West Hartford Business Buzz: November 21, 2022 – We-Ha – http://www.we-ha.com

A round-up of openings, closings, and other news about West Hartford businesses.
By Ronni Newton
It’s the Monday before Thanksgiving – which seems to have come up very quickly!
I’m very much looking to my forward to spending the holiday with a big group again this year – my daughter Katie and her husband Matt are again hosting for both of their families, and I still get to bring a turkey which means lots of leftovers and turkey soup – and then we’re heading to Nantucket on Friday to spend time with Ted’s family.
Millie is ready for Thanksgiving, sporting her new turkey bandana from Sew What Treasures. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Please note that as usual for Thanksgiving week, we will only be sending out two newsletters – on Monday and Wednesday. While the news doesn’t take a holiday, the We-Ha.com team is trying to take Thursday and Friday off for some much-needed family time, and we hope our readers will also be relaxing and/or holiday shopping. Of course we will be responding if there is breaking news.
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I was off my photography game on Wednesday evening when I attended the “Power of Food” at Artisan at the Delamar Hotel. I wasn’t there to be reporting on it, but I forgot to take any photos until it was dessert time (see below). There were some people at the event – which was hosted by resident Marci Moreau and LUX Magazine as well as the Delmar and Artisan – I hadn’t seen in years, and it was also a great fundraiser for the West Hartford Food Pantry.
Dessert at the ‘Power of Food’ event at Artisan. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
We’ve had a lot of high school sports news in the past few weeks, culminating with some final games Saturday. The fourth quarter of the annual Conard vs. Hall Mayor’s Cup football game was very exciting, and you can find the full game story and an extensive photo gallery here. Many thanks to Paul Palmer for doing double duty on Saturday and also covering the Hall vs. Greenwich boys soccer Class LL final that night – which unfortunately was not a win for the Titans. You can find all of our recent sports content by clicking on the “Sports” tab at the top of any page of this site, with stories written by Paul, by me, and submitted by coaches or other representatives of various teams.
My son and his girlfriend, and his college roommate, came into town Saturday afternoon and stayed until leaving for the UConn men’s basketball game on Sunday. We had a fun (and yummy) dinner accompanied by margaritas at Ocho Cafe Saturday evening. There were at least four or five groups celebrating birthdays, and there was lots of Happy Birthday singing by the wait staff!
Margarita at Ocho Cafe. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Frozen strawberry margarita at Ocho Cafe. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Bombay Chimichanga at Ocho Cafe. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Chicken chimichanga at Ocho Cafe. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Tacos al Pastor at Ocho Cafe. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
There were 31 positive cases COVID-19 in West Hartford over the past seven days (as of Saturday), and a positivity rate of 8.1%, up a little from last week but still among the lowest numbers we’ve had in a long time. It is the season of respiratory viruses, however, and this year many more people seem to be sick with other types of viruses. (Click here for more information from the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District about the symptoms of various viruses and how to protect yourself.) One day I hope to be able to delete this paragraph completely, but in the meantime, please continue to have patience since not everyone has the same level of comfort, continue to look out for each other, support our local businesses – and stay safe and healthy.
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Here’s this week’s Buzz:
The former West Elm space will be a ‘Winter Workshop’ pop-up. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
The tree is up in Blue Back Square between Rosa Mexicano and Cheesecake Factory. It will be lit during the holiday stroll on Dec. 1. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
River Bend Bookshop at 161 Park Road will be opening on Nov. 26. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Meghan Hayden inside what will be the kids room at the soon-to-open River Bend Bookshop. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
The interior of River Bend Bookshop is painted and ready to go, with shelves arriving this week in advance of an opening on Nov. 26. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Books are being sorted by (from left) Rich Sahlin, Taryn Balchunas, and Jillian Puzzo. River Bend Bookshop will open on Nov. 26. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Mo & Lo IPAs from WeHa Brewing & Roasting. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)
Ribbon cutting at Float 41 on Nov. 9, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Ribbon cutting at Float 41 on Nov. 9, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Ribbon cutting at Float 41 on Nov. 9, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Ribbon cutting at Float 41 on Nov. 9, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Ribbon cutting at Float 41 on Nov. 9, 2022. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Green Teahouse. Courtesy image
Wraps are up on the windows of the former Rizzuto’s Restaurant where Gran Gusto is preparing to open. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Greenwich Med Spa has purchased the Medspa in Blue Back Square. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
The former D’Angelos building at 25 Kane Street is in the process of becoming a Starbucks with a drive-through. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Work is progressing on Planet Fitness, in the Prospect Plaza space formerly occupied by Hibachi and Prospect Pizza. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Prospect Pizza is moving a few spaces down, to 38 Kane Street in Prospect Plaza. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
From left: Town Manager Rick Ledwith, Mayor Shari Cantor, Energy Specialist Catherine Diviney with the Climate Leader award plaque. Courtesy photo
West Hartford has progressed from bronze, to silver, to a Climate Leader recognized by Sustainable CT. Courtesy photo
“Santa Camp.” Courtesy photo
Amanda Elgie. Courtesy photo
West Hartford resident Stephen Frenkel has recently launched a new executive coaching and consulting business, Voyager Executive Consulting, LLC. “My philosophy is that clarity and alignment set the stage for happiness, high performance, and reduced friction, at every level – from individuals, to teams, and to whole organizations,” he said. “At Voyager Executive Consulting, I help my clients clarify where they’re going and why, plan how they’re going to get there, and help them remove the obstacles that are holding them back. I believe that when people are happy at work, they have more energy and patience at home and in their communities, where it matters most.  I offer 1:1 coaching and team-performance consulting for leaders and teams that want to be their very best. More information can be found on the Voyager Executive Consulting website.
Stephen Frenkel. Courtesy photo
Congratulations to West Hartford resident and Certified Financial Planner Ben Fuchs, founder of Fuchs Financial, who has earned an additional professional credential as a Certified Private Wealth Advisor, extending his expertise in wealth management, planning and retirements services. With offices in West Hartford and Middletown, Fuchs Financial was founded by Ben Fuchs in 2019.  He has more than 15 years of investment experience and has created thousands of retirement plans for his clients. The CPWA professional credential is described by the nonprofit Investments and Wealth Institute as “an advanced professional certification for advisors who serve high-net-worth investors,” and is designed for seasoned professionals who seek the latest, most advanced knowledge and techniques to address the sophisticated needs of clients.
Ben Fuchs. Courtesy photo
Remember, if you have any business news to share, add it in the comments section below or email Ronni Newton at [email protected].
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Please take a look at the Planet Fitness article.
Under the picture you write “Park Road Pizza.
In the body of the article, it is correctly identified as Prospect Pizza.
You did this last week with the new Italian restaurant on 14-16 Park Road, then in the article you gave th÷ correct address as 14-16 Oakwood Ave. I respect the fact that you are busy. I love your devotion to everything WeHa. Please just spend more time proofing your work before posting. Thanks!

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