When you watch a visually stunning Oscar-winning film like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, or you recall indelible elements in film like the sweeping emerald curtains that unveiled the real Wizard of Oz, or the stark contrasts and complementing patterns that make television shows like Sex and the City pop, you begin to appreciate the supporting roles that colors, patterns and fabrics play in their popularity and success. When it comes to discovering and employing some of those patterns, colors, and materials, Newtown’s own Chintz-N-Prints is quickly becoming a rising star in the eyes of film and television designers, who are flocking to Newtown to poke through tens of thousands of different fabrics the store warehouses — seemingly enough to wrap around the earth…maybe twice.
Newtown Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Newtown will host a joint networking event Monday, February 16, at Newtown Country Club. Along with fostering relationships between both groups, the purpose of the meeting is to kick off the 11th Annual Business of the Year recognition program.
A staple of Main Street, Anywhere, USA, for decades has been the quaint old antiques shop, laden floor to ceiling with antiques and objects of all manner. It is always a sad day to see this kind of history go when one of these shops closes and harder still when it hits close to home. Around the end of February, McGeorgi’s Antiques & Consignments will close its doors after opening at 129 South Main Street 24 years ago. “McGeorgi," as he is known, has a massive task in the coming weeks notifying all his consignors of the impending closure to pick up their objects.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature a talk titled “Successfully Working With A Partner.” Mary Wilson and Patrick Kearney, who are owners of Queen Street Gifts & Treats, have been friends for more than 30 years. They will discuss the benefits and difficulties of working with a partner, including identifying specific skills, developing goals, and getting along when things get stressful. Both have backgrounds in the design industry, and have created a unique and inviting atmosphere right in the center of Newtown.
Newtown native Ashley Hubbard and staff are ready to not only color your hair, but color your world at Save Your Scissors, an upscale salon in Sandy Hook Center, with appeal to the young and the young at heart. Sassy bursts of color, oversized black and white tiles that form a checkerboard pattern on the floor, and a wall in the waiting room painted by a Danbury graffiti artist let you know that Save Your Scissors Salon, which opened September 30 at 5 Riverside Road, is not your ordinary salon. A wall of brightly colored hair products is accented with numerous Star Wars paraphernalia and figurines, a secret vice of the salon owner and stylist.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature a talk titled “Successfully Working With A Partner.” Mary Wilson and Patrick Kearney, who are owners of Queen Street gifts, have been friends for more than 30 years. They will discuss the benefits and difficulties of working with a partner, including identifying specific skills, developing goals, and getting along when things get stressful.
Newtown MediSpa opened its doors to a newly expanded space, Tuesday, January 6. Located just two doors down from the original office, also at 123 South Main Street, the two-year-old business is now found in Suite 110B. “We were just tripping over each other in our old space,” said owner Debra Sullivan, PA, who partners with Dr David Hendricks, medical director, at MediSpa. By more than doubling the size of the office, MediSpa is now able to build on the laser and injection services, and other medical treatments geared toward anti-aging, health, and skin care, for which the spa has received rave reviews, said Ms Sullivan.
The Newtown Economic Development Commission and the Newtown Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Connecticut District Office to offer free seminars for small business owners and those thinking about entering the world of entrepreneurship. All seminars will be held in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 8 to 9:30 am.
Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC), the downtown revitalization and economic development nonprofit, has awarded the Town of Newtown a $10,000 Preservation of Place Grant for the creation of a Sandy Hook Village Signage and Wayfinding Design Plan. Newtown was one of eight organizations and municipalities to be award a 2015 Preservation of Place Grant. As part of the Sandy Hook Village economic recovery and branding efforts completed by Arnett Muldrow & Associates in 2013, it was recommended that a signage and wayfinding study be completed. This effort will help determine signage needed to direct the public to Sandy Hook Village and notify travelers of parking, restaurant, arts, etc. In other business news, the Newtown Economic Development Commission and the Newtown Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Connecticut District Office to offer free seminars for small business owners and those thinking of about entering the world of entrepreneurship. The four programs will be presented at C.H. Booth Library beginning February 3.
Newtown career coach and broadcaster Mariette Kammerer, who was recently profile in The Newtown Bee, is hosting a workshop titled, “Unleashing Your Innovative Thinking Potential.” The first of six sessions is set for Thursday, January 29, from 6:45 to 8:15 pm, at the Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Tuition for the series is $175, which must be prepaid by credit card. Ms Kammerer told The Bee that her program is about “inner tool building — a playground for real solution findings.”