More Stories From Main Street Businesses
7:05 AM EDT, April 25, 2015
PLAINVILLE — The glass display cases at Tiffany's, the oval bar in the Palm Court Restaurant at New York's Plaza Hotel and the unusual paneling of the 101st floor of the Freedom Tower in Manhattan share a common origin: a wood-working plant in Plainville, where Modern Woodcrafts has been milling cabinets, shelves and other wood fixtures for more than half a century.
7:10 AM EDT, April 18, 2015
HARTFORD — While many of Ray Fraser's peers were working in retail and living at home because they had to, he was choosing to take that path.
7:36 AM EDT, April 12, 2015
EAST GRANBY — From an $11 tungsten electron welder's filament to a $4,200 cathode for an electron microscope, everything Energy Beam Sciences manufactures is high-tech.
7:53 AM EDT, April 4, 2015
FARMINGTON — Greg Kessler found a professional job right after graduating from Keene State University in 2010, as a Web producer and social media promoter for a weekly newspaper in Southbury.
11:01 AM EDT, March 30, 2015
WETHERSFIELD — When Steve Walsh was a kid, his father used to tell him: "The only way you're ever going to get ahead is to own your own business."
7:48 AM EDT, March 14, 2015
BLOOMFIELD — For Don and Shirley Coffin, it was the recession triggered by 9/11, not the later Great Recession, that sent them reeling.
7:22 AM EST, March 7, 2015
MANCHESTER — The Viscogliosi Brothers hope they've made the right bet again.
7:23 AM EST, February 28, 2015
DURHAM — When Flemming Tinker became self-employed, it was in that most commonplace Connecticut way, as a consultant.
7:28 AM EST, February 21, 2015
FARMINGTON — The leaders of Adnet Technologies want to keep growing their IT services business, but when they explain why, they don't talk about making more money.
7:00 AM EST, February 14, 2015
PLYMOUTH — The Lauretano Sign Group had a large order from Northeast Utilities for signs, but they couldn't tell anyone.
7:31 AM EST, February 7, 2015
AVON — Frank von Holzhausen, the only original founder left at Group 4, chuckles when he admits that from time to time, at a cocktail party, he will say:
10:12 PM EST, January 31, 2015
AVON — Sharon Gauthier was always the squeaky wheel where she worked.
9:48 AM EST, January 23, 2015
AVON — AMTEC, a small financial services firm that employs 11 people, has a business built on regulations you've never heard of for investments you may have never bought.
7:28 AM EST, January 17, 2015
HARTFORD — After recessions, architects are like crocuses.
7:42 AM EST, January 10, 2015
WEST HARTFORD — D'Mario Sowah was building a following at New York Sports Club in Blue Back Square when he thought of a way to drum up more business: split exercisers in group classes into two competing teams.
7:43 AM EST, January 3, 2015
HARTFORD — Freeman Cos. has 15 positions it would fill right away if it could find people to hire.
9:08 AM EST, December 27, 2014
ENFIELD — The barcode's first commercial use came in 1969, the same year that electronics engineer Jim Bianco founded Control Module Industries.
8:17 AM EST, December 20, 2014
ELLINGTON — The very first thing that Nancy Hamilton mentions about the sensors her company makes is the one in place on Mount Rushmore.
11:25 AM EST, December 17, 2014
HEBRON — When Eleanor Perruccio walked in from snow flurries to the low-ceilinged showroom for Fireside Supply, she was enveloped by warm air.
7:41 AM EST, December 6, 2014
MILFORD — Thirty years may not sound like a great achievement in business longevity, until you consider that DataViz's original market was making it possible for a PC running WordPerfect to open an Apple Word file from an Apple floppy disk.
7:01 AM EST, November 22, 2014
SUFFIELD — It wasn't intolerance that pushed Jenn Grace from an insurance company marketing job into the life of being a "professional lesbian," her business tagline. It was work-life balance. When she and her wife became parents, a corporate job just didn't leave room for the parenting they wanted to do.
November 16, 2014
PLAINFIELD — Let's talk turkey.
7:28 AM EST, November 8, 2014
MERIDEN — Jonal Laboratories hired a chemist, bought equipment and rented another 11,000 square feet, expecting a wave of work from new commercial and military engine programs at Pratt & Whitney and the ramp up of production of Boeing's Dreamliner.
10:45 PM EDT, October 25, 2014
FARMINGTON — Decades ago, Bob Sanford was annoyed that it took his father, Truman, so long to file every handwritten sales slip at the end of the day.
8:52 AM EDT, October 13, 2014
EAST HARTFORD — It took a dozen years for VRSim to become an overnight success.
9:59 AM EDT, October 6, 2014
VERNON — Serial entrepreneur Mark Lassoff ran two companies in Austin, a tech-nirvana if there ever was one. But his three-year-old startup LearnToProgram Media, in a low-rent office building in Vernon, is his longest tenure anywhere.
4:26 PM EDT, September 26, 2014
AVON — When you haven't saved up enough profits over the years to put your business expansion plan into action, how do you get the money?
7:41 AM EDT, September 21, 2014
MIDDLETOWN — The moment you walk in the door of Bill Clayton's business, the briny smell of fish hits you in the face.
7:13 AM EDT, September 14, 2014
SOUTH WINDSOR — One hundred and two years ago, the Collins Bus Service started taking children to school in Wapping in a horse and wagon, or, when it was snowy, a horse-drawn sleigh.
12:42 PM EDT, September 7, 2014
CANTON — With 3D computer modeling, high tech machines, and machining expertise, Kelyniam Global constructs plastic pieces that are surgically implanted to replace part of a missing skull, eye socket or both.
2:26 PM EDT, September 2, 2014
HARTFORD — When Jeff King was laid off from a construction purchasing job in 2007 two years after he graduated college, it was just the beginning of a major recession for the construction industry.
7:30 AM EDT, August 24, 2014
WOODSTOCK — Linemaster Switch's rural location both hinders and helps the 160-employee manufacturer.
11:39 AM EDT, August 15, 2014
HARTFORD — You can see why Paul Tieger would make a great corporate trainer and motivational speaker.
10:11 AM EDT, August 8, 2014
FARMINGTON — When Mike Cheshire and Tom Aiezza were boys here in the 1990s, they wanted to find a way to throw a Frisbee indoors without breaking anything.
9:22 AM EDT, August 1, 2014
CHESTER — The power of Boeing to insist on lower prices by its supply chain is so great that the Federal Reserve mentioned it as a factor in the Northeast's regional economy.
1:41 PM EDT, July 24, 2014
Five years ago, when Kitten Digges and Toni Cellucci bought a Glastonbury bakery that's now called Sugarbelle, the cupcake craze was still building.
10:22 AM EDT, July 3, 2014
PLYMOUTH — The housing crash devastated firms in construction — site developers, home builders, carpenters, electricians — but the seismic waves went far beyond that epicenter.
9:02 AM EDT, June 27, 2014
In 1990, Becker's Fine Jeweler had just opened its downtown Hartford store when a recession hit — and one that hit New England harder than anywhere else.
10:35 AM EDT, June 20, 2014
EAST WINDSOR — Where does the story of Iron Heart Canning begin?
11:02 AM EDT, June 12, 2014
GLASTONBURY — When you first walk into Thoughtventions Unlimited, it looks like the junky garage of a man with heavy-duty tinkering interests.
7:26 AM EDT, June 8, 2014
GLASTONBURY — After Nancy Hayden shooed the guests out of the kitchen, the party really started to cook.
11:35 AM EDT, May 29, 2014
MIDDLETOWN — Hope Wright would like to have an employee again, though she admits: "I have a hard time letting other people do things, because I'm a perfectionist."
7:14 AM EDT, May 25, 2014
WATERBURY — "When I opened, I really just wanted to have one little store, be my own boss, making a modest living," said Matt Ensero, 29, owner of Wing It On!
7:10 AM EDT, May 18, 2014
WETHERSFIELD — Comics gets top billing at Scott Wool and George Fietziewicz's business, Omni Comics and Cards, but Wool laughs when he's asked how much of the sales are comic books these days.
8:58 AM EDT, April 25, 2014
SOMERS — While many Connecticut gardeners could still face a late frost and are putting off planting, at Grower Direct Farms in Somers, spring is underway, and they are already thinking of fall mums.
12:55 PM EDT, April 17, 2014
Naomi Stanhope loves children. She loves their tiny onesies, their soft toys, puzzles and trains.
11:26 AM EDT, April 10, 2014
WEST HARTFORD — When Stan Finch was at Harvard Business School in 2011 and 2012, everyone wanted to launch the next Airbnb.
6:10 AM EDT, March 28, 2014
DEEP RIVER — In the past six months, Erin Smith and her husband, Mat Seymour, have:
11:06 AM EDT, March 14, 2014
4:04 PM EST, March 8, 2014
WETHERSFIELD — For 30 years, this health-care quality improvement company has faced next to no competition.
1:19 PM EST, February 28, 2014
WINDSOR — Fiduciary Investment Advisors is a small firm that helps employers manage retirement plans and helps charitable organizations and wealthy people manage their investments. In recent years, it's added an average of 29 clients annually.
11:10 AM EST, February 21, 2014
HARTFORD — Ninety percent of the wholesale curtains business is in hotels, and Thomas W. Raftery Inc., a 50-year-old business, isn't there.
9:02 AM EST, February 10, 2014
SIMSBURY — More than 30 years ago, Tom Horan had a customer who came into Horan's Flowers every week to buy a single rose to take home to his wife.
1:50 PM EST, February 6, 2014
MANCHESTER — The shop at Parkerville Wood Products is full of pieces that will be part of an elaborate system of built-ins and wood paneling in a guest house at a Southampton summer estate.
10:57 AM EST, January 27, 2014
When a doctor asked one of the nurses at PJW Nursing to give an injection to one of its clients, the answer was no.
10:51 AM EST, January 16, 2014
Post-Punk Musician, Friendly Nerd Succeeds In Web Business But Says He's 'World's Worst Salesperson'
MERIDEN — Dan Barrett is a cheery, bearded guy whose business card features his smiling face and jokes about his nearsightedness and bald head. You wouldn't expect him to be a fan of "harrowing, black metal, shrieking, super depressing" music.
11:34 AM EST, January 9, 2014
WINDSOR — The year 2003 must have seemed like a disaster for Stephen McKay at the time.
3:47 PM EST, December 22, 2013
WEST HARTFORD — In three days, hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents will be shooting dozens of pictures of their children, nieces and nephews or grandchildren opening presents under the tree, playing with their new toys and other holiday classic shots.
12:30 PM EST, December 13, 2013
MANCHESTER — Inframat Corp., a 17-year-old nano materials company, keeps hitting on successful formulas of high-tech coatings made up of microscopic particles, 1,000 times smaller than a human hair.
9:22 AM EST, December 6, 2013
EAST HAMPTON — A lot of small businesses say "we're like family here," but at Cichowski's Custom Cuts, it truly is relationships, not money, that bring people together to slice fat away from muscle, to saw through the spine of a suspended deer carcass and to slice chops.
11:22 AM EST, December 2, 2013
SOMERS — There are about 500 Christmas tree farms in the Nutmeg state, but Kathy Kogut of Hemlock Hill Tree Farms estimates that at most 10 make most of their living from the seasonal sales.
9:23 AM EST, November 22, 2013
HARTFORD — The yoga studio uses the kind of bright fabric that the acrobats in Cirque du Soleil ride up and down, but this class doesn't require the abdominal strength or bravery of those kinds of performances.
10:48 AM EST, November 19, 2013
BOLTON — The most promising new green technology company in Connecticut — as judged by the Connecticut Technology Council back in 2011 — bought the patent for its product for $1.
8:24 AM EST, November 10, 2013
When Sobrio's co-founders gave their business pitch at Connecticut's Innovation Summit a year ago, they were a bit intimidated.
9:42 AM EDT, November 1, 2013
SOUTHINGTON — Many middle-aged executives-turned-entrepreneurs start working for themselves because they were downsized, or thought they might be laid off soon.
11:35 AM EDT, October 17, 2013
PLAINVILLE — For someone who stumbled into the costume shop business, Harvey Ricard sure has a heck of a stock.
8:56 AM EDT, May 15, 2013
Before Rich Loomis went to work for Brew and Wine Hobby, he was a massage therapist, a clerk at a package store and an assistant manager at Strawberries music store.
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