• Business Of The Year Nominees Announced

    After a monthlong campaign where the community was invited to submit its picks for favorite Newtown businesses in four different categories, The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown and The Rotary Club of Newtown announce the nominees for the 2015 Business of the Year award. The public is now invited to vote for their picks in New Business, Longevity, Philanthropy, and Overall Achievement. Winners will be announced during an awards dinner on March 23, to which the public is also invited.

  • Prepare For Possible Water Damage During March Meltdown

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy this week said that with winter weather appearing to finally loosen its grip on Connecticut and warmer temperatures steadily approaching, homeowners should caution themselves and keep an eye on indoor leaking as the deep snowpack on roofs and surrounding building foundations begins to melt. The state’s consumer protection and insurance agencies are encouraging consumers to proactively conduct research now for qualified, registered home repair contractors who can be called upon in the event that problems occur, and to also review their homeowners’ policy in the event they need to make a claim.

  • Newtown’s RadioShack Staying Put, Just Not Honoring Other Stores’ Returns

    Local electronics consumers rejoice! While nearly 1,800 RadioShack stores across the nation, including more than a dozen in Connecticut, will be closing by the end of March, Newtown’s independently owned store in the Sand Hill Plaza on South Main Street is remaining open.

  • Chamber Breakfast On Marketing, March 11

    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, March 11, from 8 to 9 am. This month’s event will feature Melisa Webster, president of Newtown’s Flagpole BNI, with a presentation titled “Marketing and Growing Your Business Beyond the Chamber,”

  • Talk On Social Media At Working Women’s Forum

    The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “How To Build Your Business on Social Media in 14 Minutes a Day,” with guest Kate Fitzpatrick. Local professionals and entrepreneurs are encouraged to join the group for the talk on Wednesday, March 11, at The Villa Restaurant in Sandy Hook.

  • Dressing Film, TV Sets, Chintz-N-Prints Is Newtown’s Rising Screen Star

    When you watch a visually stunning Oscar-winning film like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, or you recall indelible elements in film like the sweeping emerald curtains that unveiled the real Wizard of Oz, or the stark contrasts and complementing patterns that make television shows like Sex and the City pop, you begin to appreciate the supporting roles that colors, patterns and fabrics play in their popularity and success. When it comes to discovering and employing some of those patterns, colors, and materials, Newtown’s own Chintz-N-Prints is quickly becoming a rising star in the eyes of film and television designers, who are flocking to Newtown to poke through tens of thousands of different fabrics the store warehouses — seemingly enough to wrap around the earth…maybe twice.

  • Chamber, Rotary Business Of The Year Kickoff Event Planned

    Newtown Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Newtown will host a joint networking event Monday, February 16, at Newtown Country Club. Along with fostering relationships between both groups, the purpose of the meeting is to kick off the 11th Annual Business of the Year recognition program.

  • McGeorgi’s To Close Doors

    A staple of Main Street, Anywhere, USA, for decades has been the quaint old antiques shop, laden floor to ceiling with antiques and objects of all manner. It is always a sad day to see this kind of history go when one of these shops closes and harder still when it hits close to home. Around the end of February, McGeorgi’s Antiques & Consignments will close its doors after opening at 129 South Main Street 24 years ago. “McGeorgi," as he is known, has a massive task in the coming weeks notifying all his consignors of the impending closure to pick up their objects.

  • ‘Successful Partners’ To Star At Working Women’s Forum

    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 & Treats, 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. Both have backgrounds in the design industry, and have created a unique and inviting atmosphere right in the center of Newtown.

  • Business Buzz: Save Your Scissors

    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.