February 19, 2021

CT Entrepreneur Brings Cajun Restaurant to Greater Hartford

“Being able to go out on my own is something I love doing. I don’t mind the risk. You have to be able to take risk if you’re going to open a restaurant, especially during COVID-19,” says Roux Cajun Eatery Owner Stephanie Civitillo.

February 16, 2021

West Hartford Coffee Entrepreneur Makes an Impact

“The beauty of entrepreneurship is the flexibility. This year, if we want to go in a different direction, we can. There’s nothing that binds us and it opens these new opportunities,” says J.René Coffee Roasters and Victus Coffee Principal Owner José René Martínez.

January 19, 2021

El Pollo Guapo Grows Business with Three Locations in the Hartford Region

El Pollo Guapo Co-Owners Heather and Roy Riedl share about their business growth and plans to continue takeout to keep the community well fed.

January 12, 2021

Winter Support for CT Restaurants

With winter’s chilly weather, now, more than ever, we need to help our local restaurants stay afloat.

January 4, 2021

Hartford Organizations Collaborate to Create Unique Experiential Dining Experiences

Find out how Lumi Agency and weHartford Founder Melissa Melonson collaborated with the Hartford Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations to create experiential events.

October 30, 2020

CT Photographer Launches Low-Waste Lifestyle Brand

“I love to work with clients who have mission-based companies like mine,” explains Allegra Anderson, who recently launched Allegra Anderson Home and Lifestyle.

August 26, 2020

Hartford Prints! Is Happy on Pratt

“Having a business in downtown Hartford, we’ve found the community in Hartford is always so supportive,” says Hartford Prints! Co-Owner Rory Gale.

July 23, 2020

Food Entrepreneur Brings Experiential Dining to West Hartford

“Our ability to provide a large, open outdoor space where people can socially distance dine and access mobile outdoor kitchens that are being operated by far fewer individuals, I think, is ultimately a wise thing,” says GastroPark co-founder Tate Norden.

July 10, 2020

Hartford Has Colt Park

Designated as part of the Colt Industrial District, Colt Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1976.

July 2, 2020

Helping Sustain Historic Keney Park

“I enjoy the work I do because I feel our parks are our saving grace. They’re how we can turn our cities around and make them into destinations,” says Keney Park Sustainability Project Founder/Executive Director Herb Virgo.

July 1, 2020

Riverfront Recapture: A Regional Asset

“We’re thrilled that our Riverfront Park system is more popular than ever before,” says Michael Zaleski, President & CEO Riverfront Recapture, Inc.

June 22, 2020

Hartford’s Own Sea Tea Improv

“We’re proud to be part of a growing, healthy, exciting, artistic community in Hartford,” says Sea Tea Improv Co-Founding Member and Managing Director Julia Pistell.

June 18, 2020

CLARO Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride

“We welcome all types of people from every race, gender, and orientation,” says CLARO Marketing Director Jalmar DeDios.

June 1, 2020

Parkville Market Is Open for Business

“Every business, large or small, is finding a way to forge ahead and, for us, not opening was not an option,” says Director of Operations Chelsea Mouta.

May 20, 2020

Hartford Restaurant Embraces Opportunity During Challenging Times

“We’re in a situation we can’t control and how you come out of it is going to define your business,” says Place 2 Be Owner Gina Luari.

March 25, 2020

Rebel Dog Coffee Founders Share Entrepreneurial Experience

Rebel Dog Coffee co-owners Peter Lemnotis and Harrison Poltorak and Digital and Community Manager Kaitlin Higgins share about the business’ growth since its 2017 launch.

March 18, 2020

Hartford-Based Eatery and Catering Company Stella’s and Mazie’s

Stella’s and Mazie’s has been cooking and serving African-American, West African, and Caribbean food to takeout or enjoy at Stella’s Eatery on Capital Avenue or for catered events through Mazie’s Catering since the two chefs decided to go into business together in 2016.

Hartford Community Theater Explores Social Justice

ActUp Theater is intentionally located in the inner-city of Hartford, CT, where many have limited or no access to quality arts. One of our driving forces is Hartford is where we call home.

Hartford Has The Wadsworth

“We’re becoming a more visitor-focused organization than we’ve ever been in our history. That, in itself, is innovation. And, despite what people sometimes say, Connecticut has always been a place of innovation,” says Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Director and CEO Tom Loughman.

Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center

Find out how Charter Oak Cultural Center makes arts and culture accessible to everyone in Greater Hartford—and beyond. Read our interview with director Rabbi Donna Berman.

Serial Entrepreneurs Open Pokeworks Location in West Hartford

Find out how and why serial entrepreneurs and lifelong friends Sonny Chen and Max Condren decided to open Pokeworks – West Hartford.

CT Coffee Shop Creates and Supports Local Community

For Silk City Coffee, serving the community creating a community space and giving back by supporting local programs.

With Dozens of Choices, CT is a Destination for Beer Lovers

Connecticut startup breweries are all the buzz right now. Innovation Destination Hartford has had the pleasure of touring several throughout the Greater Hartford area.

Hartford Has Winterfest

“Winterfest brings together people from all different ages and all different backgrounds who are just having a fun time in downtown Hartford in the middle of winter in a beautiful, historic park,” says iQuilt Executive Director Jackie Mandyck.

Serial Entrepreneur Creates a Food Presence in Hartford

Find out more about serial entrepreneur Cary Wheaton, who is Founder and Owner’s Representative at Firebox Restaurant and Executive Director of Forge City Works.

CT Business Owners Reinvent Café to Provide Jobs for People with Disabilities

BeanZ Co-Founder Kim Morrison talks about her entrepreneurial evolution and the importance of creating inclusive work environments.

Urban Lodge Brewing Co. Shares Startup Experience

Urban Lodge Brewing Co. Co-Owners Michael Gerrity and Ryan Fagan became friends and brothers-in-law when they married sisters. The two took a brewing class together about five years ago, which is when the idea to open a local brewery began.

Hartford Creatives Are Building a Music and Dance Space for the Hartford Arts Community

Parkville Sounds Founder Stephen Cusano and Hartford Dance Collective Artistic Director Jillan Foley are collaborating to create a home for thriving Hartford artists.

Greater Hartford Brewery Supports Local Community and Businesses

Find out how Brewery Legitimus has been working to build its clientele and support local businesses.

Parkville Market Creates Economic Development in Hartford

“This neighborhood is an amazing community that wants to work together and develop Parkville as a destination. People are so happy to work and live here,” says Parkville Market with Director of Operations Chelsea Mouta.

The 10th Annual Hartford Rib Off

Local small business owner Guy Neumann grew a backyard BBQ party into a charitable event that draws thousands of people to Hartford and has raised more than $150,000 since 2009.

CT Founder Shares Updates About Her Healthy Food Startup

Let’s Start From Scratch offers an online order system and provides prepared meals and boutique catering, prepared meals, and cooking classes.

Hartford-Based Craftbird Food Truck Shares Startup Experience

Craftbird Food Truck co-founder Mallary Kohlmeyer shares about her experience starting a small business in Greater Hartford.

Parkville Sounds Provides a Creative Space for Musicians

Parkville Sounds Founder Stephen Cusano shares about his startup, which provides space for Hartford-area musicians and artists as well as touring bands passing through the city.

Hartford-Based Coffee Startup Story and Soil

“There’s an opportunity here. We’re all anticipating the momentum that’s already been happening within the whole food scene in Hartford,” says Story and Soil Founder Michael Acosta.

CT Dance Companies Put Their Spin on Entrepreneurship

Four Connecticut-based creative entrepreneurs share how they turned their dance companies into successful Hartford-area businesses.

Serial Entrepreneur Brings Axe Throwing to Connecticut

“I have a very vivid imagination, so I knew what this place could do and what it could feel like. It’s exceeded every vision I had,” says Montana Nights Axe Throwing founder Merle McKenzie.

Hartford Entrepreneur Puts a Spin on the Local Café Scene

Kyle Mayer has been making efforts to roll out Petrolhead Café, a coffee shop/bar/restaurant concept that is currently seeking social and financial backing so it can launch in Hartford.

Hartford-Based Dance Collective Empowers Creative Women

Find out how Jillian Foley was encouraged to launch The Dance Collective based on a need to provide an innovative platform for dance and create choreographic and leadership opportunities for women.