Newtown native Ashley Hubbard and staff are ready to not only color your hair, but color your world at Save Your Scissors, an upscale salon in Sandy Hook Center, with appeal to the young and the young at heart. Sassy bursts of color, oversized black and white tiles that form a checkerboard pattern on the floor, and a wall in the waiting room painted by a Danbury graffiti artist let you know that Save Your Scissors Salon, which opened September 30 at 5 Riverside Road, is not your ordinary salon. A wall of brightly colored hair products is accented with numerous Star Wars paraphernalia and figurines, a secret vice of the salon owner and stylist.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature a talk titled “Successfully Working With A Partner.” Mary Wilson and Patrick Kearney, who are owners of Queen Street gifts, have been friends for more than 30 years. They will discuss the benefits and difficulties of working with a partner, including identifying specific skills, developing goals, and getting along when things get stressful.
Newtown MediSpa opened its doors to a newly expanded space, Tuesday, January 6. Located just two doors down from the original office, also at 123 South Main Street, the two-year-old business is now found in Suite 110B. “We were just tripping over each other in our old space,” said owner Debra Sullivan, PA, who partners with Dr David Hendricks, medical director, at MediSpa. By more than doubling the size of the office, MediSpa is now able to build on the laser and injection services, and other medical treatments geared toward anti-aging, health, and skin care, for which the spa has received rave reviews, said Ms Sullivan.
The Newtown Economic Development Commission and the Newtown Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Connecticut District Office to offer free seminars for small business owners and those thinking about entering the world of entrepreneurship. All seminars will be held in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 8 to 9:30 am.
Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC), the downtown revitalization and economic development nonprofit, has awarded the Town of Newtown a $10,000 Preservation of Place Grant for the creation of a Sandy Hook Village Signage and Wayfinding Design Plan. Newtown was one of eight organizations and municipalities to be award a 2015 Preservation of Place Grant. As part of the Sandy Hook Village economic recovery and branding efforts completed by Arnett Muldrow & Associates in 2013, it was recommended that a signage and wayfinding study be completed. This effort will help determine signage needed to direct the public to Sandy Hook Village and notify travelers of parking, restaurant, arts, etc. In other business news, the Newtown Economic Development Commission and the Newtown Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Connecticut District Office to offer free seminars for small business owners and those thinking of about entering the world of entrepreneurship. The four programs will be presented at C.H. Booth Library beginning February 3.
Newtown career coach and broadcaster Mariette Kammerer, who was recently profile in The Newtown Bee, is hosting a workshop titled, “Unleashing Your Innovative Thinking Potential.” The first of six sessions is set for Thursday, January 29, from 6:45 to 8:15 pm, at the Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Tuition for the series is $175, which must be prepaid by credit card. Ms Kammerer told The Bee that her program is about “inner tool building — a playground for real solution findings.”
While “big box” computer stores and their behind-the-scenes repair facilities may be convenient, most of the clients of Joseph Masso’s Liberty Computing Services keep coming back for the trusty, quality work the young technician provides. The first thing clients will see when they step into Liberty Computer Services are a wall full of Mr Masso’s credentials. His education includes many certificates benchmarking his ongoing training through A+, Network+, I-Net+, and Security+. Along with these continuing education certifications, he is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, and performs limited service on Apple computers as well.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature Jennifer Zulli, speaking about “Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Benefits of Meditation.”
In addition to an overview of the various types of meditation techniques, the speaker will discuss simple ways of fitting the practice into busy lives. The presentation will conclude with a small group meditation.
In an effort to help foster business opportunities in the greater Newtown area, the Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues to host free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals. The next event will be held at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on Wednesday, January 14, from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Tom French, of Tom French Sales Coaching. Mr French’s presentation, titled “Big Blunders of Sales Conversations,” will include an informative discussion on the classic blunders that cause initial sales conversations to fizzle.
Consumers and retailers are ready to move on to the next phase of the end-of-the-year sales marathon: gift returns, and Connecticut Better Business Bureau says the process can be a lot less time-consuming and costly for those who do some preparation.