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Hello Boutique Relocates to Hamden 
Thursday, February 22, 2018
After decades in downtown New Haven, Hello Boutique has relocated to the beloved nearby Whitneyville neighborhood of Hamden. Situated between The Soup Girl and Whitneyville Market in a brick building with a simple storefront, A store with special clothing and desirable accessories from around the world, Hello Boutique is owned by husband and wife team Greg Catalano and Kristen Herman, who are Hamden residents. Hello Boutique converted the former First Niagara Bank at 1246 Whitney Avenue into a boutique with warehouse and photo studio and have exposed antique tin ceilings, knocked down walls, and are re-purposing fixtures for a warm and functional space. Upon entering the store, Hello Boutique’s shiny industrial copper fixtures create a context with which the American, French, Dutch and Japanese lines can exist within the intimacy of the environment. Two dressing rooms are nestled in a cozy nook off to the side of the store. Labels such as Porto, Planet, Alembika, Bryn Walker, Flax and Moyuru mingle with wood tables, plants and friendly sales help. The basement houses a white-painted photography studio designed for maximal light. There is a raw yet eclectic simplicity to the 2,000-square-foot space.
Jed Backus appointed Brd of Driectors for NHMR 
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Jed Backus, of Hamden has been appointed to the Board of Directors for The New Haven Middlesex Association of REALTORS* (NHMR) for a one year term, serving as Vice President. Jed Backus is the owner of Backus Real Estate, LLC located on Whitney Avenue in Hamden. His firm specializes in Commercial & Residential sales and consulting throughout the state of Connecticut.
415-416 Mather Street Accepting Applications 
Friday, February 16, 2018
We are please to announce Brand New First Class Rental Apartments in Hamden at Rents You an Afford. Applications Accepted as of Friday February 16, 2018. Construction is nearing completion at 415-417 Mather Street in Hamden in a great quiet location, only one block from Dixwell Avenue. Occupancy is expected in early summer 2018

New Business Openings

Strong Kitchen Opens in Heart of Spring Glen 
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
The Strong Kitchen is a prepared meal delivery service offering convenient, Paleo-friendly, chef-made meals from scratch. Our meals come fresh, portioned for your goals and conveniently packaged. Our menu is centered around whole foods with plenty of protein and vegetables, balanced with the right amount of healthy fats and fibrous carbohydrates for your goals. We offer a variety of healthy and creative meal options each week that fit your lifestyle, your nutrition goals and your taste buds.
IZEEK Opens at 1890 Dixwell Avenue, (Across from the Home Depot 
Friday, February 10, 2017
iZeek is a growing company founded by two technicians whose vision is to achieve fast, easy and affordable repairs for all your electronic needs. iZeek provides on-premises repairs for mobile phones and tablets. We service all Apple and Microsoft devices and programs.
Grand Opening of Lucians Gardenhouse Held December 19th 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lucian’s Florist at Gardenhouse formerly known as Lucian’s Green House and Florist is now under new ownership. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on December 19th, members of the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Development Director Dale Kroop on hand for the event.

HEDC News

HAMDEN RECEIVES $600,000 FOR BROWNFIELD CLEANUP AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Good news was delivered this week to Hamden. On Tuesday 2/14, Hamden was notified by the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), that the Hamden Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $600,000 for the asbestos cleanup and demolition of the Auditorium at the location of the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The 16,000 S.F. structure has substantial asbestos contamination and is severely blighted.
HAMDEN WELCOMES NEW FAMILY TO ZERO ENERGY HOUSE 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Hamden welcomes Rickey and Jessica Traynham and their three children! A closing for the Zero energy home was held on February 3rd for a family of five from New Haven who will live in the 1800 SF 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home, located at 499 Newhall Street (immediately across the street from the Hamden Business Incubator) and built by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.
BUSINESS INCUBATOR UPDATE 
Friday, January 27, 2017
As the photo shows, the last truck load filled with lead covered building materials was hauled off site, completing the latest phase of construction at the future home of the Hamden Business Incubator, the home of the former Newhall Community Center at 496 Newhall Street. This $2 Million phase included significant interior demolition, the complete replacement of the roof, structural work, carpentry, site work preparation and the removal of virtually all remaining asbestos and lead in the building. It also included the removal of a 6,000 gallon oil tank. The following also shows some before and after pictures of areas of the building, which was sold to the Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) in 2013 by the Town of Hamden.

Cluster News

Home Based Businesses Get Recognition 
Friday, April 22, 2016
Hamden held its first meeting of over 25 solopreneurs which included a turn out of all different business types such as law, lawn care, financial, college counseling and investment groups. During this meeting, the topics discussed included any other required permits, client advertising, marketing and financing and the valuation of personal property for tax purposes
Location Change: Important Health Care Meeting March 20 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
On Thursday March 20th from 830 till 10 am at Atria Larson Place, the Town of Hamden’s Health Care Cluster will attend the Chamber’s Health Care Committee as a partner for economic growth in Hamden and in the region.
Overview of Cluster Strategy 
Monday, December 3, 2012
Hamden’s Cluster strategy is part of our efforts to meet the needs of small business in a more structured and focused way. For the last ten years, Hamden has used the Business Cluster approach to plan effective strategies for community revitalization as well as to serve as a catalyst for economic growth.

Featured Business

Legendary Business Re-Opens at New Clothing Location 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Hamden businessman Donald J. Camerato has re-opened his men’s clothing store on Whitney Avenue, at the corner of Dixwell. His new shop, residing in a commercial complex he helped design in the 1980s offers high quality shirts, ties, suits, custom tailoring, and consulting services. Camerato hopes that his unique wares and attention to detail will draw customers in an age of mass production and online shopping. Growing up on Bradley Avenue in Hamden, Don Camerato got his start in business in his early 20s. After working retail and acquiring a passion for clothing, he decided to open his own store at 22 years old. He opened his first location in 1964 and named his clothing line D’Camm Limited. He had small shop built from the ground up in 1967 and before long, two more locations sprouted- one in Fairfield, and one in the newly developed Hartford Civic Center. At one point, he was offered the Presidency and 40% of Kramers Fur, a furriery that did more than $6 million in sales at the time. Despite the lucrative offer, Camarato turned it down, preferring to focus his attention on his own brand. In 1973, he became the youngest president of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce.
Lucky Ewe Irish Goods 
Monday, June 19, 2017
Hamden is proud to promote unique, local businesses that are independently owned and operated. For this edition, we will feature Lucky Ewe. Lucky Ewe Irish Goods located at 2371 Whitney Ave, across from the old Hamden Town Hall, opened in November 2015 and offers a beautiful collection of Celtic inspired gifts, clothing, jewelry, and crafts. The idea of Lucky Ewe came to owner and former Hamdenite Katie O’Neill Regan some 4 years ago. As she came from a visit to Quinnipiac’s Great Hunger Museum, she stopped off at her Irish borne father’s grave and had the idea of opening an Irish gift store. Mary Beth Radigan, Katie’s childhood neighbor and friend along with her niece Tara O’Neill shared her passion for the idea and became her business partners, also known as the Ladies of Lucky Ewe. Working with Hamden’s Economic Development team, they were able to transform the idea into a wonderful business

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