Business Buzz

  • Business Buzz: Vital Rain

    Lidia and Paul Corey of Bethel opened the doors of their business, Vital Rain, in late April, giving Newtown and area customers a brick and mortar outlet for the line of all natural baby, children, mother, and pet products they have been selling online and at craft shows since 2013.

  • Business Buzz: Rita’s of Bethel

    There is no “Rita” at Rita’s of Bethel, the “Ice Custard Happiness” store that opened February 17 in the Stony Hill Corners plaza, at the corner of Route 6 and Hawleyville Road. “Rita” is an acronym for Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability, all values of the iced desserts store owned by Irene and Joe DeAngelis. The Philadelphia-area-based Rita’s Italian Ice franchise is one of two — with two more scheduled to open soon — owned by the DeAngelis family.

  • Business Buzz: The Toy Tree

    The Toy Tree, a fixture in Sandy Hook Center for nearly a decade for local toy and game purchases, relocated May 10 to 14 Church Hill Road in the plaza at the corner of Queen Street and Church Hill Road.

    Owner Tracy Schmid and manager JoAnn Whiting are thrilled that the additional 300 square feet they now have, plus 12-foot ceilings, allows them to offer new lines of merchandise and expand popular lines, such as Legos, which they have always carried.

  • Business Buzz: Barnwood Grill

    Since February 14, customers have been pouring through the doors to sample the fare offered at Barnwood Grill, 5 Queen Street, nestled next to the Bottle Stop and Caraluzzi’s Newtown Market. The official opening for Barnwood Grill was February 12. Then one of last winter’s many storms shut down the restaurant the following day for 24 hours, said owners Simi Polozani of Newtown and Denard Brahimag of New York. It was just a brief pause in what has otherwise been a successful opening, they said.

  • Business Buzz - Edward Jones Investment

    Kimberly Lydon, branch office administrator, and financial advisor Randy Eskenazi staff the Edward Jones Investment office at 19 Church Hill Road, offering a full spectrum of financial advice.

  • Business Buzz: APK Designs, LLC

    In pursuing her second career, Agni Pavlidou Kyprianou of APK Designs, LLC, feels she has finally landed in the job she was meant for.

    A computer programmer of custom database applications for financial businesses, before taking off ten years to be at home with her children, Ms Kyprianou returned to school and received her bachelor of fine arts in interior architecture and design from the Academy of Art at the University of San Francisco. She has been working as a designer for four years.

  • Business Buzz: Green Crystal Massage Of Newtown

    “You don’t need to live with that pain in your neck!” is the message Michele Grand is sending out.

    “I have always, always, always wanted to be a massage therapist,” said Ms Grand. A graduate of George Washington University with a degree in business, she recently took advantage of an opening in her life that allowed her to return to school and pursue her dream.

  • Business Buzz: A New Look For Nick’s Restaurant & Catering

    Frank and Victor DeGirlamo of Newtown are pleased to announce that renovations to their Danbury eatery Nick's Restaurant & Catering are complete, and they invite their Newtown neighbors to visit and enjoy.

  • Business Buzz: New Café Offers Much More Than A Cup Of Joe

    The Village Perk Café opened at 3 Glen Road on May 10, offering quality coffees, sandwiches, and baked goods to fill a much-needed niche in Sandy Hook Center, said general manager Laura Maynard.