> Out and About: Randy Zaino, Owner of Battiston's Cleaners

Out and About: Randy Zaino, Owner of Battiston's Cleaners

Out and About: Randy Zaino, Owner of Battiston's Cleaners
Randy Zaino is the owner of Battiston's. They are a franchise that started in the '40s with twelve locations currently. Battiston's of Windsor was established in 1970, within the Windsor Shopping Center at 608 Windsor Ave. They are the "Fabric Care Specialists" that are a full service dry cleaner providing in restoration, same-day service, home delivery, laundromats, and tailoring. They do not clean uniforms other than for the police department. That is the only exception.

Randy, originally from Windsor, attended John F. Kennedy School before his parents picked up the family and moved out of town. He is a Wethersfield High School graduate. It was his father, Gioacchino "Jack" Zaino who started working for Battiston's in the '60s before opening the Windsor location in 1970. Along with Randy, his brother co-owns the location. There is a third generation of Zainos who have also joined in the family business in recent years working part-time. His son, Michael who is a UCONN graduate says, "I've been working here since I was sixteen. It would be during high school, college, in the summer, and winter breaks. Full-time two years after I graduated."

Battiston's services are varied as they pride themselves on more than simply being a dry cleaner. They not only do garment restoration, but Battiston's performs disaster restoration. They cater to the needs of a homeowner's claim. Window treatments, bedding, and area rugs are cleaned and placed back once the home is suitable. All apparel including hats and gloves are returned to dressers and closets where they were found.

Randy notes one of Battiston's most popular services. "The business has changed a lot over the years. Our business has where you have to go and get it nowadays. So, like the home and office pickup and delivery. People really love it. The people that dry-clean their laundry regularly, they love it. They love the delivery that comes straight to their house. There's no extra charge for it. It's a scheduled service." When asked about the current state of dry cleaning Randy has this to say, "We don't live in such a formal society anymore. People aren't really getting dressed up after each day. There's still a need. Leisurewear should get professionally cleaned." He adds in, "It has changed over time, but there's still a need. That's why it forced the industry to evolve and even with what we do and going to get it with the home and office pickup delivery. That's a really big deal. That whole Amazon mindset that exists where people love home delivery. It also is true with dry cleaning. People love a home delivery."

When it comes to our town, Randy says, "I feel good about the town of Windsor. I mean, I know more about Wilson than the rest of the town. I feel good about it. I'm an optimistic guy. So, I'm usually feeling good." He has seen changes over the years in the surrounding area, but nothing drastic. In general, Randy uses many of the services available to him right within the shopping plaza. Price Rite is nearly next-door for all of his grocery needs. On the other side of town though, there is one place Randy is quite fond of that he answers readily, "Bear's." Randy also is a fan of the Shad Derby.

Battiston's does some sponsorship for high school baseball around town. They have put in donations to the Windsor Historical Society, Mary's Place, and Hayden Station Fire Company during recent times.


During his time off, Randy likes to go saltwater fishing and tend to his vegetable garden.

Three words that describe Randy: Resilient. Loyal. Family-oriented.


Events

"Tis the Season"
summer at WINDSOR LOCAL FARMS STANDS
e-Passport to Summer Fun in Windsor
June 22 - Aug 31 at Town of Windsor
Tour Windsor Rocks!
Jul 12 at TourWindsorCT.org Locations
Camp Out Under the Stars at NWP
Jul 21 at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Jul 23 at Windsor Public Library
Family Campfire Night at NWP
Jul 24 at Northwest Park & Nature Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Park Here - Fly There
Jul 24 at Hampton Inn located at 2168 Poquonock Avenue • Windsor, CT
Summer Classic Movie Series
Jul 24 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Christmas in July
Jul 25 at Get Baked, The Beanery and The Bean 226
Intro to Improv Workshop
Jul 25 at Windsor Public Library
Yoga at Northwest Park
Wednesdays at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Concert on the Green
Jul 26 at Windsor town Green
Farmers’ Market
Jul 26 at 240 Broad Street
Northwest Park"Nature Book Club"
4th Thurday of the month at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Community Block Party (Lancaster)
Jul 27 at Lancaster Park- 10 Somerset Drive, Windsor, CT 06095
Live Music on the Patio
Fridays in July at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
The Tavern Luau
Jul 27 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Medicinal Herbs w/ Gordon Kenneson
Jul 28 at Windsor Historical Society
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
WIN-TV Picnic on the Green
Jul 29 at Windsor Town Green
All Ages Drum Circle
Jul 30 at Windsor Public Library
HFPG wants to hear from you!
Jul 31 at Windsor Historical Society
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Jul 31 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Aug 1 at Windsor High School J113
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Yoga on the Green
Aug 2 at Windsor Town Green
Concert on the Green
Aug 2 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Aug 2 at 240 Broad Street
FREE Genealogy Support Group
Aug 2 at Windsor Historical Society
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
WOW Art Class
Aug 6 at Windsor Art Center, 35 Central Street, Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Aug 7 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Aug 8 at New England Dental Center, 250 Lamberton Road
Zucchini Mania Contest! 50+/Seniors
Aug 8 at Windsor Sr. Ctr. @ LP Wilson Community Ctr., 599 Matianuck Ave, Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Concert on the Green
Aug 9 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Aug 9 at 240 Broad Street
Community Block Party (Deerfield)
Aug 10 at Deerfield Park- 70 Colton Street, Windsor, CT 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Aug 14 at Windsor Public Library
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Prime Rib Buffet
Aug 15 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Concert on the Green
Aug 16 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Aug 16 at 240 Broad Street
Blessing of the Animals
Aug 19 at Palisado Green on Palisado Ave. Windsor, CT 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Summer Classic Movie Series
Aug 21 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Yoga on the Green
Aug 23 at Windsor Town Green
Concert on the Green
Aug 23 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
Aug 23 at 240 Broad Street
Northwest Park"Nature Book Club"
4th Thurday of the month at Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT 0695
Park Here - Fly There
Aug 24 at Hampton Inn located at 2168 Poquonock Avenue • Windsor, CT
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Aug 27 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Mobile Mammography
Aug 28 at Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad Street, Windsor
Summer Classic Movie Series
Aug 28 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Farmers’ Market
Aug 30 at 240 Broad Street
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Sep 4 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 5 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Sep 5 at Windsor High School J113
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Farmers’ Market
Sep 6 at 240 Broad Street
Windsor Fife & Drum Parade & Muster
Sep 8 at Windsor Town Green
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Keeping You & Your Heart Healthy
Sep 10 at Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad Street, Windsor
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 12 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Farmers’ Market
Sep 13 at 240 Broad Street
Jan's Sewing Hour
Sep 13 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
TVCA Table Top Expo
Sep 18 at La Notte, 17 Thompson Rd, East Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 19 at Windsor Public Library