September 2014  |  Issue 16

Betsy Paynter


What another fantastic Labor Day Parade! Coming together is one of the things that make Newtown a great community.


The summer is ending and the fall is upon us: seasons are changing. Autumn brings the harvest, back to school, and back to work. And Newtown Economic Development is on the job! Last month we wished Liz Stocker farewell when she left to pursue a new professional opportunity. Newtown is "Open for Business" with its new "super team" of Economic Development: George Benson as the Director of Planning, Christal Preszler as the Grant Coordinator and me, Betsy Paynter, as the Economic Development Coordinator.


I will continue to work on town, property, and development marketing initiatives for the EDC. I'm also focused on assisting Newtown's existing and new businesses with their growth and expansion. You can still contact me with questions and assistance at or 203-270-4281. We are here to help your business grow and prosper in Newtown. Give me a call today!


The EDC is working hard to promote our valued Newtown businesses. Learn about our "Featured Newtown Business" a part of The Newtown Way: But Local First campaign later in the newsletter.


Newtown and Sandy Hook are filled with great economic history. Curtis Packaging Corporation is one of Sandy Hook's oldest manufacturing businesses. Learn more on their company website.


The Newtown Chamber, SCORE and other organizations offer business education opportunities. It's important for business owners to keep polished with what's happening in their industries, learning new marketing and business tools. Sign-up for a seminar or networking group today and advance your competitive edge! Stay up to date with business news from the Newtown EDC, by "liking" our Facebook page


I'm here to help your business grow and prosper in Newtown and Sandy Hook. Please let me know if you have any questions or business needs or 203-270-4281.


Betsy Paynter

Economic Development Coordinator
NewsEDCNews from the EDC
Buy Local First

The EDC will begin promoting the "Featured Newtown Business" later this month. I invite all Newtown businesses to participate. Complete the attached form and email me the necessary information. We'd like to help spread the word about your business.

DevelopNTownNewtown Manufacturing

Curtis Packaging Corporation

44 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook 

Curtis Packaging, originally The Berkshire Company, was established in 1845 in Sandy Hook, CT and the company is growing strong today. Founded by Samuel Curtis, the Berkshire Company manufactured fancy combs and buttons on the same property in Sandy Hook, CT. Today, Curtis Packaging is a thriving leading provider of luxury packaging solutions. They manufacture high quality folding cartons for the most discerning global brands. Learn more about Curtis Packaging's history, their state of the art 150,000 sq ft facility and what their 130+ talented employees produce right here in Sandy Hook.  Learn more > 

Original StoreCurrent Office and Manufacturing Facility
expansionNewtown Business Expansion

The Toy Tree The Toy Tree

14 Church Hill Road, Newtown

Hours: Mon & Tues: 10am-5pm, Wed & Thurs: 10am-6pm
Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm 


After 10+ years of the Toy Tree located in Sandy Hook Village, they have expanded their business into the Borough of Newtown. This past spring, the thriving toy store moved its location to 14 Church Hill Road. With an additional 300 sq feet and 12 foot ceilings allowing them to offer a larger range of merchandise. Congratulations to The Toy Tree from the EDC!
Learn more >

Paving Maintenance Supply, Inc.

133 South Main Street, Newtown
Hours: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Sat: 8:30am - 11:30am 

PMSI has recently expanded their Newtown business, moving from 3 Edmond Road, into 133 S. Main St. They offer paving and sealing services to contractors, municipalities and consumer retail. PMSI is consumer minded, offering contractor references, working with the better business bureau to help prevent bad business dealings. Contact manager Chris Simmons at (203) 304-1455, with your questions, he's here to help.


123 South Main Street, Newtown

By appointment only: Tues: 11am-3pm, Wed: 9:30am - 3pm,
Thurs: 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm, Fri: 10am-5pm, Sat: 10am-3pm

After 1 years from opening their doors in the Highland Plaza, Newtown MediSpa is expanding, adding 1,000 sq ft, offering additional services and creating jobs. Moving within the Highland Plaza, their new spa office will open later this month. They will offer additional enhancing wellness services such as expanded laser treatments, new steam and relaxing rooms for their clients, IV hydration therapy for athletes, rejuvenation, anti-aging and energy to fight chronic fatigue to name a few. Congratulations to Newtown MediSpa from the EDC!  Learn more > 

Tara Coastal Restaurant

143 South Main Street, Newtown

New restaurant! The owner of The Hook in Sandy Hook is opening a new Fish House, Tara Coastal on South Main Street. The casual dining menu will include a raw bar, fish, steaks, full bar and more. Be sure to check out this new Newtown eatery later this fall... yum.  

developmentNewtown Development

Dr. Curtis H. Beck, DMD, MSD

12 Queen Street, Newtown
Dr. Beck's new building located on 12 Queen Street i
s on schedule to open late this November. His business will reside on the second floor of this handsome addition to the Borough of Newtown. There are 3,500 sq ft available for retail and/or professional space located on the first and second floor. All interested parties should contact Scott Lavelle at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate at 203-994-1753 for details.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Beck's services.

Rte 6 Medical Offices

164 & 168 Mount Pleasant Road, Newtown Construction is progressing in the Hawleyville business district along Mount Pleasant Road. 19,000 sq. ft will soon be available this fall.  Development plans consist of two 27,000 s.f. medical buildings, each with elevator and two stories on a total of 7 acres. The site is located in the retail/medical office corridor off Exit 9 off I-84 on Route 6 with 330' of highly visible road frontage. Interested parties should contact Todd Payne with Good Fellow Real Estate at (203) 744-7025 Ext: 1320.  Learn More >

The Summit

Mixed Use Space Available on South Main Street

146 South Main Street, Newtown

Planning & Zoning amended the zoning regulation to expand the density of residential units above commercial property. The Summit Development, beginning construction later this fall, is the first to implement this new regulation, now creating an economic development opportunity. Interested parties should contact Kerry Wood at the Dartmouth Company.  Learn more >

newsStateNews From Around The State
Department of Labor Hosting American Job Centers

Are you or someone you know looking for work? The Department of Labor will be hosting American Job Centers. Click here to learn more about upcoming events in the Newtown area.  
Learn More >

Building Owners Can Reduce Costs 

Newtown offers you a great opportunity to reduce your building's operating costs! With the Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), building owners enjoy increased cash-flow while their building is improved. Learn more here, feel free to contact me with any questions.

Learn More >


scoreSCORE Business Seminars
SCORE Business Seminars

Take advantage of these FREE business seminars to keep your competitive edge

September 8 - October 6, 2014

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business
Workshop series covers Self-Assessment/Business Plan, Marketing Strategy & Research, Marketing Execution, Finanical Reporting & Planning, and Funding Sources/Conversations with Entrepreneurs

Learn More >

September 18 - October 9, 2014 

Build Your Creative Courage

For artists, business & creative professionals, designers, writers, etc.

Learn More >







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