Blog :: 11-2016

Shop Locally!

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Each of our local towns offers special holiday shopping events around the holidays. Here are just a few local opportunities.

Salisbury: Noble Horizons Hosts Festival of Trees November 19 - December 3, 2016

The Festival of Trees celebrates its 20th anniversary! The display of trees, wreaths, and centerpieces is created by individuals, merchants, and organizations in the tri-state area. The holiday decorations are offered for purchase in a silent auction. The event concludes with a Gala 20th Anniversary Party on Saturday, December 3. Proceeds are used for special purchases and extra activities for residents.

 Kent Holiday Champagne Stroll, November 25 & 26, 2016, 4-7pm

The town of Kent’s 30 shops are serving 30 champagnes and bubblies, and offering 30 different promotions and sales. Kent has distinctive shops operated by the owners themselves. You can find everything from stylish clothing, teas, and coffees, jewelry to cowboy boots. Many of the shops are featuring special sales and promotional events.

Salisbury Artisan’s Fair December 2–4, 2016

Local artisans marketing and demonstrating their crafts at the White Hart Inn in Salisbury, in a festive atmosphere with local musicians. The Friday special reception from 3–7 pm is $10 with proceeds to benefit The Corner Food Pantry. Fri: 3-7; Sat: 10-4; Sun: 10-4

Take advantage – shop locally this holiday season. For more information about upcoming events in the tri-state area, visit Best & Cavallaro's Best Bets.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Tear Down?

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    Beautiful building sites in Litchfield County Connecticut towns, such as Salisbury and Sharon, have become more difficult to find. The feasibility of tearing down an existing house and rebuilding is sometimes considered. 

    During the 1970-1980s, when land was available and relatively inexpensive, many unfortunate houses were hastily built, often sitting on nice parcels in good locations. When these homes come on the market, the buyer usually thinks of a renovation. However, the constraints imposed by an awkward layout and poor original construction sometimes make this a dubious option. 

    If one considers the same property as a premium building site because of improvements already in place, there can be some advantages: an existing foundation (if in good condition), driveway/road to the house, operating well, septic system, electric service, mature trees and landscaping. All of these improvements add considerable value to a piece of raw land. 

    If the parcel in question also has attractive qualities that are difficult to quantify, such as the perfect location or a stunning view, then the property may be worth the additional time and cost of demolition and building anew.

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      Thanksgiving - Helping Our Neighbors

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      Thanksgiving is a special time for families to come together. However, for some members in our community, a Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t possible. Our local food banks are in need of non-perishable food items and grocery store gift cards to help provide the makings of a holiday meal.

      Below is a list of suggested items: canned vegetables, bags of brown rice, stuffing mix, flour, cornmeal, biscuit mix; gravy, and cans of fruit (not in heavy syrup). If you are donating food from your own pantry, please remember to check expiration dates. (Expired food cannot be distributed.)

      Salisbury Bank and Trust has a basket for donations in their branch offices. Local churches in Salisbury, Lakeville, Canaan, Sharon, and Kent also have drives to collect food. Check with your local church or town hall for further information.

      You can also stop by the Best & Cavallaro office in Salisbury, CT (we are located at 5 Academy Street) and drop off your food donations during November and December.

      Your support this Thanksgiving season will help make that holiday meal possible for families in need.

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