In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hartford Chamber of Commerce is highlighting local Hispanic business owners and community drivers.
Music lover and Hartford South End resident Tony Ramos began his entertainment company My Life Your Entertainment in 2009. MetroHartford Alliance Content Manager Nan Price spoke with Tony Ramos about his involvement with Hartford.
NAN PRICE: Tell us about your connection to the Hartford community and the impact you’re making here.
TONY RAMOS: I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2009. My passion for the entertainment industry started young. I’ve worked with various non-profits and companies in Hartford such as United Way Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Hartford Public Schools, Police Athletic League, Aetna, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, The Claro Group, and COMPASS Youth Collaborative, through which I coached middle school basketball at Burns Latino Studies Academy for a few years. I also have provided DJ services for our past Mayors of Hartford.
Four years ago, I met with Don Mancini, the owner of Red Rock Tavern, and introduced a new concept to him. That idea was Brunch & Chill, which is now an event that occurs every Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. When COVID-19 hit, we had to stop; however, we have been back since May 24, 2020.
NAN: Why Hartford?
TONY: When I first started my business, I used to work out of La Paloma in the Frog Hollow neighborhood. There is where I met new people and connected to the various agencies and companies I work with. I was always welcomed and everyone who came in felt like family.
There are ton of things to do in the city. We have beautiful parks such as Elizabeth Park and Bushnell Park. Both have great events during the summer months for families. We’re lucky to have museums like the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Connecticut Science Center to engage our young people and families. And, you can’t forget the amazing food spots all over. My favorite is Red Rock Tavern followed by Story and Soil Coffee for a delicious Spanish latte.
NAN: Where do you see the future of Hartford?
TONY: I love driving around the city and seeing new developments popping up.
Parkville Market really has opened the eyes of folks who don’t live in the city. We need spaces like this to bring people back to Hartford to experience all that we have to offer.