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Looking Around Town....The small business spirit of Newtown, CT

Thoughts from my experiences with local business owners from around town.

The last two months have been incredibly gratifying for me both as a local Realtor and Newtown resident.  I have had the pleasure to meet, sit down with, and share stories with over 20 local business owners.  I've heard their successes, struggles and have experienced first hand the passion they all have for their businesses and Newtown.   It became quite apparent how fortunate I am to live in a town that still holds some of that "can-do American Spirit" of yesteryear.  

I could share many stories from my time spent with local business owners, but for today's purpose I'll choose to share a story about Sharon at PJ's Laundromat. That's right, a laundromat. A place the majority of Newtown residents (myself included) are fortunate enough not to need until the power goes out. Sharon's passion for her business goes well beyond just providing folks with clean clothes, she loves Newtown and Sandy Hook and wants to see it grow and thrive. She shared with me her own story which mirrored many I had heard before. But what separated Sharon from many was that she preferred to tell me how great the other shops and businesses were that surrounded her business.  How wonderful the Coffee is at Demitasse or how the Sandy Hook Hair Company has the best stylists.  Her spirit was truly genuine and contagious.  

So as I leave you from my first Newtown, CT Patch blog post please remember one thing; Newtown offers more than meets the eye.  Not only do the small businesses in town deliver the goods and services we all need in our daily lives, they also deliver a passion that every small town needs.  One could say they are the soul of our town.  

Do you have or know a small business with a story that needs to be told? Let me know, please email me at Andy.Sachs@CBMoves.com 

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Richard B. Fisher, DDS March 05, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Nice job Andy. We should all strive to support our local businesses. I do not like to see any fail but I am happy that Newtown Hardware was strong enough to compete with a national chain.
Andy Sachs March 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Hi Dr. Fisher, thanks for the comment. Newtown is a unique and special place where small business can still mean a great deal to the residents quality of life. Its up to all of us to preserve that. See you around town!
Lois Imbriano Barber March 25, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Andy, I am so glad you are doing something to support the small businesses who make our area unique. How terrible it would be if the whole world became Starbucks and The Gap.

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