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Serving the Towns of Guilford, Branford and North Branford
2015 Ribbon Cuttings/Photo Opps

Ribbon Cuttings and Photo Opps Celebrate an Event of Significance for our Members
All are Published in the Courier and Sound Newspapers

Som Siam Thai Restaurant, long a fixture along the shoreline, has opened a new location in the
heart of Branford just one block from the town green. Som Siam has been voted by a number of
publications since the year 2000 as the best Thai and Asian restaurant along the Connecticut shoreline.
 
Chef Linda Khempilar has brought the authentic Thai and Asian flavors to this new restaurant through her creative and unique dishes such as Toy's Pho ( pronounced “FUH”) a Vietnamese Thai style noodle soup custom made to your order with thin rice noodles, bean sprouts, vegetables, scallions, peanuts and your choice of vegetable, tofu, chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or duck. Unique dishes such as Thai Drunken Spaghetti and Yum Yum Salad made with gluten free rice vermicelli noodles with Linda's unique sauce creation populate the menu selections.

The restaurant offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes from its menu. Entertainment is available on Saturday and Sunday with Jazz on Saturday and Thai music and Thai dancing girls on Sundays. The full bar offers unique drink selections as well 23 wines by the glass and 15 beer selections. Takeout orders are accepted as well as free delivery to some areas ( please call for details ).
 
Please take the opportunity to come in and experience this unique dining, drinking and entertainment experience.

The Marketplace at the Guilford Food Center offers catering (from a backyard lobster bake to an elegant function), special deals of the day (www.themarketplaceatgfc.com) , plus inside dining. Contact (203) 453-4849 to plan your next event!
Additionally, The Marketplace offers fine grocer items, including meats, fruits, vegetables and breads.
Stop in and enjoy the newly renovated Marketplace.
 
JodiFit was created to personalize personal training. The studio is a place for women to become the best they want to be. Whether it's weight loss, fitness competitions or simply to start living a healthier life, JodiFit Studio can help. This is a boutique training studio where we cater to your fitness and health goals. Jodi has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years.  She offers one on one Personal Training, and Small Group Classes in Spin and Bootcamp.
 
Recently, The Spice & Tea Exchange® opened at 80 Whitfield Street in Guilford, Connecticut. The Spice & Tea Exchange® offers food lovers, professional chefs, and connoisseurs a gourmet shopping experience filled with unique gifts and culinary delights. Guests can shop over 140 spices, 75 hand-mixed blends, 17 naturally-flavored sugars, 25 salts, 35 exotic teas, gifts and accessories.
Joint Effort Expands!
Steve Kops and Brian McGlone of the Guilford EDC joined George Norden (owner) and Ed Lazarus (Chamber president) cut the ribbon to celebrate Joint Effort's recent expansion.  Looking on are staff, members and family.
Classic Rock Café is a new coffee shop, located on the border of East Haven and Branford, owned by lover of rock ‘n roll – as well as coffee - Howard Engelhard.  
Join us for fun entertainment and have an all-around great time:
Thursday is ‘open mic’ night – anyone from 4 – 104 can perform an act of their choice!Friday is live music night and includes local bands and solo artistsSaturday is Karaoke, again for ALL ages Sunday – enjoy the brunch acoustic performance, in addition to a magic show.We’ve got lots of rocking fun to keep your week hopping!
Located in the historic Old Mill at the juncture of Route 1 and Main St, East Haven.

Connections Counseling, LLC is a group of private practice licensed mental health clinicians.  We are dedicated to providing individualized therapeutic services to people of all ages and various challenges.   We know that, when it comes to helping people, one size definitely doesn’t fit all.  Finding the right counselor for you and your family is a lot like shopping for jeans....not every one works best for everybody....it’s important to find the right counselor for you and your needs. 
 Currently we have four clinicians, each with our own specialties  We currently accept Husky, Anthem and Cigna) and qualify for “out of network benefits” if you have that option on a different insurance plan.  (We are in the process of applying to other insurance panels).  Connections Counseling is conveniently located on Branford Hill (behind 5 Guys, above the video game store), and welcomes you into our beautiful, light and spacious waiting room and offices.  
 You’ll feel like you’re in a cozy living room  (and yes, the waiting room does have lots of toys for siblings plus wifi) as you begin your journey with your personalized connection at Connections Counseling, LLC.  Counseling helps you make connections between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  Counselors guide you in reflecting upon the connections between your past and present experiences, as you take the important steps to progress towards the future of your hopes. 
 For more info go to Connectionscounselinggroup.com, email Connectionsinbranford@gmail.com or call 203-208-2911
 
Fin-Tastic Diving is Branford’s new full service dive shop and dive travel experts! While the shop is a new business venture, owner and scuba instructor Steve Hager is no stranger to the southern New England dive scene, having certified hundreds of new divers since he began teaching in 1996. Opening his own dive shop has been a lifelong dream for Steve, and he sees the Branford area as an ideal location for Fin-Tastic Diving’s new home. Steve is an SDI IT Staff Instructor, and holds additional instructor ratings from PDIC. He is also planning to offer technical diving instruction through TDI in the future.
The shop features easy and convenient access from interstate 95 at exit 55 in Branford. Fin-Tastic Diving is an authorized dealer for several manufacturers such as Cressi, Tusa, XS Scuba, and xDeep. In addition to high quality dive gear, the Cressi line of products is unique in their offering of a wide variety of watersports clothing and equipment for young children. Whether you need new or continuing dive education, air and nitrox fills or equipment service, or help and guidance with new equipment purchases, Fin-Tastic Diving is ready for all your diving needs!
Steve’s wife Bea is the diving travel coordinator for Fin-Tastic Diving and also assists Steve as an SDI Divemaster. Prior to opening the shop, Fin-Tastic Diving has previously run group dive trips to Bonaire and Little Cayman, and is currently running an exciting all-inclusive trip to Grenada this fall. If you prefer local diving, then the shop is well equipped for all of your cold water diving needs as well. Steve and Bea at Fin-Tastic Diving are excited to offer their services and wealth of knowledge and experience to Branford and the surrounding communities. Like their sign says, “Take the Dive - Sea a New World!”
Please stop by the shop sometime soon, or visit their webpage at www.fintasticdiving.net.
 
Lori Weingarten and  Diane Halon-Bower opened their Guilford boutique, House of Fashion, in April.  They curate their collections to offer creative clothing for the average American woman and say their stock is “fun, not frumpy”. Weingarten and Halon-Bower travel to places like Paris, New York, London and Las Vegas to obtain clothing that can’t be found in the area.  House of Fashion also sells jewelry and gifts, including polished stones in custom designs.  There are also ladies’ night events and the store updates its racks with new pieces every few weeks.
 
Massage Savvy celebrated its 3rd year in business with the grand re-opening of its brand new, larger location in March of this year.  Located at 2470 Boston Post Road in Guilford (by Take the Cake), they now have 9 treatment rooms, a larger relaxation room, and will soon be offering facials and waxing services at the end of April.  Management and staff would like to sincerely thank their wonderful clients from Guilford and the surrounding Shoreline towns and they look forward to many successful years ahead!
 
Mathnasium is a math only learning center located at 1063 Boston Post Road in Guilford.  Our experienced math tutors utilize our proprietary teaching materials and techniques,The Mathnasium Method™, to deliver a customized learning plan designed to address each student's needs, whether they started out far behind or are already ahead in math. Our instruction approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math.
 
Guilford welcomes the opening of a new business, The Hickory Kitchen.  Guilford residents and owners of KC’s Pub, Chef Liv and Kelly Carney have opened a new eatery which offers home style and sophisticated recipes crafted with care and creativity , bringing their personal twist to barbecue and the use of smoke in cooking.  This comfort food is available to go; as are delicious sandwiches, salads and other tasty items.  Great for lunch or a family dinner! In true “Loyal to Local” fashion, local artwork, homemade goods and food items created by Connecticut businesses are available as well.
 
Hours are Monday – Friday 11:30am – 6:30pm; Saturday 11:30-5:00pm.  Phone 203-453-0773 or www.the hickorykitchen.com.
​At Guilford Animal Medical Center, we try to make the pet and human bond as strong and healthy as it can be by intervening at all phases of life, from the time before a pet is added to a family, through the early period of establishing a sound preventive medical program, and by maintaining good health through programs for optimal nutrition, dental health, early disease detection, and successful intervention when illness or injury occurs. It is our deepest wish that our care for your pets will help them to live long and productive lives as members of your family.
​To celebrate the opening of our new facility, we cut the ribbon and inaugurated our new shoreline studio at 9 Business Park Drive in Branford on Thursday, September 3, at 5:00. Located right off exit 56 of I-95, with ample parking, the new state-of-the-art facility features two large dance studios with natural light, sprung wood floors and marley surfaces for pointe work. The official ribbon cutting kicked off our opening celebrations.
 
​The Bird Nest Gallery & Salon Suites is nestled in a cozy historic home built in 1728 and located just off the Guilford Green, at 25 Water Street. Our space includes a two-room gallery, managed by Barbara Reid, and features works by local artists and artisans, as well as salon suites for Steven Uccello, Owner/Stylist of The Bird Nest and Nicole Flagge, Owner/Stylist of Salon Opus.
​Purveyors of the finest olive oils and vinegars, imported pastas, sauces, teas and honey.  Our luxurious olive oil based skin care and body line of soaps and lotions from around the world come in a variety of fragrances.  Also available are gifts for the home such as scented candles, dipping dishes, French dishtowels and more.  We can suggest the perfect gift for friends, family and clients.
From simple to simply elegant, we will happily custom design a gift package or basket to suit your needs for any occasion.  Please stop by or give us a call.
1116B Main St., Branford. 203.315.1401, or belloliva1@yahoo.com.
​Conceived as a “sanctuary for the productive mind,” Guilford Coworking provides collaborative workspace for freelancers and small businesses in the historic Odd Fellows Hall (14 Water St.) near the Guilford Green. Members work, meet, talk and drink coffee in a laid-back but focused environment composed of 16 workstations, lounge and sitting areas, a private conference room for meetings as well as a vintage telephone booth for calls. Access is 24/7, and a bottomless cup of coffee or tea from Cilantro Specialty Foods is included with a monthly membership priced at $195. For more information, please visit www.guilfordcoworking.com or contact christian@guilfordcoworking.com.