On March 17, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont joined with the governors of New York and New Jersey in ordering bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to close until further notice. Additionally, they banned gatherings of 50 or more people, forcing most venues, museums, and cultural attractions to close as well.

The next day, in Greenwich, First Selectman Fred Camillo ordered all body care facilities, including hair salons, barber shops and nail salons, as well as massage establishments to close through April 30.

As of this post, restaurants are still permitted to offer takeout and delivery services, and body care facilities outside of Greenwich may choose to operate at their own discretion. Supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, and other essential businesses will remain open.

Changes to the initial restrictions are expected, as per the recommendations of the CDC, and leading state and local governments, such as NYC, where a “shelter-in-place” mandate is under consideration.

“This is changing so fast. We’ve got to work together on a coordinated basis,” Lamont said.

The same is true of the effort to keep our small businesses afloat during this disruption. Below is a list of the Chamber businesses that have been effected by the closures, and ways to support them during this time of economic uncertainty for all.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones closed to the public voluntarily on March 13, just days after celebrating 20 years in business. Read their statement to the public here.

As a non-profit organization, Stepping Stones is dependent upon the generosity of donors to remain open, now more than ever. In 2020, donations benefit Open Arms, an initiative to improve accessibility to children with financial, language, and special needs barriers.

Make a donation HERE.

Museum mascot BooZoo hugs children at Best Birthday Party Ever!  

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Ridgefield Playhouse will livestream a star-studded performance this Friday, March 20 at 8pm! Celebrity performers include Stephen Schwartz and Debbie Gravitte! More info HERE.

As a non-profit organization, Ridgefield is dependent upon the generosity of donors to remain open, now more than ever. In 2020, donations benefit community outreach and facilities upgrades.

Make a donation HERE.

 

Ridgefield Thrift Shop volunteers presented a grant to The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Real Estate University

When the CT Real Estate Commission and Department of Consumer Protection approved live-streaming classes on March 9, 2020, Real Estate University was prepared and ready to go!

Take their live-streaming CT Real Estate course on a PC, Mac, Android phone, iPhone, or tablet. There’s nothing to download or install. Just log into their website on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00am and 6:00pm.

Sign up HERE.

Prospective students attend a recent information session at Real Estate University.

Cesar Pineda Agency

From Cesar: “The unknown is what we deal with on a daily basis, and we try to advise our clients to always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. We are available to service your insurance remotely or until further notice in person. Contact us to asses your risk and protect those you care about today.”

Book a one-on-one consultation by phone (203) 803-2153 or email cpineda@farmersagent.com. Receive general advice by following his social media accounts, Facebook and Instagram, where he regularly posts informational videos. 

Cesar with his partner in business and life, Mae Pineda.

Causality Tattoo Company

Causality Tattoo Company encourages clients looking to consult them or book future appointments to email causalitytattoo@gmail.com.

View artists’ portfolios, get inspired, and book HERE.

Javier Eastman, Owner/Artist, and wife. Photo by Lidia Monrroy Photography.

Rene Soto Gallery

renesotogallery.com contains an extensive gallery of historical exhibitions, from 2018-present. 

View artists’ pages, find a piece you can’t live without, and email renesotogallery@gmail.com to inquire if it is available for purchase. 

Rene Soto, Owner/Founder, with Charles Gulbrandsen, featured artist of March 2020.

Kostas’ Norwalk Shoe Repair

Kostas does more than repair shoes. He has a diverse portfolio of leather goods for both men and women, including belts, bracelets, and guitar straps.

Contact him at 203-838-1481 or info@NorwalkShoeRepair.com to propose a commission or inquire about an item posted HERE.

Kostas teaches his trade to a participant of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

Cigar Factory Outlet

Discountcigars.com is the online store of local business Cigar Factory Outlet. They accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

Can’t find what you’re looking for or overwhelmed by the options? Call a cigar expert TOLL FREE: 1-888-PUF-CGAR (1-888-783-2427).

Cigar Factory Outlet has been family-owned for 4 Generations, since 1932. 

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