Litchfield News




The Litchfield Area Business Association (LABA)
is a network of area business owners and managers
whose purpose is to support and shape
the future of the business community.
New members are always welcome!
Next LABA Meeting
Tuesday, August 21 ~ 12:00-1:00 pm
Location TBA
The Dog and Cat S’Paw
Grand Opening
Saturday, July 21 ~ 11:00 a.m.
The Renaissance Building
387 Torrington Rd., Litchfield
Patty LaFountain ~ 860-361-6690
Papermoon Dance Studio opens next to WZBG Radio
Papermoon Dance & Performing Arts is holding an Open House at 49 Commons Drive in Litchfield  (the same building as WZBG) on Saturday, July 21, from 1:00-4:00 PM for the unveiling of their new studio space. The event is open to the public. Visitors can meet Papermoon’s staff of dance instructors, including studio director Danielle Eichman (below), learn about the dance programs available and sign up for August Dance Camps as well as enroll for the 2018-2019 dance season beginning in September.
“I’m really excited to share this new space with everyone. We have been working so hard to get it ready and it will be exciting to see familiar and new faces coming through the doors next Saturday,” Eichman said. 
Papermoon Dance & Performing Arts was formerly located in a much smaller studio on the Litchfield/Torrington line, but with a growing enrollment, Eichman knew she needed more space. Papermoon offers recreational and competitive dance classes for ages 3 to adult. The youngest dancers can enroll in the 3-6 Combo Class which is designed to give the youngest of dancers a fun introduction into ballet, tap, and light tumbling. For adults, Papermoon offers an Adult Soft Shoe Class and an Adult Broadway Jazz class.
The studio will also be open for visitors on Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24 from 6:00 -8:00 PM for additional open house and registration hours. For more information about the studio, classes, or the Open House, visit the studio website or contact Danielle at 203-707-8428 or
Leaders Under 40 to be Honored by NW CT Chamber
Litchfield County is an aging population. It’s a story we hear often. But it’s not the whole story. Litchfield County also has a remarkable group of young leaders who are making a difference every day. They are contributing to their communities. They are investing in the future. They are working hard to assure success in business, education and society.
Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization was determined to not let this go unnoticed and are honoring the Litchfield County Leaders Under 40, an initiative that evolved from a 2017 Chamber undertaking.  
Last year, the Chamber took a lead role in the Working Cities Challenge. Following months of communicating with community leaders and extensive research, the results were astonishing. Northwest Connecticut’s demographics are changing. We have a declining number of millennials, particularly age 25-35, falling public school enrollment, and a rapidly increasing senior population. Combined, these challenges threaten the financial security and quality of life for our region.
There is a perception among the young people that jobs do not exist in Northwest Connecticut. This same group generally agree that our region is not an attractive place to live. The Young Professionals Organization’s Community Engagement Committee disagrees. They know from experience that Litchfield County offers career opportunities and a quality of life that is both fulfilling and attractive.
Over 100 nominations were received for Litchfield County Leaders Under 40.  They learned about extraordinary individuals living and working in the northwest corner who are making an impact in their company, school, non-profit or community.  
 A panel of local leaders evaluated each nominee using the following criteria:  career or educational achievement to date, commitment to excellence in their industry, leadership within their organization, involvement in the community, leadership in community organizations, and potential impact to the community’s future.
The following individuals were selected for the honor:
Katie Adkins, Plymouth Meats
Christian Allyn, Town of North Canaan
Peter Callahan, Fresh Perspectives/Copper Beech Institute
Jamie Cantoni, Jeffrey Tillou Antiques/Western CT State University
Andrew Deacon, Torrington Public Schools
Jennifer Donovan, Red Barn Consulting LLC
Ruth Nadeau Dwyer, Ackerly Brown LLP
Sarah Dziedzic, Union Savings Bank
Danielle Eichman, Papermoon Performing Arts
Renee Giroux, Earth's Palate Farm & Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities
Jessica Gueniat, Torrington Library
Johanna Idrovo Sarmiento, Northwestern CT Community College
Lauren Johnson, Catalyst Counseling of Connecticut
Jordan Kaine, RN, BSN, Visiting Nurse Services of CT
Phillip Koenig, Wamogo Regional High School
Vince Laliberte, Pursue the Clues
Meghan Lyon, Hoekenga & Machado, LLC /UCONN School of Law
Alain Malcolm, Altek Electronics, Inc.
Katherine Mancarella, North Meadow Farm
Mathew Montgomery, Elevator Service Co., Inc.
Katrin Moskowitz, Community Health & Wellness Center
Brian Ohler, State Representative, 64th District
Kimberly Petzel, Torrington Public Schools
Isabella Pinto, Northwestern CT Community College
Olivia Pinto, Northwestern CT Community College
Zachary Ritchie, Prime Time House, Inc.
Lisselot Rodriguez, Central CT State University
Michael Shea, OD, Blondin Shea Eye Care
Robert Simon, Torrington Police Department
John Simoncelli, Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc.
James   Steck, Ebersol, McCormick, Reis & Steck, LLC
Michael Sweeney, Torrington Savings Bank
Carrie Taylor, Brooks, Todd & McNeil Insurance
Jessica Tessman, Central CT State University
Jill Veras-Corey, Torrington Library
Julie Vincent, Susquehanna University
Anthony Vultaggio Jr., Torrington Ford Lincoln
Timothy Waldron, City of Torrington
Michael Whittaker, ESPN
Crystal Wiggins, Northwestern CT Community College
The honorees will be recognized at an awards dinner on Thursday, July 26th at Chatterley’s Banquet Facility in Torrington as well as being featured in the inaugural Litchfield County Leaders Under 40 magazine publication:
“The recipients go above and beyond contributing their time and talent to companies, schools, non-profits and communities. Congratulations and thank you for all you do. You are an inspiration to us all,” said Lauren Zordan, Vice President of Programs & Events for the Chamber. “Together, we should continue to spread the word that Northwest Connecticut is a great place to live and work.”
The evening’s emcee will be Natasha Lekwa, Host, Influencer Marketing & Social Media Editor at Forbes. Ms. Lekwa is launching an influencer marketing strategy at Forbes, where she brings innovation and creativity to the 100 year old media company. As the host of the Forbes video series, The Business of Influence, Natasha interviews influencers, agencies, and other industry experts from around the world on a range of topics surrounding the social media influencer space. She is focused on content creation and storytelling in new and visual ways using social media platforms. She taps influencers and Forbes list makers, including the visionaries of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, Forbes Greatest Living Business Minds, Top Influencers, etc. for interviews, takeovers, and content created specifically for each social media platform.
Anyone is welcome to attend to support these amazing young leaders. Tickets for the awards dinner are available by visiting
Northwest Hills Council of Governments
Invites you to the launch of the region's
new economic development plan
Friday, July 27 ~ 6:30 pm
@ Five Points Gallery
Come hear about the economic impact of arts and culture in Northwest Connecticut and initiatives currently underway in Torrington and the region to grow economic opportunity. Learn about how a fiber optic network will enable the region's economic future in the arts, manufacturing, entrepreneurship and continued high quality of life. This event is free and open to the public. 
Speakers at the event will include:
- Jo Ann Ryan, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce of NWCT and Chair of the Torrington Economic Development Commission
- Amy Wynn, Executive Director, Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
- Jocelyn Ayer, Community & Economic Development Director, Northwest Hills Council of Governments
-  Felicia Jones, Project Coordinator, Northwest ConneCT
Mayland Celebrates 40 Years
on Litchfield Bancorp Board
Don Mayland of Lakeville is celebrating his 40th year on the Board of Directors of Litchfield Bancorp. Chairman of the board since 1993, Mr. Mayland also served as Chairman of the Connecticut Mutual Holding Company, a partnership between Collinsville Savings Society, Litchfield Bancorp and Northwest Community Bank from its inception in 2001 until 2016. 
Don Mayland (left) and Thomas Villanova ~ photo credit The Republican American
When Mr. Mayland was asked to join the board in 1978, he was running the Mayland Chime Company in Lakeville, a family business, and was an economic teacher at the Hotchkiss School. His experience in business, combined with his knowledge of economics, was a perfect match for the board. 
While he has since retired from teaching at Hotchkiss, he is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marine Study Program, Inc., a Lakeville company that provides lake management services to municipalities and private clients. He is also the President of the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service and Chairman of the Salisbury Water Pollution Control Authority. He previously served 16 years on the Board of Finance and this past November, was elected as one of the Selectmen in Lakeville. 
At the recent annual meeting of the Bank’s advisory board, Mr. Mayland was recognized for his commitment and dedication. He was presented with an antique Seth Thomas clock, which has a special connection to him. The clock contains chimes from the Mayland Chime Company, a company his great, grandfather started. “It has been a pleasure working with Don over my 24 years with Litchfield Bancorp. His leadership and people skills are two of many traits that I have admired and emulated in my own career. The bank has been fortunate to have Don at its helm and has benefited in numerous ways during his tenure.” President and CEO, Thomas Villanova stated.  Don and his wife, Diane, have two children and four grandchildren.
Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $250 million offering full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Watertown, Washington and Lakeville. To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to or call 860-567-9401.
LABA Business News
Craig Yard of Litchfield, his wife, Shari, and their daughter, Kailyn, celebrated the opening of a Torrington office of their family business, Health Insurance Services of CT, on June 29.
Yard, a former Litchfield High School basketball and tennis standout, founded the business in 2004. The Torrington office located at 438 East Main St. gives the business more visibility in Torrington.
The business specializes in Medicare plans, prescription drug plans, travel insurance, employer health plans and life insurance. Advertising
Rosemary K. Cockburn is the Advertising Sales Representative. She is handling all new advertising accounts and would be glad to talk with you about advertising on She can be contacted by phone at 860-567-4051 or via email at


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Silly Sprout takes root in the center of Litchfield (06-08-18)

The Silly Sprout has moved from its previous location on Bantam Road to a prominent storefront on West Street. The popular children's clothing and gift store opened last week at its new location. ~ BZ photos 
A new business, C.P. Farmhouse, has opened in a previously vacant storefront on lower West Street. The business features Amish-made furniture and home decor. Both businesses are providing a welcome boost for the commercial district.
Key commercial property in Warren center is sold (05-27-18)
Commercial property at 4 Cornwall Road in Warren has been sold and will be revitalized by its new owner. BZ photo
Long dormant commercial property in the center of Warren is set to be brought back to life by its new owner.
John Favreau of Warren bought the property last week for $375,000 and plans to restore its two buildings and fill them with retail and professional tenants, a development that would give the center of town an economic boost.
The buildings have sat empty for eight years. The previous owner of the property was Joseph Cicio of Warren, who was asking $495,000 for the site.
Favreau said the reaction to his purchase has been positive. Residents and town officials, he said, want to see the property used in a productive way. Favreau has changed the name of the property from Warren Hamlet to Warren Town Center.
The plan, Favreau said, is to attract a food-service tenant for the space previously occupied by the Warren General Store. It would serve as a community gathering point, he said.
Favreau said he decided to purchase the property because he was tired of driving by and seeing it unoccupied.
New bakery gets going in former Litchfield jail (05-11-18)
Jeremy McKendry, one of the owners of The Bakehouse, assists a customer on Thursday. BZ photo
The Bakehouse is open for business in the former jail in the center of Litchfield.
Owners Jeremy McKendry and Allison Varian, both of Torrington, held a soft opening Thursday and are planning a grand opening later in the month.
The Bakehouse features homemade bread, cookies, brownies, muffins, cakes and cupcakes. Croissants and donuts will be available weekends. All products are made from scratch at the bakery. Coffee and tea are available too.
The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An interesting feature in the bakery is its storage room. The space was once the jail’s solitary confinement cell and still has a door with bars on it. Customers are welcome to check out the space.
The owner spent months preparing the shop for business. The sparkling clean interior will be outfitted with seating and some outdoor seating will be available, McKendry said. 
@ NW CT Chamber of Commerce
333 Kennedy Drive, Torrington
Women's Enterprise Initiative
What You Need to Know About Hiring Employees 
At some point in your business or nonprofit's growth you will probably need to hire employees. Finding the right person is always the biggest challenge, but once that's done, the complexity begins. Read our latest BLOG post to see what's required.
Our website,, offers a lot of information for small businesses and for non profits. We also spotlight some of our clients who are running and growing their own small businesses or non profits.
The Women's Enterprise Initiative of Northwestern Connecticut is a nonprofit organization which provides consulting on all aspects of business ownership and nonprofit management, free of charge, to entrepreneurs and nonprofits in Northwestern Connecticut. We work with both women and men. Please visit us to learn more. Click HERE to get to our website. Referrals are always welcome!