Local Businesses


AmandaBakes is a custom baking service located in Litchfield County, Connecticut. We offer wedding and special occasion cakes, theme cupcakes, holiday desserts, and special order pastries for delivery to your next party or event. Contact her today for a consultation.

AmandaBakes LLC was started in 2014 by Pastry Chef Amanda Glover whose mission is to bring the pleasure of lovingly prepared baked goods to the community. Amanda is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She has been a chef and pastry chef in the Litchfield Hills for over 15 years.

The Arts Desire –

Located at 97 Main Street, Torrington, CT, sisters Lisa and Jessica offer beautiful works of art, jewelry, unique home decor items, and gifts for sale in their shop, much of which come from local artists and artisans. In addition, their Cocktails and Canvases (and Cookies and Canvases for kids) classes are a fun night out, whether you’re hanging with the girls, are looking for a different way to spend date night, or want to throw a birthday party for your kids. The Arts Desire has also graciously opened their doors for several events produced by The Desultory Theatre Club, providing a unique setting for shows from Pocket Vinyl and Der Vorführeffekt Theatre troupe.

Deadly Grounds Coffee –

Deadly Grounds Coffee takes coffee seriously. Dead seriously. Boasting their “coffee to die for,” you can find them online and in select retail outlets throughout the Northeast. You’ll know them by the hearse–who else brings your caffeine injection via a hearse?

No one. Look for them at future shows!

Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. –

Connecticut is home to many craft breweries, but Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. is near and dear to our hearts. Based in Bristol, Connecticut, Firefly Hollow joined us for The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque and Variety Show, where they poured samples of just 2 of the more than 2 dozen beers they brew. We look forward to partnering with them again in the future!

Five Points Gallery

Five Points Gallery is a non-profit 501(c)(3) contemporary art gallery showcasing professional regional and national visual artists. FPG presents exhibitions in beautifully renovated spaces and has become an important cultural venue for the region since its founding in 2012. FPG actively collaborates with commercial, political, cultural and educational entities to promote downtown Torrington and Northwest Connecticut as an arts destination.

The Franklin Print Company –

The Franklin Print Company’s mission is to provide reliable and inexpensive commercial printing, document imaging, document management services, and web services to individuals and small business organizations. They are proud to offer these “exclusive” services to anyone who requires efficient and cost-effective management of one’s paper files and documents.

In effect, they feel that their services significantly benefit the common person, Main Street USA, the Ma-and-Pa shops, and so on. In fact, since the Franklin Print Company’s stores are physically located on main streets of the working-class towns of Torrington, CT, and Brewster, NY, they truly understand and live the small-business mentality of Main Street USA.

The Green Grunion –

Proud purveyors of San Diego-style burritos hailing from the Danbury, Connecticut area, The Green Grunion is not your ordinary, everyday food truck. Whether you pick the Carnitas or Cali style, you know your burrito will be made to order with the highest quality ingredients. Hungry crowds feasted upon their finest at The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show in October 2015.

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes –

Jeremy and Nicole Braddock founded Hardcore Sweet in 2012 by combining their innovative flavors, vintage flair, and hardcore music roots. The team began taking the sweets to the streets in their ice cream-turned-cupcake truck named “Betty”. Now, you can find them in an old pin workshop situated in Oakville, CT.  Recently, Hardcore Sweet added winning an episode of Cupcake Wars to their list of awesome accomplishments. The vegan competition featured rocker and horror fanatic Rob Zombie as a guest judge and enabled Hardcore Sweet to make their cupcake debut at the 2013 Great American Nightmare in Los Angeles, California. Nicole and Jeremy wowed the judges and festival guests with their unique flavor combinations, horrifying toppers, and twisted “Funhouse of 1000 Cupcakes” concept. 

Hartford Flavor Company-

Everyone knows about the craft brewing industry–what’s even better is the growth of craft distilleries in Connecticut! Hartford Flavor Company is the labor of love of Tom and Lelaneia Dubay. What started as homemade tinctures and infusions quickly blossomed into the Wild Moon line of botanical liqueurs they offer today. Hartford Flavor Company’s tasting room, Diana’s Lair, is open to the public on weekends. You can also find their products distributed throughout the state of Connecticut.

New Britain Museum of American Art

“Erected By the People for the Use of the People,” the New Britain Museum of American Art is dedicated to serving all people by pursuing excellence in art through collections, exhibitions, and education.

Dedication to serving all people: To be one of the nation’s most welcoming art museums by ensuring that the Museum’s facilities, collections, exhibitions, and education programs create optimal conditions for first-hand experiences with art; by broadening and deepening the Museum’s audience through outreach, education, and marketing; and by establishing the NBMAA as a vital force in the cultural and educational life of central Connecticut.

The Ritz Crystal Room

Speakeasy atmosphere. Elegant-intimate dining (full dinner) in the Ritz Crystal Room Saturday evenings by reservation only!! Ritz Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor on the main floor open Thursday through Sunday without reservations, serving appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, ice cream treats, desserts and cocktails, beer and wine. Find this and more at The Ritz Crystal Room in Torrington, Connecticut!

Snapper Magee’s –

What was Torrington, CT’s premier punk, indie, rockabilly and garage rock bar! Cool cats, hipsters, hot broads and greasers were welcome; hotheads, bad attitudes, people with barbed wire tattoos and obnoxious drunk girls, stayed home! Unfortunately, Snapper Magee’s in Torrington closed in early 2016, but their Kingston, NY bar continues on.

South Farms

South Farms in Morris, Connecticut, is focused on bringing agriculture to our community. South Farms raises its own heritage breed Galloway beef and Berkshire pork, which is exclusively available at The Morris Marketplace, South Farms’ very own farmers’ market on their real working farm. The seasonal Sunday market offers farm fresh product from a collection of Litchfield Hills farms and artisans. There is live music, activities for kids, and food served from the Winvian Farm food truck as well as coffees, teas, and baked treats from Sweetie, the AmandaBakes Airstream trailer.

South Farms has recently launched The White Barn @ South Farms. This breath-taking award winning farm venue is both heated and air conditioned. The unique space is the perfect memorable space for weddings, celebrations, parties, and corporate events overlooking rolling New England pastures.

Spuds Your Way –

When you want a meal in a peel, Spuds Your Way is the place to go. This food truck is based in the Hamden, Connecticut area, but made an appearance at The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show recently. We hope it won’t be their last!

The Studio

The Studio (Bristol, CT) is literally a place to create. BYOB & Pet Friendly! They welcome you to their space to sit and chill with like minded artists and work on your creations. There is a chalkboard wall, coloring books, crayons etc. You can bring your own supplies or make a donation and use theirs.
Acrylic paints, brushes, aprons, canvas panels, easels etc! They also have beads and findings to make some jewelry and wire wrapping. And for those who like to make cards, they have stamps, paper, calligraphy pens etc and those supplies can also be used in scrapbooking.

Basic Custom picture framing will also be offered and various custom made wood products! Don’t forget that all the art, supplies, crystals, and jewelry in the space is also available for purchase.

The Studio will continue to evolve as the community comes in and lets them know what they need.

Toy Jam –

Toy Jam was a locally-owned toy store located in downtown Torrington. They specialized in toys that would spark your child’s imagination. In September 2015, Cheryl Rossi, owner of Toy Jam, retired and the business closed.