For all good reasons, this kitchen cabinet installation company has certainly lived up to its slogan – ‘growing growing growing’, as they say in their advertisements. They provide options for homeowners, who are not willing to spend an exorbitant amount on kitchen renovation, and extend very fast installation service. They are relatively less expensive than the big chains and I had a pleasant experience working with the company representatives.

After living for five years in our Westport house, we decided to renovate the kitchen. As our house was old and we believed that future owner would need to spend a bit of time and money on upgradation, we were reluctant to invest in kitchen. However, when we drove past Express Kitchens’ new Norwalk franchise, we took a chance and asked them to put together a plan for a timeless, simple kitchen. The designer, we worked with, was quite proficient with the planning software and gladly met us a couple times to make changes. We chose one of their more expensive cabinet lines that had taller base cabinets, and it was still cheaper than other suppliers’ pricing for a similar product. There were many stone counters to choose from as well as a few sinks and hardware.

Once we made our deposit, Express Kitchen headquarters in Hartford coordinated the two day install schedule via e mail and text. The ladies, who do the scheduling, were accommodating and courteous. Express Kitchens showed up at the planned time and completed the entire install in exactly two days (yes, it was quite amazing!). The carpenters, who did all the work, were very skilled craftsmen, and made sure everything was perfect. They were amicable and polite, and cleaned up too! A month after the project was complete, I called Express Kitchens to put in an additional shelf and filler piece, which they promptly ordered and scheduled for a couple weeks later.

My kitchen is very pretty and already two of our friends want to work with them.


June 21st, 2018

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The following Express Kitchens locations will be open at 9am (normally 12pm) TODAY 3/02:






West Springfield






New London

March 2nd, 2018

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Natural stone countertops can transform a kitchen into a beautiful gathering spot. Natural stone lasts a lifetime, its durability stands up to busy households, and a wide variety of colors and styles make it perfect for any décor. Here are four questions to help you choose the best stone for your kitchen.

 1. How does my lifestyle impact my choice of stone?

Understanding a home’s dynamics is the most important consideration when choosing stone, says Caela Manninen, showroom representative for Welch Tile & Marble in Kent City, Michigan. She likes to steer busy families toward granite.

“It’s so durable and versatile,” she says. “It’s a good workhorse countertop. I typically like to recommend mid to darker colors to avoid staining.”

 There are options if you have your heart set on white stone, says Tania Kalentzos, marketing director for MARVA Marble & Granite in Richmond, Va.“White marble is everyone’s quintessential choice, but if you have young children and entertain a lot. you can achieve that look with less maintenance,” she says. “Granite is always an excellent option for countertops; it meets the needs of homeowners desiring added durability and offers a variety of options in lighter designs. Another popular alternative is quartz. It demonstrates excellent durability as well, but gets even closer to mimicking more marble-like color tones.”

 2. What finish should I choose?

Natural stone comes in a variety of finishes. Polished is best if you want keep it looking nice, says Manninen. “Honed and brushed can be difficult to keep up with unless you’re going to enhance them to their darkest point. That finish shows every little thing that goes wrong.”

 Or you could embrace it, suggests Dave Scott, CEO of Slabworks of Montana in Bozeman, Montana.

“A lovely Italian gentleman once told me to think of honed marble as a fine leather handbag that will wear and show a patina,” he says. “Countertops that show wear are a sign of great hospitality.”

 3. What kind of care does stone require?

Natural stone is durable, but every material requires basic care, says Scott. “It’s important to match the right stone to your comfort level so that you’ll be happy with it years later,” he says. “Do you own it, or does it own you?”

Stone surfaces can be cleaned with a soap made for natural stone or a mild liquid detergent. Some stones, such as marble, require extra attention. “Marble is a calcite-based stone and will react with acids, such as wine, lemon juice, vinegar or even coffee and olive oil,” he says. “It will cause an irreversible chemical reaction that is etched on surface. With marble, you need to stay on top of wiping up spills.”

 4. Is it important to choose a specific slab?

Yes, says Kalentzos. “Take your time and enjoy the process. Mother Nature made this treasure and it should be enjoyed for years to come. Each piece has its own characteristics. Find one you love. It’s art for your home —the focal point of the room — and it should speak to you and reflect your personality.”

February 1st, 2018

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Express Kitchens is the fastest-growing kitchen cabinet retailer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Headquartered in Hartford, CT,  Express Kitchens has just opened its 12th retail location at 1280 East Main Street in Torrington. 

Owner Max Kothari credits his company’s unprecedented growth to an approach that is radically different from his competition: “Our goal is to cut out the middle man and offer true value and one-stop shopping to kitchen remodelers. Someone can walk in to any one of our stores with measurements and pick up their entire new kitchen from our Hartford warehouse in just one hour! Nobody else comes close to doing that.” His approach includes maintaining over 30,000 cabinets in 10 door styles in-stock and ready to go, as well as granite, quartz, and laminate countertops and a selection of add ons – hardware, faucets, sinks, and accessories, all available for pickup in an hour.

Kothari’s approach seems to be working: the company grew 50% from 8 stores to 12 in 2017, with plans to double in size in the first half of 2018. Express Kitchens, Kothari says, offers its own brand of all-wood Star Cabinetry and has just added the Star Stone brand, offering 4 colors of granite and 8 colors of quartz countertops to its in-stock lineup, vaulting it ahead of its big-box competitors. “People get value and a level of service from Express Kitchens that the bigger stores cannot match – personal dedication  and attention to detail make all the difference.”

Express Kitchens’ headquarters is located in the north end of Hartford, where it is dedicated to community enrichment and hiring a diverse workforce that is the represents the best of what Hartford has to offer. When asked what drives the company to be successful, Kothari’s business partner says “we have the rare ability to constantly reinvent ourselves to outcompete our rivals.”

Express Kitchens has locations in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Hamden, Hartford, Newington, New London, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury, Connecticut and West Springfield, Massachusetts. For more information, stop in to a store, call them at (860) 247-1000, or go to

January 23rd, 2018

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Express Kitchens is proud to offer 30 % OFF ALL SKU’s! Choose from 11 door styles – Aidan, Belfort, Buckingham, Calgary, Elan, Newport, Oxford, Quebec, St. Croix, Vienna & Zurich – All 30% off, with NOTHING HELD BACK! Now is the time to get the kitchen of your dreams for less than you ever imagined!



January 23rd, 2018

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Express Kitchens, today and every day, is thankful for our hard-working, dedicated employees. Today, our Managers served our employees breakfast. Great way to start the Holiday. 

November 23rd, 2017

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November 20th, 2017

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Makes: 4 to 6 servings

2 (14.5-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, or 1 (28-ounce) can

4 tablespoons oil (I now use sunflower)

4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

½-1 cucumber, peeled and seeded

1 medium onion, or several scallions

1 small green pepper, cored and seeded

Salt and pepper, to taste

Place tomatoes with juice, plus oil and vinegar, in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop tomatoes. Turn into a bowl or storage container.

Chop cucumber, onion or scallions, and green pepper fairly small to get several pieces in each spoonful. Stir into the tomato mixture. I don’t season further, but you may want to. Chill.


Serves: 4 to 5 as Sloppy Joes, or over rice or noodles

This was originally made with hamburger, but I prefer turkey. Tastes great.

1 tablespoon oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

½ green pepper, chopped

1 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ tablespoon mustard

Brown the ground turkey and chopped vegetables in oil spread in a large, heavy skillet. Stir in sauce ingredients and simmer, covered, at least an hour on low heat, to blend the flavors.


This is a low-calorie approach to a tasty meal for two.

1 Cornish game hen, a little over a pound

Sprig of fresh rosemary, optional

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon rice or wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

Pinch of ground ginger

Cut the hen in half; place on a baking pan, skin side up. Tuck a piece of rosemary underneath each half for a lovely aroma while cooking. Roast 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

Combine glaze ingredients well. Brush all over the hen and roast another 10 minutes or so, to brown skin and cook through.


Serves: 4 to 6

1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes

1 (3 ounce) box strawberry gelatin

1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice

¼ cup water

Place all in a saucepan and heat, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Turn into a small mold or individual molds. Chill until set.


Welch’s came up with this idea for nonalcoholic drinkers and children. I prefer having cold ingredients and skipping the ice.

White grape juice

Ginger ale

Fill a glass with ice; pour in 2/3 grape juice and 1/3 ginger ale. Stir.

For a bigger batch, blend a bottle of grape juice with ginger ale to taste.

June 17th, 2016

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June 13th, 2016

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(L to R) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Express Kitchens' CEO Max Kothari and friend Kurt Harrison.

(L to R) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Express Kitchens’ CEO Max Kothari and friend Kurt Harrison.


Voices of Women of Color honor Hartford business owner
At its fourth annual Trailblazers Awards, the Voices of Women of Color honored Express Kitchens owner Max Kothari with its Small Business Leader award. 
The ceremony, which was held at the American Legion McKinney-King Post No. Local 142, Inc. at 2121 Main Street in Hartford, recognized leaders in a host of fields, including education, social justice and politics. Proceeds from the event were donated to breast cancer survivor Marisellie Serrano, and special recognition was given to Butch Lewis, a longtime community activist who died last year.
“This is a celebration of our neighborhoods, a recognition of our ongoing struggles, and a reinforcement of our commitment to community empowerment,” said Janice Flemming, Founder of the Voices of Women of Color, a grassroots community group.  “Max was unanimously selected by the Voices because of his dedication to underserved Hartford residents, either through his philanthropy or his willingness to provide opportunities to returning citizens.”
In addition to Kothari, awards were presented to April Charisse Knight (Community Service), John Motley (Education), Rep. Matt Ritter (Public Health) and Petrel Maylor (Community Service). 
Based in Hartford, the Voices of Women of Color LLC (VOWOC) teaches, empowers and encourages women of color by providing them with leadership skills that lead to gainful employment opportunities and civil activism in the public and private sectors. By bringing women of color together in safe spaces, the Voices seeks to effectively break down the barriers that keep women feeling isolated, disengaged and powerless. 
For more information on the Voices of Women of Color and the Trailblazers Award, please call 860-597-8881 or visit


June 8th, 2016

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