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 Italian Bistro on Wednesday, January 8, from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Rebecca Flynn of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut (BBBS). Ms Flynn’s presentation is titled “Start Something Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters,” and will include ideas on how individuals and companies can make a positive impact this year by partnering with BBBS and support mentoring in the community.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature a talk entitled “What You Eat Really Does Matter” on Wednesday, January 8, at The Villa Restaurant in Sandy Hook. Educator Lisa Swain will be discussing all the ways that nutrition impacts health, including the importance of a plant-based diet, which foods and beverages to avoid, and how the USDA’s current guidelines can improve every aspect of health.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Holiday and New Member Welcome party on Thursday, December 19, starting at 5:30 pm in the newly renovated Warner Loft, the upstairs entertainment room of the Foundry Kitchen and Tavern, at 1 Glen Road. The event was to be held December 17, but has been postponed due to snow.
Nick’s Restaurant & Catering, 4 Starr Street in Danbury, just off of South Street (Route 53) has been satisfying customers for more than25 years. As of December, owners Frank and Victor DeGirlamo of Newtown are pleased to announce that renovations to the space have been completed. Shiny hardwood tabletops brighten the room and new chairs provide comfortable seating in the main dining room. Booth seating provides additional seating. A brick wall in the dining area adds a note of warmth to the atmosphere and new window treatments and carpeting mean that the changes are seen floor to ceiling, and appreciated by customers old and new. All in all, said Victor DeGirlamo, they are pleased with the more streamlined effect.
Adriana Johnson, owner of Spa Naturelle, a holistic skincare boutique located in Newtown, launched the cutting-edge Apple Stem Cell Skin Rejuvenation treatment by demonstrating the service at her spa on December 1 during her one-year anniversary Open House. Ms Johnson said she was happy to have had a successful first year. The Apple Stem Cell treatment is offered exclusively to the area at Spa Naturelle. In the industry this service is also referred to as the “Hollywood Red Carpet Ready Treatment” and is drawing clients’ attention.
John O’Sullivan opened Art & Frame of Danbury two years ago, after having worked as a framer since he was 15 years old, at various locations. His love of woodworking was learned from his father, he said, growing up in Bethel, and he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The shop functions primarily as a frame shop, said the Newtown resident, “but I wanted a gallery, too.” Seven to eight times a year, the white textured walls on either side of the bright, rectangular space that makes up Art & Frame are covered with the works of local artists, solo or in groups. Each show is hung for approximately six weeks, allowing ample time for viewing during the Monday through Friday hours of 10 am to 7 pm, or until 6 pm on Saturdays.
Newtown residents are invited to visit and take pictures with Santa December 15 between 10 am and 2 pm at LeReine’s Cuisine, 31 Peck’s Lane. Owner LeReine Frampton decided to host the event, during which parents and caregivers take their own photos with Santa, as a fundraiser for the Newtown Hook & Ladder Building Fund. There is no cost to visit with Santa or take pictures, but Ms Frampton is hopeful that those attending will donate to Newtown Hook & Ladder Building Fund. Attendees are also welcome to purchase breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks, or baked goods that will be prepared for or cooked to order that day.
Local business owners and professionals are invited to join the Working Women’s Forum on Wednesday, December 11, for a holiday gathering at The Villa Restaurant, 4 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook. All are invited. A wide variety of raffles will be offered, including spa services at A New Beginning Aveda Salon, portraits from Newtown photographer Marleen Cafarelli, cooking lessons from Lorraine Hurley, local author Sharon Cohen’s book Newtown Moving Forward, a wine basket, a Christmas decor basket, local designer Christina Wolf’s holiday embellishments, and much more.
Ice cream lovers don’t have to hibernate during the winter now that Frosty Bear is open just a mile or so south of the Newtown–Monroe border on Route 25.
For five years, John Martin operated a very successful seasonal ice cream stand near Staples High School in Westport. But a couple of years ago he decided to begin looking for a location where he could remain open year-round, especially for those with a sweet tooth and no reservations about enjoying a cone or sundae during the coldest days of winter. He found that spot in a space previously occupied by a small Italian eatery, tucked between Creative Music and a Dunkin’ Donuts shop. Mr Martin opened his doors in Monroe just as a heat wave descended on the region in mid-July, and he is seeing a steady stream of fair weather customers returning and expressing gratitude that they can continue to get their ice cream fix.
Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development and Department of Labor have helped hundreds of small business people achieve their goals. Those agencies will participate in an outreach seminar providing Newtown and area business owners a breakdown of the various programs the state has to offer in efforts to help small businesses succeed and grow. The free seminar is set for Tuesday, December 10, from 8:30 to 10 am, in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library.