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Local business owners came together this Wednesday morning, April 21, for an hour of camaraderie and an opportunity to highlight their business offerings all in the friendly setting of the Collinsville Baking Company. Bakery owner Greg Histed and his mom Vicki Swartwood had set out a large selection of baked goods and coffee and they graciously visited with their business guests as, helped by their staff, they also tended to the steady stream of customers making a morning stop at their local bakery.

In a quiet moment, our reporter asked Greg how he was feeling about his bakery’s move from Collinsville to Pine Meadow. “Everyone’s been just great!” He said. “They’ve all been so welcoming.” Asked about his customers, he said he’s added new customers from the area and most of his old customers don’t seem to mind driving out to his new location. Good bread, really good bread is worth going the extra mile or two, our reporter agreed.

The one hour allocated to the Mingler flew by as new business owners introduced themselves to those with longer established businesses in town, and those who hadn’t seen each other in a while caught up on the intervening months. And at the end, as all good networking occasions should provide, everyone stood in a friendly circle and had an opportunity to showcase their business offerings to others at the gathering. And then it was time to leave, most with a loaf of fresh bread, or baked goods, and a promise to return to Greg’s Collinsville Baking Company, that has fast become a favorite among those who appreciate great bread made by kind-hearted man.

This First New Hartford Business Council Morning Mingler was held at the Collinsville Baking Company in the Jeannine Building, Wickett Street in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford.

The next NHBC Morning Mingler will be held at Passiflora Tea Room and Cafe, 526 Main Street on Tuesday, May 18 from 7:45 a.m. throuugh 9:00 a.m. All business owners and professionals are welcome to attend. RSVP by May 15 to nhbusinesscouncil@yahoo.com or by calling 860-238-7142.

Photos of Wednesday’s Morning Mingler courtesy of Phil Worley, Susan Wacht and Maria Moore (as attributed in the captions):

Greg Histed and his mom Vicki Swartwood visit with the Bakkers at the Morning Mingler which Greg and Vicki hosted at their Collinsville Baking Company in the Jeannine Building in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford.  Photo: Sue Wacht of GeminEye Images

Greg Histed and his mom Vicki Swartwood visit with the Bakkers at the Morning Mingler which Greg and Vicki hosted at their Collinsville Baking Company in the Jeannine Building in the Pine Meadow section of New Hartford. Photo: Susan Wacht of GeminEye Images

Dawn Whalen of COMPUTER EXPLORERS and Co-President of the New Hartford Business Council gives a few updates to those present of upcoming Business Council events while Ron Miller of Ace Marketing looks on.  Photo: Phil Worley

Dawn Whalen of COMPUTER EXPLORERS and Co-President of the New Hartford Business Council gives a few updates to those present of upcoming Business Council events while Ron Miller of Ace Marketing looks on. Photo: Phil Worley

Susan Wacht (GeminEye Images) and Mary Ann Gunning (Chapin Park B&B) share a light moment together at the Morning Mingler on April 21.  Photo: Philip Worley

Susan Wacht (GeminEye Images) and Mary Ann Gunning (Chapin Park B&B) share a light moment together at the Morning Mingler on April 21. Photo: Phil Worley

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Peter Bakker shares some coffee with Dick Ransom of Perry Technologies at the Morning Mingler.  Photo: Philip Worley

Peter Bakker of the Bakker Insurance Group shares some coffee with Dick Ransom of Perry Technologies at the Morning Mingler. Photo: Phil Worley

Allison Bannerman of New Hartford Wine and Beverage introduces her business to other business owners at the Morning Mingler with her young daughter at her side and Carol Monroe of Northwest Community Bank on the left.   Photo: Maria Moore

Allison Bannerman of New Hartford Wine and Beverage introduces her business to other business owners at the Morning Mingler with her young daughter at her side and Carol Monroe of Northwest Community Bank on the left. Photo: Maria Moore

Margaret Bakker catches up with Gardner Graves at the Morning Mingler. Photo: Philip Worley

Margaret Bakker catches up with Gardner Graves at the Morning Mingler. Photo: Phil Worley

Paul Griffin who has a legal practice in Torrington catches up with Phyllis Webb of The Magic Fluke in Nepaug.  Photo: Phil Worley

Paul Griffin who has a legal practice in Torrington catches up with Phyllis Webb of The Magic Fluke in Nepaug. Photo: Phil Worley

Phil Worley, Executive Director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce talks with Peg Budny of Peggy's Personalized Promos at the Morning Mingler.  Photo: Sue Wacht of GeminEye Images

Phil Worley, Executive Director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce talks with Peg Budny of Peggy's Personalized Promos at the Morning Mingler. Photo: Susan Wacht of GeminEye Images

Kathy Taylor of Acre Group with Ron Miller of Ace Marketing at the Morning Mingler.  Photo: Phil Worley

Ronnie Vasko of Foothills Media Group with Ron Miller of Ace Marketing at the Morning Mingler. Photo: Phil Worley

Mary Ann Gunning of Chapin Park B&B shares a friendly conversation with Christopher Kelly of Allstate.  Photo: Sue Wacht of GeminEye Images

Mary Ann Gunning of Chapin Park B&B shares a friendly conversation with Christopher Kelly of Allstate. Photo: Susan Wacht of GeminEye Images

Dotty Craig of Ski Sundown and Deb Kuszaj of Blue Sky Foods perhaps discussing the Annual Banquet which Deb is helping organize at the banqueting facility at Ski Sundown.  Photo: Phil Worley

Dotty Craig of Ski Sundown and Deb Kuszaj of Blue Sky Foods perhaps discussing the Annual Banquet which Deb is helping organize at the banqueting facility at Ski Sundown. Photo: Phil Worley

Carol Monroe, Manager of Northwest Community Bank and Treasurer of the New Hartford Business Council talks with Dawn Whalen of COMPUTER EXPLORERS.  Photo: Sue Wacht of GeminEye Images

Carol Monroe, Manager of Northwest Community Bank and Treasurer of the New Hartford Business Council talks with Dawn Whalen of COMPUTER EXPLORERS. Photo: Susan Wacht of GeminEye Images

Kim Trumbull, Realtor with Realty Works and Secretary of the New Hartford Business Council talks with a fellow realtor at the Morning Mingler. Realty Works has just opened up a new office on the corner of Main and Bridge Street in the center of New Hartford.  Photo: Sue Wacht of GeminEye Images

Kim Trumbull (in white), Realtor with Realty Works and Secretary of the New Hartford Business Council talks with a fellow realtor at the Morning Mingler. Realty Works has just opened up a new office on the corner of Main and Bridge Street in the center of New Hartford. Photo: Susan Wacht of GeminEye Images

Phil Worley, Executive Director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce talks with Maria Moore, Editor of NewHartfordPlus, a new member of the Chamber.  Photo: Sue Wacht of GeminEye Images

Phil Worley, Executive Director of the Canton Chamber of Commerce talks with Maria Moore, Editor of NewHartfordPlus, a new member of the Chamber. Photo: Susan Wacht of GeminEye Images

Gardner Graves, Principal of Realty Works talks about his company's new office on the carner of Main Street and Bridge Street.  Listening to Gardner are (from right to left) Meg Toro, Realtor with Realty Works, Phyllis Webb of the Magic Fluke Company, Sue Wacht of GeminEye Images, Vicki Swartwood and Greg Histed of the Collinsville Baking Company, the Bakkers of the Bakker Insurance Group and  Peg Budny of Peggy's Personalized Promos.  Photo: Maria Moore

Gardner Graves, Principal of Realty Works talks about his company's new office on the carner of Main Street and Bridge Street. Listening to Gardner are (from right to left) Meg Toro, Realtor with Realty Works, Phyllis Webb of the Magic Fluke Company, Sue Wacht of GeminEye Images, Vicki Swartwood and Greg Histed of the Collinsville Baking Company, the Bakkers of the Bakker Insurance Group and Peg Budny of Peggy's Personalized Promos. Photo: Maria Moore

Many Thanks: To Susan Wacht of GeminEye Images for the use of her photos from the Morning Mingler. To see all of Susan’s 58 photos,please visit the Business Council’s facebook page.

Many Thanks: to Phil Worley for allowing us to use his photos of the Morning Mingler for this report. Many Thanks also to Phil for helping our reporter correctly identify those at the Mingler.

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