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Welcome to the 2017 edition of The Glastonbury Book. Some 381 years have passed since 30 Wethersfield families relocated to a beautiful sweep of land on the eastern shore of the Connecticut River — land which, according to the town’s official history, was bought for no more than 12 yards of simple trading cloth from Sowheag, a Native American Chief. Naubuc Farms, as it was then known, has since grown into the Town of Glastonbury, where families continue to put down roots and businesses come to prosper. Where farms still plant their crops and raise their stock. Where schools and the students that attend them continue to excel at both studies and sports. And where the original beauty of land is both prized and protected.

The Glastonbury Book doesn’t have nearly the history its namesake does, but we, too, have experienced impressive growth since first arriving in mailboxes all over town 7 years ago. Indeed, we’ve become what might well be the most comprehensive directory of all that is in and around Glastonbury, providing not only the big picture but the small one, because within the latter lies the special things that make us proud to call Glastonbury home. Produced and delivered by local folks who know the town and its residents — along with what they need, what they want, and what they will enjoy, we are proud to remain a trusted homegrown publication.

So tap us on your iPhone, select us on your iPad, click us on your computer — even friend us on Facebook. But when you’ve had enough of the digital, global world, you can pick up this book, grab a coffee, settle into a comfy chair, and enjoy us at home just like people have always done with great books.

You see, in a world where print publications have survived by skimping to reduce costs, we’ve invested generously in improving every page we produce, featuring the work of the area’s most accomplished professional artists, photographers, writers, designers, and staff members.

Photographer Al Ferreira’s exceptional images combine with Artist Bill Dougal’s delightfully airy illustrations to lighten and engage. Smart writing with a touch of whimsy by Judy Henderson aimed at both informing and amusing has always been a must.

Behind the scenes, we are blessed with smart, personable sales pros whose goal is to promote each advertiser’s business while enriching every reader’s experience — as well as an equally superb back-office team, who not only help make it all happen but help keep it all sane. And it all comes together, thanks to the crispness, cleverness, and balance of Art Director Annie Lane’s designs, which enhance every facet of the content and make flipping through its pages a pleasure.

And we take that same penchant for excellence one step further offering a user-friendly website expertly constructed and maintained.

Above all, we’re useful. Genuinely useful. Indeed, we’re constantly updating our system to provide you with the most accurate contact numbers, street and web addresses, and content for any business you could need to ensure that. In these pages, you can find the current information about almost anything you might need to know.

So please enjoy our 2017 Glastonbury Book. Use it for all your regular shopping, dining, recreational, and reference needs. Share us with everyone you can. And if you’re heading to other parts of the state, take time to check out Distinctive Directories’ other annual publications before you go, including The Valley Book, which covers all the towns in the Farmington Valley; The West Hartford Book; and The Shoreline Book, which highlights the towns of Branford to Old Lyme. They’re equally worthwhile, just as engaging, and — right along with The Glastonbury Book — always online for easy access.