Where is the coffee?


Michelle's Gourmet on Main in downtown Torrington


 All of us love coffee. I know I do. My day absolutely cannot start without it. In fact, I’m such a caffeine “junkie” that it will take me a good 4-5 cups throughout the day to have that whole “get up and go” feeling. Coffee is my life, there’s no doubt about that. I search high and low just to find that perfect cup of “joe”. 

When I first moved to Torrington, I had found the absolute perfect place. Right on Main Street! Michelle’s Gourmet on Main called my name every morning. With it’s cozy atmosphere, it welcomed me with not only a great cup of coffee, but warm friendly people I can have a little conversation with before heading into work. It was a great place to network, as well as a great place to “people watch” as you watched the world pass you by on Torrington’s Main Street.  

However, a few months ago, the lights went dark at Michelle’s and off went the coffee pots. Michelle’s closed up shop. Gone like the wind. My favorite coffee shop had left me hanging. It was time to search for a new one. Torrington offers an array of unique coffee shops such as The Donut Station, Coffee House Plus, and of course Dunkin Donuts, however our Main Street coffee house, a staple in almost every downtown, was no longer available. A heartbreak to it’s faithful customers.

Interior view of Michelle's which was recently the sight for filming of an up and coming movie.


Nirvannas Healthbar , which is also downtown on Main Street, offers a unique experience and is popular with the younger generation in town, but for those who would like to go and network with others while unwinding with a good cup of java, there’s not really any place to turn to. So many in Torrington, like myself, have been wanting another coffee establishment on Main Street. It just makes sense to have one. We have the foot traffic, and we would certainly have much more foot traffic in our downtown if it were for a coffee shop. The world around us starts with coffee, and what a better place to start than on Main Street in Torrington.  

We, the avid coffee drinkers of Torrington, would love to have another coffee house in town, especially on Main Street.  Torrington is in the middle of growth. Were away from the hustle and bustle of the other Connecticut cities and we offer a great escape for those looking to get away from it all. With our small town charm, it’s no wonder why were a growing community! Torrington is often a starting point for many of the weekenders who flock to the Litchfield Hills region. In fact, the Litchfield Hills region is the second most popular tourist destination in Connecticut. We are known as “the shopping center” of Litchfield County. So much to see and do yet completely relaxed. Come on up! We’d be more than happy to have you in town! Torrington offers an array of real estate opportunities at economically priced rates. Torrington also offers you a terrific theatre, The Warner Theatre, right on Main Street in the heart of downtown and offers many world-class shows. Torrington is the city of the future and we welcome you to be a part of it! Please contact me at the information below so I may direct you to the appropriate sources.  

Michelle's offered tasty treats and frothy beverages.


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$25 Gift Card Contest


Brazen Betties on Main Street in Torrington.

Here at In touch…with the Litchfield Hills, we have a focus to connect the community as well as to support local area businesses. It’s part of who we are! As I continue to say, this blog is for you, the community. Over on our Facebook Fan Page, we currently have 225 fans, or “Likes”. We’re trying to increase that number to 300. We couldn’t think of a better way to do so than with a contest! Below are the details of our announcement on our Facebook page. It’s quite energetic!

“We have a major announcement that we would like to make. Currently, we have 225 fans on this fan page and were looking to get to 300! Announcing a contest: Whoever is fan number 300 will get a $25 Gift Card to Brazen Betties in downtown Torrington!!!!!! This is aligned with our mission to not only connect the community, but also to support the local businesses in the area. So……who’s going to be our 300th fan?!?! Suggest to all your friends!!!”

We recently did a story on Brazen Betties, listed here, and it has gotten much attention over the past week. Boutique owner Julia Sloan is a positive force in downtown Torrington and has done a terrific job of bringing the community together. We couldn’t think of a better place than Brazen Betties for our first contest. Twenty-five dollars is yours, if your the 300th fan of our Facebook page!  Good luck and be sure to suggest our page to your friends! We hope to announce the winner soon!


Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com

Check out Brazen Betties online: Facebook. Boutique Website.

Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com

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