|John Voket/Newtown Bee|
After battling another October storm, Newtown is now ready to celebrate the holidays and the coming of a new year! This issue of the EDC newsletter brings us "home for the holidays" in Newtown. You will find information regarding the many new businesses opening in Newtown, which shows a positive growth pattern as we near 2013. As you prepare for the holidays, Newtown provides possibilities in solving your holiday needs from gift giving to hosting the holiday meals this season. A reminder, the Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues to offer Newtown Bucks, a perfect gift idea for anyone. These gift certificates can be redeemed with any of the 200+ Chamber members ranging from restaurants, hardware stores, grocery stores to insurance needs.
As we enter into 2013, I'd like to remind all Newtown businesses of the many resources available on the
EDC website. These resources range from supporting entrepreneurs thinking about starting a business to beneficial content and links for long standing businesses, helping them to continue to grow and profit.
In the past three months, I've met many business owners in Newtown, discussing challenges and solutions for business growth. I'd love to meet you and discuss how the EDC can help your company grow in 2013 as well. Feel free to contact me at 203-270-4281 or via email so we can review the many tools the EDC can offer your company. I look forward to meeting you!
Happy Holidays and Cheers to a prosperous New Year!
Economic Development Coordinator
|Open for the Holidays! New Happenings in Newtown
The EDC would like to welcome the following businesses opening in Newtown:
Queen Street Gifts & Treats
Mary Wilson & Patrick Kearney are the owners of "Queen Street Gifts & Treats" located at 3 Queen Street. The gift shop offers a "taste" of the old Lexington Garden's gift shop, filling a gift shop niche in Newtown.
Shoppers can find a wide range of unique gifts such as kitchenware, cast iron, bath & body items, table linens, household items and a men's section including barware, ties, watches & soaps. The food selection includes gourmet pastas, olive oils, salts, delicious chocolates, jellies & jams, etc. There is something for everyone. Stop by and see Mary and Patrick today!
Butchers Best Country Market
Steve Ford is taking his Butcher's Best to the next level. "Butcher's Best Country Market" will open early December in their new location at 125 Highland Plaza on Rt. 25, South Main Street. The Country Market concept is "from farm to table", offering local and fresh items for the meal including a full butcher shop, fresh produce & dairy items (cheeses, milk, butter), fresh pasta cut to order and homemade breads along with many other delicious local items.
Along with Chef Jason Hill, the former owner of Stepney Kitchens of Monroe, Steve will offer weekly, "Thursday Night off the Block". This is a carving station including turkey, smoked ham, roast beef, etc, accompanied with the choice of freshly made side dishes to complete your take home meal. Stop in to see Steve and his staff today!
Sound, Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness
31 Hawleyville Road, Historic Hawleyville Chapel
Berkshire Hearth & Home - Sales & installation of wood, pellet, gas stoves & grills, fireplace fronts, & inserts
121 Mt. Pleasant Road
Spa Naturelle - European Skincare Boutique
43 South Main Street
The Dinosaur's Paw - Books for children and young adults
274 South Main Street
CycleINPlace - Indoor cycle studio & yoga
274 South Main Street
RML, Inc. - A global supplier of specialty chemicals to the personal care, pharmaceutical and food industries along with supporting all research and development efforts for their customers
75 Glen Road, Sandy Hook
|Newtown - Shop Local This Holiday Season
There are many Newtown businesses which can satisfy your gift giving and holiday needs this season. Newtown offers a range of retail opportunities from small gift shops such as Everything Newtown, Queen Street Gifts & Treats, The Wishing Well, Down on Main Street and The Dinosaur Paw to larger retail offerings such as TJ Maxx, Walgreens and CVS. Newtown's grocery stores, Big Y, Caraluzzi's, Stop & Shop and Butcher's Best and liquor stores Taunton Wine & Liquor, Cork & Barrel Wine, Spirits & Liquor, Dodgington Liquor, Sandy Hook Wine & Liquors, Yankee Discount Wine & Spirits and Hawleyville Wine & Liquors can help you prepare for the holidays.
|2013 Will Bring New Development to Newtown
- The Fairfield Hills Authority and the Economic Development Commission are preparing marketing plans for the Fairfield Hills Campus in early 2013. A Request for Proposal, RFP, will be released to top developers. The Fairfield Hills Authority is currently preparing real estate leasing terms which will be attractive to these potential developers.
- Fairfield Hills has received a $200,000 grant earmarked for the cleanup of the eight (8) empty residential houses on the campus. Demolition is planned for 2013.
- The Sandy Hook Streetscape is due for completion the summer of 2013. This project includes sidewalks, decorative lighting, landscaping and a new traffic light with pedestrian cross signals at the Sandy Hook intersection.
- A development project at the former Lexington Garden site will break ground by Spring 2013, bringing additional retail and office space to the borough. Upgrades include a new traffic light at the intersection of Church Hill Road & the Boulevard, creating a new entrance into the project.
- Route 6/Hawleyville - There are multiple approved commercial sites ready for development in the near future in this area. Conversations will continue regarding the extension of sewers along Rt. 6. More to come in 2013.
Business Support & Networking
- FRANNET: Do you dream of owning your own business? Have you recently been downsized? Are you fed up with the corporate world? Are you interested in owning a Franchise business?..... Bill Brimmer from FRANNET is hosting an information session at the Booth Library on January 10th from 6 to 8 PM in the meeting room to discuss the advantages of business ownership, the differences between a start-up business, buying an existing business and franchising, risk and rewards, how to simplify the search. Contact Bill Brimmer at 203-313-2239. Check out their website.
- Working Women's Forum, the group welcomes all those who would like to network amongst their peers. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month at The Villa Restaurant in Sandy Hook, 6pm - 8pm. Contact president, Maureen Wilson at 203-470-9097 or visit: www.workingwomensforum.net
- Northern Fairfield Professional Network, the group welcomes all who are interested in networking. They host weekly speakers and meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Knights of Columbus, behind St. Rose, 5:30 - 8pm.
Thinking of opening a business in Newtown? Do you already own or manage a business in Newtown? Looking for Business Resources? Look no further than www.newtown.org
The Newtown Economic Development Commission's website provides helpful links to help you start up or grow your business. Are you planning to start up a new business and need some help? The resource page will help you learn more about what steps to take. Do you need to learn more about managing your business financials, small business loans or how to network with other companies? Our website has information for you to learn and grow today... click here to get started on your opportunities.
We are always available to help you get going. Contact Betsy Paynter, 203-270-4281 or Elizabeth Stocker, 203-270-4271 or stop by the Newtown Municipal Center and visit us so we can help you along.
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Newtown Bucks gift certificates are a convenient way to give a gift, while promoting local Newtown business. Newtown Bucks Gift Certificates are available in $10 and $25 increments, and work just like regular gift certificates. They are good at any of the 200+ members of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce such as: Caraluzzi's, My Place, Ferris Acres, Newtown Pizza Palace and Newtown Hardware.
To purchase Newtown Bucks and see the full list of participating businesses, visit the Chamber website or call Alice Baye at the Chamber office at 203-426-2695.
Enjoy Newtown's Cultural Experience this Holiday
Newtown has a strong cultural community which enriches resident's lives and increases Newtown's desirability in the economic environment. The "Cultural Scene" in Newtown ranges from music, theater and art to editorial with organizations such as: Stray Kats. Check out all the cultural happenings in Newtown. Enjoy the holiday festivities around town!
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