Ankit Harpaldas, Founder and Owner of Capital Spirits and Dhaba Wala Indian Kitchen, talks to the Hartford Chamber of Commerce about locating and growing his businesses in downtown.

On business growth, he admits, “People thought we were crazy to try and open something downtown. But we saw there was a big opportunity for us to invest in downtown specifically. As a business owner, you always strive to provide options/services that are in high demand.”

He adds, “Every month we saw an increase in residents and working people. Being an entrepreneur, you’re always thinking what you can do next or what is the next big missed opportunity. At that time, we saw the real demand for people to access fresh produce or basic groceries you can’t just find at a convenience store.”

On what makes downtown Hartford unique, Ankit notes, “Downtown Hartford is a very unique place because the opportunity is endless here. It’s a small city that’s growing very quickly. If you’re willing to give it some patience and grow with it, I think you can find much success here.”

Read the entire interview at the Hartford Chamber of Commerce site.