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West Hartford Business Buzz: June 15, 2015

Debra Fountain will fulfill her life's dream with the opening of Lifer Fitness on July 6. Photo courtesy of Debra Fountain

A round-up of openings, closings, and other news about West Hartford businesses.

By Ronni Newton

The mention of craft beer made last week’s Business Buzz very popular!

The only beer news I have for this week is that I attended Fleet Feet Sports‘ fun run last Wednesday – which was a prerequisite for enjoying some free samples of New Park Brewing’s beer. The very delicious Cloudbreak IPA was the perfect post-very-hot-run refreshment. Stay tuned for news about the brewery’s official opening later this year!

If you have tips about businesses opening or closing, or doing something worth sharing, please provide that information in the comments or email Ronni Newton at [email protected].

Debra Fountain will fulfill her life's dream with the opening of Lifer Fitness on July 6. Photo courtesy of Debra Fountain

Debra Fountain will fulfill her life’s dream with the opening of Lifer Fitness Studio on July 6. Photo courtesy of Debra Fountain

  • Longtime West Hartford resident Debra Fountain is about to fulfill her life’s dream with the opening of Lifer Fitness Studio at 20 Jefferson Ave. on July 6. Fountain, who has been a personal trainer for 15 years and is also known to many from the 11 years she spent as an instructor at Big Sky, will bring a combination of cycling, barre, and yoga to her new studio in the space formerly occupied by Ballet Theatre Company (they moved to a larger space next door) near Home Depot in West Hartford. “I wanted to put together a place where “lifers” could come to get everything you need in one spot,” said Fountain. “I’ve always trained my clients on strength and cardio,” said Fountain, who also feels that flexibility is key. She’s also planning to add nutritional counseling, which along with the other components will make “Lifer” clients can stay with for life, where they can get all they need for a fit life. Fountain is still finishing up work on her website, but there’s plenty of information on Lifer Fitness’ Facebook page, including details about the open house planned for Sunday, June 28, from noon-4 p.m.
  • Hope & Stetson update: According to an employee in the Mystic store, the West Hartford location (982 Farmington Ave.) should open within the week. We’ll keep you updated about the boutique’s opening!
  • We don’t usually advertise sales in this space, but this one is different. West Hartford’s Clean Energy Task Force is holding an environmentally-friendly fundraiser that also supports a great cause. The organization is selling LED bulbs at a great price of four for $10, and donating 50 percent of the proceeds to the Town That Cares Fund. The sale has begun and runs through June 30. Bulbs will be available for pick up at Town Hall. See the details in the PDF that appears at the end of this article, or click here to purchase the bulbs.
  • The farmers market has returned to Whole Foods Market in West Hartford Center. It’s open every Monday from 3-6 p.m. in the parking lot.
    Junior Achievement Career Walk. Courtesy of Farmington Bank

    Junior Achievement Career Walk. Courtesy of Farmington Bank

  • Farmington Bank in West Hartford Center recently hosted a group of students from Conard and Hall high schools as part of the second annual Junior Achievement Career Walk. Robert Bruzas, personal banker at Farmington Bank (at right in photo), discussed the links between academic subjects and actual workplace skills with students. The Career Walk, organized by Junior Achievement and several businesses in West Hartford Center, provided the West Hartford students a glimpse into the real world of business right in their hometowns.
  • ICYMI: You won’t miss the open house even if you didn’t catch the original story. Trout Brook Realty Advisors and the West Hartford Housing Authority, which celebrated the official opening of The Goodwin with a ribbon-cutting last week, will hold an information session for the public on Wednesday night at the Faxon Library regarding plans for a transit-oriented, mixed-use development near the Elmwood CTFastrak Station. Click here for details.

Remember, if you have any business news to share, remember to add it in the comments section below or email Ronni Newton at [email protected].

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