News 8’s Dennis House sat down with the founder to talk about how his company has helped businesses across the nation and right here in Connecticut.,RELATED: Founder of Barstool Sports wants everyone to know: New Haven is the pizza capital of the U.S.,All across the state, restaurants like the Red Rock are going through tough times due to the pandemic and Dave Portnoy, the founder of lifestyle brand Barstool Sports, wants to help.,RELATED: Elmer’s Place in New Britain latest CT restaurant to get help from Barstool amid pandemic crisis

Portnoy explained what he is looking for in a restaurant looking to get help from the Barstool Fund: “Red Rock is a perfect example of the two things we look for: a long track record of success…The second thing we look for is that the business owner still paid their employees.”,At the Red Rock, they are grateful for Barstool and Portnoy: “We can’t thank him enough. read more

Futures Inc., which has been in business for 30 years, has had a location in West Hartford for 16 years, but recently has become much more physically visible in the community.,In West Hartford, The Kitchen at Futures Inc. operates a teaching kitchen that shares space with the offices on South Quaker Lane, and in August 2020, they opened the organization’s third brick and mortar retail location, Good Cause Gifts, which shares space with Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union at 973 Farmington Ave.

Good Cause Gifts also has stores in Berlin and at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain – and the Kitchen at Futures Inc. also runs the cafe at the hospital.,“One of our biggest goals to opening a store in West Hartford Center was to get our name into the community and share what Futures Inc. and Good Cause Gifts is doing – while also providing another great shopping option for our town,” said DonAroma.,“In addition to shifting to a stronger online presence, simultaneous to opening our West Hartford Good Cause Gifts location, we also built an online store (goodcausegifts.org).,One of the key goals for opening the West Hartford Center store and launching the online store was working with more local vendors and businesses, and Futures Inc. has succeeded on that front as well. read more

Strolling out the front door, still bleary-eyed and with bed-head hair, to pick up a box of warm pastries without having to get in the car and drive, lemon curd sticking to my fingers as I stumble back into my kitchen where a fresh pot of coffee is waiting.,But my fingers are still sticky with lemon curd, and I’ve got meringue smeared across the tip of my nose as I stumble back into my kitchen with an armful of fresh pastries an hour into my morning adventure.,Instead I’ve stuffed a couple of boxes with nearly type of pastry they offer — a morning bun filled with lemon curd, a fat blueberry scone, a gigantic lemon-filled doughnut, a pistachio-blueberry swirly thing, a coconut swirly thing, a half dozen chocolate chip cookies, croissants — every single one of which will be eaten by noon, at which point I’ll go back to bed.,The bun is made with wild-fermented croissant sourdough, which is rolled with the zest of local Meyer lemons and stuffed with sweet-tangy curd, the whole of which is topped with meringue.,Sourdough morning bun with Meyer lemon curd and toasted meringue from Rye Goods at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Sourdough morning bun with Meyer lemon curd and toasted meringue from Rye Goods at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) read more

The recently opened Not a Coffee Shop is at 761 National St., in the Heights neighborhood, near Summer Avenue and National Street.,The area includes Brinkley Heights, Mitchell Heights, Highland Heights and Graham Heights.

January 10, 2021

Phil Marsh has a strong appreciation for downtown Mount Airy dating to his childhood, when many fond memories were made there.,In addition to his service with the DBA, Marsh owns two older buildings on North Main Street, including one housing an office for his electrical contracting business, which has further entrenched him in downtown Mount Airy.,Being an only child meant Phil Marsh probably spent more time in the fields than youths from larger families, whether it included priming tobacco, topping the plants or other tasks.,Yet the lessons of hard work learned early in life have helped define Phil Marsh as a person who continues to put in many hours with his electrical business and community endeavors.,Spearheading events read more

January 10, 2021

Phil Marsh has a strong appreciation for downtown Mount Airy dating to his childhood, when many fond memories were made there.,In addition to his service with the DBA, Marsh owns two older buildings on North Main Street, including one housing an office for his electrical contracting business, which has further entrenched him in downtown Mount Airy.,Being an only child meant Phil Marsh probably spent more time in the fields than youths from larger families, whether it included priming tobacco, topping the plants or other tasks.,Yet the lessons of hard work learned early in life have helped define Phil Marsh as a person who continues to put in many hours with his electrical business and community endeavors.,Spearheading events read more

ENFIELD, CT — Today we return to the pages of John Zirolli's delightful book of Enfield photos and stories, entitled I Took a Little Trip to My Hometown, and find a mainstay of the town for over 50 years, including many in downtown Thompsonville.,Sferrazza and his sister Margaret prospered in that location until the urban renewal project of the 1970s led them to relocate the store in 1978 to a small three-business building on Enfield Street, which formerly housed Mercik Rug & Carpet Co.,Located diagonally across from the North Thompsonville Fire Department, Vincent's Family Shoes operated in the center store, and Sferrazza added on the north side to cater to children.,Last week's trivia answer:

Last week's trivia question was, "The three "houses" at John F. Kennedy Middle School are Red, White and Blue.,This week's trivia question: read more