Coffee Cup Salute: The Women’s Institute

HARTFORD — We are saluting businesses all across Connecticut!  On weekday mornings, FOX 61 will hold its Coffee Cup Salute to highlight your business.

If you want to see a mug from your business on our Coffee Cup Salute, mail us a mug to:

FOX 61
WorkinCT
285 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06115

We're saluting Fuss and O'Neill! The engineering firm has headquarters in Manchester, and was established in 1924. Services include redevelopment, landscape architecture, green infrastructure, and energy solutions to name a few. The company has had local projects like the Beehive Bridge in new BRitain and the State Office Building redesign! It employs more than 300 people with officers in every New England state.

Bouvier Insurance in West Hartford is a local, family owned agency dedicating to serving Connecticut, Rhode Island and Tennessee. It`s been in business since 1959. The agency offers a wide array of coverage from personal to business, health and life insurance.  Fun fact: Bob and Cheryl, who sent in this mug, say they watch FOX 61 every morning - and have sent many photos in from New Hartford. We thank you!

This morning, we're saluting the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol! They are dedicated to the preservation of operating carousels and carousel pieces, as well as the education of the general public. For the past 18 years, the group has been managing the historic Bushnell Park Carousel for the City of Hartford. The museum has 4 full-time and 10 part-time employees. Did you know that there are only 200 operating carousels left in the country? The museum hopes by promoting education, they will inspire the next generation of carousel lovers!

This morning, we are saluting The Women's Institute in Hartford. It's a nonprofit housing developer in the Capitol City. Their core mission is to promote economic resilience and stable homes by providing affordable, quality housing to underserved populations Since 1981, they've developed 74 affordable housing properties and preserved 21 existing affordable properties.

Today we are saluting AWS, Advanced Window Solutions LLC! The slogan on the back of the cup is "Get the best for less...call AWS" The company is based in Berlin and specialised in windows, siding, roofing, doors, decks, and gutters. They are licensed and insured in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

This morning, we're saluting NPM, Neubert, Pepe, and Monteith. They are a general practice law firm based in new haven but with additional offices in Fairfield and White Places, New York. There are 24 attorneys at the practice. It was founded in 1993 by Mike Neubert, Greg Pepe, and Deborah Monteith. Next month, they will celebrate its 25th anniversary!

Today we're saluting Beirne Wealth Consulting Services out of Shelton! They are a privately owned firm that has offices in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Florida. It provides independent, fee-based wealth management services and financial strategies. Services includ investment planning, estate planning, and even endowments.

This morning we are saluting Omar Coffee located in Newington. The coffee roasting company has been in business since 1937. It's located right off Renn Road in Newington and you can smell the coffee roasting during the daytime hours. It's a family owned business and it's being led by fourth generation family members. There are a bunch of coffees to choose from, and even special UConn brews! They are called Cup of Joe and UC Bold.

Today we're saluting Trantolo and Trantolo, Attorneys at Law. They are a family run, personal injury law firm under the leadership of Vincent, Keith, and Scott Trantolo. They specialize in helping people who may have been injured in car or motorcycle crashes. They have officers in Bridgeport, Hartford, Torrington, and Waterbury. THey also support the annual MDA Ride of CT (a huge statewide motorcycle event)( and other local groups.

Today we're saluting Yac Industries in Cheshire. This company is all about marketing. It has more than 800,000 items that you can personalize with the logo of your business or organization. It also does a balloon fundraiser that helps area high schools raise thousands of dollars every year.

This Monday we're saluting One Source Companies in Wallingford. They specialize in facility management. The company provides you support and back office operations for buildings you  lease or manage. For example, it will take care of your grounds maintenance. One Source has 10 employees and this spring it is celebrating its 5th anniversary!

Friday morning's Coffee Cup Salute, FOX61 said good morning to a lock manufacturer "Assa Abloy."

Assa Abloy is a proud manufacturing and door opening solutions organization who has two large manufacturing facilities in Berlin and New Haven. They also employ more than a 1,000 people in Connecticut.

This morning we're saluting Dom’s Coffee in Avon who serve up  European-style coffee shop that boasts an elegant atmosphere. The café keeps it local – the coffee beans come from J. Rene Coffee Roasters in West Hartford and the pastries are provided daily by Hartford Baking Company and Better Half Bistro

Today we are saluting Loureiro Contractors in Plainville. They have been in business since 1975. They specialize in engineering, construction, environmental health and safety and waste management. It's an employee-owned company, so everyone shares in the value of the company. One employee who sent the mug says it's the best company she's ever worked for.

Today we're saluting Tinks Magical Vacations! If you're planning a Disney vacation, Tinks Magical Vacations can help you out. We're talking about trips to Disney World, Disney Land, Aulani, and Disney Cruises. Kristin, who owns it, will set up everything for you, including those coveted dinner reservations. She's had some happy customers, including some right here at FOX61!

Today we're saluting Saint Joseph School in Bristol! They are a Catholic Pre-K to 8th grade school. We were also lucky enough to have some of the students come in and visit us the other day!

Today we're saluting the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut. They are based in Middletown, and they work to provide information, education, and advocacy for the nearly 60,000 people in the state who live with Epilepsy. Did you know that nearly 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their life? Today, March 29th, is the foundations Advocacy Day, and it will be held at the Capitol. There, people will be sharing their personal stories with lawmakers.

Today we're saluting Hartford Healthcare Federal Credit Union. They serve thousands in the healthcare field. Members own shares of the credit union, and by pooling their money, they offer loans and other services as other credit unions do. They have been in business since 1955, and their motto is "People helping people"!

Today we're saluting the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut in New Haven! Since 1985, it's provided a "home away from home" to more than 10,000 families. Children come from around th estate and country to the hospitals in the New Haven area to get life-saving treatments, and Ronald McDonald House provides a place for them to stay with their families. IN July of 2017, Ronald McDonald House opened a new state-of-the-art facility across from Yale New Haven's Children's Hospital to serve twice as many families.

This morning, we're saluting Birch Mountain Pottery out of Tolland. Susan Gerr has been working with clay for 28 years. Her studio originally started in Bolton, and then moved to Tolland in 1985. Susan offers a line of functional handmade pottery like the mug we're showing you this morning. She also provides people with a look into her studio with how it's all done! There are also classes and workshops available if you want to learn how to throw some clay around yourself!

Today we're saluting the Bristol Chamber of Commerce! They are part of the Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. It's a business organization that helps support and advocate for businesses in Central Connecticut. FOX61's Keith Mcgilvery met some of its members when he went to a Chamber sponsored breakfast at the Double Tree in Bristol.

Today we're saluting Painting with a Twist! They are a new painting studio at 45 Pratt Street in Hartford! Their grand opening is 3/22 at 5 p.m. The event will start with a ribbon cutting, and then a reception and complimentary painting class, though you must RSVP ahead of time.

The studio is a fun time for parties, a night out, and no experience is needed!

Today we're saluting The Paper Station! They are a company based out of Newington, and it's their 25th anniversary! The shop specializes in invitations and stationary needs for events like weddings, bridal showers, birthdays, and birth announcements. They also have a gift shop with lots od different products. Susan and Leon,are the owners, and our very own Amanda Raus can attest that they help through the process of wedding invitations!

Today we are saluting Red Skye! They are a non-profit that changes lives through animal assisted therapy. They bring animals to local schools for the "Red Skye to Go" program.

Today we're saluting Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford! They employe thousands of people in their manufacturing facility in Stratford. They make aircraft for all branches of the military. The next contract for them is the 53K helicopter which is a large, heavy lift helicopter for the Marine Corp.

Today, we're saluting DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol. The location in Bristol has 125 employees and there was just a renovation completed to add a brick oven to create pizzas! On Wednesday, there are half-price bottles of select wines, and they hold brunches for Easter, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving.

Today we're saluting The Idea Company! They are a promotional products company, based in Wallingford. It's going into its 40th year of business! The Hartford Courant and FOX61 are customers of The Idea Company. You can get your logo on a rubik's cube, slinky, or any other toy!

This week we're saluting Lux Bond & Green.

It's been a family owned watch and jewelry business for 120 years. They have locations in West Hartford, Glastonbury, and Westport. They employ over 100 people. They also provide prophies for the Manchseter Road Race and the Travelers Championship.

For this morning's Coffee Cup Salutes, we're saluting with a different type of mug!

Eli's Tavern and Eli's Orange sent us in this beer mug as part of a new program called the "Mug Club". It's an $85 membership for loyal customers who enjoy craft beer and mingling with other mug club members. Eli's has been partnering with local breweries to support craft breweries in the area as well. It says these breweries not only contribute to the restaurant, but also to the local community and economy!

We will 'cheer's to that!

This morning for our FOX61 Coffee Cup Salute, we are saluting LEGO Systems in Enfield. At the North American Headquarters, master builders create the newest LEGO sets and awesome designs for events like Comiccon. Even this mug is modelled after one of the LEGO creations.

Normally we salute with a coffee cup, but this morning we dipped into Simply Jam!

Based in Barkhamsted, Connecticut, Simply Jam offers a line of unique jalapeno jams that range from mild to extra hot, and include flavors such as garlic, cranberry jalapeno and mint.  Visit their website to find where they are available at a store near you!

In this morning's coffee cup salute, we are saluting Paws Pet Resort in Cheshire!

Joe and Robin Whitright opened up Paws in 2007, and have been expanding ever since. It offers daycare, overnight boarding, and grooming services for the dogs and cats! They have some cool spaces they board the dogs in!

If you need your daily dose of cute, you can also follow Paws on Facebook where Joe and Robin post photos of their boarders.

In this morning’s Coffee Cup Salute, we are saluting Advanced Physical Therapy.  It has five different locations and provides physical therapy, sports medicine and athletic training.  It does training for the New Britain Bees, too.  There are about 15 therapists with the different offices.  FOX 61 thanks owner Dave Donnelly for sending us a travel mug.

This morning on the FOX 61 Coffee Cup Salute, we are saluting LoganTech, maker of ProxTalker.  The Waterbury company was founded in 2004 by Glen Dobbs, who wanted to create a device to communicate with his son, who has autism and is non-verbal.  Since then, LoganTech has created devices that allow children to communicate without words and has expanded into Braille learning systems, as well.  All manufacturing is done in Waterbury, and Dobbs uses local suppliers for his products.

We're saluting Edible Arrangements in Wallingford. The company was founded by Tariq Farid. The first store opened in East Haven in 1999. Over the years, the company has grown to 1300 stores in the U.S. and internationally. There are approximately 900 franchisees. Farid said he wanted a ‘wow’ factor with his creations.  Not only are the fruit arrangements wowing customers, but the company is also is expanding its product line to feature things like smoothies.

This morning on the FOX 61 Coffee Cup Salute, we are saluting Berkins Blend Café in Glastonbury.  The café is the creation of husband and wife team Andrea Hawkins and Douglas Barber.  It came about after the two were laid off from their jobs in corporate America.  The café serves as a gathering place for meetings and a place to stop for your morning cup of joe.  Try the Nitro coffee, which is poured from a tap, just like a Guinness beer.

We are saluting businesses all across Connecticut!  On Tuesday mornings, FOX 61 will hold its Coffee Cup Salute to highlight your business.  This week, we salute PEZ in Orange, Connecticut.  If you have a PEZ dispenser from 1975 on, it came from the factory in Orange.  About 80 to 100 employees work there depending on the season, and they are cranking out new creations all the time.  If you visit the PEZ Visitor’s Center, you may even get to try out one of the new flavors the company is testing.  Check out the history on the walls there, too.  It shows you were PEZ started and the upcoming collector’s items about to go on sale.