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Mikro Breaks Ground at Former Depot Site 
Monday, July 24, 2017
MiKro, a craft beer and small plate restaurant located in 3000 Whitney Shopping Center on Whitney Avenue is expanding. Owner Mike Farber, Mayor Curt Leng, and others attended the official groundbreaking at the site of MiKro’s expansion at 0 Depot Road, on Sherman Avenue (behind Dunkin’ Donuts) on Thursday, June 22nd. “It brings me great pleasure to see one of Hamden’s most popular and respected restaurants expanding here in Town. We are all very excited to work with Mr. Farber on MiKro’s expansion, and we look forward to the fantastic commercial and community impacts this project will offer to Hamden.”
Feature Business-Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies 
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Hamden is proud to promote unique, local businesses that are independently owned and operated. For this edition, we will feature Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies. The story of Moon Rocks Cookies actually begins over 40 years ago when Cynthia Rae, a single mother and culinary school student developed a unique recipe for cookies. Cynthia worked tirelessly but could not find employment even after graduating. As a result, she had to put her passion for creating her special cookies on hold. In 2014, Cynthia’s daughter, Marni decided that it was now-or-never to act on her mother’s dream. With her mother’s recipes and help, Marni started selling Moon Rocks Cookies in September of that year. In October 2015, she opened her storefront at 1830 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden and this past March, she acquired a food truck. Demand has become so large, Marni is looking to acquire more kitchen space to fill orders.
Clifford Beers is Clinic is Coming to Hamden this Fall 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Hamden is proud to announce that a Clifford Beers Clinic is expected to open in Hamden in late Summer or early Fall of 2017. Clifford Beers clinics started over a century ago, when a man of the same name was institutionalized for a suicide attempt. Following his release, Clifford Beers did pioneering work in developing outpatient care- where patients could still live at home and receive two hours of treatment on a weekly basis. There are now more than twenty Clifford Beers clinics in the Greater New Haven area, working to give autistic children the community-based support they need.

New Business Openings

IZEEK Opens at 1890 Dixwell Avenue, (Across from the Home Depot 
Friday, February 10, 2017
iZeek is a growing company founded by two technicians whose vision is to achieve fast, easy and affordable repairs for all your electronic needs. iZeek provides on-premises repairs for mobile phones and tablets. We service all Apple and Microsoft devices and programs.
Grand Opening of Lucians Gardenhouse Held December 19th 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lucian’s Florist at Gardenhouse formerly known as Lucian’s Green House and Florist is now under new ownership. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on December 19th, members of the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Development Director Dale Kroop on hand for the event.
Silver City Vapors Opens in Hamden 
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Congratulations to Silver City Vapor on their official Grand Opening on September 15th. They are located on 3030 Whitney Avenue (next to Thyme and Season) and offer an expert knowledge and a wide variety of e-liquids and vaping products. Visit their web site at http://www.silvercityvapors.com/about-1

HEDC News

HAMDEN RECEIVES $600,000 FOR BROWNFIELD CLEANUP AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Good news was delivered this week to Hamden. On Tuesday 2/14, Hamden was notified by the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), that the Hamden Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $600,000 for the asbestos cleanup and demolition of the Auditorium at the location of the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The 16,000 S.F. structure has substantial asbestos contamination and is severely blighted.
HAMDEN WELCOMES NEW FAMILY TO ZERO ENERGY HOUSE 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Hamden welcomes Rickey and Jessica Traynham and their three children! A closing for the Zero energy home was held on February 3rd for a family of five from New Haven who will live in the 1800 SF 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home, located at 499 Newhall Street (immediately across the street from the Hamden Business Incubator) and built by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.
BUSINESS INCUBATOR UPDATE 
Friday, January 27, 2017
As the photo shows, the last truck load filled with lead covered building materials was hauled off site, completing the latest phase of construction at the future home of the Hamden Business Incubator, the home of the former Newhall Community Center at 496 Newhall Street. This $2 Million phase included significant interior demolition, the complete replacement of the roof, structural work, carpentry, site work preparation and the removal of virtually all remaining asbestos and lead in the building. It also included the removal of a 6,000 gallon oil tank. The following also shows some before and after pictures of areas of the building, which was sold to the Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) in 2013 by the Town of Hamden.

Cluster News

Home Based Businesses Get Recognition 
Friday, April 22, 2016
Hamden held its first meeting of over 25 solopreneurs which included a turn out of all different business types such as law, lawn care, financial, college counseling and investment groups. During this meeting, the topics discussed included any other required permits, client advertising, marketing and financing and the valuation of personal property for tax purposes
Location Change: Important Health Care Meeting March 20 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
On Thursday March 20th from 830 till 10 am at Atria Larson Place, the Town of Hamden’s Health Care Cluster will attend the Chamber’s Health Care Committee as a partner for economic growth in Hamden and in the region.
Overview of Cluster Strategy 
Monday, December 3, 2012
Hamden’s Cluster strategy is part of our efforts to meet the needs of small business in a more structured and focused way. For the last ten years, Hamden has used the Business Cluster approach to plan effective strategies for community revitalization as well as to serve as a catalyst for economic growth.

Featured Business

Lucky Ewe Irish Goods 
Monday, June 19, 2017
Hamden is proud to promote unique, local businesses that are independently owned and operated. For this edition, we will feature Lucky Ewe. Lucky Ewe Irish Goods located at 2371 Whitney Ave, across from the old Hamden Town Hall, opened in November 2015 and offers a beautiful collection of Celtic inspired gifts, clothing, jewelry, and crafts. The idea of Lucky Ewe came to owner and former Hamdenite Katie O’Neill Regan some 4 years ago. As she came from a visit to Quinnipiac’s Great Hunger Museum, she stopped off at her Irish borne father’s grave and had the idea of opening an Irish gift store. Mary Beth Radigan, Katie’s childhood neighbor and friend along with her niece Tara O’Neill shared her passion for the idea and became her business partners, also known as the Ladies of Lucky Ewe. Working with Hamden’s Economic Development team, they were able to transform the idea into a wonderful business

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