January / February 2014  |  Issue 13
Newtown News


Betsy Paynter

Happy New Year from the EDC! 2014 is off to a great start. Newtown and Sandy Hook are seeing new business openings and development plans beginning to execute. In this newsletter, I've highlighted a few new developments within town and provided information on a range of commercial spaces for sale and lease. On the EDC website, www.newtown.org, we provide a site selection/property search link for those interested in commercial space in Newtown or Sandy Hook. Take a look at the commercial opportunities available. If you have any questions regarding commercial space in town, don't hesitate to contact myself or Elizabeth Stocker


The EDC hosted a successful business seminar series in 2013 at the Booth library. We are pleased to announce in 2014 the EDC will partner with the Newtown Chamber, SCORE and Newtown Savings Bank as our sponsor for both the spring & fall series. Learn about the Spring Seminars, the first one is Thursday, March 13th from 8am - 9:30am @ the Booth Library, mark your calendars! We hope to see you there.


Newtown's Elizabeth Stocker has been elected as President of CEDAS, Connecticut Economic Development Association, for a second term. CEDAS is a not-for-profit membership organization committed to advancing the practice and process of economic development in the state of Connecticut.


Be sure to stay up to date with news from the Newtown EDC via Facebook.  Elizabeth and I are here to help your business grow and prosper in Newtown. Please let us know if you have any questions and how we can help your business needs betsypaynter@newtown.org or elizabeth.stocker@newtown-ct.gov


Betsy Paynter

Economic Development Coordinator
News from the EDC

MBA Students Recommend Business IncubatorMBA Newtown EDC

The Newtown Economic Development Commission completed a project with a group of Sacred Heart University MBA students exploring the potential for a business innovation center in Newtown. The MBA students researched the possible need for a business incubator in Newtown, how it might be established, and the variety of ways creating a resource for the start-up community.

Department of Labor Has Training Grants for Your BusinessRevolutionary 

The Connecticut Department ofLOB Labor is offering grants for companies to develop and maintain their workforce to remain on the "cutting edge." Click here to learn about the grant opportunities that are available for training your workforce and to find out if you are eligible. 
Newtown Commercial SpaceNewtown-CS
Rt. 25 Industrial Park Development
201 South Main Street, Newtown - Industrial Park proposed as 320,000 sf over two buildings. Both buildings are flexible in size and can be adjusted per tenant's needs. Can divide and have loading docks as needed. Both buildings will include ESFR Sprinkler systems. The site has a rail spur with service by Housatonic Railroad Company which interchanges with CSXT in Pittsfield, MA.   Learn more here... RealEstate
Highland Plaza
Three Brand New Buildings in a Suburban Strip Mall. Spaces from 1,950 - 22,000 SF. Suitable for Retail, Medical or General Office Use. Highland Plaza is located in the heart of Newtown, along one of the major North/South corridors (South Main Street, aka CT Route 25).  Learn more here....Village
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Borough Business Profile

Barn Wood Grill
5 Queen Street, Newtown, CT

Newtown welcomes the "Barn Wood Grill" into the Caraluzzi's Shopping Plaza on 5 Queen Street. Barn Wood is a casual, contemporary, American restaurant, approx. 4400 sq ft, with a full bar and an upscale menu. The décor includes reclaimed wood, brick, fireplace with a large bar area and warm atmosphere. They plan to open doors in mid February. Stop down and say hello to the Newtown resident owners.

Newtown Business Profile

A Bead of Roses

274 South Main Street, Newtown, CT

Congratulations to Lisa & Traci at A Bead of Roses on their expansion in the South Main Plaza. They are moving within the same plaza location from 1100 sq ft to a 3100 sq ft space. Additional to their store front business, they have launched a national jewelry home party business, similar to Tupperware or Silpada Jewelry, which they will headquarter in Newtown. This expansion calls for new jobs to their business as well. To learn more, contact Lisa or Traci at 203-304-9264 or visit their website


5 Tool Financial

119 South Main Street, Newtown, CT

Newtown welcomes 5 Tool Financial, a custom, strategic financial planning company for small business owners. The business opens at 119 South Main Street on February 1st. Owner and Newtown resident, Chad Joshpe, will be the Chamber's keynote speaker on April 9th at 8am at Sal e Pepe. To learn more about 5 Tool Financial, contact Chad or check out their website.  

Sandy Hook Business Profile

100 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook:
Newtown welcomes the new owners of Cover 2, previously The Iron Bridge, to Sandy Hook Village. Cover 2 is a Sports Bar and Restaurant, hosting large screen TVs showing the games of the day. Local sports fans are able to enjoy favorite game day foods such as nachos, burgers, wings and more. Stop down and say hello to Ryan Ahearn & Dan Tarantino in Sandy Hook Village today!

Home-Based Business Profile

Connectologie, LLC
Connectologie LLC, is a Newtown based event planning company which will be hosting its 2nd Annual Kidologie Gets Ready for Summer Children's Fair on March 16, 2014, at the Reed Intermediate School in Newtown. Family-friendly businesses are invited to participate as an Exhibitor or Vendor to promote their business to the hundreds of families attending from the local and surrounding areas. For more information email or visit the event's  website and on Facebook.
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