Michelle Reichert, who founded the residential and commercial cleaning company Clean Suites in 2013, doesn’t just want to leave her customers with a sparkling clean finish. She wants her sustainable cleaning products and practices to benefit clients for a long time after she has packed up her mops and vacuum cleaners. The Newtown-based enterprise works in town and throughout the region for select private clients, realtors and property managers, typically rolling in to recently completed new homes or to properties in-between occupants. “I specialize in cleaning up before people move in, and after they move out,” she told The Newtown Bee during a recent visit to a local client’s home.
Dr Jarek Guzy, his wife Kasia, and their three children, Oliver, 7, Amelia, 5, and Annika, 13 months, are happy to be a part of the Newtown community. Dr Guzy took over the Berkshire Veterinary Hospital practice September 24, where he continues to provide care for longtime customers of the veterinarian clinic in Sandy Hook, and welcomes new clients. Kasia Guzy is hospital administrator and takes care of the business end of the animal hospital. Dr Guzy graduated from veterinarian school in Poland, in 1994. The couple moved to the United States in 2000, and he received his DVM in 2006, from the University of Florida.
The Waterfall Restaurant, 30 Padanaram Road (Route 37) in Danbury, opened in June, the second local restaurant for owner Elmer Palma. Mr Palma was formerly a partner in Dimitri’s Diner in Ridgefield for 15 years, and in 2007 opened Elmer’s Diner, located right next door to The Waterfall. Mr Palma describes his new venture as “Manhattan-style dining with Danbury prices.” The two-story restaurant is divided into four distinct dining rooms, seating a total of 130 guests. Two of the dining areas, one on the main level and one on the upper level, overlook a small waterfall behind the building.
The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, will meet Tuesday, November 11, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building on Church Hill Road. Professionals and entrepreneurs are invited for networking, followed by a speaker presentation at 6 pm by Stacey Cohen, founder of Co-Communications, Inc, on “Keys To Build A Winning Personal Brand.”
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 at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro, on Wednesday, November 12, at 8 am. George Herring, vice president of Savings Bank of Danbury, will discuss how local businesses, organizations, entrepreneurs, and residents of Newtown can better their budgeting and savings, while maintaining good credit.
Work From Home Newtown-CT will host its next lunch gathering on Thursday, November 6. Remote workers, home-based business owners, sole proprietors, jobseekers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, et al, are invited to join Newtown resident Greg Pategas for networking and socializing at Sweet Mango.
“It’s a great community and we see a lot of traffic here,” said Jeff Guarino, store manager at Sherwin Williams, located at 255 South Main Street. The paint and wall cover store opened its doors to the public Monday, October 21, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 30. “We are close to the metro New York area and this location has easy access for contractors,” Mr Guarino said of the corporation’s choice of locations. He stressed that while much of Sherwin Williams’ business is contractors, homeowners are equally welcome, with personal service a hallmark of the store.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature Dr John Woodall and his program “You’re Stronger Than You Might Think” on Wednesday, November 12, at The Villa Restaurant. Dr Woodall plans to discuss how to strengthen skills individuals already have by learning from the very best scientific research and the secret skills used by the most resilient people.
The Pottery Factory, at 265 Federal Road, Brookfield, is 2,300 square feet of fun for all ages. Owned and operated by Bettie Ann and Dan Feeley of Brookfield, the store opened this past August and has been drawing a steady crowd since. “It sells itself,” said Ms Feeley. Starting their own business was something the couple wanted to do as they looked to the future, Ms Feeley said. Inspired by a family visit to Busch Gardens in Florida the summer of 2013, when they enjoyed a paint-your-own pottery event there, the Feeleys decided this might be the business they were seeking.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “Beautifying Your Space With Today’s Floral Trends,” with guest Judy Grabarz, owner of Newtown Florist. Scientific research has proven that flowers can improve one’s mood. Ms Grabarz will demonstrate quick and easy ways to group plants in areas of the home and office for interest and texture, as well as how to design flowers with current trends.