Capri’s Cuisine Open Under Safe Conditions

Capri’s Cuisine Open Under Safe Conditions

From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Capri’s Cuisine has followed the best practices for food pickup/delivery services, and was an early adopter of the takeout only model, enabling them to continue providing the Norwalk community with nonessential (but highly desirable) pastries and coffee.

We will continue to serve in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner as always, to ensure the healthy and safety of our customers and staff.

—Sandra Salazar, Owner

Capri’s boasts 56 flavors of empanadas! These are listed on a photo of the menu in the gallery below. In addition, they have a variety of sweet biscuits, including a weekly Saturday “special” biscuit. These have been especially popular, selling out two weeks in a row!

To guarantee your order, place it in advance. There are many ways you can place an order, including:

  • In Store (limited capacity)
  • Call for pick up
  • Call for curbside pickup
  • Uber for delivery
  • Grubhub for pickup or delivery

Get their contact info at the GNHCC Business Directory HERE.

If you don’t have an appetite for pastries right now, you may also support Capri’s by purchasing a locally made face mask ($5) or a gift card (any amount).

Romanacci Provides Free Meals to Essential Workers

Romanacci Provides Free Meals to Essential Workers

Romanacci Pizza Bar is collecting $5 donations for each person on the “Front Lines” that you would like to send a pizza and bottled water to. Either add it onto your online order at checkout or call in (to any of their locations) and order/donate via credit card over the phone. Once they receive $25+, they contact Food For the Front Lines, which coordinates a delivery to an essential workplace,  such as a hospital, police station or fire departments. Some recipients of Romanacci pizza thus far include Westport EMS, Westport Police Department, and Norwalk Hospital.

“We pay to have meals delivered to the first responders and the hospital workers, so the chefs are getting dollars for every delivery. We’re not asking [restaurants] for discounts or donations. We want to pay these chefs and restaurant owners, so they can support themselves and their staff.”

– Stephanie Webster, CT Bites

Food for the Front Lines was founded by Nicole Straight, former Food Rescue US – Fairfield County Site Director, and mother of Westport EMT Emma Straight. Their mission is to feed health care and other essential workers, while simultaneously bolstering business for restaurants. In the first week, they raised $15K and delivered over 750 meals. Then, in partnership with CT Bites, a Go Fund Me was created. As of April 4, the campaign contained over $45K, from over 450 donors. If you would like to make a donation, click the button below.

Announcing Telemedicine at AFC Urgent Care Norwalk

Announcing Telemedicine at AFC Urgent Care Norwalk

AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is launching telemedicine. You will be able to meet with their providers via video call. Use the check-in online button on their website, fill out the required information, and call 203-845-9100.

What if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

First, check your symptoms HERE. If you have been experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19 through travel or direct contact, AFC Urgent Care Norwalk can provide guidance, and direct you to a location for testing. AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is not currently providing testing. 

Are there changes to In-Person services?

AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is temporarily changing their hours. They will be open from 8am – 4pm, with hours subject to change. For questions, call 203-845-9100.

Broad Business Closures to Curb COVID-19

Broad Business Closures to Curb COVID-19

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. 

Stepping Stones Museum Celebrates 20 Years

Stepping Stones Museum Celebrates 20 Years

In March, Stepping Stones Museum for Children will celebrate its 20th birthday.

Activities

To kick off the month long celebrations, they invite you to share your favorite Stepping Stones stories, photos, memories and happy birthday wishes to social media using #MySteppingStones.

Starting February 10, a weekly winner from the #MySteppingStones submissions will be selected to receive a $20 food voucher to redeem in the museum’s Healthyville® Cafe. On March 7, three lucky winners will be selected from the submitted videos to receive a complimentary Family Plus membership worth $210. Favorite videos will also be shared on the Stepping Stones website, and inside the museum.

Celebrations

The community is invited to join the celebration with two special event opportunities. Click the flyers (right) for more information. 

What’s next for Stepping Stones?

From its earliest planning stages, Stepping Stones has made a fundamental commitment to inclusion. Through its Open Arms accessibility initiative, the museum provides children of all backgrounds and abilities with brain-building fun and play-based learning opportunities.

As the museum embarks on this exciting new decade, Stepping Stones will offer a fantastic year of new multi-sensory exhibits, STEAM-infused programs and experiences to generate lasting impact for the children and families it serves.

Haruki Restaurant Now Open at Waypointe

Haruki Restaurant Now Open at Waypointe

In July 2019, work on Haruki began at the Waypointe development on West Avenue, with an anticipated opening coming in early September. Then, the opening date got pushed back nearly six months, to February 2020.

Fortunately, the delay only built up excitement, leading to press coverage by The Norwalk Hour, CT Post, and San Fransisco Chronicle, and invitations to participate in Taste for Education and Taste of the Chamber.

And now, the wait is over! Haruki celebrated its Grand Opening on February 27th, with a ribbon cutting by Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. Regular hours will be Sun-Weds, 11:30am-10:30pm; Thurs-Sat, 11:30am-11:30pm.

About Haruki

Haruki Ramen & Izakaya is owned and operated by Lily Nimonjiya, an experienced restauranteur from New York, who conscientiously chose Norwalk as the location of her first solo restaurant.

“People (in Norwalk) are welcoming and warm. . . and open to new things,” she said in an interview with The Hour. “Opening in this community will definitely be a great beginning of Haruki.”

Nimonjiya’s dream was to bring her hometown and Japanese cultural flavors to Fairfield County, warming hearts with Haruki’s cozy atmosphere and the care they put into every dish.

It takes about six hours to make Haruki’s ramen broth, so that it is packed with umami flavor. In addition to ramen, Haruki’s menu includes small plates, called izakaya, and a full bar menu.  

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