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:
285 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06115
Today, we're saluting Candles for a Cause USA located in Bristol! They were founded almost two years ago. There are two employees who make the soy candles by hand. A portion of the candle sales go toward services to help the blind, and other causes.
This morning, we are saluting America’s SBDC Connecticut! The Connecticut Small Business Development Center serves the state's small business community by providing no-cost advising and other services. The mission is to help Connecticut businesses start and grow to create jobs, increase business startups, and increase financial investment.
Today, we salute Transfer Enterprises: Total Office Furniture Solutions in Manchester! For more than 25 years, the company has been a trusted office furniture source in Connecticut. It offers new, refurbished, and pre-owned furniture to fit any budget and space. You can walk in and visit its 45,000 square foot showroom in Manchester.
This morning, we salute PC Richard & Son. The company sent along a letter with their mug, saying it is America's number one family-owned operated appliance, electronics, and mattress retailer. They say they guarantee the lowers prices. They also boast 108 years of honesty, integrity, and reliability. They have locations in Danbury, Enfield, Manchester, Milford, Newington, New Haven, and Norwalk.
This morning, we're saluting Hartford Safe & Lock in Wethersfield! Steve Morris, owner, merged Farmington Valley Lock and Hartford Safe and Lock back in 1993. According to the company's website, it can install any locking hardware in the industry. They back any product it sells for the first year, so you won't need to go to the manufacturer.
Today we salute the University of Saint Joseph's in West Hartford. In 1932, the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut established the first liberal arts college for women in the Hartford area. In the fall , the undergraduate, master’s and certificate programs will be co-educational. The school has reorganized into three schools which has allowed for new majors and new men’s sports teams.
Today we salute Lastin’ Graphix in New Britain! Lawrence Mathews created the idea in 2007 and their decals are created stick to metal, plastic and glass. He originally started in his small apartment then expanded.
This morning, we salute Bella Flora in Rocky Hill! This florist shop has been a member of the Rocky Hill community for over 10 years, and is considered one of the best in Rocky Hill. With combined staff, there is over 50 years of experience in floral arrangements. They specialize in weddings, and all occasions with flowers, plants, and silks.
This morning, we salute Tick Ranger! They are located in both Rocky Hill and Newtown. This organic tick control is the first step in protecting your environment from these nasty pests. According to the company's site, they guarantee results!
This morning, we are saluting Blue Moon Design in Terryville! It was established in 1991. This architectural design company is licensed to do work in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. They have designed state of the art medical facilities, veterinarian hospitals, retail centers, storage facilities, and restaurants.
This morning we are saluting The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat! The valley railroad was founded in 1868, and is a heritage railroad based in Connecticut. It operates the Essex Steam Train, which offers train and boat tours. There are special dinner trains, Thomas the Tank Engine rides, and a North Pole Express around the holidays. There are 400 employees who work there.
This morning, we are saluting NAI Elite! It is a veteran owned commercial real estate firm located in West Hartford. They say NAI Elite provides a wide array of services that are tailored to the specific needs of its clients. It has a local market knowledge, and is also paired with the international reach of NAI Global. It sent in hats and travel mugs to go with them!
This morning we are saluting the Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF says they have taken great strides over the past several years to improve how it serves vulnerable children and families in Connecticut. They say foster parents have been instrumental in their success. DCF says parents who adopt children and provide foster care say it's the most fulfilling and important thing they've ever done. Right on the mug it says "Open your heart to foster or adopt."
We're saluting Fred Marcroft Family Law in Hartford and Cheshire, who tell us that the team there understands that people may not be where they want to be right now, but when they’re ready, the firm will help them get to a place they want to be. The firm says they believe in helping people find their happiness and freedom.
We are saluting Mascola Group in New Haven! This ad agency was founded in 1987 by Chuck Mascola. It serves B2B and destination and leisure clients. The Big E is also one of their clients. We are told the 15 people who work there consume more than 100 cups of coffee per week!
This morning we are saluting Main Street Office Center in Glastonbury! They specialize in providing commercial office space for small and emerging businesses, independent professionals, and branch or satellite offices. They have been in business since 1989 and is located right on Main Street in the center of Glastonbury. They also officer services like virtual offices, conference rooms, telephone answering, and admin support and services.
This morning we are saluting Disability Planning Partners in Hartford! They are a law firm that specializes in disability law, elder law, and estate planning. On its a website, they say the firm was founded to help others, with the specific goal of advocating for individuals with disabilities. It says the word 'disability' is in its name, because it knows no one is immune to disability, and the best estate plans can reflect that.
This morning, we are saluting Calla Lily's on Route 83 in Vernon. Heidi Ross and her mother, Sandra, started Calla Lily's 15 years ago, and it specializes in what they call 'Memory Lamps'. The duo created Memory Lamps after losing their loved ones. It's a personal keepsake that serves as a tribute to your loved one who passed away. The gift shop in Vernon also has unique gifts like wind chimes, candles, urns, and pet memorials.
This morning, we are saluting Greyheart Designs! The business started about one year ago. Greyheart Designs are bags that are hand-crafted with cotton, vinyl, leather, and cork fabrics. Donna Baeher started the company as a way to supplement her income so she could monetarily support greyhound dog adoptions, animal shelters, and veteran support groups. So, she says, if you purchase a bag, you'll also be supporting those causes!
This morning, we are saluting BlumShapiro in West Hartford. It's the largest, regional business advisory firm based in New England. They provide accounting, tax, and business consulting services. There are 511 employees who are actively involved with the community. The company told us they have a strong commitment to value people, and relationships with new clients.
This morning, we are saluting Empower Financial Advisory in Glastonbury! They are a wealth management firm that serves clients throughout the Northeast and across the United States. The firm was founded on traditional values: hard work, loyalty, quality, and personal service. The company says the aim is to take the emotional aspect out of money management, so you can worry less and remain financially secure through your retirement.
This morning, we're saluting Marlin in Wallingford! It was founded in 1913 as a visual communications company that specializes in workplace signage. Now, in 2018, Marlin is a fully digital company that provides software, industry-specific content, support, hardware, and installation. The company has more than 8,000 customers across the United States and around the world!
This morning we're saluting Lindsey Limousine in Windsor! The company provides cars and limos for airport transportation, corporate travel, weddings, special occasions, proms, and formals. They have stretch limos, luxury vans, passenger coaches, and luxury coaches. On its website, Lindsey Limousine said they were "voted #1 Limousine Company in the Nation" by Limousine and Chauffeured Transportation Magazine.
This morning we're saluting The Farmer's Cow! You've probably seen their products on store shelves: milk, eggs, coffee, ice cream, and seasonal drinks. The company is a group of six Connecticut family dairy farms: Cushman Farm in Franklin, Fairvue Farms in Woodstock, Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, Graywall Farms in Lebanon, Hytone Farm in Coventry, and Mapleleaf Farm in Hebron.
On their website, they advertise farm tours over the summer. The next one is June 30th!
This morning we're saluting Sunset Landscaping in Hamden! The company's motto is "Let us give your lawn the perfect manicure." It lists service as lawn maintenance, mulch, and stone delivery and installation, tree removal, retaining walls, and stump grinding. In the weather, they do snow plowing and sanding (but let's not think about winter right now!).
This morning we're saluting The Summit at Plantsville! It's a healthcare and rehabilitation center in Plantsville which is managed by Athena Health Care Systems. It offers short-term rehab, long-term, respite, hospice, and dementia care. It says in its brochure that the staff hopes to help residents enhance their quality of life.
This morning we're saluting the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut! They are based in Bristol. They educate about 20,000 school children each year about the wonders of nature through field trips to Indian Rock Preserve in Bristol. They also run a summer camp which helps more than 100 campers get outside to hike, play, canoe, kayak, and fish! There are 8-23 employees who work for the company, depending on the season.
We're saluting ConnectiCare this morning! Its headquarters is in Farmington, and it's a health insurance company with more than 650 employees. Even though it's in Farmington, thee are centers in Manchester, Bridgeport, Newington, and Waterbury. ConnectiCare has a full range of products and services for businesses, municipalities, people, and families.
This morning we're saluting Romp n' Roll in Wethersfield! This gym offers classes for kids who are three months old or five years old! There are gym, art, and music classes in the morning, afternoon, and evening -- as well as weekends! beyond classes, Romp n' Roll says it holds birthday parties for children it its gym and party room.
This morning we're celebrating The Mary Wade Home in New Haven. It began in 1866 to provide a home and job training for young women in need. Today, it provides a continuum of care of our senior community, including adult day car, rehab services, residential care, and skilled nursing. It's expanding its memory care services with a partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of Connecticut. There are 300 employees at the Fair Haven home, making it one of the largest employers in Fair Haven.
This morning we're saluting N&D Sports and N&D Promos in Hamden! It's a family owned business that's been in operation for 40 years. The company does promotions and retail solutions for sporting events. On its website, they say they some of the official merchandise for the Hartford Wolf Pack. They produce a bunch of marketing products like signs, swag, and custom apparel
This morning is a double salute! This mug was sent into us by Peter Krause at Suburban Subaru. He says Suburban has partnered with the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation for ten years. As many of you know, Fidelco partners exceptional men and women who are blind with German Shepherd guide dogs.
Suburban says it is happy to provide a training ground for the puppies and also provide financial support through Subaru's "Share the Love" campaign.
This morning we're saluting Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers! The law firm has offices in Hartford, Waterbury, Bridgeport, and Woodbridge. It has around 50 employees, and aims to protect the rights of injured people. The practice doesn't charge any fees or expenses unless it collects money for clients. They also say no case is too big or too small.
We're saluting the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association! This is their Go Red for Women mug which you all know we celebrate in February. However, we should still be thinking about our heart health all year-long! On their website, it says that cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the number one cause of death in Connecticut. There's a lot of information on the website to connect you to the resource you need to learn about your heart health and how to stay healthy.
We are saluting Wanke’s Yankee Hot Sauces in Norwalk! David Wanke said he started his spicy journey in the early 1990's while he was a chef at a Fairfield County restaurant. He started experimenting making his own spicy sauces and entered them in different competitions. He now has the licenses and permits to sell his hot sauces, BBQ sauces, jellies, and rubs at different farmers markets, fairs, and food shows! He says to find out where he is, you can look him up on Facebook and Instagram!
We're saluting Grela Well Drilling Inc. in Terryville! It's a well drilling company that was started in 1965 and has grown to a family-owned business three generations strong. The company covers the entire state handling both new construction, and existing home water issues. The company made this mug for our Coffee Cup Salute! It shows a drill rig on a work site in Goshen back in January.
We're saluting The Rockin' Chicken in Hartford! Erika and Matt picked up this mug when they went for lunch one day. It has authentic Peruvian food and a charcoal rotisserie chicken. The owner says the chicken is marinated for 24 hours in a special, secret blend. The restaurant is on Franklin Avenue in Hartford.
We're saluting Saint Matthew School in Forestville! It's a catholic school that serves pre-K through 8th grade. The principal sent in this mug, and said she's extremely proud of her school! So much so, that she sent us a brag sheet, saying that the school has very high academic standards, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and has great programs both during and after school. There are 215 students at St. Matthews.
This morning, we're saluting Rosie's Laundry! It's a laundromat and dry cleaning service that has seven employees. We're told that Rosie and Maureen, the owner, love to do laundry and you can often see them at the Bristol location greeting customers. The motto is "Come by and see us... you're going to love where you do your laundry!" We also love the mug's logo! It's inspired by Rosie Laviero!
For this morning`s coffee cup salute... We're saying good morning to Nancy Martin, wellness counseling in Farmington. she is licensed marriage and family therapist with an office on Garden Street. She does counseling for your emotional and physical wellness, and also concentrates on stress reduction and relationships. Nancy says she works with many people who are on the autism spectrum... And she wanted to make us aware of that because it`s autism awareness month.
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 include 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.