City Awards Minor Facade Improvement Grant to owner of 112-116 North Street

Congratulations to Ritchard Fox on receiving a Minor Facade Improvement award for the replacement of awnings at 112-116 North Street. When asked to share a few words on his experience with the City of Groton new grant program, Mr. Fox shared the following:

“Hello, I’m Ritchard Fox, owner of 112-116 North St in Groton City I would like to share a bit of my experience dealing with the City of Groton and the new Minor Facade Improvement Grant Program. 

First of all I would like to thank Cierra Patrick our Economic Development Manager for personally introducing herself to my 3 tenants and making us all aware of this new grant program.

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 My family has owned the property at the top of the hill since the mid-60’s. My Mom, Dad and brother ran the House of Good Spirits for more than 25 years. Today there are 3 local businesses there and all 3 have been great tenants for more than a decade and nearly everyone working there is a resident of Groton.

  • Jon at K&J Upholstery is a master of fine furniture re-upholstery.
  • The always pleasant Elizabeth at “Alterations by Elizabeth” can make alterations invisible.
  • And Sanjay and his team keep everybody’s spirits high with my parent’s former store “Hilltop Wine & Spirits”.


The Minor Facade Improvement grant has enabled me to replace the weather-beaten and torn-up awnings with brand new ones that definitely dress up the storefronts. I hope my fellow Groton City business owners do the same.

 Come on by and check us out…we’re on the hill but on the level too.”

                                         ~ Ritchard Fox.

For more information on this grant program please contact Cierra Patrick, City of Groton Economic Development Specialist at

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