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Snapshot: Tamara Doherty

Occupation: I am the owner of WellBaskets.com, with the brick and mortar Wishing Well store in Sandy Hook. Wishing Well has been here for five years, and I’ve been in my Church Hill Road location for about 2½ years. I’ve owned WellBaskets.com for ten years.

Family: I’m married to Shannon Doherty. We’ve been married for 15 years. We have a daughter, Tegan, who is 14 years old, and our son, Eamon, is 10 years old.

Pets: We have a dog, Kelly, a beagle; and four cats: Jackson, Taz, Datchi, and Fangy. They’re all rescue cats.

How long have you lived in Newtown? We’ve been in Newtown about 18 years. We moved here from Norwalk.

What do you like to do in your free time? I’m involved in softball with my daughter, I coach. I’m on the board for Babe Ruth Softball. I do power lifting and have been competitive in that sport. My husband and I like to cook and I like to read, too. We do like to go out to movies.

Do you have a favorite book? I really like reading books regarding food as medicine and keep current on that, because it’s related to my business. I’ll read any other kinds of books for enjoyment. I was an English major, and when I was in college, George Eliot was my favorite author.

Do you have a favorite travel destination? Every year we try to go to Cape Cod. That’s where my husband vacationed as a kid and we wanted to share it with our kids. We love the waves and stuff. It’s fun. My husband and I really want to travel a lot more when the kids are older. I’ve always wanted to go to Peru.

What is the best thing about Newtown? There are so many opportunities for the kids here. The schools are good. Both of our kids love sports and there are a lot of programs in town. We’re very focused on kids in Newtown, and I think that’s what I like best about our town.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? I’m going to have to go with my karate teacher, Kenji Fujiwara. I studied with him for about six years. He was a major turning point for me. He made me realize things about myself that I didn’t know. His confidence in me gave me confidence in myself. I feel his influence in the way I live my life, in how I run my business, and how I raise my kids.

Do you have a personal philosophy? What I try to tell my kids is that you can really learn from everything that happens to you. Everything that happens to you is a way to test yourself.

Do you have a guilty pleasure? It’s dumb television shows, all the vampire ones and stuff like that. It’s fun, and gets my mind off of everything.

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