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TELL US: What's Your Favorite Manchester Business?

Manchester Patch wants to know what's your favorite business in town?

Manchester lost a popular up and coming local business this week when Onyx Spirits Company announced it was moving to East Hartford. 

But, from Main Street to the mall, Manchester still has plenty of popular local businesses to keep consumers happy and coming back. 

Patch wants to know what your favorite Manchester business is? Is it your local breakfast spot? Your hairdresser? The person who cleans your clothes? Or something else entirely? 

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Share with your friends and neighbors on Manchester Patch the name of your favorite business in town, and also tell us why. Who knows, maybe you might just discover a few more local businesses out there you'd like to try!

John February 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Hosmer Soda , Spencer Street Manchester
Scott Aiken February 17, 2013 at 01:40 PM
This is like asking which child is your favorite... I can't pick just one. It depends on what I'm in the mood for when it comes to good eats, or what I need for goods or services. Off the top of my head: -Sporting goods: Farrs - I always go there before one of the big box sporting goods stores around Buckland Hills. -Toys & Games: I love Time Machine! -Bakery: Iuliano's (best cannolis) -Pizza & Grinders: CJ's -Breakfast: (3 way tie) Cosmic Omelet, Landmark Cafe, Gathering Place -Chinese take-out/delivery: Ruby's Kitchen -Any of Corey Wry's establishments (which uses Hosmer Mountain Sodas) -Best chicken wings: Pepe's -Dentist: For me: Manchester Family Dental (Dr. Darr), for the kids: Pediatric Dental Associates (They are so good with my kids!) -Shady Glen ('nuff said) -Parkade Cinemas -Arctic Seamless Gutters (did a great job on the installation of my gutters, and cleaning them every year) I'm sure there is more, but that's all I can think of right now. I'm proud trying to keep my money in Manchester. Local businesses have a vested interest in their community while big box stores and chain restaurants siphon money out of communities. National retailers have their place, but "localvesting" is the way to make sure I have a stable community for years to come.
kathi sanborn February 17, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I agree with Scott. There are so many local businesses that are terrific! My favorite Hairdresser is Patti Parrott at Absolutely Fabulous Hair. Favorite dry cleaner is Hour Glass and one of my favorite places to grab a bite to eat is The Main Pub! Oh and favorite spot to bring my grandchildren is the Lutz. We have so many great places in town!!!
jpk February 17, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I will follow Scott's format: Sporting goods - Farr's. got to support the local guy. Great, personal service. Hardware - Conyer's. Restaurants - So many great local choices;Mulberry Street, Cavey's, Cosmic Omelet, all C&W spots, Filomena's. Tailor - Luca's
Rebecca Smith February 17, 2013 at 04:26 PM
My 1st thought: Shady Glen (ice cream, cheeseburger, cheesefurter, onion rings, cole slaw, lemon meringue pie, & even breakfast; clean; good service). My 2nd thought: Farrs (emergency lighting/flashlights/etc, hiking stick, moisture-wicking socks). Because I'm interested in local history & preserving it. Scott reminded me of CJ's, too, altho Vic's Pizza has also been here since i was a kid.
izt February 17, 2013 at 07:11 PM
I must say first that LIn Garden on Main Street has the BEST chinese food and delivery by far. For breakfast I love the Brass Key. A good place to poke and find that out of the way item is the Manchester Mall. Farr's has always been a go to first for not only sporting but keys and camping items. Shady Glen in the parkade def needs a mention. I could go on but will just say we should all be proud of Manchester and work together and support it to be even better.
Chris N. February 17, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Hardy's True-Value, Shady Glen, Main Pub
JK124 February 18, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Highland Park Market - cannot remember the last Thanksgiving without one of their turkeys or running by wishing I was stopping there rather than continuing the race or the last St. Patrick's Day without one of their corned beef! Great family, devotion to the community - awesome Manchester business. But like Scott said, there's a ton of Manchester businesses that I'd rather visit first than anywhere in the surrounding area: (Paul's Paint, O'Dwyer Family Dentistry, Hartford Road Pizza, Hour Glass Cleaners, etc).
izt February 18, 2013 at 04:45 PM
AND, they sell Moxie - one of my personal favorites that you can not get hardly anywhere
Walt scadden February 18, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Shady glenn, Hardy's Truevalue, Taylor Rental, NAPA Auto Parts Broad Sta.
Rachel February 19, 2013 at 04:19 PM
They also stock their soda at CCC Farm Stand and Market, located at 35 Oakland Street in Manchester

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