Plantsville tour focuses on positive changes, new businesses

Chamber Executive Director Liz Hyatt leads a group of leaders into a business in downtown Plantsville during the annual walk-thru of the business district.

Chamber Executive Director Liz Hyatt leads a group of leaders into a business in downtown Plantsville during the annual walk-thru of the business district.

By TAYLOR HARTZ
STAFF WRITER

Prosperity was the focus for town officials and chamber members this week, during the Southington Chamber of Commerce’s annual Plantsville Walk Thru.

The walk, on June 22, followed last week’s business tour of downtown Southington .

Chamber Executive Director Liz Hyatt led Town Manager Garry Brumback, Economic Development Coordinator Louis Perillo, State Representative David Zoni, Town Councilors Dawn Miceli and Chris Palmieri, Southington Police Department Master Sergeant Thomas Gallo, local business representatives, chamber staff, and residents through Plantsville where business seems to be growing.

Although West Main Street saw some recent closures, including the Greens and Beans restaurant and Paris in Plantsville art gallery, good things are still happening in the area.

The former Greens and Beans site will soon transform into a Vietnamese restaurant, said Sean Michanczyk, whose father, Dean Michanczyk owns Dean’s Stove and Spa and recently bought the restaurant property. The Michanczyks will be leasing the property to the new restaurant owners.

Business leaders, community members, and local officials share their thoughts and ideas about improvements in the downtown area.

Business leaders, community members, and local officials share their thoughts and ideas about improvements in the downtown area.

Sean Michanczyk, is the former owner of the Plantsville in Paris gallery. The artist will continue creating and showing art in Southington at Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) once it opens in the Gura Building in the upcoming months.

“They were doing great work down here,” said Miceli, a member of SoCCA, on the walk. “The art isn’t going away.”

In the meantime, Perillo said local artists, organizations, and businesses are welcome to display window dressings in the vacant buildings.

The Michanczyk family also recently purchased the West Main Street building that is home to an antique store. Michanczyk said they have no plans to change the use of the building.

“Business has been better,” said Bob Celantro, who has owned the antique shop for 18-years. “It’s really picking up.”

Tavern 42 will soon be opening up at the old Firestone Pub location. The restaurant will feature indoor booths and community dining, and riverside dock seating.

Owner Barry DePaolo, who owns Anthony Jack’s on Center Street with Cheryl Moran, said they have about one month of renovations left and are expecting to open in mid-August.

DePaolo said they “have been feverishly working on new menu items,” including tavern favorites like barbecue fare and burgers.

“We’re excited to be a part of Plantsville,” said DePaolo.

After the walk, Hyatt said she felt the event was a success and was “very informative about a lot of positive changes to Plantsville.”

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