I'm always sad when a unique store in a great location suddenly evaporates. It happened to me in Southbury this week, a newer market that I got used to stopping at for my seafood fix is no more.
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I've always loved the shops and restaurants in Southbury's Heritage Village, there's always been a cool new shop or restaurant opening or closing every few years. I miss Friendly's the most, that location was so much nicer than the Waterbury or Naugatuck Friendly's. Anyway, shortly after the Heritage Village Friendly's disappeared on me, Southbury Seafood Market set up shop at 466 Heritage Road. My brother Steve turned me onto the place, and it was a great place to pick up truly fresh seafood, with a variety you can't find at the big supermarkets in town.
Well, Southbury Seafood is no more. On May 10, 2023 Southbury Seafood announced on their social media that after two years in operation, they had decided to close their door, thanking everyone for their support. They announced good news the next day, Hummus & Falafel Mediterranean Cuisine will be replacing Southbury Seafood, and it's still the same owner.
Hummus & Falafel is open for business already, and the menu looks good. There's Hummus & Falafel, of course, beef kabob platter, gyros, chicken Shawarma, a nice selection of rice bowls, wraps, and salads too. I'm happy to see that it's the same owner, he was always nice when I went in. Hudson's Cafe & Bistro and Hummus & Falafel, the new spots in town, but I still miss Friendly's.
Only 13 States Have Official State Dogs...
MY Nominee for the Connecticut State Dog - Bulldog!!
Alaska - Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan kindergartners wanted a state dog, so they lobbied the legislature with help from the school, which led Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to sign a bill declaring the breed as the official state dog in 2010.
Georgia - Adoptable Dogs...
In hopes of raising awareness about shelter pets in need, Georgia named their state dog the "Adoptable Dogs."
Louisiana - Catahoula Leopard Dog...
Also known as the Catahoula Cur, this spotted breed originated in Louisiana, which is the reason it was named state dog in 1979. European settlers used the dog for hunting and herding livestock, and the first white settlers in Louisiana are believed to have used the dog to hunt feral pigs in the swamps of Louisiana.
Maryland - Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Maryland state government named the Chesapeake Bay Retriever in 1964 named after the state's well-known bay region. It is today primarily a family pet and hunting companion, known for a bright and happy disposition; courage; willingness to work; alertness; intelligence; love of water; and hunting capabilities.
Massachusetts - Boston Terrier
Since 1922 this handsome fella has been the school mascot of Boston University and, in 1979 was made the official state breed.
New York State - All Working Dogs
Lance Cpl. Joshua A. Moose and his military working dog Hertha, show the strong bond between them during a break in training on February 1, 2002, at the Marine Depot in San Diego, California. The New York State Senate decided in 2015 to include all working dogs as the state dog.
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New Hampshire - Chinook
A group of seventh graders at the Ross A. Lurgio Middle School in Bedford, New Hampshire, were responsible for the Chinook becoming the state dog in 2009.
Plott Hound - New Hampshire
The Plott Hound originated in the Tar Heel State of North Carolina was named the official state dog in 1989. The breed is known for its tracking and hunting abilities
Great Dane - Pennsylvania
Often referred to as the "Apollo of dogs" because of its size and regal appearance, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania named the Great Dane its official state dog in 1965.
South Carolina - Boykin Spaniel...
The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized breed initially bred for hunting wild turkeys and ducks. September 1st is Boykin Spaniel Day in South Carolina.
Texas - Blue Lacy...
The state of Texas has adopted the Blue Lacy dog breed, which originated in the mid-19th century and was signed into law in June 2005. Blue Lacy dogs are intelligent, intense, active, and alert and were developed to be both hunting and herding dogs.
Virginia - American Foxhound
American Foxhounds are sleek, rangy hunters known for their speed, endurance, and work ethic. They need lots of exercise, or they can get depressed and destructive. The breed became Virginia's official state dog in 1966.
Wisconsin - American Water Spaniel
The American Kennel Club recognized the American Water Spaniel in 1940, and Wisconsin followed suit, naming the pooch its official state canine in 1985. They are medium-sized dogs, with a curly liver, brown, or chocolate-colored coat.