February 2, 2023

A round-up of openings, closings, and other news about West Hartford businesses.
By Ronni Newton
Wishing a happy and healthy Rosh Hashanah to all who celebrate!
The month has been flying by, and I’m in the final phase (taper!) of my training for the Hartford Half Marathon, which will in part head through West Hartford on Oct. 8. Some of the people who have been running with our Fleet Feet group completed the Berlin Marathon on Sunday – and a huge congratulations to all of them! Having completed two full marathons (and gotten injured training for two more) I understand what an enormous achievement it is to train for and run a marathon, and traveling to another country multiple time zones away just adds to the challenge. I’m sticking to the half – which is challenging enough while trying to keep up with everything happening in West Hartford.
We were excited to have Sam home for the weekend – and Millie was so happy to have her boy back. But every time he left the house to do something with friends, she stared at us, hedgehog in her paws, as if we were hiding him somewhere.
Millie’s summer haircut is growing out! Photo credit: Ronni Newton
It certainly felt like fall this week, and I will admit to turning on my car’s heated seats. I did resist (just barely) wearing mittens for my 9-mile run on Saturday morning. It was a brisk 46 degrees at the start, a few degrees below my threshold, but it did warm up enough after a few miles.
Summer flowers are still blooming, however! I saw these beautiful roses along Webster Hill Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.
Roses are still in bloom even though it’s fall. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
It had been many months since we dined at The Russell, and Ted and I had a great dinner and some cocktails there on Saturday night!
A Russeltini and passion fruit margarita at The Russell. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Ackee and salt fish at The Russell. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Curried goat at The Russell. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Brown chicken stew at The Russell. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
I also had to take this photo of the egg sandwich Sam made himself rather on Sunday morning – mostly because he had an early tee time, but also he’s no longer a student so he is on a more “normal” schedule. He used to make eggs of some sort almost every morning when he still lived at home, and it’s amazing how much longer a dozen eggs lasts in our house these days.
I’ve missed Sam’s egg sandwiches. His creation Sunday morning! Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Commenters: Please include full names or your comments won’t be approved. We’ve gotten a number of first-name only submissions in the queue this week. I’d also love it if the few frequent commenters who are grandfathered because their initial comments were approved before we changed our policy would edit their profiles to include their full names, too.
My final gripe of the week concerns people who don’t bother to read a story before making an assumption about what’s written there – or have read it and gamble on the fact that others won’t read the article so they can post it on Facebook with a completely made-up introduction regarding what it contains. My article about campaigns planning to send out unsolicited absentee ballot applications – which is legal and subject to strict protocols – was posted on the Facebook page of a candidate for statewide office with the completely false assertion in the introduction that West Hartford was sending out 42,000 ballot applications, and footing a bill of perhaps $25,000 or more at taxpayer expense – both completely false statements which anyone who read the article would know. It was clear, sadly, that those who commented, and the 15 that shared it, didn’t bother to read the article or were also being deliberately misleading. When notified through various channels the candidate’s page administrator removed the post and apologized to Town Clerk Essie Labrot, although not to me, but I’m still upset that someone would misappropriate any article so blatantly.
There were 45 positive cases COVID-19 in West Hartford over the past seven days (as of Saturday), and a positivity rate of 8.2%. The numbers have gone up and down a bit over the past few weeks, but seem to be on an overall downward trend 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.
If you have information to share about local businesses, please provide details in the comments or email Ronni Newton at [email protected].
Connecticut Physical Therapy Specialists is the sponsor of this week’s Business Buzz!

Fresh salads at Sparrow include the Panzanella. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)
NBT Connecticut Regional President Andreas Kapetanopolous (left) presents a large donation to Futures Inc. President and CEO Pamela DonAroma (second from left) and others from the organization outside Good Cause Gifts in West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Selection of some local merchandise available at Good Cause Gifts at 973 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Mayor Shari Cantor, with GYL’s co-founders Jonathan Yelles (left) and Gerry Goldberg, helps cut the ribbon for the grand opening of GYL Financial Synergies’ new headquarters offices at 75 Isham Rd., West Hartford. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
GYL Financial Synergies new headquarters in West Hartford is located at 75 Isham Road. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
GYL Financial Synergies new headquarters in West Hartford is located at 75 Isham Road. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Ribbon cutting at Iron Shop by Superb Steel. Courtesy photo
Parade of Novelties Sports has opened on the lower level of the Nordstrom wing at Westfarms. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Abercrombie and Fitch will be re-opening a large new store at Westfarms that will include abercrombie. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Lovisa is coming soon the the space next to Kiels Since 1851 on the upper level of the Nordstrom wing at Westfarms. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Jon Scher (left), on a fishing trip with Sonny. Courtesy photo
September Food Pantry donation by YHB Investment Advisors. Courtesy photo
Daniel Friedman of WMGNA with representatives of the University of Hartford baseball team presents a donation to the Miracle League of CT. Courtesy photo
Elana MacGilpin. Courtesy photo
Ben Fuchs of West Hartford, a local Certified Financial Planner and founder of Fuchs Financial, is now being featured on Hartford newsradio station WPOP (1410AM and 100.9FM), Saturday mornings at 7:30 a.m.  The new hour-long program, “How to Retire,” debuted on the station on Sept. 24, and is also streamed online. Fuchs Financial, which has offices in West Hartford (433 South Main St.) and Middletown, provides wealth management, planning and retirement services that help individuals build, preserve, and manage their wealth. Founded by Ben Fuchs in 2019, the firm is focused on helping retirees and people preparing for retirement to maximize their finances, providing a full range of short and long-term retirement planning services, including income planning, investment planning, tax planning, healthcare planning, and estate and legacy planning.
Ben Fuchs. Courtesy photo
Remember, if you have any business news to share, add it in the comments section below or email Ronni Newton at [email protected].
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