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.  

Real Estate University Welcomes New Students

Real Estate University Welcomes New Students

The winter term of Curso de Real Estate en Español is underway! Those already enrolled are a group of motivated learners who are ready to be immersed in a program that will give them a new career.

Classes will meet every Monday and Wednesday, from 6-10pm, for a total of 15 sessions or 60 hours. Topics of study include: Connecticut real estate law, principles and practices in real estate professional and mathematics applied to real estate.

Successful completion of all classes qualifies students to take the Connecticut state exam and obtain their real estate license. This can be done in as little as five weeks at their own pace.

Would you like to join them? The priority deadline may have passed, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to apply for the next term! Contact Mariella Castagnet at 203-919-1154 or castagnet.mariella@gmail.com to discuss your options.

About Real Estate University

Real Estate University was founded by Karena Piedmont in 2015. Today, it is the most recommended school in the entire state of Connecticut, and the only one that offers classes in Spanish. Course selections include: Real Estate Principles and Practices, Broker Licensing, and Continuing Education. Whether you are new to the industry, or an established real estate professional, they have a course for you! Learn more at their profile HERE.

WEB Realty Welcome Event

WEB Realty Welcome Event

GNHCC is proud to have Judith Dominguez as a member! She is a Spanish-speaking real estate agent at WEB Realty Company. Recently, we met at their office to say “Welcome!” and discuss our mission, vision, and new ideas for the Chamber. The space is truly beautiful, and so are the people! Thank you so much to Hector Pachas Photography for these photos! 

Join us for the next welcome event, for Italian Restaurant iL Posto, on Wednesday, May 15th from 6-8pm.


About WEB Realty Company

WEB Realty Company is a full-service real estate agency, serving Fairfield and New Haven counties. They offer brokerage, development, management, construction, and financial aspects for both commercial and residential real estate projects.  Whether you are a first time home buyer or Fortune 500 Company, WEB has the skills and experience to meet your unique needs.

WEB Realty Company, where patience and perseverance serves our client’s and customer’s best interests.

House of Katia Launches “A Gentleman in Style”

House of Katia Launches “A Gentleman in Style”

It’s a common misconception that men aren’t interested in fashion. The truth is, the selection of men’s clothing is much smaller than women’s, and so is the number of boutiques that carry it. In our community, House of Katia is stepping in to fill the gap, extending their full service retail experience to men. “A Gentleman in Style” is a line of bespoke attire that delivers a sharp, custom-made fit for every occasion in men’s lives. For those outside the fashion industry, bespoke means tailor-made to the individual client. House of Katia also offers personal styling services, carefully curating clients’ style from head-to-toe.

To promote “A Gentleman in Style,” and create space for stylish men to come together in community, House of Katia is holding a monthly Men’s Night. The event is sponsored by other local brands for men, including International Cigar Factory, SoNo 1420, and Total Wines & More, so guests can enjoy complimentary spirits. House of Katia has released a few select styles for you to preview online, but you’ll have to visit the store to get the full picture!

Meet the Women of GNHCC

Meet the Women of GNHCC

This Women’s History Month, we will spotlight the women of the GNHCC. They are among thousands of women business owners and entrepreneurs across Connecticut, who are strengthening the economy on a local, state and national level.

GNHCC Board President, Mariella Castagnet is a Licensed Realtor in Connecticut, with experience in residential real estate sales and investments. Her goal is to connect families with the perfect space to live, love, laugh and grow.

In the community, Mariella works to fortify the Hispanic business community, by organizing networking and educational opportunities. She also teaches the Principles & Practices course for Real Estate University, helping ESL students to pursue careers in real estate.

GNHCC board member Maria Lourdes Vilas was born in Venezuela and raised in two cultures, Spanish and Venezuelan. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCAB University in Caracas, and then worked in debt management for the public and private sectors. Eventually, Maria left Venezuela to travel and live in several countries, including Argentina, Puerto Rico, and now the US. Today, she is the Lifestyle Editor of TOROSIETE, a blog and digital magazine on topics in fine arts. She searches the globe to expose readers to truly unique visual art, photography, sculpture, writing, and music.

GNHCC Marketing Director, Eva Perelló was born in Barcelona, Spain and raised in Venezuela, where she met her husband and their daughter was born. In 1990, her family moved to Spain, where she built a career in Engineering. She designed electric installations, developed software programs for process control (PLC), and managed assurance and quality control.

Then, after 20 years in the field, and moving to the US, Eva changed careers. In 2008, she founded The EvaSite in Stamford, CT, a full-service marketing agency. She has established a network of amazing clients throughout the Greater Norwalk area, including GNHCC members By The Book Taxes and Rene Soto Gallery.

GNHCC board member Katia Garcon is the owner of House of Katia, Norwalk’s very own world-class personal styling boutique. She is passionate about helping her clients live their best life now, and dress their best always. Through her business, she offers a variety of services including unique personal styling, vacation wardrobe styling, custom jewelry design and more.

Katia is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, where she earned her Graduate Gemologist and Jewelry Design Technology degrees. She also holds an MBA from New York University, and a BS in International Business from the University of Connecticut.

Sandra Jimena Ceballos is the Lead Technician and Chief Communicator for Jime’s Nails & Spa. She is certified by the State of Connecticut in permanent makeup and cosmetic tattoo, and has 22 years of experience. Her other services include nails, microblading, and lash and brow tint.

Jimena has worked hard to build the salon’s reputation as one of the best in the business. She has created a professional environment and culture of personalized customer service. Everyone who comes through the door feels appreciated, and leaves with an experience that exceeded expectations. 

Cheryl is the owner of LDesign Company, a Visual Communications firm that designs logos and graphics for print, web, display, and promotional products. She takes clients’ ideas from a napkin sketch to reality, ready for a refined brand or campaign.

Cheryl is also the organizer of Women Entrepreneurs’ Social events, for businesswomen looking to network and make new friends!

In 2005, Cyrilla Yanez founded her company Cyrilla Home bespoke design atelier. She works one-on-one with clients on custom items and full-scale, custom design projects, including interior, landscape, and event design; taking their visions from floorplan to reality!

Cyrilla brings together established brand names with local artisans, and one-of-a-kind treasures discovered on her trips around the world.

Jane Walters is the Westport Team Leader at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. The Team ranks in the Top 4% company-wide. Jane was named the Top Service Provider for Region One in Connecticut, and is currently in the Top 1% of sales nationally.

Judith Domingues is a Spanish-speaking Real Estate Agent at WEB Realty Company, which serves in Fairfield and New Haven counties.

She is equipped to serve diverse clients, in any capacity that they may need; from property buyers looking for a first-time home, to Fortune 100 companies looking for a commercial home.

House of Katia Re-Opens on Main Street

House of Katia Re-Opens on Main Street

House of Katia is back and better than ever at 12 Main St, in the heart of Norwalk’s popular Wall Street District. It took about a year to find the new space and roughly six months to renovate it. House of Katia is now 1,200 square feet, which is enough space to offer clients full-service retail therapy, with some leftover for entertaining. The entertainment space will feature artists, painters, authors, wine tastings and networking events.

“I couldn’t believe how my clients had missed me so much! We probably had about 80 to 85 people at the grand re-opening!” – Katia Garçon, Owner

About Katia

Katia Garçon has more than a decade of professional experience in the fashion and jewelry industry. She is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and a certified appraiser through the American Appraisers Association. Before opening her boutique and personal styling business in Norwalk, she lived in New York City, where she designed and created commissioned fine jewelry.

“I came to the United States (from Haiti) with my parents when I was 5 years old. We moved around a lot, from state to state, until we finally got it right in Norwalk.


About House of Katia

House of Katia is a renowned fashion boutique, personal styling service, and fine jewelry design company all rolled into one. They specialize in styles with whimsical, yet sophisticated flare, for women of all curves (sizes 0-24) As a boutique, they only carry a few of each item, and have new arrivals almost daily; so everything you find will be uniquely yours!

What makes shopping at House of Katia a standout experience is their exceptional customer service. Experts offer personalized consultation and an honest answer to the question “How do I look?”  Through their monthly styling subscription, customers can receive discounts on all purchases, ongoing wardrobe consultations, and a “personal closet assessment.”

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