Consumers and retailers are ready to move on to the next phase of the end-of-the-year sales marathon: gift returns, and Connecticut Better Business Bureau says the process can be a lot less time-consuming and costly for those who do some preparation.
Tired of 20-plus years in the corporate world, working as director of financial planning and analysis, Bob Vigilante turned to a new venture this past fall. In September, the Yorktown Heights, N.Y., resident and his wife, Cary, took ownership of Taunton Wine & Liquor, at 147 Mt Pleasant Road. “It was just time to do something else. We have friends in this business in New York, and I’ve always liked wines, so I thought, ‘Why not?’ Taunton Wine & Liquor has been an established business for 23 years. Longtime customers still find many familiar faces among the employees, he said. “The only new faces, really, are my family." The Vigilantes and staff stress friendly, impeccable service, he said.
Newtown resident Mariette Kammerer combines image consulting with professional and personal coaching, as well as promotion for her popular weekly radio broadcast under the umbrella of her KES Educational Services, Inc. In a recent chat with The Newtown Bee, she said her primary goal as a consultant is to help clients discover their own oft-hidden talents and misspent energies, rechanneling them into new blooming careers or endeavors. Ms Kammerer realized years ago that her own unique gift is the ability to quickly assess individuals she meets, then coaching them to tap their greatest possible potential and putting it to work so they can achieve a new or greater level of success than they ever imagined.
Divine Dogs, “A heavenly spa where all dogs go,” according to its tag line, opened its doors at a new location December 2. Formerly at 123 South Main Street, owner Cori McNerney and staff are now offering full-service grooming for all dog breeds at 78 South Main Street, near the intersection with Elm Drive. Still under construction, but open for business, Ms McNerney said that the new larger space will allow her to accommodate more clients, as well as to expand her retail items. “We had simply outgrown our old space,” said Ms McNerney of the decision to relocate the business.
Local professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to join the Working Women’s Forum Wednesday, December 10, for a holiday gathering at The Villa Restaurant. A wide variety of raffles will be offered, light supper and homemade holiday desserts will be served, and a cash bar is available.
The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on members of the local workforce in transition, will meet Tuesday, December 9, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Local professionals are invited to attend for networking, followed by an interactive recruiter panel discussion featuring both corporate and agency staffing professionals. The panel will entertain questions in relation to the hiring process.
Michelle Reichert, who founded the residential and commercial cleaning company Clean Suites in 2013, doesn’t just want to leave her customers with a sparkling clean finish. She wants her sustainable cleaning products and practices to benefit clients for a long time after she has packed up her mops and vacuum cleaners. The Newtown-based enterprise works in town and throughout the region for select private clients, realtors and property managers, typically rolling in to recently completed new homes or to properties in-between occupants. “I specialize in cleaning up before people move in, and after they move out,” she told The Newtown Bee during a recent visit to a local client’s home.
Dr Jarek Guzy, his wife Kasia, and their three children, Oliver, 7, Amelia, 5, and Annika, 13 months, are happy to be a part of the Newtown community. Dr Guzy took over the Berkshire Veterinary Hospital practice September 24, where he continues to provide care for longtime customers of the veterinarian clinic in Sandy Hook, and welcomes new clients. Kasia Guzy is hospital administrator and takes care of the business end of the animal hospital. Dr Guzy graduated from veterinarian school in Poland, in 1994. The couple moved to the United States in 2000, and he received his DVM in 2006, from the University of Florida.
The Waterfall Restaurant, 30 Padanaram Road (Route 37) in Danbury, opened in June, the second local restaurant for owner Elmer Palma. Mr Palma was formerly a partner in Dimitri’s Diner in Ridgefield for 15 years, and in 2007 opened Elmer’s Diner, located right next door to The Waterfall. Mr Palma describes his new venture as “Manhattan-style dining with Danbury prices.” The two-story restaurant is divided into four distinct dining rooms, seating a total of 130 guests. Two of the dining areas, one on the main level and one on the upper level, overlook a small waterfall behind the building.
The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, will meet Tuesday, November 11, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building on Church Hill Road. Professionals and entrepreneurs are invited for networking, followed by a speaker presentation at 6 pm by Stacey Cohen, founder of Co-Communications, Inc, on “Keys To Build A Winning Personal Brand.”