With food vendor trucks parked outside and a greenhouse filled with tables of squash, potatoes, turnips, carrots, and more, it might seem that the fourth annual Harvest Market at KNOX was solely about satisfying one’s immediate hunger and prepping for Thanksgiving. Continue reading 'Annual Harvest Market: Building Community'»
Jewelery at the Connecticut Historical Society / Photo courtesy of Connecticut Historical Society
We know that there is now something called “Giving Tuesday,” but this is scheduled for after Black Friday. Strange for charity to be conceived of as something we do with the remainder of our money. Hartford offers many opportunities for charitable giving. Here are a few ideas:
Penelope models a purse and hat
The POSH Sale, a creative fundraiser for the Wadsworth Atheneum, is the closest thing Hartford sees to a sample sale in terms of shoppers’ excitement. There are low ticket items — $5 for a handbag, a few more for a hat — but it’s not the bargains that create the draw for this three-day sale.
As one might hope, clothing and accessories donated to raise money for the Costume & Textile Department of an art museum trend unusual. There are designer labels in the mix, including Guy Laroche, Tory Burch, and Dior, but the interest is in the one-of-a-kind finds: a 1920′s wedding dress with more personality and class than the ubiquitous stark white, strapless gown of today; a skunk tail; lingerie embroidered with tiny strawberries; wool trousers; a light blue jacket and cap set, toddler-sized.
Though the proceeds benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum, this shopping event is actually hosted by the Design Center, 1429 Park Street. Enter through the Bartholomew Avenue side of the building and follow signs to the elevator. Continue reading 'POSH in Parkville'»
Patio decor at Tangiers in Hartford
When it was announced last March that the old strip mall across the city line was going to be razed to make way for a new Walgreens, there was some premature mourning for the loss of Tangiers. Wednesday night, the market featuring Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and other international foods held its grand opening at 550 Farmington Avenue, a space most recently used by Central Supermarket.
Tangiers quietly opened earlier this month. The Latif family has a few decades of experience doing what they do, so it was no surprise to see the constant flow of customers Wednesday night.
Tangiers is selling familiar goods, from falafel and baklava to tea and dried fruit. They are also selling fresh fruits and vegetables, along with breads. Besides the counter and tables indoors, there is an outdoor patio now.
They are open Monday through Saturday, 10am-8pm, and Sunday, 10am-6pm. Continue reading 'Tangiers Opens in West End'»
A possible destination east of the Connecticut River
The purpose of Bike to Work is to encourage people to use bicycles more than automobiles. The intentions are good, but the event feels like a poor fit for those who work something other than first shift, work at home, or work in a direction opposite of the gathering place. It serves a purpose, but it is only one way to get butts on bike seats.
Here’s an alternative: Bike to Shop Day(s). This already exists elsewhere — California, to be exact — as an annual event. Here are ways it could work here.
Bike to Farmers’ Market Tour: Gather in Bushnell Park by carousel (1-6miles): A slow and easy ride for less experienced cyclists who can get tips on site for securing their produce. Tour should feature a farmers’ market that is hosting live music or when a festival or health screening is planned. Distance changes by which market is featured. Continue reading 'Suggestion Box: Bike to Shop'»
Family Day in Keney Park was among the many things happening this past weekend in Hartford. The free event provided dancing and musical entertainment, along with information from community organizations and free health screenings. There were food, book, and clothing vendors on the lawn near the Woodland Street entrance. Continue reading 'Weekend of Cultural Events'»
A Shoprite projected to employ 30-40 full-time workers and up to 250 part-timers is now off the table for 1212 Main Street.
A message from the Hartford Community Loan Fund says that “the [Downtown North] district in general and the 1212 Main Street address specifically identified for the project by the City were no longer appropriate locations given the City’s recently announced plans to build a minor league baseball stadium on the parcel immediately to the north at 1214 Main Street.
At the request of City officials, the HCLF had been working on what it described as a mixed-use project “to include both affordable and market rate housing units over the supermarket, along with ground-level retail space for other community health-related partners, café/restaurant space, and parking” since September 2011 when the Market at Hartford 21 closed. This project was to be anchored by Shoprite.
Hartford Community Loan Fund, with help from the Community Development Financial Institution Fund, connected with UpLift Solutions, a nonprofit consulting firm that supports increased access to healthy and affordable foods. Rex Fowler of the HCLF says that “Uplift and its founder Jeff Brown have worked closely with HCLF and Torna-Shoprite in assessing the local marketplace,” as well as with “developing a sustainable model for the proposed Hartford store. ”
A 2012 study showed that $40 million is spent by Hartford residents on groceries, each year, outside of the city. While downtown itself could not support a 50,000-60,000 sf grocery store, one could be sustained by shoppers from the combination of downtown and the seven neighborhoods surrounding.
Hartford Food System partnered with this project in 2013. There was interest from La Cocina, a culinary training program operated by the Chrysalis Center. There was to be a small walk-in health clinic within the market, along with an on-site nutritionist. Continue reading 'No Shoprite for Downtown North Due to Stadium'»