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Housatonic Trading Co. in Bantam will be closing
Litchfield.bz (02-13-18)


The Housatonic Trading Co. in Bantam will be closing on Feb. 19, but the space will be filled by a business moving from the center of Litchfield. BZ photo

February is usually a slow time for business in Litchfield and Bantam, but not for two businesses that are coming or going or one that has arrived.

The Housatonic Trading Co. at 920 Bantam Road in Bantam will be closing on Feb. 19 as its owner, Rob Graham, converts the antiques business to an online operation he'll run out of the Shops at the Factory across the road. Graham will have an office and showroom in the building and will see clients by appointment.

Graham opened the Housatonic Trading Co. in 2012. Everything in the shop is on sale at steep discounts until the closing. 

Succeeding the Housatonic Trading Co. will be BluePrint CT Home, a home furnishings shop that has been located in a storefront at 7 West St. since the fall. Lewis Lemieux, owner of the business, moved to West Street from Cobble Court. The building in Bantam, Lemieux said, will provide more space for his inventory and allow him to expand the business.

Lemieux plans to renovate the space and open in May. The departure of BluePrint CT Home will leave a prominent storefront on West Street open, again. Before Lemieux moved his business from Cobble Court, 7 West St. had been vacant for many months.

The good news for West Street is that a storefront next to the West Street Grill, vacant since last summer, is now the home of Ideal Jewelers. The first day of business for the 111-year-old jeweler owned by Goldstein family was Saturday. Andy Goldstein is the fourth generation of his family to run the business.

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