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Mar 20

Poppy & Rye Bakery Café

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 4:33 PM by Deb Hinchey

“Our bakers do their very best to keep our shelves filled with something for everyone. They're always here early in the morning working hard so that you can treat yourself before the day starts. And they'll be right here in the afternoon ready to help you wind down after a long day.”

The “Team” took a ride to 137 Norwich Avenue in Taftville.  We met with Bob Adams who talked about his offerings of all sorts of yummy breads, bagels, cupcakes, cookies and cakes!  He also serves up freshly roasted local coffee, sandwiches and salads made to order and some of the best teas in the area.  He is well known for his breads and reports that 75% of his business comes from out of town.  Folks will drive a distance to eat his breads that are baked daily according to the schedule.  He has 10 employees and if you have ever stopped in, you know first-hand how customer focused they are. 

Groups meet in the sunny dining area, nothing better than good food and good company.  The problems of the world can be solved much easier with a tasty treat in front of you.  Come on Norwich, we can beat those out of towners, get your bread and goodies at our own home town bakery.


Mar 15

Ideal Skate Shop

Posted on March 15, 2017 at 2:42 PM by Deb Hinchey

Do you want to visit a small shop with a big heart?  Go then, to visit Jeff Blayman at Ideal Skate Shop, at 175 Central Avenue in the beautiful village of Greenville.  Jeff provides all manner of skateboarding product and accessories to a huge audience including an online store.  His artwork can be found all across the country in 80 different shops.  The artwork is critical to his success and Jeff works with a new artist every four months.  He offers clothes, coffee, tea and some really “cool” shoes.  Jeff also supports the entire community and volunteers with a myriad of groups.  The “Team” enjoyed our visit and highly recommends a trip to this unique business.  


Skate Shop




Jan 12

Mindscape Industries

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 11:43 AM by Deb Hinchey


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Mindscape Industries is proud to be joining the Norwich community as we expand our services throughout southeastern Connecticut.  As Connecticut’s premier service provider for those afflicted with acquired/traumatic brain injuries, we continually push barriers with our uniquely personalized programs to ensure each client grows, thrives and excels in a socially stimulating environment. With an itinerary of cutting edge therapeutic, vocational programs in place, our clients are renewed with purpose. From all medium our clients create beautiful paintings, Kumihimo braiding, instruments, ceramics and boatbuilding.  Our pristine new 6500 sq. ft. Norwich center expands on this with a state of the art sound studio with a professional sound booth and laptop computer bar.  Plans in the spring include an additional woodworking shop, a greenhouse and herbal garden. As products are completed, clients will be packaging and fulfilling orders for shipment from our Norwich center, through Etsy, an online ecommerce store.

With committed and caring staff that is second to none and clients who’s work excites and drives us, we invite you to visit the center, join us on Facebook or browse our website to learn more and connect with a uniquely talented, dedicated team. 

For more information, please call, email or find us at:
Mindscape Industries
558 West Thames Street, Norwich, CT 06360
Rob Brule, Director of Operations
Phone:   (860) 949-8672
Web:     www.mindscapeindustries.com
FB:          https://www.facebook.com/mindscapeindustries/