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Nashville Came to Westport

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:10
Rising country star Kasey Tyndall entertained a sold out Seabury Center with her southern influenced rock in the third emulation of Chamber's Supper & Soul, dinner and concert series. The North Carolina native, now writing songs for Sony Entertainment and living in Nashville wowed the crowd with a mix of original country songs and covers by the likes of Joan Jett and Journey. Rolling Stone called her a "a hard rock-country badass," and the "best new country act to see," and she proved why she gets those accolades. Patrons who enjoyed the show, ate dinner at six different downtown restaurants and then returned to them for happy hour pricing, as part of the event.

Pizza Contest Winners Announced

Friday, 06 April 2018 12:39
Everyone was a winner with the Town coming out and eating pizza all during the month of March. Over 1700 votes were cast determining who made the best pizza in Westport. Here are the winners: Best Slice – Westport Pizzeria Beat Plain Pizza – Westport Pizzeria Best Meat Pizza – Joe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant Best Gluten Free Pizza – Joe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant Best Veggie Pizza – Tuttis Ristorante Best Delivered Pizza – Jordan’s Restaurant and Pizza of Westport Best Personal Pizza – a Tie - Rizzuto’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant and Toscano Pizzzeria Honorable mentions go to Romanacci Pizza Bar and Planet Pizza who took second place and lost by only 2 votes in best personal and best delivered respectively.

Supper & Soul Debuts to Raves

Friday, 02 February 2018 12:04
Supper & Soul, the Chamber's new Downtown Dinner and Concert Series, got off to amazing start with a sell out that filled local restaurants and the Seabury Center for the show. The Concert was headlined by "Across the Universe" star Dana Fuchs who rocked the crowd with once in a generation voice and steamy presence. First Selectman Jim Marpe in his State of the Town speech singled out the event as a great example of the vibrancy and economic strength that is Westport. The next event in the series is slated for Saturday evening April 7th. For more information about Supper & Soul click here

Chamber Donates $7K

Monday, 05 June 2017 11:52
Chamber Donates $7000 to Local Nonprofits The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce has donated $7000 to local dog related nonprofits from proceeds from the highly successful Second Annual Westport Dog Festival held last month. This is an increase in funds donated from last’s year’s event which saw an outlay in the amount of $4500. “Not only was this a fun event for the 2800 people and 700+ dogs who attended, but we also get to help so many organizations with these donations,” said Matthew Mandell, Executive Director of the Chamber. “We’re already working on making next year even bigger and better and that would mean more donations as well.” The $7000 in donations was divided up among six deserving groups. First among them was TAILS, the Westport nonprofit, who partners with the Chamber in the running of the Festival. They too saw an increase to $4000. Dorrie Harris (middle) and the TAILS Team with Matthew Mandell "We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported the Dog Festival and made the day so much fun, said Dorrie Harris, President. “The fact that the day benefits so many worthy causes is a testament to the Chamber's commitment to the community - TAILS…

Fastest Dog of Dog Festival

Friday, 19 May 2017 13:01
Fastest Dog Awarded Opal, a female Pit Bull mix rescue, was awarded fastest dog today by Paul Garavel owner of Garavel Auto Group, sponsors of the obstacle course at last week’s Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce run Second Annual Westport Dog Festival. Opal ran the course in 10.4 seconds beating the next best time by over 1 full second. Presentation of a year’s supply of dog food certificate Opal’s owner Chelsea Massimin received a year’s supply of dog food from Garavel to be redeemed at the Choice Pet outlet near her home in Danbury. “She just loves to run,” Massimin said of Opal. “She has run the course before, but never won. This is great, the dog festival was a lot of fun.” Opal running the course at the Dog Festival The Dog Festival drew an estimated 2800 people and over 700 dogs to Westport’s Winslow park for a great day of celebrating dogs. Over 100 dogs competed in the obstacle course which is known as the “Doggie Fun Zone” and can be seen at many dog festivals. “People actually follow this attraction around the Northeast,” said Matthew Mandell, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. “When I first saw…

Dog Festival 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:01
The Second Annual Westport Dog Festival was a great success. We far exceeded attendance, actually running out of the 2500 wrist bands. The site of the Festival @ 11am, before the crowds really came. 63 vendors, 3 rings of activities, food trucks and more.... Families and their dogs came out, 2800 people and over 700 dogs The K9 Exhibition was fantasitc, a real crowd pleaser The obstacle course was mobbed all day. Here is Zack taking 2nd place in 12.08 seconds And the winner is Opal, who blew everyone away in 10.4 seconds. She wins a year supply of dog food. We look forward to next year where we expect to put together and even better experience

Real Estate Seminar Well Attended

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:38
Seminar Focuses on Future of Retail, Restaurants, & Shopping The future of retail, restaurants, and shopping for the area were the main topics of conversation today at a “Fairfield Real Estate Outlook” seminar sponsored by the law firm of Halloran & Sage and hosted by the Westport-Weston and Greater Norwalk Chambers of Commerce. Attorney Eric Bernheim (l) moderated the panel discussion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo “Experiences are what people want,” real estate broker Julie Vanderblue of the Higgins Group told the meeting at the Inn at Longshore. “If it’s just another mall, it won’t cut it. It needs to be exciting and if done right they will come, especially if walkable.” She was responding a question about downtowns, malls and the future of retail asked by the moderator of the session, attorney Eric Bernheim. Joining Vanderblue at the dais for the two-hour event attended by about 110 business people were Andy Pforzheimer, co-founder of Barteca, owners of Norwalk’s Barcelona and Westport’s Bartaco, developer David Waldman, and John Hannigan, co-founder of Choyce Peterson, a commercial real estate brokerage firm. “It’s hard to pull off a project in a dense location, not in a mall, but we don’t want to have…

Nefaire Opens In Westport

Monday, 13 February 2017 13:24
Nefaire, A Fresh Spa, opened to rave reviews as the first 25 attendees received yearly membership and everyone attending received a free back massage. First Selectman Jim Marpe and Executive Director of the WWCC Matthew Mandell join Michael Chang and his staff for the official ribbon cutting. Then is was time to get down to business and enjoy what Nefaire had to offer.........

Legislative Update - Winter 2017

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 14:56
The Chamber of Commmerce hosted its 6th Legislative Update in partnership with the CBIA. Atteding were: State Sen. Toni Boucher, State Rep. Gail Lavielle and State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, State Sen. Tony Hwang & State Rep. Adam Dunsby the event was moderated by Chamber Executive Director Matthew Mandell Topics of discussion ranged from the Budget and Pension Obligations, Transportation Infrastruction, Preservation of Westport's Historic Bridge, Jobs, Medical Insurance to the overall health of the State.

Mandell Speaks @ Ys men

Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:23
Chief Cheerleader of the Town - Chamber Exec speaks about the Chamber, Business and our Community. Executive Director of the WW Chamber, Matthew Mandell, spoke at Westport's weekly Y's Men meeting today. He told the packed crowd that Westport was doing well businesswise and while there are always bumps in the road ahead we are well prepared to deal with them. The value of Commercial properties are up and a new "Way Finding" study was in the works to help promote and brand the town and ease any parking issues by pointing people towards underused lots. He did point out potential futures issues with the construction of the 95/7 mall and possible replacement of the Cribari (bridge st) Bridge in Saugatuck. Both of these could have ill effects on the town. The former meaning the Westport had to ensure its unique qualities to ensure visitation and the latter the protection of the historic bridge to prevent traffic and especially 18 wheel trucks from devasatating our community. Mandell also announced as he did two years ago the Ys Men, the Chamber would be holding a photo contest to have the winning photo grace the cover of the new Visitors Guide being…

OSMstat Opens in Westport

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 13:45
OSMstat opens in Westport at 1800 PRE. This is the group’s second orthopedic emergent care facility. The other is in Trumbull as well as a standard practice office in Fairfield. The primary focus of this venue is to have local urgent orthopedic care available to all, but especially schools and little leagues as a way to streamline the medical process and remove long waits at Emergency Rooms. Pictured are partners Dr. Gerard Girasole, Jim Marpe (First Selectman), Dr. Daniel Weiland, Dr. Michael Redler, Matthew Mandell (WWCC)

Winfield Deli Opens on PRE

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 14:32
#winfieldstreetdeli officially takes over arts deli on post road west #westport, 3rd location in area. Breno runs his own mom & pop chain, mangia.

Halloween 2016 Winners

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 11:22
THE WINNERS Here are the winners of Halloween Window Painting Contest. The judges were Paul Lebowitz (Chamber Board Member, Owner Westport Mortgage) Betsy Pollak (Editor, Our Town Crier), Leslie LaSala (Director Marketing, Westport Arts Center). Winners received a certificate, a ribbon placed on the window which they get later and a $25 gift card to Saugatuck Sweets. 1st Place – Scariest Elementary – Kaitlynn Comerford – Westport Yarns Middle – Sophie Alcyone – Rockwell Art 1st Place – Best Halloween Theme Elementary – Ella Schweizer – Westport Library Middle – Jessica Schweizer – Westport Library 1st Place – Most Original Elementary – Alexandra Lieber – Soleil Toile Middle – Danielle King – Bella Bridesmaids (helper – Jordan Conlon) Photo Pending.... High School – Ben Roland – Halstead Property

Westport Paints the Town (Wall)

Thursday, 03 September 2015 11:48
Westport Paints the Town - Actually the Citizens came out to paint the construction wall in Downtown. The great event was co sponsored by the Westport Arts Center, Downtown Merchants Association and the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce.

First Book

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 13:47
Patricia, a Westport resident, was the first person to pick up the new Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide and Membership Directory. This is a big day, as this is the first new guide for the Chamber in 5 years. The new book has a restaurant guide with articles written by local chefs, an arts and environment focus and a map. Please come on by the office and get yours.

Legislative Update July 2015

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 13:42
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce along wth the CT Business and Industry Association hosted a 2015 Legislative Update. It was a vibrant discussion concerning the budget, transportation and infrastucture, jobs and living with disabilities. Sen. Tony Hwang, Sen. Toni Boucher, Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Rep. Gail Lavielle, Rep. John Shaban and Matthew Mandell Executive Director of the Chamber

Photo Chosen for Visitors Guide

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:14
Chamber Chooses Winner of Photo Contest Picture will be featured on cover of new Visitors Guide / Membership Directory The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that photographer and Westport resident Marc Litvinoff is the winner of our community-wide photo contest. His photograph of the Levitt Pavilion, upriver from the grass of Grace Salmon Park, will be on the front covers of the Chamber’s 2015-16 Visitors Guide / Membership Directory and map. “We had a great response to the contest and received well over 600 photos from scores of residents,” said Matthew Mandell, Executive Director of the Chamber. “We had to make some tough choices, there were so many we could have used, but in the end we felt this one said “Westport”.” Some of the most beautiful and artful shots simply could not be used due to logistical and/or layout reasons, making the decision that much more difficult. The redesigned Levitt Pavilion is the new iconic structure in town and being one of the first publications to show it off helped make the decision. "I'm thrilled that the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce has selected my image for their publication,” said winning photographer Marc Litvinoff. “Westport…

Multi-Chamber Expo

Monday, 06 April 2015 15:06
What a great event this year's Multi-Chamber Expo, held on March 18 at Norwalk Community College was. 6 of members set up shop and met hundreds of attendees interested in what they had to say.
Westport CT – January 13, 2015. The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce announces it will be publishing a new Membership / Visitor’s Guide for 2015 and will be holding a photo contest for the front cover. “It has been five years since there has been a new visitor’s guide, it’s time for a new one,” said WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell. “To make the publication even more about and a part of the town we want a photo taken by a resident to grace the front cover. So we are holding a contest.” The new guide, to be published in early spring, will feature an upgraded pull out map, a focus on Westport’s vibrant restaurant scene and a section emphasizing the arts which make our community so unique. This is all in addition to highlighting our businesses what makes our community a great place to work, live and visit. "I am pleased that the reinvigorated WWDC is undertaking a new visitor’s guide,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe. “My administration is working closely with the business community to help our Town maintain its strong business environment. The new guide will be a great compliment to our many other ongoing efforts to…

WWCC Sponsors Carolers

Monday, 22 December 2014 14:01
WWCC Sponsors the Fairfield County Chorale Carolers to Sing at Member Restaurants The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce  sponsored the Fairfield County Chorale Carolers to do a series of seasonal songs at member restaurants in Saugatuck on Saturday evening December 20th. “The singing was great, but the best part was when the customers joined in as well,” said Matthew Mandell, Executive Director of the WWCC. “Diners got quite a thrill when this ensemble came in and treated them to a few songs.” The Carolers will began their rounds at Tutti’s Restaurante beginning at 7pm and then madee their way around the train station area stopping at The Black Duck, Tarantino, Mario’s Place and Tarry Lodge. They then proceeded north entertaining the guests at Rizzuto’s, Dunville’s and the Boathouse. The Carolers are all members of the Fairfield County Chorale, a 53 year old organization, which just finished a wonderful production of Handel’s Messiah. There next concert will be in March with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. “We are thrilled to be able to sing in Westport,” said Carolers Director Elisabeth Rose. “Music and singing makes people happy and brings smiles to their faces and those of the singers as well.”

Post Election Legislative Update

Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:28
                    Post Election Legislative Update Where do we go from here? Sen Tony Hwang [R] 28th, Sen Toni Boucher [R] 26th, Rep Jonathan Steinberg [D] 136th, Representative Gail Lavielle [R]143rd Matthew Mandell WWCC, Adam Ney CBIA  The Chamber held a very successful Forum Dec 4, 2014. Below is from It's Relevant and Westport Now      Planned Multi-Family Housing Tops Legislative Forum  By James Lomuscio In the face of two multi-family housing projects planned for Westport, state legislators at a Westport forum today focused on state statute 8-30g, which allows developers to overstep local zoning laws if a town does not have 10 percent of its housing stock classified as affordable, which Westport does not. Participants in today’s forum included (l-r) state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, Sen. Tony Hwang, Sen. Toni Boucher, and Rep. Gail Lavielle.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com “It is the worst violation of local control, an overreach of best intentions,” newly elected Sen. Tony Hwang, a Republican serving District 28, said about the 1989 law intended to create more affordable housing in the state. Hwang was speaking at a Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) sponsored legislative update titled “Where Do We Go from Here.” The…

WWCC BNI Holiday Mixer

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:56
  Another Great Business After Hours 60 People came to the BNI / Chamber Mixer The WWCC and the Westport Entrepenuers BNI group held a holiday mixer to share common interests and introduce each to the others' organization. Held at WWCC member Rizutto's in Saugatuck, it was attended by over 60 people. The hope is to do more intergroup mixers moving forward.

Historic Kemper Gunn House Moved and Saved

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 12:59
Historic Kemper Gunn House Moved to New Home and Saved   As the historic Kemper-Gunn House was moved onto its new foundation Tuesday morning, Morley Boyd took a step back. He was struck by the vision in front of him. "This is the way it was meant to be seen," he said. "This location gives it more dignity. It has its own space." "Nobody alive has seen this view of the building until today -- until an hour ago," said Boyd, a member of the Downtown Steering Committee and former chairman of the town's Historic District Commission. Boyd was among several dozen on hand around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when the 1880s Queen Anne-style structure began its short journey from Church Lane, across the road, to a 0.13-acre spot at the nearby town-owned Baldwin parking lot on Elm Street. Although it was only a few yards away, it took several hours to relocate the structure. For many, it was a very moving experience and one that was a long time coming -- more than 18 months, in fact. That's how long it took to get the needed town approvals after the house was literally saved from the wrecking ball in October 2013 when the…

WWCC Donates $5000

Thursday, 06 November 2014 14:06
Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Donates $5000 to Food Pantry The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce today donated $5000 to Homes with Hope for their Gillespie Center Food Pantry. The funds came from proceeds from the Third Annual Slice of Saugatuck Festival run by the Chamber this past September. “It’s always great handing that check over,” said WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell, “I’m glad that we bought back the festival so we could do it again.” “Last month the festival fed those who could afford to eat, now it gets to feed those who might not otherwise have that opportunity.“ This is the second time proceeds from the Festival, originally created and run by Matthew Mandell as an RTM member in 2011, have gone to the pantry, the first donation occurring after the 2012 festival. “This is a great partnership for us,” said Homes with Hope Executive Director Jeff Weiser, “this donation gives us the ability to refill our panty’s shelves when we need to, which is important during different times of the year.” The festival which is now a mainstay of Westport events, is a walking, eating and retail tour of Saugatuck Center where each merchant offers tastes of…

Halloween Window Painting

Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:29
  Halloween Window Painting Contest brought the Community to the Businesses Here are the winners Clockwise from top left Danielle Spadacenta of Bedford Middle School painted Calises Food Market  Danielle King, Heather LaPalme and Kayleigh Levent of Weston Middle School painted Westport Yarns Kaitlyn Comerford of Hurlbutt Elementary School in Weston painted Brooks Brothers Shealeigh & Courtlyn Crombie  and Molly Liles of Greens Farms Elementary School painted Matsu Sushi.  

Restaurant Week a Grand Success

Monday, 13 October 2014 13:34
Restaurant Week a Grand Success Eat Local Campaign Brings Out Residents  To help promote Westport Restaurant Week and urge residents to “eat local,”  First Selectman Jim Marpe (3rd r) and Matthew Mandell, Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce executive director, (2nd l) had lunch at Post 154 today and tasted the creations of Executive Chef Alex Rosado (3rd l) They were joined by Jonathan Baron, chairman of the coard of the WWCC, Steve Desloge president of the Downtown Merchants Association (2nd r), and Dewey Loselle (r) operations manager for Westport. Many restaurants saying this was the best weeks they had this year The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that this Fall’s Restaurant Week(s) will run from Sunday October 5th though Sunday October 19th. It’s all part of their “Eat Local” campaign to promote area restaurants, which began two weeks ago with the Slice of Saugatuck. This year Restaurant Week features 27 eateries offering Prix Fixe meals to suit any foodie’s interest and pocket book. Venues from one end of Westport and Saugatuck, all the way into Southport, will once again be treating diners to a gastronomical feast. New this year, to augment the offerings, will be two…

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