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iConnect Storefront Revitalization Program Kicks Off in Downtown Hartford

(October 9, 2013) - On Friday, October 11 the City of Hartford will host the grand opening of its storefront revitalization program, iConnect, in Downtown Hartford. Along with the opening of Hartford Prints! first retail store, Naturally Dogs and Cats will be showcasing and selling some of their products, WNPR's Catie Talarski will host *The Ear Cave* along with a silent auction of John Lennon prints curated by National Exhibitions and Archives. There will be a street fashion show by Urban Natured Clothing, pop-up shopping with Hartford Denim, Vaz, Blaze and Bloom, street performers, a light installation by artist Dustin DeMillio of CreateHereNow Light Artists Making Places (L.A.M.P.) and lots more.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Tamara Dimitri, DECD
WHAT: Grand Opening of iConnect, storefront revitalization program
WHEN: Friday, October 11, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
WHERE: 421/2 Pratt Street and Trumbull Street, Hartford

The iConnect program is partially funded through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts for the purpose of converting empty storefronts into mixed use spaces. The City’s Marketing Events and Cultural Affairs Department, who administers the project, received over 40 applications from which a total of 5 businesses were selected. Selected businesses receive up to $2,000 for build-out and set up assistance and free rent in a Downtown storefront for 6 months. iConnect has received commitments from two property owners including Northland Investment Corporation and Lexington Partners for approximately 6,000 square feet of retail space. Hartford Prints!, a letterpress studio owned by three sisters born and raised in Hartford will be located on 42 1/2 Pratt Street. WNPR will broadcast both The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live with John Dankosky from their satellite space at 231 Trumbull Street at least once a month. National Exhibitions & Archives and State of Makers stores will open in early winter.

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For Immediate Release: October 9, 2013
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757-9016
c. (860) 986-1439
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