Saturday, January 28, 2023

Essex In Business

The Black Seal Restaurant re-opened Feb. 26 after being closed due to a January 2020 fire. The bar and dining room now have COVID prevention barriers set up. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

As State Rolls Back Capacity Limits, Landmark Restaurant in Essex Reopens

Published March 09, 2021 04:10 p.m.

Well before the pandemic started, the Black Seal on Main Street in Essex Village had to close its doors due to extensive damage caused from a January 2020 fire.

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Eviction of Colonial Fresh Market Lessee in Essex Delayed

Published July 13, 2020 12:06 p.m.

“It’s been frustrating,” said Prosser. “We actually did go through the eviction process with the courts. We have a court order that gives us possession of the premises. The...second to last step is actually executing that order.”

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Valley Businesses Get Creative to Give Back

Published June 24, 2020 08:30 a.m.

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced many local businesses to close their doors, several are now reopening, or planning to do so, with an eye toward helping others.

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Customers Welcomed Back Under Phase One of Governor’s Reopening Plan

Published May 15, 2020 02:55 p.m.

In Centerbrook, Meagan Foley of Meagan’s Barber Shop at 61 Main Street has been busy booking appointments since the governor set a May 20 deadline for reopening.

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Local Businesses Contribute to Protective Gear for Healthcare Workers

Published April 14, 2020 01:12 p.m.

With supplies of protective gear dwindling, efforts on the state and local level are ramping up to secure much needed protective gear for healthcare workers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lee Co. Gifts Employees with Local Restaurant Gift Cards

Published March 27, 2020 04:06 p.m.

Employees of The Lee Company, headquartered in Westbrook, each received a surprise with their March 26 weekly paycheck: a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

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Rev. Ken Peterkin of First Congregational Church in Essex helped a group of volunteers recover perishable food from the suddenly closed Colonial Market, donating the still-fresh items to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Perishables Saved from Colonial Market Go to Food Pantry

Published March 17, 2020 04:00 p.m.

Colonial Market in Essex in now gone, but some of the perishable foods have had a second life.

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Essex’s Lone Grocery Store Closes Abruptly

Published Feb. 14, 2020 02:53 p.m.

The sole grocery store in Essex, Colonial Fresh Market on Westbrook Road, is “temporarily closed,” according to handwritten signs affixed to the doors with blue painter’s tape. The market’s sudden closure has left residents, neighboring stores and local officials with unanswered questions.

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Carlson’s Landing is open, offering a new American menu and sweeping wiews of the Connecticut River. Photo by Karena Garrity/The Courier

Business Is Booming in Essex

Published Nov. 05, 2019 04:09 p.m.

Four new businesses are front and center in Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton. Two restaurants, a BBQ business, and a clothes designer/coffee shop have joined the community.

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Lighting Manufacturer L.C. Doane Powers Facility with Solar

Published Aug. 29, 2019 12:01 a.m.

The Connecticut Green Bank and the L.C. Doane Company announces the closing of a financing agreement that will help L.C. Doane expand existing solar systems on its roof. Verogy, a Hartford-based solar developer, will complete the installation.

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Business in Brief

Published Aug. 08, 2019 12:01 a.m.

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Business in Brief

Published April 04, 2019 12:01 a.m.

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The Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum has garnered its designer, Centerbrook Architects, a fourth national award. Photo courtesy of Centerbrook Architects

Centerbrook Architects Win National Award

Published March 20, 2019 08:39 a.m.

Centerbrook Architects was the recent recipient of an award by WoodWorks–Wood Products Council for the Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum.

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9 Town Transit Pilots On-Demand Bus Program

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

9 Town Transit (9TT) is reaching out to business owners in Westbrook, Old Saybrook, and Centerbrook to garner support for a new flexible, on-demand bus system pilot program. It hopes to begin the three-month pilot in early May, offering point to point service for locals without a car and employers a way to attract more workers reliant on public transit.

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Businesses Warned About 'Official' Reporting Scam

Published Jan. 04, 2019 05:03 p.m.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Attorney General George Jepsen are warning businesses across Connecticut about a mailing being sent by "Workplace Compliance Services" purporting to be an official "Annual Report Instruction Form," alleging that payment is required by Connecticut law.

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Yoga & Pilates for Health and Well-Being owner Karen DiRenzo works with a client. 

Photo courtesy of Sarah Wadle

In Business: Yoga and Pilates for Health and Well-Being

Published Sep. 06, 2016 12:34 p.m.

Yoga & Pilates for Health and Well-Being is now open in Essex. The practice focuses on working one-on-one with individuals who have physical limitations and mobility challenges and is fully equipped with Pilates apparatus on premises.

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Jacquelynn Boudinot Photo courtesy of Jacquelynn Boudinot

In Business: Middlesex Wellness & Mediation, LLC

Published Aug. 10, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Owner/therapist/mediator Jacquelynn Boudinot has opened Middlesex Wellness & Mediation, LLC, in Essex to offer individual, couple, and family therapy and a variety of groups for adults and adolescents. She facilitates shoreline LGBTQ+ OPEN DOORS youth groups for two age groups (grades 4 and 7 and 8 to 12) and also offers divorce mediation services.

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Charles Crilly  Photo by Kim Tyler Photography

Helping Clients Think Financially, Not Emotionally

Published July 20, 2016 09:45 a.m.

Charles Crilly of Divorce with Dignity is a certified divorce financial analyst dedicated to assisting divorcing couples with the financial ramifications of a legal settlement. The firm works with clients individually or as couples with the financial reality of divorce.

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Photo courtesy of Connecticut River Artisans Co-op

Familiar Shop in a New Space

Published July 20, 2016 09:45 a.m.

After 35 years in Chester, Connecticut River Artisans Co-op has moved to 55 Main Street in Essex. A true co-op that offers art and crafts from Connecticut artists, the shop strives to stock something for every price and taste. Works available include prints, photography, pottery, jewelry, needlework, and more.

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