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May 15

LaPorte Piano

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 6:38 PM by Deb Hinchey

This next visit falls into the category of Who Knew?  Recently, the “Team” went to 509 Norwich Ave., Unit T-1.  We met Al Laporte and his son Andrew.  They were gracious and took time for us to absorb the general coolness of this space and what these two do in it!  Al is a professional musician and piano technician offering all manner of services for pianos from tuning, repair, restoration and player installations.  There are various pianos in several stages of repair and rebuild around the facility.  We saw the insides of several pianos and Al was clearly passionate in his explanation and education about the history, structure and construction of each type and style of piano.

Al has a long and interesting career in the music business.  He and his son are concentrating on the more technical aspects of repair and particularly restorations.   He is able to turn pianos into player pianos, all controlled with an application on an iPhone/iPad.  He ships to 48 states and 17 countries.  He will restore a piano, painstakingly rebuilding from the inside and out, and restore an incredible instrument to its former glory.  Where else but Norwich do you find such a unique and talented company?


May 12

Norwich Business Machines

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 3:13 PM by Deb Hinchey

We recently visited Dan Poprosky and Steven Martin, the owners of  Norwich Business Machines at 509 Norwich Ave. Suite #4.  Dan and Steve talked about their nearly 30 years in the business.  They started in 1988 in downtown at 120 Main Street and then moved to 161 Water Street.  Business evolved over the years and they worked to stay competitive.  They offer a niche of “old school” office machines and specialty assistance in training and repairs.  But go to their website and you will see the most modern and efficient business machines.  They still are able to work on typewriters (some of you may never have seen one of these) but their up to date machines will make any office or business run smoothly.  They actually answer the phone themselves!  They take great pride and care on excellent customer service.

They are also involved in community service organizations and love their landlord, Dan Adams (“The city needs more like Dan!”)


May 10

Kleemann Service Center

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 3:40 PM by Deb Hinchey

The “Team” visited Kleemann Service Center at 401 North Main Street.  We met with owners Fawn and Robert Kleeman.  They have 7 employees and a reputation for solid work and terrific customer service.  They are planning to renovate and expand, just what Norwich is looking for.  Thanks Kleemanns, for all you do.

“Kleemann Service Center has been open for 10 years, and the Kleemann family has been servicing the Norwich areas automotive needs since 1947!

We have a philosophy of top quality work, honest estimates, and affordable prices with a low pressure family atmosphere. Our two ASE Master techs have a combined experience of 40 years get the job done right the first time. 

We are a full service shop with no appointment necessary and convenient hours, servicing everything from cars to heavy-duty trucks. Stop in for a visit you will not be