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Welcome to the 2016 edition of The Glastonbury Book. Nearly three quarters of a century ago, FDR said, “There are many ways of going forward.” And so it’s been with Glastonbury during the past year. Renovations in Eric Town Square, the Shops at Somerset Square, and at Glen Lochen, new apartments on Hebron Ave, the ongoing developments on the riverfront, the creative planning process for Glastonbury 2020, a redesigned town center, stylish new condos and apartments fashioned from historic mill buildings and top rankings for schools are a few of the highlights. Glastonbury continually finds ways to define and redefine itself to find the “Many ways of going forward.”

It’s the same here at The Glastonbury Book.

While tuned into the big picture, we readily embrace the small one — the one with the special things that make us proud to call Glastonbury home. We remain a trusted homegrown publication —produced and delivered by local folks who know the town and their residents, what they need, what they want, and what they will enjoy.

So tap us on your iPhone, pat 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 great chair, and enjoy us at home just like people have always done with great books.

Quality, breadth, convenience and usefulness make us what we are.

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 add a special richness to our pages, while artist Bill Dougal’s delightful illustrations lighten and engage. Art Director Annie Lane creates a crispness, cleverness, and balance that work with every facet of content. 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 superlative back-office team who not only help make it all happen, but help keep it all sane. 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. We’re constantly updating our system to provide you with the most accurate contact numbers for any business you could need. It’s in these pages that you’ll find the current information about all the stores in the Shops at Somerset Square and find anything from lunch to a haircut and everything in between. You can even find an electric car charging station just around the corner from Eric Town Square, making going green that much easier.

So please enjoy our Glastonbury Book 2015. 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 books 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.

All the best — R.E.P.