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Judy’s Place – A vision is brought to life and becomes the center of Washington’s community

In 2013 a small group of civic-minded residents shared a dream to transform the abandoned Vinnie’s Texaco Station in Washington Depot into a park, an events space, and a vibrant community hub. By 2014 the Washington Park Foundation was formed. In 2015 a capital campaign was established and the foundation received its most substantial gift [...]read moreJudy’s Place – A vision is brought to life and becomes the center of Washington’s community

The Retail Evolution – Change and thrive, say these three businesses

Since 1950 Craig’s Fine Jewelry has maintained a reputation for fine-quality jewelry and impeccable service. Bill Craig, who has been a longtime driving force behind many downtown events, says, “I just love Main Street Ridgefield.” Yet even jewelry stores are not immune to the toll of Internet sales—recent trends indicate younger generations are buying fine [...]read moreThe Retail Evolution – Change and thrive, say these three businesses

Kripalu brings its RISE program to businesses near and far

The research is irrefutable: Of the 80 percent of all workers who report feeling stress on the job, half say they need help in learning how to manage it. The stress toll also hits businesses right where it hurts—with significant loss in productivity as a result of less-than-optimal teamwork, decision making, and focus. That said, [...]read moreKripalu brings its RISE program to businesses near and far

Not Your Father’s Hardware Store — Local store thriving

Wilton Hardware

When Keeler Hardware closed seven years ago, Tom Sato, a 30-year Wilton resident, decided to give up his New York marketing career and lengthy commute to fill the void by opening Wilton Hardware. “We opened a few weeks earlier than planned in October 2012,” recalls Sato. “It was right after Hurricane Sandy hit, and we [...]read moreNot Your Father’s Hardware Store — Local store thriving

Neumann Real Estate, a family affair since 1969

Neumann Real Estate

Originally opened in 1969, Neumann Real Estate was a courageous and timely business venture: Harry and Lorraine Neumann had six kids to provide for, and the town was short on real-estate agents. Hard-working Harry hoped at least one of his children would take over when he retired. Today five of the Neumann siblings are co-owners [...]read moreNeumann Real Estate, a family affair since 1969

All the World’s a Stage — The journey of an event designer

Plume design

In eighth grade, a prophetic computer game alerted Erin Schultz to what would ultimately become her life’s calling. After tallying up her interests, the computer deemed she was destined to become a set designer. Growing up in a small Minnesota town, her only theatrical experience to date had been making her own Halloween costumes, but [...]read moreAll the World’s a Stage — The journey of an event designer

TIF For Tax – Incentives for Small Business Growth

Tax incentitives

Small businesses are the core of the Berkshire economy. These companies comprise more than half of the county’s employer establishments, with more than 2,700 employers staffing fewer than 10 people. To survive and to thrive, many need to expand—but expansions are costly.“We’ve shifted in recent years from the model of attracting large companies to trying [...]read moreTIF For Tax – Incentives for Small Business Growth

Growing Trend of Sharing Work Space

Shared Work Space

Gig workers, freelancers, moonlighters, and independent contractors now account for more than a third of the U.S. workforce, and 42 million Americans are expected to be self-employed by 2020. These statistics reflect not only the swelling Millennial workforce, but the increasing importance workers of all generations are placing on career flexibility, engagement, and independence. While [...]read moreGrowing Trend of Sharing Work Space

Craft Brewery business exploding

Kent Falls Brewery

At a time when so many industries are shutting down or migrating out of Connecticut, the craft brewery business is hopping—pun intended—with 84 opening across the state over the past two years, seven in Litchfield County. “It’s been a big couple of years for Connecticut, sort of an explosion going on,” says Bart Watson, chief [...]read moreCraft Brewery business exploding

Ten Minutes With Jack Mitchell – Chairman of Mitchell Stores

Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell is a business owner, luxury retailer, author, and speaker with a passion for life-long learning. Mitchell grew up in Westport and was always intrigued by other cultures. After a summer abroad, he went on to earn his Masters in Chinese history at Berkley. In 1958, Mitchell’s parents, started their eponymous retail business in [...]read moreTen Minutes With Jack Mitchell – Chairman of Mitchell Stores

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