San Francisco embraces Amsterdam-style marijuana lounges

Rick Thompson, clockwise from bottom left, Keith Baskerville and Xavier Baskerville smoke marijuana while sitting in a booth in the smoking lounge at Barbary Coast Dispensary in San Francisco. San Francisco plans to issue more permits for marijuana smoking lounges this year after health officials finalize updated regulations. (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

Smoke is thick and business brisk at marijuana smoking lounge in San Francisco, one of the few places in America with Amsterdam-like marijuana bars

Sift Bake Shop to open second location, in Watch Hill

Adam Young, owner of Sift Bake Shop in Mystic, checks the pastry display before opening for the day at 7 a.m. May 26, 2016. He will be opening a second shop, at 102 Bay St. in Watch Hill. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Come late April, fans of Sift Bake Shop will have not one but two places to satisfy their cravings for croissants or ciabatta, French macarons or mousse, scones or sandwiches.

New London has a new development director

Mayor Michael Passero on Friday announced the appointment of New London native Felix Reyes as the city’s new director of the Office of Development and Planning.




Candidates for governor say they'd boost tourism funding

Five gubernatorial candidates addressed the Connecticut Tourism Coalition’s board Friday, with all of them acknowledging that chronic underfunding of the state’s marketing efforts has left it vulnerable to competitors.

Casino-expansion bill moves forward — minus repeal of East Windsor project

The legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee passed a casino-expansion bill Friday after removing a provision that called for repealing authorization for the commercial casino the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes expect to...

Association of Realtors announces annual award winners

The Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors held its annual awards banquet on Wednesday, celebrating the work and achievements of local Realtors.