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Widow Brown’s Café Celebrates 40 Years

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Widow Brown’s Café Celebrates 40 Years

By Renato + Alicia Ghio

In this day and age, it seems restaurants come and go with the wind. There are others, however, like Widow Brown’s Café on Federal Road that year after year continue to quietly do what they do. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Widow Brown’s Café. It’s had the same name, same location and same…

Live music in Downtown

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Live music in Downtown

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There are many tasks that CityCenter Danbury sets out to accomplish throughout downtown, whether business recruitment, event promotion, streetscape improvements or increased walkability. One of the objectives that I think we are missing is live music in the downtown area. We’ve got our great concerts on the green during the summer, and of course, the…

Holiday Spirit in Downtown Danbury

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Holiday Spirit in Downtown Danbury

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The holiday spirit is alive in downtown Danbury. From the holiday lights to decorations to festive activities, there is some holiday fun to be had in the heart of the Hat City. Take a stroll or a drive along Main Street. In addition to the lights along Main Street and in Library Plaza, downtown businesses…

A New Way to Shop for the Holidays

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A New Way to Shop for the Holidays

By Renato Ghio

Friends don’t let friends shop at the mall. That sums up the idea behind a new special holiday shopping event being organized by Meagan Cann at Workspace Collective, the unique retail and design co-op that opened this fall on Main Street. The Hat City Holiday Bazaar will take place on Small Business Saturday, which is…

Tis the Season in Downtown!

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Tis the Season in Downtown!

By P.J. Prunty - Photo by Renato Ghio

It’s that time of year again in Downtown Danbury, the Holiday Season! There are few things that I enjoy more than Main Street lit up during this festive time of year. Last year was the first time in over 30-plus years that we had holiday lights spanning the width of Main Street. It took a…

Danbury Titans Start Season With A Win

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Danbury Titans Start Season With A Win

By Renato Ghio

  Hockey season is officially underway in Danbury. The sense of excitement and anticipation was palpable among the players and the fans at the season opener on Friday and under the quiet intensity of new head coach David Lun, the Danbury Titans rallied in overtime for a 7-6 win over the Berlin RiverDrivers. The RiverDrivers jumped out to an early lead, and Danbury’s Mike Dolman answered back with…

WE ARE DOWNTOWN

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WE ARE DOWNTOWN

By P.J. Prunty

  Social capital is a term I came across while studying political science during my years at Hartwick College. I was so intrigued by the concept, I decided to write my senior thesis about social capital in the United States. Social capital is a form of economic and cultural capital in which social networks are central, transactions are marked by reciprocity, trust and cooperation, and market agents produce goods and services not mainly for themselves, but for the common good. Some examples of social capital range…

Get In On Some Halloween Fun

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Get In On Some Halloween Fun

By Renato Ghio

Nowadays, you can enjoy Halloween festivities well beyond Oct. 31. The entire month is filled with activities for all ages. Here’s a run-down of what’s going on in and around the Hat City. One of the most popular family-friendly traditions is, of course, Halloween on the Green, which is Saturday Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 pm. The first 500 costumed children get goodie bags, and there’s a costume contest with…

Don’t miss the Danbury Titans’ new season

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Don’t miss the Danbury Titans’ new season

By Renato Ghio

    The second season for Danbury’s pro hockey team, the Danbury Titans, kicks off in just about a month. There’s a lot that is new this season – a new head coach, new players, new team sponsors. What remains the same is the excitement from both the team management and the fans. “We are definitely excited for the season,” said Bruce Bennett, owner…

Reinventing the Boutique Shopping Experience

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Reinventing the Boutique Shopping Experience

By Renato Ghio

Sometimes, things just come together. Call it kismet or fate or whatever you want to call it, all Meaghan Cann knows is that her passion for sustainable fashion has brought her to a new chapter in her career. Meaghan’s start-up venture, Workspace Collective, which officially opens on September 10, is reinventing the boutique shopping experience. It’s not only a place where you’ll find unique fashionable…

Taste of Danbury Turns 30!

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Taste of Danbury Turns 30!

By Renato Ghio

  The 30th annual Taste of Greater Danbury comes to downtown on September 10 and 11. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years of live music, delectable food and family entertainment – 30 years of drawing record crowds to the heart of our city. Time does fly. And, this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet. “We’re really looking forward to…