More Stories From Main Street Businesses

More Stories From Main Street Businesses
Versatile Behind-The-Scenes Product Makes A Thriving Business In Out of The Way Spot

7:30 AM EDT, August 24, 2014

Versatile Behind-The-Scenes Product Makes A Thriving Business In Out of The Way Spot

WOODSTOCK — Linemaster Switch's rural location both hinders and helps the 160-employee manufacturer.

Man Who Has Reinvented Own Career Three Times Tries To Reinvent His Company

11:39 AM EDT, August 15, 2014

Man Who Has Reinvented Own Career Three Times Tries To Reinvent His Company

HARTFORD — You can see why Paul Tieger would make a great corporate trainer and motivational speaker.

Game That Began With Bottlecaps Becomes Two Friends' Livelihood

10:11 AM EDT, August 8, 2014

Game That Began With Bottlecaps Becomes Two Friends' Livelihood

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.

Efficiency, Quality Gains Put AeroCision on Upward Flight Path

9:22 AM EDT, August 1, 2014

Efficiency, Quality Gains Put AeroCision on Upward Flight Path

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.

Lemon Bars, Wedding Cakes Help Sugarbelle Outlast The Cupcake Craze

1:41 PM EDT, July 24, 2014

Lemon Bars, Wedding Cakes Help Sugarbelle Outlast The Cupcake Craze

Five years ago, when Kitten Digges and Toni Cellucci bought a Glastonbury bakery that's now called Sugarbelle, the cupcake craze was still building.

Recession Was The Mother Of Invention

10:22 AM EDT, July 3, 2014

Recession Was The Mother Of Invention

PLYMOUTH — The housing crash devastated firms in construction — site developers, home builders, carpenters, electricians — but the seismic waves went far beyond that epicenter.

When Gold Prices Fell, How Did Local Jeweler Becker's React?

9:02 AM EDT, June 27, 2014

When Gold Prices Fell, How Did Local Jeweler Becker's React?

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.

Iron Heart Canning's Business Foaming Over

10:35 AM EDT, June 20, 2014

Iron Heart Canning's Business Foaming Over

EAST WINDSOR — Where does the story of Iron Heart Canning begin?

Scientist Pursues Passion More Than Pay

11:02 AM EDT, June 12, 2014

Scientist Pursues Passion More Than Pay

GLASTONBURY — When you first walk into Thoughtventions Unlimited, it looks like the junky garage of a man with heavy-duty tinkering interests.

Ginger And Pickles Motto: Life is Short. Eat Cookies.

7:26 AM EDT, June 8, 2014

Ginger And Pickles Motto: Life is Short. Eat Cookies.

GLASTONBURY — After Nancy Hayden shooed the guests out of the kitchen, the party really started to cook.

Wedding Season So Busy, Baker's Turning Away Business

11:35 AM EDT, May 29, 2014

Wedding Season So Busy, Baker's Turning Away Business

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."

Expansion? Wing It On! Hopes To Bring It On

7:14 AM EDT, May 25, 2014

Expansion? Wing It On! Hopes To Bring It On

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!

 It's Still Called Omni Comics, But Business Has Evolved

7:10 AM EDT, May 18, 2014

It's Still Called Omni Comics, But Business Has Evolved

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.

High-Tech Grower For Big Box Stores Keeps Ahead Of The Calendar

8:58 AM EDT, April 25, 2014

High-Tech Grower For Big Box Stores Keeps Ahead Of The Calendar

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.

Children's Boutique Drains Owner's Pockets But She Perseveres

12:55 PM EDT, April 17, 2014

Children's Boutique Drains Owner's Pockets But She Perseveres

Naomi Stanhope loves children. She loves their tiny onesies, their soft toys, puzzles and trains.

Newly Minted MBA Hopes Painting Parties Draw Profits

11:26 AM EDT, April 10, 2014

Newly Minted MBA Hopes Painting Parties Draw Profits

WEST HARTFORD — When Stan Finch was at Harvard Business School in 2011 and 2012, everyone wanted to launch the next Airbnb.

Retail Shop Makes Busy Family Life A Little Bit Busier

6:10 AM EDT, March 28, 2014

Retail Shop Makes Busy Family Life A Little Bit Busier

DEEP RIVER — In the past six months, Erin Smith and her husband, Mat Seymour, have:

 Health-Care Consultant Qualidigm Looks To Grow, Diversify

4:04 PM EST, March 8, 2014

Health-Care Consultant Qualidigm Looks To Grow, Diversify

WETHERSFIELD — For 30 years, this health-care quality improvement company has faced next to no competition.

1:19 PM EST, February 28, 2014

Investment Firm's Secret To Success: Leave No Client Behind

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.

Hartford Curtain Wholesaler Wins Loyalty From Workers, Customers

11:10 AM EST, February 21, 2014

Hartford Curtain Wholesaler Wins Loyalty From Workers, Customers

HARTFORD — Ninety percent of the wholesale curtains business is in hotels, and Thomas W. Raftery Inc., a 50-year-old business, isn't there.

For More Than 100 Years, Horan's Has Helped Customers Say It With Flowers

9:02 AM EST, February 10, 2014

For More Than 100 Years, Horan's Has Helped Customers Say It With Flowers

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.

Need Teak? Zebrawood? Curly Maple?

1:50 PM EST, February 6, 2014

Need Teak? Zebrawood? Curly Maple?

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.

Keeping An Eye On Care Of Disabled

10:57 AM EST, January 27, 2014

Keeping An Eye On Care Of Disabled

When a doctor asked one of the nurses at PJW Nursing to give an injection to one of its clients, the answer was no.

Post-Punk Musician, Friendly Nerd Succeeds In Web Business But Says He's 'World's Worst Salesperson'

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.

Why Use A Tent Shaped Like A Pringle?

11:34 AM EST, January 9, 2014

Why Use A Tent Shaped Like A Pringle?

WINDSOR — The year 2003 must have seemed like a disaster for Stephen McKay at the time.

West Hartford Woman Offers Service To Outsource Your Photo Album

3:47 PM EST, December 22, 2013

West Hartford Woman Offers Service To Outsource Your Photo Album

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

17 Years. 50 Patents. Zero Profits.

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.

Deer Butchering Is A Personal Passion

9:22 AM EST, December 6, 2013

Deer Butchering Is A Personal Passion

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.

 Somers Christmas Tree Tradition Coming To An End

11:22 AM EST, December 2, 2013

Somers Christmas Tree Tradition Coming To An End

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.

Aerial Yoga Lifts Students' Bodies, Spirits

9:23 AM EST, November 22, 2013

Aerial Yoga Lifts Students' Bodies, Spirits

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.

$1 Patent Ignited Creation Of Green-Technology Firm

10:48 AM EST, November 19, 2013

$1 Patent Ignited Creation Of Green-Technology Firm

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.

Recent UConn Graduates' App Matches Partiers, Sober Drivers

8:24 AM EST, November 10, 2013

Recent UConn Graduates' App Matches Partiers, Sober Drivers

When Sobrio's co-founders gave their business pitch at Connecticut's Innovation Summit a year ago, they were a bit intimidated.

Surgical Tool Manufacturer Hurt And Helped By Obamacare

9:42 AM EDT, November 1, 2013

Surgical Tool Manufacturer Hurt And Helped By Obamacare

SOUTHINGTON — Many middle-aged executives-turned-entrepreneurs start working for themselves because they were downsized, or thought they might be laid off soon.

Master of Disguises: 15,000 Costumes For Sale Or Rent In Plainville

11:35 AM EDT, October 17, 2013

Master of Disguises: 15,000 Costumes For Sale Or Rent In Plainville

PLAINVILLE — For someone who stumbled into the costume shop business, Harvey Ricard sure has a heck of a stock.

On Tap: Home-Brewing Supplies, Advice At Local Hobby Shop

8:56 AM EDT, May 15, 2013

On Tap: Home-Brewing Supplies, Advice At Local Hobby Shop

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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