By LINDSAY CAREY
Local business owners gathered to showcase their businesses in the Derynoski Elementary School cafeteria for the first Derynoski PTO Home and Business Show on Saturday, Feb. 28.
The businesses represented at the Home and Business Show included retail stores, bakeries, pet services, real estate agencies, handmade goods and much more.
Derynoski Elementary school teacher Kate Colonero was there as a consultant for Tastefully Simple, a home party company.
“I had product and I thought I’d get my name out there to people who might not know,” said Colonero.
She sells Tastefully Simple’s “mealtime solutions,” which are food products that require two or fewer ingredients and make meal prep easy for customers.
“I’m a teacher here,” said Colonero. “I know a lot of people in town, so I figured I’d come by and, even if I don’t make money, the money is going to the school so I don’t mind.”
Another business to have a table set up at the Home and Business Show was Christina’s Gourmet Cookies Classes and Parties, which is located at 35 Main St. in Southington. Owner Christina Hart described her business as a gourmet cookie boutique that also offers cooking classes for all ages.
“For me it’s very important to support my community,” she said. “My business is in this community, so it’s important to support what’s going in Southington.”
The Home and Business Show also provided resident Jen Humphrey with the opportunity to promote her online store, “Everything Glitzy” at www.etsy.com/shop/everythingglitzy. Humphrey manages her online business from her home as a side venture on top of her full time just as a nurse.
She said she found out about the Home and Business Show, because her two boys go to school at Derynoski. She decided to participate so that she could be more involved in their school community.
Humphrey makes handmade gifts like crochet scarves, blankets and hats. She said she has been consistently selling her crocheted gifts online for past two years.
In addition to supporting her children’s school, Humphrey said she thought the home and business show was a good opportunity to meet other business owners.
“It’s a good networking event to just meet other businesses from town and see them face to face,” said Humphrey.
Lynn Damboise from LD’s Chocolates said that, although she has been in business for nine years, she wanted to use the opportunity to spread the word about her business. LDs Chocolates offers chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate covered pretzels, cluster, peanut butter cups and more.
“I want people to know they can order chocolate online and get it locally,” said Damboise.
Another business that was hoping to promote its new services was Paw Play, the longest run doggy day care in the town, located at 201 Queen Street.
Extended Services Manager for Paw Play Mike Murphy said he wanted to promote the fact that he has expanded his business’ services from daycare, grooming and training to include pet sitting in people’s homes and a pet taxi service, which provides dogs with transportation to and from day care.
“I really wanted to participate, because this is the first time they were doing this,” said Murphy. “We wanted to support the community and be a part of it from the beginning.”
Photos by TAYLOR HARTZ