The Someplace Special Square is home to combination eateries: The Panini Bakery and Café and Smokey’s Tavern. Both establishments have been owned by Bruce Zaretsky since 2010 and both have been totally run on solar power since 2012.
Zaretsky, a former builder, has always been interested in solar energy. In 1982, he built a house powered by solar energy but it was never completely finished.In 2012, Zaretsky contracted Boz Electric/Electrical Power Solutions, a Vernon company, to switch his booming business over to solar power. As of October 2012 about 80 percent of Smokey’s Tavern and Panini Bakery and Café’s electric, lighting, refrigeration and air conditioning rely on power transmitted from the sun and solar panels located behind the restaurants. Read More>>