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Hartford Shops Doubling As Art Galleries

Hartford Shops Doubling As Art Galleries

When a Hartford merchant puts artworks by local artists on his walls, it's a win-win-win-win situation. The artist's work gets seen. The merchant supports the region's art community. The merchant rescues his shop from generic decor. And the merchant gets foot traffic he might not otherwise have gotten, and gives his regular customers an experience they might not have expected. Gerry Grate, co-owner of The Tobacco Shop at 89 Pratt St. in Hartford, understands this. "This could look like a typical tobacco shop, with pictures of Winston Churchill smoking and mirrors on the walls. I want to create a new conversation, to change everything up," Grate said....