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Bakery on Main, Michael Smulders

Michael Smulders is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he majored in his passion, music.  As a person who has had a life-long journey of being health conscious he grew up as a vegetarian.  With this he also learned early on that being a vegetarian was not enough as there are too many processed foods on store shelves that leaves little options to those looking for healthier alternatives.

In 2004 he created Bakery on Main where he could put his passion focus in action.  Bakery on Main is a Gluten-Free, Non-GMO food manufacturing company that began as a small natural foods market in Glastonbury, CT. With the success of Bakery on Main came Garden of Light, a much larger natural foods market in East Hartford, where they can now be a major producer of Gluten-Free, Non-GMO food bakery products.

Bakery on Main’s genesis began as a small natural foods market in Glastonbury, CT and is now a major producer of Gluten-Free, Non-GMO food bakery items, including... Read More

Fabiola Giguere came to this country in 1989 as an ambitious young woman who was determined to achieve the American Dream that she had so often heard about in her native country of Peru.  After arriving here, she quickly realized that although this was the land of opportunity that she’d have to work really hard to achieve her dreams.   Fabiola’s sales position at a jewelry store helped her orient herself to her new life in Connecticut and after several years here, she decided that she wanted to control her own destiny and organized a meeting with her family to propose creating a cleaning company.  

In 1992, the then 23 year old Fabiola became the sole proprietor of Limpiex Cleaning Services, a full service cleaning company which provides janitorial services, carpet cleaning, stripping and waxing of floors, upholstery cleaning, window washing, hospital disinfection, outside maintenance and pest control.  Although she had no prior experience in this industry, Fabiola’s hard... Read More

Max Kothari, President Express Kitchens

Express Kitchens is the source for all your cabinet needs. Their ability to supply cabinets that satisfy every taste, lifestyle, and budget makes the transition from old, outdated kitchens to a brand new one easy and affordable. In business since, 2002, Express Kitchens has grown to include six Connecticut showrooms and one Massachusetts location.

Hitesh, “Max” Kothari and partner Parag “Roger” Mehta are natives of Rajkot, India.   In 1989 Max purchased Star Hardware Store, a business which had operated at the location in Main Street since 1918.  The location is in the north end of Hartford, which is a section of the city with many majority residents and chronic unemployment.  At this time Max ran the store with four employees until 1999, when he received a $100,000 SBA 7(a) loan from Fleet National Bank to expand the hardware store’s inventory and hire four additional employees.

In the course of operating the hardware store, he perceived a need and a market for a... Read More

After 25 years of working as a retail executive for the May Department Store, Macy’s, and G. Fox & Company, Beth Bolton decided it was time to launch a second career.  She had always dreamed about owning a bakery/coffee shop, but the truth was that her knowledge of the industry was limited and she needed to learn more about the full range of bakery products before undertaking such an endeavor. 

Could she do it?  Her impetus came from her children who supported and encouraged her to follow her dream so that later in her life she wouldn’t have to ask herself, “what if”? 

With her support system in place, she challenged herself to fully understand the full range of bakery products as well as the nuts and bolts of owning and operating a bakery.   Beth enrolled in the Connecticut Culinary Institute and got a job working at a bakery in Simsbury which gave her the confidence and experience to bring her dream to fruition.  And after noticing an empty storefront on Park... Read More