Community/News

  • What’s happening in our community

  • Compost

  • Do you compost? We accumulate buckets of vegetable peelings, egg shells, coffee grinds, etc. every day. Come in and help yourself.

  • Spaghetti Supper

  • Sunday, April 30, 5:00
    Christ Episcopal Church on the Green in Guilford
    to Benefit the Youth Group Outreach Programs
    Chef Antonio and the Middle School Youth Group cook up his famous meatballs and spaghetti, along with desserts made by the kids.

  • Shoreline Benefit for BH Cares

  • Thursday, May 11 5:30 – 8:30
    Pine Orchard Yacht Club
    Branford
    $50 person
    Featuring music, a silent auction, friendly cupcake wars between local bakeries-including us!, and fine food.

  • Little Folks Fair

  • Saturday, June 3, 11-4 on the Guilford Green

  • Car Wash to Benefit Project Graduation

  • June 12th, 10-2 at Palumbo’s Automotive

  • Best Ever Cupcake War

    The Guilford Center For Children’s Best Ever Cupcake War was a grand success. Debbie and son, Michael (picured below) were among the lucky judges who got to sample all the yummy, and very creative, cupcakes at the Guilford Community Center. Between the raffle, Silent Auction and cupcake sales, the Center had a very successful fundraiser for scholarships for the day care and after school care program.

  • Ten Reasons to Buy Local

    There are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us to choosing local, independently owned businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally so we merely ask you to Think Local FIRST!

    1. Buy Local — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

    Virtually all of our vendors are smaller, independent food distributors located within New England and the tri-state area. We don’t buy from the giant food distributors simply because the quality is more suited for supermarket and cafeteria cooking. That’s just not us.

    2. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

    Here are some of the community and national organizations we have contributed to over the past years.

    ABC House Secret Garden Tour, Guilford
    Apple Rehab Scholarship Fund
    Branford Benevolent Police Association
    Childrens Center, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
    Doctors Without Borders
    Guilford High School Model UN Club
    Guilford High School Music Boosters
    Guilford High School Project Graduation
    Guilford High School Theatre Arts
    Guilford Boys Ice Hockey
    Guilford Wrestling Foundation
    High Hopes
    Madison Cares
    Madison Chamber of Commerce
    My Sisters Place
    New Haven Ballet
    Red Cross
    Salvation Army
    St. Jude Connecticut Network
    UNICEF
    WSHU Radio Station

    3. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust

    4. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

    5. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.

    6. Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers. We like to think of ourselves as the “Cheers” for foodies, where we know your name and what you like to eat:)

    7. Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

    8. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

    9. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

    10. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

    Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!