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278 Eagles Fly the Nest MARK DIPAOLA Two years ago, a thunderstorm crashed the Wethersfield High School graduation at Cove Park, but the Class of 2015 decided to take its chances this time around. Wethersfield Mayor Paul Montinieri seconded that motion. “I like this a... FULL STORY | MORE WETHERSFIELD NEWS
Rare Reminder Athletes of the Year (cont.) JOSH HOWARD by Josh Howard Another successful high school sports year has come and gone. The Newington boys volleyball team produced the only local championship, but nearly all of the teams competed at a high level from start of fall until the ... FULL STORY | MORE ROCKY HILL NEWS
Cromwell High School Graduates 127 KATELYN KELLEHER During the Cromwell High School annual commencement ceremony held Wednesday, June 17, the 127 graduating seniors of the Class of 2015 were asked to pull a small key out from under their chairs. “Each key has its own cut, its own pur... FULL STORY | MORE CROMWELL NEWS
2015 Graduates Take the Next Step in Their Jo... MARK DIPAOLA Members of the Newington High School Class of 2015 walked to their diplomas last Tuesday night at the Oakdale Theatre, while classmates reminded them that, while the milestone marks their arrival at an important destination, they are s... FULL STORY | MORE NEWINGTON NEWS
NEWINGTON - Newington resident Roy Zartarian, a former town employee, got the nod from the Republican Town Committee to run for the position of chief elected official this coming Nov...
WETHERSFIELD - With the Charter Commission’s Town Charter Revision proposal up for action July 15, the Town Council weighed in on the body’s recommendations at its June 15 regular m...
ROCKY HILL - If you’re looking for a day of entertainment or an evening of excitement, you’re likely to find an event that’s just a short car ride away from home. Many Connect...
WETHERSFIELD - When Cathy Topping was five years old, her father threw her into the deep end of her family’s in-ground pool. She had never swam before. Topping still remembers his w...
Business Spotlight
Gotta Have It! Boutique
By KATELYN KELLEHER
WETHERSFIELD - Debbie Shain’s flair for fashion and affinity for supporting local and domestic collide with the unique selection at Gotta Have It! Boutique. The boutique, located above Blades Salon in picturesque Old Wethersfield, sprouted in April, however Shain has been retailing her trendy finds for longer. After selling hair care products for many years, she transitioned her talent using her eye for accessories and index of salon clients. Now a physical boutique allows for easier browsing. And customers browse “It’s easy access to come get a gift,” she said. Shain regularly attends New York City accessory shows to build her collection of artisan jewelry, handbags, apparel, accessories and more. She sells American-made products and enjoys getting to know and building relationships with the artisans who create them. There’s nothing “generic” at Gotta Have It! The pieces at Gotta Have It! are affordable and there’s even a “$10 and under” table set up. Shain strives to incorporate recycled and eco-friendly products in her inventory as well as socially responsible companies. She carries a line of Blue Planet recycled eyewear, for example, that donated a pair of glasses for each purchased. Gotta Have It! also carries Stormy Mountain Soy Candles, that are made locally in Meriden. Other retailers include Rebecca Whimsical Beauty out of North Carolina, NYC-based Rebel Designs and Muche et Muchette out of Miami and more. Gotta Have It! Boutique at Blades Salon is located at 161 Main St., Wethersfield, and can be reached at 860-519-9356 or gottahaveitct@gmail.com. The boutique is open during salon hours, Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friendly salon staff will direct customers upstairs to the boutique. Visit Gotta Have It! on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gottahaveitct. Plenty of on-site parking is available.

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