(February 26, 2014) – On Thursday, February 27th, at 100 Trumbull St, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will take part in a grand opening ceremony for Naturally Dogs & Cats, the latest Downtown storefront to open as part of the City's iConnect program.
Naturally Dogs & Cats sells all-natural, US-made, locally sourced pet food and products, and offers an automatic re-order program with delivery to downtown apartments or curbside pick-up. They will also host nutrition and care seminars, weekly social events, and adoption programs through the City of Hartford Animal Shelter and local rescue groups.
"The iConnect program is an example of what Hartford will be like in the future," said Mayor Segarra. "Business owners are very excited to be opening shops in Hartford. This is positive step in bringing more foot traffic to the streets, improving Hartford's economy and encouraging the success of startup entrepreneurs."
iConnect 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. This program has brought over 3,000 visitors to downtown Hartford for retail and pop up storefront activities.
"The iConnect Program offers great opportunities to entrepreneurs like us who are trying to open their first store," said Bob Marshall, co-owner of Naturally Dogs & Cats. "We are excited to serve the community of pet owners from Hartford and beyond."
"Trumbull on the Park is pleased to be able to provide retail space to spark economic development in the City while providing Hartford residents and visitors with a much needed service," said Maria Lamari, Property Manager.
WHO: Mayor Pedro E. Segarra
WHAT: Naturally Dogs & Cats ribbon-cutting and grand opening
WHERE: 100 Trumbull St, next to Salute
WHEN: Thursday, February 27th, 3:30pm to 8:00pm, (ribbon-cutting at 3:30pm)
For Immediate Release: February 26, 2014
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott