> 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

Kick-Off to Summer Art Week
Jun 18 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jun 20 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Strawberry Festival
Jun 22 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
Windsor Art Center Tag Sale
Jun 22 at Windsor Art Center
Call for Artists - Member Show
Jun 23 at Windsor Art Center
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 23 at Keney Park Golf Course
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jun 24 at Windsor Art Center Studios
How to Hire Top Talent
Jun 24 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Ave
Monday Morning Book Club
Jun 24 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series - Planet of the
Jun 25 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jun 27 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Edward Jones Grand Opening
Jun 28 at 697 Poquonock Ave (Price Choppers plaza), Windsor, CT 06095
Mid-20th C. Tiki Drinks & Culture!
Jun 28 at Windsor Historical Society
Christopher Martin Art Show
Jul 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Young Artist’s Watercolor Day
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movies Series
Jul 2 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 4 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Christopher Martin's Art Reception
Jul 6 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 8 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Jul 9 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jul 10 at Northwest Park, Lang Rd, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Art Center - Member Show
Jul 13 at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Garden Club Garden Tour
Jul 13 at Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 15 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Diabetic Support Group
Jul 16 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Jul 16 at Windsor Public Library
National Hot Dog Day
Jul 17 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jul 17 at Windsor High School J113
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 18 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Windsor Art Center - Artist Talk
Jul 20 at Windsor Art Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 22 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Jul 22 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series
Jul 23 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jul 25 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 29 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Jul 30 at Windsor Public Library
Blood Drive Windsor Historical Soc.
Jul 31 at Windsor Historical Society
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Photojournalist Jessica Hill Art
Aug 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 1 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 5 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Aug 6 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monster Madness Art Day
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Aug 13 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Aug 14 at Edward Jones, Poquonock Ave, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 15 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT