BERLIN — Over 30 vendors will take over the parking lot of A.S. Labieniec, Inc. on Farmington Avenue this weekend during an event to better inform residents about local small businesses.
“I think the small businesses have been forgotten about,” said Joyce Connery, co-owner of A.S. Labieniec. “I want to help promote them.”
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday at 945 Farmington Ave. Parking will be available down the street with signs to guide drivers.
The day will also serve as a re-grand opening of A.S Labieniec’s move back to the “red barn.”
“We’re very happy they are up and running and making things happen,” said Chris Edge, director of economic development in town.
The pet supply and feed store has been in Berlin for over 125 years. The business was briefly located down the street at 817 Farmington Ave.
Connery and her husband John purchased the business in 2015 and moved it back to its original location at 945 Farmington Ave.
“There’s no other place to be than the barn,” Connery said.
Several animals reside at the barn including cats, a parakeet and a rabbit.
Connery said they are aiming to help the animals without homes after recent hurricanes. Donations Saturday will go to the Connecticut Humane Society.
Participants in the event include Kensington Gardens, the Kensington Fire Department, Hungerford Park, Karma’s Closet and other local vendors.
More information can be found at http://aslabieniec.com/
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