May 2015  |  Issue 19

 Painting by Newtown Artist, Jim Chillington.
Happy Spring!

Betsy Paynter

The construction season is in full swing with development happening in all corners of Newtown. Activity includes retail and professional space, medical buildings, housing and business expansions. It's all happening right here. Newtown was featured in the Fairfield County edition of New England Real Estate Journal last month. We have exciting projects to talk about. Newtown is located in Fairfield County, in the great state of Connecticut, offering a beautiful place to live, work and grow.


The Economic Development Commission (EDC) has welcomed multiple businesses this spring with ribbon cuttings almost weekly. Recently, Newtown and Sandy Hook Village embraced new businesses such as SOHO Pizza of Newtown, Exceptional Pet, GCS Computers and B U Juice Bar to town. The Newtown Way: Buy Local First Campaign, an EDC "Buy Local" initiative, encourages the community to buy locally. Promotional materials are provided to new and existing businesses to help them spread the "Buy Local" word and are available for download on our website too.


Newtown Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual event, Destination Newtown, on May 20th, at Rock Ridge Country Club from 4-7pm. The EDC encourages all Newtown businesses to consider being a part of this community event. It's an opportunity for valuable networking, business promotion and Newtown restaurant sampling, not to be missed!


As farms prepare their crops for the growing season, I must mention the Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills Campus opens June 23rd from 2pm - 6pm, every Tuesday. Eat fresh & buy local - it's good for you and the community!


Stay up to date with business news from the Newtown EDC, by "liking" our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter at @NewtownCTEDC. I'm here to help your business grow in Newtown and Sandy Hook. Please contact me if you have any questions or business needs at or 203-270-4281. Newtown. Live. Work. Grow. With Us.


Betsy Paynter

Economic Development Coordinator
NewsEDCNews from the EDC
Newtown EDC

Newtown's "Medical Mile"

Newtown's Medical Mile is beginning to take shape along Mt. Pleasant Road, in Newtown's Hawleyville Business District. The many attractive benefits to this location include the installation of a new sewer line extension, multiple tracts of available industrial land, along with a prime location off exit 9 of I-84. Things have been bustling in the Economic Development/Planning Department in Newtown. 

Women's Business Development Council & CH Booth Library

The WBDC, Women's Business Development Council, is coming to Newtown's CH Booth Library. CH Booth Library and the EDC are partnering with WBDC to provide FREE business development services to Newtown area business owners. On June 10th from 6pm - 8pm, in the Booth Library's Genealogy Room, will be an evening of insight, guidance and networking with Jill Russo Foster, the author of Thrive in Five: Take Charge of Your Finances in 5 minutes a Day. She'll share her professional guidance and wisdom to help you improve and better understand your finances. Refreshments will be provided by Union Savings Bank. Call 203-925-0686 for more information. Registration.

DevelopNTownNewtown Business Openings

GCS Computer

117A Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook Village
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm

GCS Computer has opened their doors in Sandy Hook Village. They specialize in repair of I-phones and I-pads screens, along with computer, tablet, TV, game console repairs. Sandy Hook Village is a new market for GCS Computer, expanding from stores in Derby, Seymour, Ansonia, Oxford, Shelton and Woodbridge.  Learn more on their website and Facebook page.

Newtown, located in northern Fairfield County Connecticut, is a thriving community of more than 26,000 residents. Our well-educated workforce, quality school system and historic character offer your business one of the best locations in New England - now and into the future.

B.U. Juice Bar 
100 Church Hill Road
Unit 104, Sandy Hook Village

A first of its kind in Newtown, we welcome B U Juice Bar into Sandy Hook Village. Owner Diana Arias blends each serving fresh, offering juice drinks and smoothies along with healthy snacks. Some of the menu choices include Green Machine, Detox and Build Your Own smoothies. All made with fresh fruits, super foods, low fat yogurt and more. Coffee and teas are also available. Stop in and say hello to Diana. The B U Juice Bar is located behind Cover 2 Restaurant.  Visit B U Juice Bar's Facebook page.


Fine Floors By Mathison
85 South Main, Newtown

Hours: Mon, Wed & Fri - 9:30am - 5pm, Thurs - 9:30-6, Sat: 11 - 4, Closed Tues & Sun

Newtown welcomes Fine Floors by Mathison to Newtown. They specialize in carpeting, vinyl flooring, area rugs, tile, pre finished & unfinished hardwood floors and refinishing of existing hardwood floors. Stop in and say hello to Tricia today.
Visit website and Facebook page.

Quilt Shop by Lois

12 Queen Street, Newtown
Hours: Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm, later hours on Tues & Thurs, closed Sun & Mon

Newtown welcomes Lois Mitchell and her Quilt Shop By Lois to the Borough Business District this June. Lois brings a shop for quilters and those who would like to learn. Offering classes and a wide range of fabrics, notions and patterns to the community and surrounding towns.  Visit website and Facebook page

Newtown Business Expansions

Your Healthy Pet 

61 Church Hill Road, Street, Newtown 

Hours: Mon-Fri:10am-7pm Sat: 10am-5pm Sun 10 am - 2pm

Newtown congratulates Your Healthy Pet on their business expansion and success. Owners and Newtown residents, Tom & Mary Kay, opened their business 6 years ago in 1,600 sf on South Main Street and are now expanding to 3,000 sf at 61 Church Hill Road on May 20th. The expansion allows them to carry more products, increase retail items and continue their animal adoption efforts. Be sure to stop in and see their new store!  Visit website and Facebook page.

Salon Michele

14 Queen Street, Newtown  

Congratulations to Michele Schettino Hawli, owner of Salon Michele, on her expansion after 9 years of business in Newtown. Beginning June 1st, Salon Michele will grow from 695 sf with 4 chairs to 1,300 sf with 6 chairs. Her new location, 14 Queen Street, next door to Nina's Nail Spa, offers room to grow, street front exposure and large windows, allowing more light and visibility to the public. We wish Michele and her team all the best on their new location.  Visit Facebook page.
Foundry Kitchen and Tavern
1 Glen Road, Sandy Hook Village

Mon-Sat: Lunch 11:30am - 4:30pm, Dinner 4:30pm - 1:00am, Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner: 3:00pm - 1:00am

he deck is open at The Foundry Kitchen and Tavern and the kitchen is expanding. Owner Chris Bruno, is expanding the kitchen line to enhance the service and menu options for lunch, dinner & brunch. This internal expansion will allow Chris to offer a larger range of food offerings, highlighting their culinary talents along with larger parties upstairs in the Warner Loft. Chris continues to grow relationships with local farms to bring fresh flavors to his customers.  Visit website and Facebook page.
anniversaryBusiness Anniversaries

Cassio Pet Resort & Training Center

173 Mt Pleasant Road, Newtown

Owner and Newtown resident, Joy Brewster, is celebrating 50 years of service to Newtown and surrounding communities. Cassio Kennels offers dog lodging, training, grooming, water sports & a fenced in play area. Joy was a professional dog handler and breeder with only a few boarders on the weekends in 1965 when she opened the kennel. In 1990, she constructed the 10,000 sf modern facility that is there today. Joy was recently inducted into the professional dog handler's association hall of fame and is a professional dog show confirmation judge today. Congratulations to Joy and her staff. Visit website.

Merryhill Childcare Center
Merryhill Childcare Center, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of service to the Newtown community. Merryhill Child Care Center began as a joint venture of the Fairfield Hills Hospital Management and New England Health Care Union District 1199 to provide quality child care to state employees. When the Fairfield Hills Hospital closed, Merryhill was disassociated from the State of CT and became responsible for operating on its own. The center is managed by a Board of Directors today. Congratulations on your success from the Newtown EDC! Visit website.
Arrowhead Guitars
Joe Proc is celebrating 35 years as a full-time musician, teacher of guitar, bass & vocal coaching. Joe also professionally repairs all stringed & percussion instruments. His band, OFF the HOOK has been performing locally & abroad for 30 years, performing rock, blues, jazz, folk, funk & reggae. Many of his students perform in a band titled WIPED OUT and they play local gigs for pay. Congratulations to Joe and his business success.  Visit website.
Highlighted Newtown Properties 
The Botsford Drive Inn
25 South Main, Newtown
FOR SALE: This iconic business located on Rt. 25 was established in 1955 and still going strong. The historic red and white drive-in features a large parking area with picnic tables and established consumer followings. Business and property for sale. Learn more > 
191 South Main Street, Newtown

FOR SALE: Freestanding office building, 21,000 sf in campus like setting. Situated on over 7 acres with large bullpen area, private offices, bathrooms with shower, full kitchen, storage/distribution area and ample parking. Learn more >

around_stateNews From Around The State
2015 Connecticut Economic Review 

Eversource and the state of Connecticut have prepared the 2015 CT Economic Review. CT offers a highly skilled and talented workforce and a strategic Northeast location. Read the review to learn more about the attractive opportunities this great state of Connecticut can offer businesses.

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Join Stony Hill 4 Corners for the Amber Alert on May 31st from 10am - 4pm at Fairfield County Ext Center

Fundraiser for Hawleyville Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Concert & Dinner
June 13th 4-8 pm

Save the Date
in Sandy Hook Village.  Enjoy the charm and take a stroll along the river while dining and/or shopping this fall!
Lion's Club
Duck Race
May 23rd

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Duck Race in
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at Fairfield Hills

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Season begins June 23rd

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