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Tangiers Opens in West End

By , August 20, 2014 8:16 pm

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'»

Suggestion Box: Bike to Shop

By , August 19, 2014 5:05 pm

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'»

Weekend of Cultural Events

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By , August 18, 2014 8:36 am

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'»

Heaven’s Open

By , July 13, 2014 1:54 pm

Photo courtesy of Andy Hart

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No Shoprite for Downtown North Due to Stadium

By , June 19, 2014 9:56 am

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'»

Farmers’ Market in Downtown Opens Tuesday

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By , June 16, 2014 3:46 pm

The sidewalk on the west side of the Old State House got festive this afternoon in preparation for the opening day of the farmers’ market. The Old State House Farmers’ Market will take place every Tuesday and Friday from 10am until 2pm, through October 31, 2014.

Rose Weekend in Elizabeth Park

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By , June 15, 2014 5:20 pm

What had been called “Rose Weekend” was only “Rose Sunday” this year, but we decided to keep with tradition and go to Elizabeth Park on both days just to make sure we did not miss a single rose. Continue reading 'Rose Weekend in Elizabeth Park'»

Tax Deed Sale

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By , June 13, 2014 1:10 pm

Got $4000 burning a hole in your wallet?

The City of Hartford is holding a Tax Deed Sale on June 28 in the Bulkeley High Auditorium. Registration is from 8-9:45am; sale begins at 10am. You will need that deposit money in form of cash, cashier’s check, bank treasurer’s check, teller’s check, or certified check at the auction. There are other stipulations, but that, and not owing property tax yourself, are the big ones.

The property owners have been given six months notice before properties placed in auction. Winning bidders will not receive title until six months after purchase, as the owner has opportunity for redemption. Here are the properties:

Tax Deed Sale 6/28/14


If this isn’t the right time for you but you just want to see what the auction process looks like, you can still show up to watch the action.

 

Shoe Store Opens Downtown

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By , June 12, 2014 6:01 pm

While lamenting DSW’s decision to open by West Farms instead of in Hartford, you might have missed that That Flavour Boutique at 101 Pratt Street opened a few weeks ago.

Stock ranges from animal-print flats covered in rounded studs to clear boots to all variety of stilettos. There are camo rain boots, sandals, and sneakers. Prices range from $30-150.

Owner Sara Berger lives on the same block as her store.

“I’m a Hartford lover,” Berger said. She noticed that there was no shoe store in the central business district, so she jumped.

“The timing was perfect” for this market, she said.

The merchandise — shoes and hosiery — is on shelves along the walls. Chairs take up the center of the boutique. The vision is for the space to be used for birthday parties and events, like an upcoming “all black affair.”

That Flavour Boutique is closed on Sundays only. They are open Monday-Friday, 12-8pm and Saturday, 12-5pm.

Vegan Dinner, Bicycles Everywhere, and Community

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By , June 8, 2014 10:43 pm

Joe Biel and Elly Blue

The Vulnerable User Bill finally got approved. There are bike racks throughout downtown and four bike lockers at Union Station. Transport Hartford — a city-specific alternate transportation group — has launched. There are multiple large organized bike rides and many informal ones.

You’d have to be sleeping to think there’s nothing happening here.

This weekend offered more evidence that there is enthusiasm for cycling, both as recreation and as transportation. Continue reading 'Vegan Dinner, Bicycles Everywhere, and Community'»

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