Neighbor & Talented Businesswoman
Spicer to the Rescue
In the midst of all the moves that Rossi Studios
has undergone over the past couple of years, we have had incredible opportunities
to meet some phenomenal people. As was stated in last month's newsletter, we were
sure that Comstock, Ferre & Co. in Wethersfield, CT would be an incredible
new home for Rossi Studios. However, the upcoming change of ownership and renovation
delayed our plans. Still, as always, we found that an unexpected roadblock was
met with an outpouring of opportunity as well. Good neighbor, Dana Spicer, has
come to the rescue and offered Karen a new Wethersfield home in her two shops,
"Heart of the Country" and "Mainly Tea."
of the Country
Old Wethersfield is known for its abundance of darling
shops, many of which line Main Street and add to its old-town charm. "Heart
of the Country" has been part of this scene since 1992. Since that time,
Dana's shop has developed a strong following, mostly among women in the 30 to
60-age range. They also have a captive audience of parents of Irish step-dancing
students from the Griffith School of Dance that meets in the Legion Hall at the
end of Main Street, generating lots of interest in all things Celtic. "Heart
of the Country" is known for its Vera Bradley line as well as its attention
to customer service. They have worked hard to develop product lines that complement
the work of the local artists who sell their work through the store and to be
something different than what you find at the mall. "Heart of the Country"
is open M-Th 11-5, Fri 11-6 and Sat 10-5.
In 2001 Dana also became co-partner of "Mainly Tea",
a shop that has become known as a place where you can enjoy a fine meal, linger
with friends, or just relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the day. The staff
of "Mainly Tea" works to educate their customers about the benefits
of tea. They carry an extensive line of fine teas and
accessories as well.
"Mainly Tea" is open for dining Thursday-Sat from 11:45 with a final
reservation at 3pm, the gift shop and take-away service is open Tuesday-Sat from11-4.
Reservations are suggested.
Dana's involvement in the community extends beyond the
walls of "Heart of the Country" and "Mainly Tea." She has
several charities that are close to her heart including Team Towanda and Habitat
for Humanity. Her partner at "Heart of the Country" was diagnosed with
breast cancer the month after they took over the business, so she has always supported
Team Towanda and their efforts to provide women in the Greater Hartford area with
resources for early detection of breast cancer. In addition, she supports The
Keane Foundation, which was established in memory of Richard Keane, a Wethersfield
resident killed on 9/11.
Toward the Future
As Karen and Dana have been putting their heads
together, they are thinking toward the future. Old Wethersfield's annual "Scarecrows
Along Main Street" may be the first event where they will be able to collaborate.
Other brainstorms have included tag sales and wine tastings.
of the Country
Dana Spicer has helped to fill "Heart of Country" with
many unique and one-of-a-kind products.
"Heart of the Country" is
located in front of the historic Comstock, Ferre and Co. building on Main Street
in Old Wethersfield, CT.
tea-lover sculpture flies overhead as you enter "Mainly Tea".
Charming Tea Room
Dana and co-partner Karen Memmott
met through a mutual friend who introduced them because she knew they both had
a desire to open a tea room. The rest is history!