Beginning Friday, 'Celebrate Shelton' to highlight local businesses


Several years ago, Small Business Saturday was created to promote shopping at local small businesses across the country.

In a commentary I wrote at that time, I noted it was encouraging to see one day devoted to local entrepreneurs, but it was important to remember that small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy and they are open for business year-round.

That is why I am so proud to join in the formation of a new effort titled Celebrate Shelton, created by two local small business owners, Nicole Heriot Mikula and Mike Skrtic, with support from the city of Shelton, the Shelton Economic Development Corp., and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Celebrate Shelton will present three events to highlight small businesses in Shelton: Downtown Handmade Market, Small Business Crawl and a community tree lighting.

The Downtown Handmade Market is a five-date vendor festival to be held at the Conti Building, 415 Howe Ave. Please join us for a Black Friday Kick-Off celebration on Friday, Nov. 28 starting at 6 p.m. with live music, handmade artisan vendors, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $5 at the door (kids 14 and under can enter for free).

The market will continue on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission on those dates is free.

Tree lighting on Dec. 6,  holiday guide

The community tree lighting, sponsored by Webster Bank, Valley Community Foundation and Center Stage, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Shelton.

There will be caroling with Center Stage, hot cocoa and sweets by the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, and Santa Claus has confirmed his attendance. Children are encouraged to create their own handmade ornaments to decorate the tree with their families.

The Small Business Crawl is a comprehensive glossy magazine that includes special offers from small businesses in our area. With 150 locations in Shelton distributing the magazine, I hope you will pick one up today and share it with a friend.

I commend the two organizers for putting these activities together, centered around small businesses in our community during this holiday season.

Please Celebrate Shelton by visiting and joining in these events. It is my hope that this can become a year-long effort.

Jimmy Tickey is a Shelton resident.