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Local Businesses We Need us Now More Than Ever

We've all heard the oft repeated statistic about supporting local businesses, When you shop local and use local services, most of the money you spend stays right in your lcommunity, so you're really helping yourself and your  hometown. But now, as we slowly emerge from months of quarantine like a butterfly from its chrysalis, it's even more important than ever to support your local businesses. Many of them are small mom and pop shops that have struggled mightily in recent months. If you've driven around town lately, you probably have noticed that some of our local businesses didn't make it through the crisis. To help our community partners here at Glastonbury Lifestyle we wanted to give them a chance to reintroduce themselves to you with a brief reminder of who they are and what they provide. We hope you take the time to visit them in the coming days and weeks. 

Emily Keel 

The Dreaming Tree |  39 New London Turnpike | 860-559-1729 |

Being a mother and an elementary school teacher, I understand what it means to raise and serve children who struggle. My own challenges at home and in the classroom were the inspiration for creating The Dreaming Tree. The world is changing and I am excited to be on this journey to help our youth through yoga and mindfulness. What kids experience on the inside is what they tend to exhibit on the outside. The reflection of their inner world shows up in every part of their outer world- school, home, sleep habits, eating patterns, and peer relationships. I believe that the healing power of friendships and community have the ability to change the world, especially with children and teens. When we connect deeply with ourselves, we can begin to draw from the insight and wisdom within, and connect with others and the world around us. Mindfulness practices create a culture that is rooted in empathy, kindness, cooperation, and compassion so we raise the next generation of conscious communicators, empathetic leaders, and thoughtful, resilient, problem solvers. The yoga and mindfulness teaching that I provide gives us a path to achieving that. 

Emmy Lou DeBari

Emmy Lou’s | 17 Hebron Ave. | 860- 633-9565 |

Hello to all my wonderful customers!  Wednesday, May 20, we can welcome back customers. Our hours will be Monday through Saturday 10 a.m-4 p.m. We will be closed Sundays.  We will keep you updated when we resume our regular hours. The shop is brimming with new gift ideas, beautiful spring-into- summer door arrangements, seasonal clothing and jewelry and so much more! Be prepared if we request that you wear masks and preferably gloves and 6-foot distancing.  Also, for your convenience we will have hand sanitizers at each of our two entrances for your use. I am so excited to welcome you back. We are always available for online sales and curb side pick up.

Carrie Draghi

Carrie Draghi Photography LLC | 864 Main Street | Studio (landline)  860-633-4054 | Studio Mobile/Text  860-249-0757 |

After years of working as a freelance photographer, I decided to venture out to establish my own identity as an artist. In 2005, I opened a full-service photography studio on Main Street in the heart of South Glastonbury. The studio offers a broad range of professional photography services. 

Though I've photographed commercial products for national and international brands, my true passion as an artist is in photographing people. I enjoy the challenge of capturing the energy and emotions of real people in real (non-commercialized) moments of their lives  Following that passion, I have won a number of awards and accolades in event photography and developed a specialization and reputation in Wedding, Bat & Bar Mitzvah, and Corporate Event photography. To that point, I have had the honor of being hired to photograph weddings from coast-to-coast in the United States as well as internationally.  Additionally, I photograph Maternity & Newborns, Children & Families, High School Seniors, Corporate and Acting Headshots, as well as Boudoir.

The event industry has been hit very hard by the pandemic. At the time this was written, all of the events that I've booked to photograph through September were either canceled or rescheduled. I am hoping that the not-too-distant future holds the successful development and distribution of a vaccine which will allow for large celebrations and events to resume. Until that time, I'm focussing on portraiture work. In fact, many in the Glastonbury community have had the opportunity to interact with me during "The Front Steps Project," a charitable portrait project that I helped to launch at the beginning of the pandemic. And, of course, I will continue to photograph for Glastonbury Lifestyle.

Diane, Amy and Ed Patterson

Patterson Insurance Services | 860-428-7149 |

We are a family-owned business determined to make a difference. We help residents like you genuinely understand, choose, and enroll in the insurance plan that is the perfect fit for them.   

We are Amy, Ed and Diane Patterson. Our story began in 2011 when Diane's mother needed help navigating Medicare. The experience was life changing. As a result, this mother-daughter team realized there was a deep need to help people with the overwhelm, anxiety, and complexity involving their health insurance options. In 2019, Amy's husband, Ed, joined the team. Our specialty is Medicare Insurance Plans, but we also offer total protection plans such as Critical Illness (Heart Attack/Stroke), Cancer, Final Expense, and Life. These plans are designed to fill in the gaps in your insurance portfolio. 

Thousands of clients and hours of work have gone into creating proprietary methods that are specifically designed to simplify the insurance process. Our clients value the relationship of a trusted insurance advisor that works for them year-after-year, just as much as we value the friendships and relationships of all those we serve. 

Deb Buxton

Mahogany Shoppe | 2285 Main Street | 860-633-7990 |

The Mahogany Shoppe, located at 2285 Main Street in the heart of Glastonbury Center, offers the finest of gifts cards and paper goods to celebrate any occasion. As always our legendary gold wrap is complimentary. 

Renee and Patrick Perdue 

Mosquito Joe | | 203-909-6881

I’ve always loved being outdoors, connected with nature. As a mom of a French Bulldog and two young children, that passion for exploring outside continues to grow. After moving to Connecticut I wanted to protect my family from the harmful pathogens transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes, but I wanted to do it while protecting the ecosystem.  After a thorough education process, my husband Patrick and I found the Mosquito Joe model and were part of the first cohort to bring it here.  As a local, veteran, and woman owned business I’m proud to provide superior service to make outside fun again for all of our clients! Utilizing the latest and most effective eco-friendly suite of products, Mosquito Joe CT ShoreLine East breaks the breeding cycle for ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas-all in the same service. Each service is a custom blend for your yard, so get the greatest results - whatever the landscape includes. All of our team members are certified by CT DEEP and trained under the MoJo Model including important programs like their Pollinators Protection Program. Another point of pride for the Mosquito Joe CT ShoreLine East Team is their Hometown Hero Program, saving all active military, veterans, first responders, and any of those on the front lines an additional 5 percent on all services. Give us a call today to set up your program and enjoy your yard again! 

Sebastian Airo & Patricia Barbaro 

Parisian Salon & Day Spa | 9 Berlin Road, Cromwell | 860-632-2144 |

Sebastian Airo started the salon in 1964 with a business partner and ultimately moved to his current 3,400 square foot location in 1973. This bustling salon and spa makes every inch of square footage count – offering full salon and spa options. Airo currently employs 40 talented individuals including his daughter, Patricia Barbaro, who is Parisian’s Manager. The salon has a definite “wow-factor” – a chic, stylish, New York City-vibe, yet still warm and inviting. Clients drive hours, from as far away as New York City or Rhode Island, every 6 to 8 weeks to have their locks looked after at Parisian. “I have been a stylist for over 50 incredible years. My partner and I originally started with a 3-chair salon that continued to grow and expand. 

“We are definitely a one-stop shop for everything,” Patricia says. Some of those services include, hair styling, makeup, massages, eyelash extensions, facials, nail services and body waxing.  

Dana Flanagan 

Flanagan Realty Group | 860-796-0562 |

I’ve been in the real estate business for 20-plus years - and I’m still as passionate and inspired by the industry more than ever! Having grown up in Glastonbury, my clients come predominantly through referrals from clients and friends, many of whom I’ve known since elementary school. I’ve brokered deals all over Connecticut from Residential, First-time Home buyers, New Construction, and Relocation.

I’m grateful to be able to continue to help Connecticut families sell and buy their homes in this new era. The Flanagan Realty Group has been entrusted to find thousands of clients' dream homes and the key to our success is trust. Our clients trust that we have their best interest at heart when providing them listings to view, that we act quickly to ensure we don’t miss any opportunities, and that we are negotiating the best offer possible on their behalf. Our team is experienced in guiding buyers through the home purchase process and making it as easy as possible.

Brian Lichtenstein 

Lichtenstein Financial | 25 New London Turnpike | 860-633-1662 |

Lichtenstein Financial is a tax and wealth management practice headquartered locally out of Glastonbury (with offices in West Hartford and Middletown). Brian and company have been providing financial services for over 30 years, but this is not your traditional staid financial advisory firm. The Lichtenstein building is a combination of Swiss Chalet and Art Deco with an equally unique interior design. The office atmosphere is energetic and casual where neckties are rarely found on Brian or his staff of licensed tax and financial advisors.  Heavily influenced by his martial arts background and his proclivity for writing poetry, Brian hails from the school of Behavioral Finance and has earned the distinction of being a Behavioral Financial Advisor. This is the practice of developing practical techniques to improve decision-making for clients. Brian’s role as his clients’ closest advisor (staff included) provides access to both personality and motivations and gives clarity regarding client challenges and specific ways to overcome them. 

In the Age of Information, we are besieged with news, statistics and opinions at every turn and it’s difficult to detach and keep a proper perspective. Brian emphasizes that wealth is created over time and emotionally reacting to news streams or making financial moves based on charismatic opinion makers can be detrimental to your wealth creation. His suggestion is to avoid the pitfalls of buying the hot stock or trying to time the market and instead develop a financial plan with professional help and stick to it. It’s  the old Tortoise and Hare story revisited, the tortoise makes it to the finish line by keeping a slow and steady course. 

Maggie Shumbo

Winsupply of Middletown | 120 deKoven Drive | 860-344-1866 |

We are a distributor of residential plumbing and heating supplies and we opened in 1986. We operate out of 16,000 square feet, which includes a 4,000-square-foot kitchen and bath showroom off Route 9 at 120 DeKoven Drive. Maggie Shumbo opened our plumbing showroom in 2000 and has assisted thousands of area homeowners, builders and remodeling contractors.  Our product and vendor lines include faucets, sinks, vanities, tubs, showers, china as well ADA / Aging in Place displays.  Our normal hours are Monday-Friday,  7a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays 8-10 a.m..  Please call ahead for current hours. 860-344-1802. 

Jason Cerniglia 

Ameriprise Financial Services | 628 Hebron Ave. | 860-430-1780 |

A private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.  on Hebron Ave., Jason Cerniglia is also the CEO of Coastal Wealth Management   Recently named to Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list for 2020, Jason has been in the financial investment field for nearly 20 years. He and his team at Ameriprise pride themselves on their holistic approach to advising clients and for maintaining a friendly and approachable relationship with them.. Jason said he views each client as the CEO of their financial life and their advisor as the CFO. 

Matt Merritt 

Realtor, William Pitt Sotheby’s International, Essex Brokerage | 13 Main St., Essex | 860-729-2290, 860-767-7488 |

Being a successful Realtor is simply a byproduct of my passion….bringing people together that share a common goal.  Whether intentionally or by accident, I’ve created long lasting relationships throughout my career which I cherish to this day.  In fact, I refer to my clients as “friends”, after all, when you look after your friends best interest they’re more than simply a client.  I have been fortunate throughout my professional career to have led some of the finest teams which I am proud to call friends. 

While reconnecting with a long-time family friend I was introduced to the wonderful world of Real Estate, and it was clear that this would be the next chapter.  Thoughtful listening, problem solving and dedication are some of the skills that are the pinnacles of my values today. Whether you or someone you know would like to discuss selling your home or interested in buying a new home, please feel free to call me day or night.

Dr. George Mantikas, DMD

142 East High St., East Hampton | 860-267-6666 |

Dr.. Mantikas graduated from St. John's University in New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with chemistry and business minors. He graduated with honors from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, where he received his degree of Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry.

Dr. Mantikas carries on his pursuit of dental excellence by his involvement in continuing education courses and membership in the American Dental Association, the American Endodontic Society, the National Society of Dental Practitioners, the Academy of General Dentists, and the Implant Society. He is also a multiple term past President of the Middlesex County Dental Society, and was on staff at Middlesex Hospital for over twenty years.

Bruce McMillan and Eric Sharp

SK Lavery Appliances | 97 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury | 1003 Farmington Ave., West Hartford | 860-633-1065 |

In 1928 Samuel K. Lavery, a Scottish immigrant and an electrician by trade, started the S.K. Lavery Appliance Company in an effort to increase his electrical business. In those days, it was not a simple process for a homeowner to purchase a range. In many cases, Sam would be installing a range for the very first time and maybe even the first light bulb in a customer's home. 

As more appliances were introduced, the business expanded. Now we sell not only ranges, but also refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, gas grills, washers and dryers, televisions, dishwashers, all major appliances and electronics. In 1961, his sons Samuel Jr. and Robert took over the day-to-day management of the business and continued the Lavery tradition of service and customer satisfaction. The business continued to grow through word of mouth and customer loyalty. Honesty and integrity has kept this family owned business strong over the decades.

Kim Reid

The Silver Dahlia | 41 Hebron Ave. | 860-633-1817 |

Glazed | 60 Hebron Ave. | 860-430-6255 |

Pinwheels Toys & Games | 60 Hebron Ave. | 860-430-2954 |

We are located in the heart of historic Glastonbury, CT and have been proudly serving our community for 10 years! We are a woman owned and operated business, providing a one-stop shop for our customers. We carry the best names in gifting and accessories, and strive to fulfill our customers needs at the crossroads of quality and trendy. Visit our sister stores, Glazed, a make-your-own pottery studio, and Pinwheels, a children’s toy store, both at 60 Hebron Ave. 

Gerard Gaspel

Ratatouille Bistro & Creperie | 26 East High St. East Hampton | 860-467-3300 |

Opened last year by Gerard Gaspel and his wife, Dr. Marina Shimshi, Ratatouille Bistro & Creperie is a high-end French restaurant located along the main thoroughfare in East Hampton.  Gerard, a native Parisian and longtime chef, focuses his menu on French and Mediterranean foods. The restaurant features elegant table service in a large dining room that features a center fireplace. The eatery also has an outdoor seating area and a full bar with an extensive wine list and dozens of speciality cocktails. Some of the menu items include things like black angus aged roasted top round beef au jus,  braised short ribs, roasted veal top round mushroom supreme, rotisserie corn feed organic chicken with fresh herbs ( coq au vin), salmon filet en croute, rotisserie pork rack au jus and rotisserie leg of lamb.

Bob and Adam Beaulieu

The Awning Place | 273 Eastern Blvd. | 860-659-2925 |

Founded in 1988 the Awning Place has become “the premier awning company in Southern New England.” Company officials say the firm’s commitment to fast, courteous and convenient service, along with their experience and vast product lines have contributed to their success in the last 30 years. 

Bob LaPerla, Realtor

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services | 860-918-1337 |

With my 40 years of business experience in the Greater Hartford community, I have learned the art of listening, understanding needs and bringing dreams to life.I can help you locate your next home, negotiate and sell your old home, consult on how to ready your home for sale, or simply answer any questions you may have about the market or the process to new home ownership. I am here for you. I look forward to the opportunity to help you and your family with all your real estate needs!

Steven M. Balloch DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry | 300 Hebron Ave. | 860-785-2932 |

We have made it our mission to provide the finest advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry in New England, administered in respectful and comfortable surroundings. The comfort and satisfaction of our patients comes above all else

When you enter our beautifully appointed reception area, you will find yourself being treated with compassion and respect by our friendly, well-trained staff. In an effort to make your experience as relaxing and stress-free as possible, our unique, spa-like atmosphere includes fresh juices and snacks and a media center with comfortable plush chairs. During your time here, you will be offered your choice of amenities, including stereo headphones, blankets, paraffin-wax treatments, and a hot washcloth made of Egyptian cotton. Our special treatment chairs feature heat and vibration functions. We understand that your time is precious, and we want your time with us to be a pleasure.

Tim Devanney

Highland Park Market | 1320 Manchester Road | 860-646-4277 |

Started in 1886 when William White opened a small general store in the hope of providing his neighbors with a carefully selected stock of dry and fancy goods. In 1958, Jack Devanney purchased this small hometown market and embraced  those same traditions. In 1985, Jack’s son Tim took over as president.  Tim expanded to locations in Glastonbury, Farmington and Suffield.  Today, five of Tim’s six children are in the business and have taken over the day to day operations of the stores.  Molly, Christine, John, Tim Jr. and Cathleen have been carrying on the dedication to quality product, quality service, and community service. 

From the beginning, Highland Park Markets has immersed ourselves into each community that we are located and have been blessed to be welcomed by a strong family base of customers in each area that we enter. Being a Connecticut business is something we are extremely proud of and we try to stock our shelves with items from the very place we call home from the freshest produce to a wide variety of gourmet grocery, bakery, deli and meat. 

Hamza Lehnoud

Meriden Makeovers LLC | 475-343-9835 | 

Meriden Makeovers LLC was founded on a dream I've always had as a kid. As cliche as that sounds, we often forget about our dreams from the past. Attending a technical High School made me see that it was possible to start something that I was good at. I always wanted to have my own business, I've worked for companies before starting my own and I just did not like how the employees were treated. I think everyone deserves a chance at making it big, and if you're willing to put in the hard work you have an opportunity at creating the life you want. 

We offer some of the best prices around because we love to help everyone who wants to upgrade their homes or commercial businesses and feel that deserve an affordable price. We strive for customer satisfaction and will make sure that our customers are extremely happy at the end of our service. 

  • Patterson Insurance
  • Emmy Lou's
  • The Dreaming Tree Yoga
  • Dr. George Mantikas
  • Dana Flanagan
  • SK Lavery
  • Silver Dahlia
  • Sebastian Airo & Patricia Barbaro
  • Highland Park Market
  • Rattatouille
  • Renee Perdue
  • Brian Lichtenstein
  • Jason Cerniglia
  • Matt Merritt
  • Photo by Carrie Draghi
  • Carrie Draghi
  • Mahogany Shoppe
  • Dr. Steven Balloch
  • Meriden Makeovers