I moved to Torrington in February after spending most of my life in Waterbury, and I'd be lying if I said that besides the great place we found, one of the reasons why we decided to drop it down on a new place there is because I live right near an old school Carvel.

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We've found that pretty much everything business-wise in Torrington is better in some ways than the Waterbury stores. 1/3 the population leads to shorter, if any, lines in grocery stores, doctor's offices, etc. Mrs. Large and I have also noticed that some businesses have avoided the corporate makeovers that have transformed recognizable buildings into unfamiliar Apple Store clones. Well, there's a Carvel in Torrington on S. Main St. that still has the familiar slanted roof, and I love living near it.

Come on, tell me that you don't want a Cherry dip-top cone right now? I swear that we hadn't even finished paying the movers before we were walking the few hundred feet into that glorious ice cream heaven. Every time I drive down Rt. 7 Sugar Hollow Road  into Ridgefield, I see Ridgefield Ice Cream, which is still in the old Carvel-shaped building. There's just something about that angled roof that makes my sweet-tooth ache.

Carvel presently operates 20 locations around Connecticut, most of which are in modern, updated buildings. The Carvel on Straits Turnpike/63 in Watertown and the Carvel on Watertown Ave in Waterbury were the two that I used to go to the most. Watertown Ave is still the same as I remember, pretty much, but the Watertown and Naugatuck Carvel locations are now G's Burgers/Carvel. Love them, but there's just something that draws me to the old architecture still. Anyway, take a ride up to Torrington someday if you're feeling nostalgic. I'll bring my secret stash of rainbow sprinkles.

Vintage Video Reveals Robust Connecticut Industry of the 1960's

I found a really cool vintage travel film from the Connecticut Development Commission, it was shot in the early 1960's Connecticut and focuses on our state's incredible industrial past. Many of the vintage overhead and land-based shots are of places that our parents and grandparents worked. Here are a few that I thought were great.

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