOOK FOR KIDS

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

SINGLE MOM LAUNCHES MARKETING COMPANY

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

ODDS AND ENDS….

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

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

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

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

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.

RED GERANIUM DEVELOPMENT...NEW YOGA STUDIO

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LIQUID NIRVANA OWNER BUYS RED GERANIUM PROPERTY

We are beyond excited about this story!  Rosy and Dinesh Kapur of South Glastonbury have purchased the Red Geranium property.  Rosy is the owner of Liquid Nirvana Juice and Smoothie Bar in town.  She had initially hoped to salvage the building (the inside has some gorgeous old wood features), but unfortunately, it's in disrepair.  Kapur is planning to tear it down and redevelop the property.  Liquid Nirvana opened in 2014 in the plaza at 2333 Main Street.  A second location later opened in Avon.  The business was born after Kapur and her family began making all natural smoothies at home.  She has since perfected her recipes and has a huge following.  The new development will include retail space and possibly apartments.  They hope to sign on businesses with the same "healthy lifestyle" philosophy of Liquid Nirvana.   Construction won't begin until the rotary is complete.  Follow us for updates on this story...

THE YOGA SHOP COMING TO TOWN

A new wave yoga studio is opening in Glastonbury.  The Yoga Shop, which originated in Old Saybrook, offers a unique style of yoga called LivFree Power Yoga.  The name is a combo of the co-founder's daughters, Livia and Freesia.  This type of yoga is called vinyasa and uses heat during classes.  We are still waiting to hear back from them on a location and opening date.  Stay tuned...

DAYBREAK OPEN SUNDAYS

We learned awhile back that Daybreak Coffee Roasters sold to new owners.  Brother and sister duo, Linda and Carmelo, still own the iconic building, but sold the coffee shop to a woman and her nephew a couple of months ago.  The new owners recently announced that the popular gathering spot will now be OPEN on Sundays.  Their Sunday hours will be 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Stop in and welcome them to town. 

CONSIGNMENT STORE RESUMES FULL HOURS

The Second Chance Shop on Hebron Avenue is now open FULL TIME Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  If you don't know about them, they do amazing work.  Their profits go to The Village for Families and Children in Hartford which gives families health, development, and support services.  They accept new and gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry and household items.  Last year, they donated more than $100-thousand to the organization. 

ODDS AND ENDS...

*It's that time of year again!  The 44th Annual Apple Harvest Festival will be the weekend of October 12th to 14th.  It's $5 per person and kids 3 feet tall and under are FREE. They are also looking for volunteers and corporate sponsors.  Click here if you are interested. 

*Greekin' Out food truck will expand their reach this Fall when they become a regular vendor at UConn football games.  The Glastonbury-based food truck vendor has been added to the unique craft food offerings at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.  How exciting for them!

*This weekend is the 56th Annual 'On the Green' Fine Art & Craft Show.  The show runs Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  There is FREE parking and FREE admission.  Head there to see some creative local artists. 

*The Stop & Shop gas station on Main Street has added a cool new vending machine.  Grab-N-Go features Road Trip Snacks that appeal to families on the move!  How easy is that?  Check it out below.

*The Fresh Monkee Southington opened last week.  We just love the look of their new space and wanted to share!  Stop in to their new location if you are west of the river. 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISSION BBQ ADDED TO SHOPS ON MAIN...NEW LIFE FOR OLD EMPIRE SPACE

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BBQ RESTAURANT ADDED TO SHOPS ON MAIN

Mission BBQ is the 4th restaurant added to The Shops on Main next to McDonald's.  This will be the second Mission BBQ location in Connecticut.  There was recently a grand opening for one in Southington.  The BBQ chain has an interesting story.  It was started ten years after 9/11 by two friends focused on giving back to those who serve our country.  Every day at Noon, guests and employees stand for the National Anthem.  Each restaurant is deeply committed to supporting local police, fire, and military charities.  Their "mission" is to remind people that the nation's heroes are what make America great!  Take a look at a map of the location below.     

NEW LIFE FOR OLD EMPIRE SPACE

The old Empire Wine & Liquor Superstore near Stop & Shop and J. Gilbert's on Glastonbury Boulevard is undergoing major renovations to become Phenix Salon Suites.  The chain of salon suites opened in 2007 and has grown to 200 locations across the country.  The Glastonbury location will have 38 individual spaces that allow salon professionals to individualize their business and operate independently.  The Founder of the chain, Gina Rivera, was featured on Undercover Boss.  Each location is independently owned and operated under the Phenix brand.  Below are some examples of the inside of other Phenix locations.  

NEW DEVELOPMENT ACROSS FROM LUXURY APARTMENTS

A selection of buildings at the corner of Sycamore Street and Hebron Avenue across from the new luxury apartment complex, One Glastonbury Place, will soon be leveled and the land developed into office and retail space.  The real estate listing says it would be ideal for restaurants, apparel or home furnishing stores, or a fitness center.  The 20,000 square foot building is expected to be built in 2019.  The map below highlights the location with a yellow star.

STOP & SHOP TEMPORARILY CLOSING

Stop & Shop on Oak Street will close down this Thursday, July 12th, for a few weeks to complete renovations of the store.  They have made several changes already.  A full-size Starbucks has been added.  There is a new area for self-checkout.  They have also rearranged the Health & Beauty section and added new flooring. The store will be closed from July 12th to August 1st to complete the overhaul.  It's expected to look completely different when it reopens.  

ODDS AND ENDS...

*The librarians at Welles-Turner Memorial Library are heading out into the community for story time!  This month, they will host story time at Fire Stations #1 and #4 and Killam & Bassette Farm.  Find dates and times on their website.  

*Walnut Ledge Farm on Matson Hill opened for the season last Thursday, July 5th.  Their hours are Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM.  They are currently picking blueberries.  Check out their website for more on what they offer.

*There will be a meeting next Monday at Riverfront pavilion for residents who would like to talk about the possibility of bringing a splash pad to the area.  Strand Salon owner and resident, Jennifer Casserino Misciagno is hosting the meeting.  It is July 16th at 6:00 PM.

*Glastonbury Cryotherapy has delayed their opening.  They were initially expected to open this week, but have had to push the date out a couple of weeks.  Check out their Facebook page for information about Early Bird discounts. 

 

 

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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FARM TRACTOR TURNS 100...FARM FRESH FLOWER STAND

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FARM TRACTOR TURNS 100

Joseph Preli Farm and Winery will hold a birthday bash this July 4th for a tractor that is turning 100 years old.  It's not just any tractor...the 1918 Fordson was the FIRST tractor on Matson Hill and possibly the first tractor in South Glastonbury and it still runs! (LISTEN BELOW)  It was purchased by August Preli who came to town from Northern Italy in the 1800's.  Winery owners, John and Jeanne, will host the tractor's private birthday party with a clambake and barbeque.  Not to worry though...everyone will get a chance to celebrate.  The tractor will be at the winery through the summer.  Stop by and say Happy Birthday!  And, while you're there, stay, relax, and try some wine.

NEW FARM STAND TO OFFER FRESH FLOWERS

A new farm stand in town will offer a beautiful selection of fresh cut flowers.  Graceful Acres (we love the name) is at the end of Coldbrook Road near Glastonbury Hills Country Club.  Grace Christie is the niece of Rob from Robb's Farm.  She grows all kinds of flower varieties and will offer them at her new stand when it opens at the end of July.  Take a drive and see this adorable little spot or find Grace on Facebook and Instagram. 

NEW FITNESS APPAREL STORE COMING TO TOWN 

Numinous Fitness Apparel & Accessories will open soon in space at 345 New London Turnpike.  This is behind the plaza with Harry's Pizza.  The store will carry the following brands: Born Primitive, Free People, Unbroken Designs, Sisco Berluti, Sea Bags of Maine, Shore Soap Co., Hippy Tree, Fleo, 40cean, and Spiritual Gangster.  If you like their page and tag a friend on Facebook, you will get 15% off your first purchase.  We will keep you posted on their grand opening!

FINANCIAL FIRM FEATURES LOCAL ARTISTS

Gateway Financial Partners is showcasing different local artists.  The Gallery at Gateway is an event that happens four times a year.  This summer, local photographer Carrie Draghi will be featured.  Check it out this Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 PM at their offices on Winding Brook Drive. 

DESIGN CONTEST FOR HARTFORD'S FIRST NIGHT

Local artists, get your creative juices flowing!  The search is on for a design for the badge of the 30th Anniversary of First Night Hartford.  The winning designer will receive a $350 prize and have their work featured on all admission badges worn by attendees.  The design must include the words "First Night Hartford 2019".  Find out how to enter your work for this unique contest at www.thesmallbusinesscollective.com.  And, check out some of the badge submissions of past years below. 

ODDS AND ENDS...

*Calling all budding artists! Glazed Painting & Art Studio is offering a new summer camp for kids.  The camp will run Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Each class will have a theme and includes a piece of pottery and fun craft.  Sign up on their website.   

*If you have a large party between 10 and 20 people, Goats N' Roses in Marlborough is now offering guests The Chef's Table.  It is a prix fixe menu with a private, decorated farm table and private server.  Visit their website for more information and get a sneak peak below. 

*Glastonbury Cryotherapy is now accepting appointments for July 9th!  The new center in the plaza at 730 Hebron Avenue offers pain relief and fast recovery for people with inflammation or injury.  Read about the treatment and book your appointment here.  And, check out their promotion for a FREE treatment on Facebook.   

*Welles-Turner Memorial Library is hosting a Story Walk for children this Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM.  The after-dinner stroll will start at the library and end at Riverfront Park.  Children and families will hear a story along the way and receive a cool treat.  Small groups leave every 10 minutes from under the Copper Beech tree on the front lawn of the library.  

*Anything Goes Consignment is now carrying chalk-based paint.  They have all different colors of Autentico brand chalk pain.  They will also be offering painting workshops soon.  Stay tuned!

*The Glastonbury Farmer's Market starts this Wednesday!  It will now be held at Riverfront Park from 4:00-7:00 PM and runs through September 26th.  Check out their list of vendors below.