Business Buzz

nThe VNA Northwest, Inc. Thrift Shop in New Preston is holding a bag sale through Sept. 5.

Patrons may fill large bags at a cost of $5 each with clothing for men, women and children.

Kitchen and household items, along with books, movies and music are sold at the Thrift Shop.

The store, located in the Armoury Building at 233B Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202), is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations may be brought to the Thrift Shop during business hours or to the VNA Northwest at 607 Bantam Road, Unit F in Bantam Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Thrift Shop at 860-868-0884.

n"A Tasteful Event 2009" will be held Oct. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Golden Trucking Museum, 1101 Southbury Road (Route 188), in Middlebury.

More than 15 chefs from Middlebury, Woodbury and Southbury will participate.

WFSB-TV's Teresa LaBarbera will serve as emcee.

Advance tickets are $40 per person when purchased through YFS by calling 203-758-1441 and $42 per person through the Palace Theater Group by visiting

Tickets will be $45 per person at the door.

For more information, call YFS at 203-758-1441.

nBarbara Branagan-Mitchell, director of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC, a public relations/publicity placement firm in New Milford, recently spearheaded a food drive with members of the BNI Heritage Southbury to benefit the Southbury Food Bank located at the Southbury Training Center.

nThe VNA Northwest, which serves some towns in the Greater New Milford area, is seeking volunteers to work part time in its Thrift Shop located on Route 202 in New Preston.

Adult volunteers are needed to fill three hour shifts on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The Thrift Shop is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 860-567-6000.

nKaitlin Guendelsberger, NSCA-CPT, has opened Full Potential, LLC.

The company offers personal, strength, weight and endurance training, BMI evaluations, and in-home consultations.

For more information, call 203-770-8805 or email

nTodd Payne, SIOR, president and owner of Goodfellow Ashmore CORFAC International, and a Bridgewater resident, has announced the company is celebrating its 75th anniversary this summer.

Goodfellow Ashmore CORFAC International in Danbury is the largest and oldest commercial realty firm in northern Fairfield County and western Connecticut.

Mr. Payne's grandfather, co-founder Robert Goodfellow, joked at a July 10 anniversary celebration, "Harry Ashmore and I formed the company on July 3rd so we could take the next day off."

At age 96, Robert Goodfellow recalled that he and Mr. Ashmore formed The Goodfellow Ashmore Agency as a real estate and insurance company in 1934. Harry Ashmore died in 2008.

After founding Goodfellow Ashmore in 1934, Robert Goodfellow was instrumental over the following 60 years in bringing much of the manufacturing base to the Greater Danbury region that still exists today.

Some of the companies he brought to the Danbury area included Barden, Eagle Pencil, Commerce Park, Davis and Geck and Grolier.

nThe First National Bank of Litchfield (FNBL) has announced that current board member Patrick J. Boland has been elected chairman.

Mr. Boland will assume the role of chairman from Charles Orr.

He has been a member of FNBL's board since 2006 and currently holds positions as chairman of the audit and asset/liability management committees and also serves on the loan and compensation committee.

nCurves of New Milford has earned the prestigious Shining Star club designation for the second time.

The recognition is given to clubs that meet and maintain rigorous standards in their business practices, service quality, and adherence to the Curves methods and programs.

Clubs applying for Shining Star status must complete lengthy inspections in a number of different categories. Shining Star Club status is then awarded only after all inspections are examined and approved by Curves International.

nBranagan Communications Consultants LLC in New Milford, a public relations, publicity placement and marketing communications consulting agency owned and directed by Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, has been named the Agency-of-Record for Goodfellow Ashmore CORFAC International in Danbury.

The largest and oldest commercial real estate firm in the western Connecticut, northern Fairfield and Litchfield County region, Goodfellow Ashmore CORFAC International is a full-service real estate firm specializing in commercial, industrial, office, retail, investment, real estate consulting, business brokerage and land development.

nShari Barron, owner of J&J Printing in New Milford, has announced the business has moved to a new location.

J&J Printing, formerly of 87 Danbury Road (Route 7), is now located at 11 Howland Road, next to Murph's Tire.

For more information, call J&J at 860-355-9535.

nPrecision Firearms is up and running at 4 Nicholas Square in New Milford.

Bob Augustine opened the business in early August.

For more information, call 860-350-8343.

The Business Buzz is a Spectrum feature for local businesses to announce openings, anniversaries, personnel changes and other news.

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