West Hartford Business Buzz: October 3, 2022

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161 Park Road will soon be home to River Bend Bookshop. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

A round-up of openings, closings, and other news about West Hartford businesses.

I’ve finally given in to the reality of fall and have been wearing closed-toe shoes the past few days. I may have to break out the mittens for the half marathon next weekend because I do see a forecast for temps in the high 30s for Friday night.

Ted and I have had a season subscription to Playhouse on Park for many years, and saw “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” on Friday night. The story (based on Billie Holiday’s final concert) is intensely emotional, and Danielle Herbert’s portrayal of Billie Holiday is amazing. .

Danielle Herbert as Billie Holiday and Nygel D. Robinson as Jimmy Powers. Photo by Meredith Longo

We were able to get back in time to attend a casual dinner at a friend’s house Saturday night, feasting on the fabulous pulled pork and baked beans prepared by St. James’s Episcopal Church Rector Bob Hooper. Both items were intended to be served at the church’s fall fest on Saturday evening, but that had been canceled earlier in the day due to the weather forecast.

Saturday night dinner – pulled pork and baked beans prepared by Rev. Bob Hooper. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Bob Hooper excelled in another important role on Sunday morning – leading the “Blessing of the Animals” in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. It was mostly dogs who were brought to be blessed (one other animal was in a carrier but I’m not sure what it was), and they ranged in size from two adorable dachshunds to a handsome brindle mastiff that at age 6 months already weighed 105 pounds. There was a good bit of barking – surprisingly not from Millie who even behaved for her blessing. We know we are blessed to have her as part of our family.

Sunday was the “Blessing of the Animals” at St. James’s Episcopal Church, and Rev. Bob Hooper gave Millie a blessing, and a treat. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

My only meal purchased at a West Hartford restaurant was a poké bowl from Pokéworks on Tuesday. I could honestly eat a poké bowl almost every day and not get tired of it.

There were 45 positive cases COVID-19 in West Hartford over the past seven days (as of Saturday), and a positivity rate of 10.2%. The numbers have gone up and down a bit over the past few weeks, but over the past week have remained fairly steady in West Hartford as well as statewide. One day I hope to be able to delete this paragraph completely, but in the meantime, please continue to have patience since not everyone has the same level of comfort, continue to look out for each other, support our local businesses – and stay safe and healthy.

If you’re looking for news about West Hartford in print please note that many stories from We-Ha.com, as well as other local news, is published in the twice-monthly issues of the West Hartford Press.

River Bend Bookshop, which has a location in Glastonbury, will open a second shop in West Hartford this November. Courtesy photo

Gong cha, 932 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. PHoto credit: Ronni Newton

Corey Pane has completed his “Greetings From West Hartford” mural on the side of 977 Farmington Avenue. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Close-Up of the “post card” section of the mural. Corey Pane has completed his “Greetings From West Hartford” mural on the side of 977 Farmington Avenue. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Corey Pane has completed his “Greetings From West Hartford” mural on the side of 977 Farmington Avenue. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Corey Pane has completed his “Greetings From West Hartford” mural on the side of 977 Farmington Avenue. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Fitness with Jonathan will be opening new second studio on New Britain Avenue. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Kevin Masse holds up a loaf of cold-fermented sourdough. The starter he uses is called “Mother Teresa,” Masse said, “because it’s always giving back.” Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

Able Made founder Suzanne McKenzie stands in the doorway of her new shop. Courtesy photo

Guests enjoy the grand opening celebration at Able Made. Courtesy photo

Hot 93.7FM’s Kid Fresh and DJ Billy Busch entertained guests at the Able Made grand opening celebration. Courtesy photo

Signs are up at the soon-to-open Rosa Mexicano in Blue Back Square. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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