November 2014  |  Issue 17

Betsy Paynter


Halloween festivities along Newtown's Main Street were magical as always. It's that time of year again as the holiday season begins to take shape. Newtown's beautiful historical buildings will soon twinkle with white lights while draped in evergreen garland. The various tree lightings, community gatherings, heart-felt donations and buying local are just a few things that make Newtown a spectacular community. 


A quick reminder - Small Business Saturday is November 29th. All Newtown's merchants have deals and opportunities for you to gather holiday gifts, shop for holiday meals along with prepare your home and yourself for a festive season. We encourage you to shop locally this holiday season. Also, food banks everywhere are in need of donations, especially during the holiday season. Please consider donating to your local food bank today.


Newtown manufacturing keeps on growing. Rand-Whitney is a long time manufacture in Newtown who continues to generate jobs and is an economic contributor to our state of Connecticut. You can learn more about them later in the newsletter.


The EDC congratulates our expanding Newtown businesses and new business owners along with a 25th anniversary. The construction season has been busy in Newtown and builders are working hard before the frost arrives. The medical buildings at 164 Mt. Pleasant Road and the Villages at Lexington in the Borough are making progress.  The new gas and convenient station along Church Hill Road will soon break ground and the new building at 6 Washington Street in Sandy Hook Village is almost complete.


The Newtown EDC would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. May 2015 be prosperous and bring you great things!


 Stay up to date with business news from the Newtown EDC, by "liking" our Facebook page.  Also, the Newtown EDC is on Twitter now - come follow us at #NewtownCTEDC.


I'm here to help your business grow in Newtown and Sandy Hook. Please let me know if you have any questions or business needs at or 203-270-4281. Newtown is a great place to Live. Work. Grow.


Betsy Paynter

Economic Development Coordinator
NewsEDCNews from the EDC
Buy Local First

We'd like to remind all small business owners and the Newtown community that Small Business Saturday is November 29th. This day was founded to help small businesses gain consumer awareness and generate more traffic through their doors during the holiday season. We encourage all businesses to prepare their marketing plans for the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and get the word out to the community that they are "Open for Business" this holiday season! 


We have "The Newtown Way: Buy Local First" materials available for your use, they are easy to download from our website.


Virtual Small Business Development Center
at the CH Booth Library

The C.H. Booth Library announces they are one of 27 CT libraries to serve as a Virtual Small Business Development Center.  This is a three-year pilot program sponsored by SBA, CTSBDC, UCONN, the Connecticut Library Consortium along with SCORE, the Women's Business Development Council, and the Spanish American Merchants Association.  The program provides a variety of resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners such as virtual communication with CTSBDC counselors; online business analysis and assessments tools (i.e., Bottomline, Fintel, Growth Wheel, IBIS World); and social media support.  The services of CTSBDC are 100% confidential.  The Virtual Small Business Development Center at the C.H. Booth Library will be located in the Reference office and will be available by reservations. Stop in and learn more about this great opportunity here in Newtown!

DevelopNTownNewtown Manufacturing


1 Edmond Road, Newtown 

Rand-Whitney has been manufacturing corrugated displays, shipping containers and folding cartons in Newtown for the past 16 years. Rand-Whitney employs approximately 80+ employees at their 1 Edmond Road location, working over three shifts. Some of the end-users of their products include manufacturers of consumer electronics, cosmetics, computer hardware and software, communications products, photography, appliances, toiletries, automotive products, giftware, lighting toys and games. To learn more about Rand Whitney, their employment opportunities and manufacturing operation, check out their website   Learn more > 

Reception sign at

Rand-Whitney, Newtown

Rand-Whitney General Manager,

Geoffrey Schiffenhaus,
touring the Rand-Whitney Newtown plant

Newtown Business Expansion

Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals

119 Mt. Pleasant Road (Rt 6), Newtown

Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: 8am-6pm
Thurs 8am - 8pm   Sat: 8am-3pm   Sun: Closed 

Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals has expanded their current facility at 119 Mt. Pleasant Rd, creating a new lobby, reception and three new exam and procedures rooms. They also added Dr. Katelyn Bakewell, a full time exotic specialist, who provides care for animals such as guinea pigs, birds, reptiles and ferrets. To learn more about the growing practice of Mt. Pleasant Hospital for Animals, visit their website.  Learn more >

Divine Dogs

78 South Main Street, Newtown
Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Sat: 8:00am - 5:00am, by appointment

Cori McNerney, owner of Divine Dogs, is expanding her 3+ year old Newtown business from 750 sq ft to 1250 sq ft in her new location at 78 South Main Street. Her new location is currently under construction, due to open early December. The expansion provides space for new spa services, retail expansion and a new employee. You can still make appointments at Divine Dog's existing location in Highland Plaza until the expansion is complete. Congratulations Cori!
Learn more > 

Taunton Wine and Liquors

147 Mt. Pleasant Road, Newtown

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am-8pm

Sundays 1am-5pm

Taunton Wine and Liquors has changed hands to new ownership. Newtown welcomes business owners, Robert and Cary Vigilante to Newtown. The big news is - they are now open on Sundays, 10am - 5pm, previously the store was closed on Sundays. They offer weekly specials and encourage you to come in and learn more about their product offerings. Look for holiday baskets for gift giving this holiday season too - Stop and say hello to Robert & Cary today!  Learn more > 

developmentNewtown Business New Openings

Sherwin Williams

255 South Main Street, Newtown

The EDC welcomes Sherwin Williams to Newtown. Their newly renovated 3600 sq. ft space is location at 255 South Main Street in the Waterfall Plaza. Sherwin Williams offers the community and contractors a wide range of paints, wall coverings and painting supply options. Contractor pricing is available along with weekly sales for homeowners. Stop in and say hello to the store manager Jeff.  Learn more >

CORE Fitness Healthclub

123 South Main Street, Highland Plaza, Newtown
Welcome CORE Fitness!  This new health club will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for members and staffed from 9am - 7pm.   Website coming soon > 

homebasedNewtown Home Based Business
Sweet Fusion
Sweet Fusion is a Newtown home-based business. They specialize in American and French desserts such as French Macaroons, Sugar Cardamom cookies and cupcakes, tarts and cakes. They are all beautifully decorated with henna designs. Something to consider for the holidays!  Learn more >

anniversary25th Business Anniversary
Bellenot & Boufford, LLC
280 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
Celebrate their 25th anniversary. Congratulations from the Newtown EDC! Learn more on their youtube video.
Highlighted Newtown Properties 
101 South Main Street, Newtown

Are you looking for a distribution center, warehouse or need to move product on the railroad? Newtown has the property for you! For sale or lease, this property is located on 17 acres with an approximately 130,000 sq ft building. Learn more >

31 Pecks Lane, Newtown

A great opportunity! Affordable office space available within a flexible industrial environment. This property offers many options for your business needs for expansion and development. Price starting at $7.75 sq ft., 2,000 - 15,000 sq. ft available.  Learn more >

around_stateNews From Around The State
Connecticut Consolidates Regional Planning

Connecticut's planning regions provide a geographic framework which municipalities jointly address common interests, and coordinate state plans and programs. The Office of Policy and Management has realigned the regions which affects Newtown. Newtown is now part of the Western CT planning region. We look forward to working with our new partners in our region.  Learn More >

events-around-townEvents Around Town
Holiday Tree Lightings

Newtown's New England charm really shines over the holiday season. Don't miss the many opportunities to celebrate with your neighbors and local business owners.

  • Friday, December 5th @ 6pm - Newtown Chamber sponsors the Ram's Pasture Tree Lighting
  • Saturday, December 6th @ 6pm - SHOP sponsors the Sandy Hook Tree Lighting
  • Sunday, December 7th @ 5:30pm - Stony Hill 4 Corners sponsors the Hawleyville Tree Lighting & Toy Drive
29th Annual Holiday Festival
For the 29th year, Newtown Savings Bank will present the Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 7, 2014. This year will feature a Historic Trolley Ride, Historic House Tours, Holiday Tea sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank, Gingerbread House Contest, Yankee Candle sale, Jingle Bell Jam Concert sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank and Sippin Energy, Frozen Frenzy, Scholastic Book Sale, The Festival of Trees, Trinity Church's service of Lessons and Carols, The Nutcracker Suite Ballet and much more! For a detailed list of events and times, including ticket information, please visit
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in Sandy Hook Village.  Enjoy the charm and take a stroll along the river while dining and/or shopping this fall!

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