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Old Saybrook In Business

The Dock and Dine restaurant at Saybrook Point, battered by storms Sandy and Irene, was dismantled in 2014. While rebuilding has been a challenge in the flood zone, a new proposal would site a trailer-based outdoor restaurant on the site. Harbor News file photo

From Dock and Dine to Smoke on the Water

Published March 09, 2021 03:00 p.m.

Smoke on the Water, a proposed outdoor trailer-based restaurant on the site of the former Dock and Dine at Saybrook Point, has progressed one small step toward actualization, now that Old Saybrook’s Planning Commission (PC) has recommended to the Zoning Commission (ZC) that it approve amendments to the town’s zoning regulations.

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Visit for a listing of auction items. Image from the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce

Saybrook Online Auction Will Benefit Businesses, Non-profits Hit by COVID-19

Published June 29, 2020 04:45 p.m.

Golf with the first selectman, a tandem sky dive, and brunch with a view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are just a few of the items that are up for bid in an online auction to raise funds for Old Saybrook businesses and non-profits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Following a scramble by town officials to streamline permit processes, restaurants like the Penny Lane Pub were able to get outdoor seating installed in time for a May 20 modified re-opening. Photo courtesy of Alex Foulkes

‘Enough to Get Us Through’: Saybrook Praised for Scrambling to Create Outdoor Restaurant Seating

Published June 02, 2020 02:00 p.m.

On May 12, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order (EO) 7MM, addressing expedited approval for outdoor dining areas. This was just eight days before restaurants would be allowed to open outside seating on May 20.

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As a small business owner hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Old Saybrook jewelry designer Alicia Winalski is relying on a zero-interest line of credit for women- and minority-owned businesses funded by the state. Photo by Sandra Dalton

For Saybrook Jewelry Designer, a Line of Credit May be a Life Line

Published April 29, 2020 09:00 a.m.

Alicia Winalski has been the owner of Nyman Jewelers in Old Saybrook for about 20 years and, like any other business owner anywhere in the U.S., has never faced anything like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Juliana Pisanzio of La Marea Ristorante is one of the restaurateurs taking part in the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce’s Great Takeout Giveaway. Photo courtesy of the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce

Saybrook Chamber’s Great Takeout Giveaway Extended Through May

Published April 20, 2020 10:39 a.m.

Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce’s Great Takeout Giveaway, designed to support local restaurants, will continue through Friday, May 8, thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of donors.

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Stencil Ease of Old Saybrook has shifted from making stencils to making faceshield assembly kits during the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo courtesy of Stencil Ease

Old Saybrook’s Stencil Ease Turns to Face Shield Production

Published April 07, 2020 01:47 p.m.

Old Saybrook business Stencil Ease does just what its name implies: It produces stencils for craft companies like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. But it’s now turning its focus to producing face shields in a time of crisis.

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Lee Co. Gifts Employees with Local Restaurant Gift Cards

Published March 27, 2020 04:06 p.m.

Employees of The Lee Company, headquartered in Westbrook, each received a surprise with their March 26 weekly paycheck: a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

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Saybrook Point Inn, Marina and Spa Now Saybrook Point Resort & Marina

Published Jan. 31, 2020 02:05 p.m.

Saybrook Point Inn, Marina and Spa in Old Saybrook has been providing hospitality and sunrise views for four decades, and now, it will continue that tradition under a new name: Saybrook Point Resort & Marina.

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Amanda Boehm and Paul Russ, owners of Vintage Home Décor in Old Saybrook, are among the more than 30 businesses ready to accept Peppermint Perks. Photo courtesy of the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce

Old Saybrook Chamber Offers Chance to Shop & Save with Peppermint Perks

Published Nov. 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Peppermint Perks, a holiday savings card introduced by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce, offers $5 off a purchase of $25 or more at 31 local businesses participating in the inaugural launch, which begins on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30 and extends through Jan. 4, 2020.

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State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) talk with Sound Manufacturing Inc. CEO and President Kelli Vallieres, PHD, about increasing awareness in manufacturing and sparking interest in potential career opportunities among high school students. Photo courtesy of Jason Pheasant

Carney and Formica Tour Manufacturing Facility, Encourage Students to Pursue Careers

Published Nov. 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

As part of Manufacturing Month, State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) joined State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) and students from Windham, Old Saybrook, and Hebron high schools at Sound Manufacturing, Inc., and Monster Power Equipment, Inc., to see firsthand the types of the career opportunities the industry has to offer.

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Stencil Ease of Old Saybrook Goes Green Using C-PACE Financing

Published Oct. 31, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Old Saybrook-based Stencil Ease, the largest specialty stencil manufacturing company in the U.S., will soon generate more than 90 percent of its electricity needs from a solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system.

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It’s en route: The new Dunkin’ in the Oyster River Shopping Center is set to open on Thursday, Aug. 1. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

New Old Saybrook Dunkin’ Set to Open Aug. 1

Published July 29, 2019 12:24 p.m.

For some, the words “next generation” may conjure images of the USS Enterprise. But Dunkin’ Donuts—which has rebranded itself as Dunkin’— is rolling out next-gen stores, and one is nearing take-off in Old Saybrook.

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Denali Closing Shop; Gauntlet Run Canceled

Published July 02, 2019 01:44 p.m.

It’s official: Denali, the Guilford-based outdoor product retailer, is closing its doors.

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Business in Brief

Published June 27, 2019 12:01 a.m.

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The construction going on at Exit 66 on Spencer Plains Road will be a self-storage facility, set to open this fall. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

What’s the Story with the Exit 66 Construction?

Published May 01, 2019 09:00 a.m.

Anyone getting off I-95 at Exit 66 in Old Saybrook and heading south on Spencer Plains Road might be curious about the building under construction beside the Super 8 Motel.

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Fire Marshall Fees Approved in Old Saybrook

Published April 10, 2019 08:00 a.m.

Voters at the March 26 Town Meeting approved new fire marshal fees for large commercial projects.

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Renovations to The Kate’s columned entryway will begin this spring. File photo by Becky Coffey/Harbor News

With Funding Approved, Kate Renovations Proceed

Published April 02, 2019 02:32 p.m.

The Kate is about to undergo a facelift. Repairs to the portico of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center were approved at a Town Meeting on March 26. The $126,000 project will renovate the pedestals and pillars facing Old Saybrook’s Main Street.

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Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Charles Schwab Office Under Construction in Saybrook

Published April 03, 2019 09:41 a.m.

A Charles Schwab office is under construction in Old Saybrook on the west side of Main Street across the parking lot from Denali.

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Andy Teran of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Old Saybrook and his rescue dog Tucker present a $550 check to Valley Shore Animal Welfare League Shelter Manager Catie Moore. 

Photo courtesy of Lisa Martin

Coldwell Banker Supports Valley Shore Animal Welfare League

Published March 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Old Saybrook recently donated $550 from the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation to the Valley Shore Animal Welfare League (VSAWL), 647 Horse Hill Road, Westbrook.

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Old Saybrook Expecting to Institute Fire Marshal Fees

Published March 12, 2019 12:19 p.m.

Old Saybrook's Board of Selectmen (BOS) is expected to pass an ordinance instituting fire marshal fees for commercial projects requiring extensive plan reviews, said First Selectman Carl P. Fortuna, Jr. The BOS will vote on the ordinance at its next meeting, on Tuesday, March 12.

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9 Town Transit Pilots On-Demand Bus Program

Published Feb. 27, 2019 08:30 a.m.

9 Town Transit (9TT) is reaching out to business owners in Westbrook, Old Saybrook, and Centerbrook to garner support for a new flexible, on-demand bus system pilot program. It hopes to begin the three-month pilot in early May, offering point to point service for locals without a car and employers a way to attract more workers reliant on public transit.

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Quinly Farrow and Maria Rougeot, shown in the 19th annual Chili-Fest, show some of the spirit attendees can expect at the Old Saybrook Chamber of COmmerce 23rd annual Chili Fest on Saturday, March 2, from noon to 3 p.m. Photo by Gary Komoroski/Harbor News

Annual Old Saybrook Chili Fest Offers a New Twist

Published Feb. 27, 2019 12:01 a.m.

When the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce says its annual Chili Fest is going green this year, it's not talking about chili verde.

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Old Saybrook Residents Approve TIF District

Published Jan. 30, 2019 08:00 a.m.

At a Jan. 22 public meeting, Old Saybrook residents approved the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district at Mariner’s Way, along with a master plan to oversee it

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Businesses Warned About 'Official' Reporting Scam

Published Jan. 04, 2019 05:03 p.m.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Attorney General George Jepsen are warning businesses across Connecticut about a mailing being sent by "Workplace Compliance Services" purporting to be an official "Annual Report Instruction Form," alleging that payment is required by Connecticut law.

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Saybrook Country Barn Announces Business Name Change to Saybrook Home

Published Nov. 01, 2018 09:22 a.m.

Family-owned and -operated retailer Saybrook Country Barn, located in Old Saybrook, announces a new name for its longstanding retail location, now known as Saybrook Home.

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The site of the former AMF Saybrook Lanes, which closed in August 2014, may soon host an Agway and a Dunkin Donuts following Zoning Commission approval this month. Photo by Aviva Luria/Harbor News

Agway and Dunkin’ Donuts Cleared for Site of Former Saybrook Bowling Alley

Published Oct. 30, 2018 02:27 p.m.

The former site of the Old Saybrook bowling alley, 923 Boston Post Road, has received Zoning Commission (ZC) approval for an Agway and a Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-through. The name of this future shopping plaza, around 3 1/2 acres in size, will be The Shops at Oyster River.

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Photo courtesy of Andria Alex

In Business: Bongo Ron’s

Published Aug. 02, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Bongo Ron’s is a cigar lounge with a Key West vibe offering open mic nights where people come, play music, and sing with BYOB. It already has several members to its VIP lounge.

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Rivera

In Business: Saybrook Motor Sports

Published March 01, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Saybrook Motor Sports is a new business specializing in pre-owned vehicle sales, with full service repair and routine service maintenance.

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Photo courtesy of Kim Hurley

In Business: The Deacon Bed and Breakfast

Published March 01, 2018 12:01 a.m.

The Deacon Bed and Breakfast offers a quintessential New England experience, which includes afternoon tea and high tea on weekends by reservation only. This 1746 Colonial inn is available for weddings, showers, family reunions, and more.

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Photo courtesy of Kim Hurley

In Business: Caffé Marche

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Caffé Marche, located in Old Saybrook’s historic James Pharmacy, serves local cheese and charcuterie, handmade pasta, and fresh-made gelato. The café is open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch, espresso, and cappuccino.

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