On Our Radar
Faces, places, treasures, and trends that caught our attention
Walking through her tidy, sunlight-filled, pastel studio spaces on the second floor of 25 North Main Street, the tall Brazilian no longer exudes an iota of doubt. What Wanessa (“spells with a ‘W’, but you can say Vanessa”) had envisioned was a place of wellness and healing for the body, mind and soul.
Part of the Old Pin Shop complex flanking Route 73 as it descends from Oakville into Waterbury, OP6 is hidden behind the nondescript industrial buildings with the red pedestrian walkways floating above the road. It’s a magnificent place with an atmospheric refinished wood factory floor, 18 large windows, and a 14-foot-high ceiling, furnished with antiques, large tables, wonderful design flourishes, and artwork.
Here in the Northwest Corner we are fortunate to have a myriad of things to do year-round. Even during the cold, dark days of winter Litchfield County offers up plenty of activities for everyone. Whether you’re a winter sport enthusiast or prefer to stay indoors on blustery days, check out this list for inspiration.
An impressive fieldstone fireplace anchors the room while a roaring fire sets the tone. Strategically placed wall sconces provide the perfect amount of ambiance while illuminating a hand painted mural depicting a colonial New England landscape. This is the essence of the G.W Tavern, an iconic Washington restaurant that for 23 years has loyally served traditions over trends.
Mary Beth Lawlor
“Have you ever had a Hanukkah cocktail?” asked Christine Short, the bartender at New Milford’s popular tapas restaurant Zaragoza. “That’s because they don’t exist. You think of Christmas and you think of egg nog, Champagne, and all sorts of great drinks. But for Hanukkah there’s nothing. I want to change that.”
Little did a set of preschool classmates know that they would eventually date, get married, and own Bohemian Pizza where they both worked during high school; and now be celebrating 20 years of proprietorship.
T. Charles Ericson
Caroline Kinsolving, actor and Litchfield County resident, brings the play CRY IT OUT, which is currently showing at Hartford Stage, to Washington Montessori School on December 14 and 15.
Decades of The Nutcracker Holiday Magic, Reinvented
Head over to 100 Main in Falls village on Saturday, December 21 from 11 am - 4 pm to get some great books signed by their authors and pick up a few last minute holiday gifts.
Photo credit: Mary Beth Lawlor
Fran and Michael Keilty, owners of the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot and Maple Spring Farm in Morris, are being honored for their volunteer contributions to economic development, the arts, tourism, education, and sustainability.
Merchants have planned a series of exciting events for New Preston’s annual Winter Walk on Saturday, December 7 from 1-4 pm.
Mona Bijoor, author of Start-UpS and downS
In her new book Start-Ups and Downs, local part-time resident Mona Bijoor explores the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and shares the success stories of 10 start-up founders.