WOODBURY — Town and Country Glass Shop, 244 Main St. North, is celebrating its fifth anniversary, a milestone that owner David Vincent Mirabilio described as, “Going very well,” despite the challenges of running a small business during a pandemic. He told Voices that he’s been very busy with work, thanks to return customers and an unexpected side effect of stay at home protocols. “I thought Covid would slow us down but, after a month closed last spring, we’ve been busier than ever.”
He credits the influx of new residents and existing residents who have been spending more time at home and feel the urge to improve their surroundings. “They’re seeing projects that they didn’t notice before as they sit at home, wondering what they’re going to do. They think, ‘I should probably fix that.’”
Mr. Mirabilio is able to help homeowners with many glass applications, including replacement and triple track windows, screens, interior doors such as shower doors, mirrors, textured glass for kitchen cabinets, painted backsplashes, table tops, and railings.
“My grandfather started this business 49 years ago, down the road at Middle Quarter Mall, behind Phillip’s Diner. I’m the latest generation and I want to bring my own take on things. I am always looking for innovations because I don’t want to offer just the same old thing. I want to know what’s the new industry standard, like glass railings for pool surrounds.”
Solutions such as this can provide safety without obscuring views, a difference that Mr. Mirabilio says excites him as he works on custom projects.
He is just as pleased to help someone with a tiny treasure, such as repairing a broken stem on a glass goblet that holds sentimental value for its owner.
Although Town and Country Glass Shop now operates in the location that Mr. Mirabilio’s grandfather opened in 1976 and is deeply rooted in history, the shop is furiously writing new chapters.
“We do both commercial and residential work. One of the biggest demands today is PPE and we’re designing solutions with local carpenters.” He has a sample plexiglass form to show how students can safely share a lunch table.
“We’re lucky we can get supplies given the increase in demand.”
Mr. Mirabilio’s father, David James Mirabilio, who is also an experienced glass worker, has been collecting vintage and antique glass for some time so the shop is able to source period correct materials for many of the old houses in the area.
“We spend a good amount of time educating people because they don’t know what they don’t know. We’re happy to tell them,” David James Mirabilio said, pointing out that Town and Country Glass Shop works with select tin workers to repair lanterns and is currently restoring the exterior lamps at St. Teresa of Avila Church.
Over the past five years, business has expanded in terms of territory, with customers coming from Simsbury, Branford, and Bantam.
“I’m excited about the next 20 years. Our reputation for quality work is growing and that makes me happy. I’ve definitely enjoyed going into the business and I like that it is something that’s been in the family. Customers like that, too, and tell me they want to do business with a family operation.”
“I want our customers to know that we’re here for them if they want repair, remodeling, or PPE work done. Whatever you need, just be patient with us as there is a big demand and we want to make sure that something we do gets done right the first time.”
Town and Country Glass Shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Customers are invited to call 203-263-4527 (GLASS) or email from the web site at www.townandcountryglassshop.com to find answers and maximize safety.