More Stories From Main Street Businesses
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.
11:47 AM EST, February 14, 2014
WEST HARTFORD — When Geraldine Talge launched The Chalkboard, a teachers' supply store, 22 years ago, she'd never worked retail at all.
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.
6:08 AM EST, December 30, 2013
BERLIN — When Steven Lanata started bringing his compressed-sawdust bricks around to hearth shops eight years ago, he faced baffled purchasing managers.
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.
9:44 AM EDT, September 19, 2013
EAST HARTFORD -- When you use compressed air to fire millions of tiny BBs at engine parts, it makes the metal more durable for years to come.
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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