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  • Wedding Celebrant Offers Unforgettable Ceremonies

    Wedding Celebrant Offers Unforgettable Ceremonies

    MANCHESTER — With so many couples getting married after they've been living together for years, what does a wedding really change? Zita Christian, a wedding and life-cycle celebrant, said you'd be surprised. "For years, they've been many things to each other," she said. "They've been partners,...

  • Crepes Shop Owner Wants To Keep It Small

    Crepes Shop Owner Wants To Keep It Small

    NEW HAVEN — A woman shielded her eyes and peeked in through the only window at Choupettes Creperie and Café on Whitney Avenue Thursday afternoon. Inside, more than 20 people dined in and shared laughs at the small, rustic and antiquated café. "Hello friends! How are you today?" Adil Chokairy said...

  • Middletown Adventure Center Encourages Guests To Push Boundaries

    Middletown Adventure Center Encourages Guests To Push Boundaries

    MIDDLETOWN — As soon-to-be Yale freshman whizzed across zip line cables at Empower Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, another group played team building games in a field, laughing as they tried relaying a golf ball into gutter-like trays. The games were fun, yet challenging, according to one...

  • A Business That Grew From A Career in the Kitchen

    A Business That Grew From A Career in the Kitchen

    MANCHESTER — Paul Finney's cooking journey has taken him from executive chef in a restaurant to working as a personal chef to a thriving business where he creates thousands of meals a week, delivering them to customers throughout Greater Hartford. Beginning slowly and traveling from household to...

  • Five Generations Later, Bristol's Farm is Still Growing

    Five Generations Later, Bristol's Farm is Still Growing

    CANTON — Josh Bristol is happiest when he's working on his farm. With the arrival of summer, the picking goes on seven days per week at Bristol's Farm. Days start at 7 in the morning and run to 7 at night, except on Saturdays, when Bristol rises at 4 a.m. to head to the Regional Market in Hartford....

  • A Company That Began With Two Men In An Attic

    A Company That Began With Two Men In An Attic

    GLASTONBURY — Tsunami Tsolutions LLC began with two men in an attic, two computers and a seed investment of $3,000, penny-pinched from the personal savings of co-founders Matthew Atwater and Kevin James Wollmann. Thirteen years later, the $10 million revenue company provides complex information...

  • Mixing Art, Food, Drink: Muse Paintbar Offers Unique Way To Unwind

    Mixing Art, Food, Drink: Muse Paintbar Offers Unique Way To Unwind

    GLASTONBURY — Stan Finch saw paint bars thriving in his home state of Texas and in the Boston area when he studied at Harvard Business School. But he found nothing similar in much of the Northeast, Finch said. So Finch began attracting curious artists with the idea of mixing a paint studio, where...

  • N.E. Seed: Rooted In Tradition, Growing Online Business Today

    N.E. Seed: Rooted In Tradition, Growing Online Business Today

    HARTFORD — Ted Willard has a soft spot for the Ballard Seed Packer, the seed-packaging machine designed more than 100 years before he started his business. But Willard is not stuck in the past. After all, half of Willard's sales for his business, N.E. Seeds, come through the internet. It's a big...

  • Hartford Regional Market Attracts Droves Of Devoted Gardeners

    Hartford Regional Market Attracts Droves Of Devoted Gardeners

    HARTFORD — At 6:20 a.m. on a recent Saturday, Laura Victoria Barrera, tireless gardener, is on the prowl for a certain variety of yellow daisy at the Hartford Regional Market. "The growers are there and they guide you," explains Barrera, an every weekend regular at the farmers market, as she strolls...

  • Haddam Startup Creates Collapsible Kayak

    Haddam Startup Creates Collapsible Kayak

    HADDAM — Doug Mackro took a perfectly good kayak and broke it into pieces. But he had a way to fit them all back together again. And he patented it. The collapsible kayak, which fits in a 3½-foot backpack, is called Pakayak. He and his business partners are promoting it as "the world's first nesting...

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