The Thrift Mart of New Milford will be open three Sundays during the month of December.

The store on Route 7 South -- in the building behind the professional building between Ring's End Lumber and Monroe Muffler -- will be open Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from noon to 4 p.m.

Kelly Carter has opened Carter's Trading Post in New Milford.

The business buys, sells and trades antiques and collectibles.

Patrons may visit the business at 92 Park Lane Road (Route 202) --across from the former Valley Dodge -- daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 860-671-8305.

Goatboy Soaps in New Milford will hold a holiday open house Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at in December.

Offerings at the 1 Murphy's Way business will include molded soaps, build-your-own baskets, Santo's Angels and more.

For more information, call 860-350-0676.

Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, director of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC in New Milford, Connecticut, recently presented a lecture, "How to Get Free Publicity for Your Business or Organization," at a meeting of the American Business Women's Association-Nutmeg Chapter in Plantsville.

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