Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

UConn International Student Resource fair August 25

UConn Stamford is welcoming a group of undergraduate International students today. They have an orientation on the campus and open to the Stamford community. In partnership with the UConn business school this community resource fair is taking place during lunch on Thursday August 25th from 12 to 1:30. Check it out at the UConn Campus.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Blog share Advocate: Sandy Goldstein...What do you do when lightning strikes

Sandy Goldstein: What do you do when lightning strikes:
Stamford Downtown takes great pride in having put on 17 years of uninterrupted outdoor concerts featuring mega-stars and local talent performing for thousands of wonderful, music-loving patrons. Never, except last Thursday for the notable Cee Lo Green concert, have we ever had to cancel a concert. That includes performances in extreme heat and pounding, pouring rain. Weather is a very fickle friend to a concert promoter: It can be too hot, too cold, too windy or too stormy — but nothing stops our outdoor concerts. That is, nothing except electrical storms. And that is precisely what happened last Thursday.  

Lightning strikes have been very prevalent this summer. According to CBS News there have been 16 deaths from lightning in the United States so far this year: with seven of those fatalities occurring during the month of July — including three in the past week. Last Thursday, our radar and the police command center’s radar showed that we were directly in the path of a major electrical storm. At 7:15 p.m. radar pin-pointed the lightning at five miles away (25 miles away is the safety zone) and we temporarily powered down. We had Cee Lo and his band on standby prepared to take the stage as soon as the director of public safety gave the all clear.
The lightning strikes continued within a five-mile radius for the next two hours, even though, at some point, the rain had somewhat tempered off. The public safety director was still unable to give an all clear, based on the radar, which clearly showed the electrical storm directly over us. When we saw no change in the weather situation we called the show at about 9:30 p.m. 
We made the latter call because doing anything else would have been the height of irresponsibility. There is one thing we as promoters will not compromise about and that is the public’s safety and well-being. And while we knew a cancellation would be terribly disappointing to our loyal patrons, nothing would have been more irresponsible than putting any of them in harm’s way.
So, please look at and remember all of the positive, joyful concerts the DSSD has put on over the course of almost two decades and consider last Thursday night an unfortunate blip — when there was major disappointment but thankfully no tragic incident.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bark in the Park and Arts & Crafts on Bedford is almost here...


Bark in the Park and Arts & Crafts on Bedford in Stamford Downtown, Stamford, CT     
Stamford Downtown has two terrific events coming   up in September on Bedford Street.  Don’t miss Bark in the Park on September 11 and   Arts & Crafts on Bedford on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18.  Bark in the Park presented by Blue Buffalo is a special day for our four-legged   Friends. All friendly, well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. Enjoy lots of activities to   keep families and their pets entertained including: K9 demonstrations, agility course,   fun contests, adoption area, microchip clinic, vendor booths, and much more!    Bark in the Park will be held on Sunday, September 11 from 11am – 3pm in Latham Park   on Bedford Street.  Arts & Crafts on Bedford brings over 100 juried artisans from throughout the   Northeast who will display and sell juried works including Ceramics, Fine Art,   Photography, Natural and Organic Body Products, Original Oil Paintings and   Watercolors, Candles, Beewax Goods, Metal Sculpture, Fiber Arts, Wearable Art, Home   Decor and more. A List of artisans is attached. Festival hours are Saturday from 11am to   6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  Don’t miss the Imagination Station with “hands on” activities for kids including   farm animals from the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, self-guided paintings  with Pinot’s Palette, Chalk the Walk, Face Painting and Drawing with Kids Draw Free.   Admission is free to both events! Directions: From Route 95 take Exit 8.  Bark in the Park and Arts & Crafts on Bedford are presented by Stamford   Downtown Special Services District and is sponsored by Blue Buffalo, Crystal Rock,   Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Agora Spa, The Stamford Advocate, 95.9 The Fox,   Star 99.9, Simply Signs and Happyhaha Photography.  For more information please visit www.stamford-downtown.com 
           Arts & Crafts on Bedford – 2016 Artist Listing as of August 15
Business Name
Kim L Pottery
Puzz Pottery
Roxie's Studio
Jaimie Ware
Three Bluebirds
Colors of Fiber
MimiMade Designs
Najda Adman
Kizmet Yogawear
Oliver Green Belts
Art Just Art
Fine Art
Elizabeth Andrews Studio
Fine Art
James Polisky Silkscreen Art
Fine Art-Silkscreen print maker
Alex Kalish Glass Design
Treasures of the Vine
Sand & Water Creations
Spiderweb Glass
Storyteller Creations
Athalia Originals of Newport
Created by A
OMI by Lise
Trezana Jewelry
Perfect Duo
eden rocks!
ladeDAH! Jewelry
Laise Design
Phyllis Lurie Urso Jewelry Designs
Kate Laine Jewelry
Sparkle By Sharon Jewelry
Impression Jewelry
Riverstone Jewelry
Saskia de Vries Designs
Danladi Designs NYC
Tied In Chains
Sumaq Design by Eduardo
Kate Stephen Jewelry
L'Harmonie Creative Jewelry
Precious Peace Studio
KMC Jewelry Designs
Lola Richards Designs
Giftique Intnl
Adrienne Lockett
Nurabella Jewelry
Carli Bruno Leather Accessories
American Forging
Chanin-Lubin Designs
Vintage Times
Mixed Media
New Beginnings Sea Glass
Mixed Media
John Cheng Graphics
Mixed Media
Metallic Art Graphics
Mixed Media
Just Jill Today
Mixed Media
Green Silver
Daisy and Honeybee
Other-Baby Portrait Products
Kindled Dreams
Tug Hill Candles
East End Foodies
Camilla Klein Mosaic Art
GPC Designs
Other-Polymer Clay
Deborah's Kitchen
Komfort Zone
Lakoni√° Greek Products
Other-Specialty Food
Bob Callahan
Ron Stattner Originals
Other-Wire Sculpture
Ken Orton
Arny Weinstein
Barns of Connecticut
Bob Ferraro Studios
Lighthouse Portraits by Cam Chapman
YN Photography
Artist with the Camera
Kimbugly Creations
Deep Focus Images
Larry Reitz Fine Art Photography
D&M Images
ABC Photo
Woodcraft Arts
Jonathan's Spoons
Natures Beat
African Heritage Collection
3 Boys Crafting Company


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Last summer concert of the season - Don't miss Cee Lo Green at Alive@Five

 Alive@Five on Thurs, LAST ONE OF THE SEASON: Cee Lo Green



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Summer Intern Corner : Last blog entry this summer - reflection on thesummer gone by...

Reflections of a DSSD Summer Intern

By Melanie

Growing up is hard, everyone knows that. But it’s even more difficult when you don’t know what to expect. The majority of kids my age have never stepped foot in an office, they’ve never known the real responsibilities of having a “real” job. Most kids, thus far, have worked for themselves only. They’ve gone through all of their schooling getting grades only to reflect their own capability, their own work. But they don’t know how to work to please a boss. They don’t know the feeling of being relied on. I was certainly this way before I started working for Stamford Downtown. I’d never had a job before this internship. I’d never had a boss before. I worked hard in school for my gain, my personal benefit.

But by working at DSSD, I’ve gotten to witness a kind of foreign environment I’d never known. I’ve experienced first-hand how important it is to stay organized. If you lose a paper, or misplace a check, it’s more than just yourself that you’re disappointing. I’ve seen how essential collaboration is when representing a district, when choosing a piece of art to display, or putting on a show for people to enjoy. I’ve seen the DSSD staff come together to execute a concert series as well as debate over text size for an advertisement poster. But, when it really comes down to it, there is a common goal. There is a sense of teamwork, a sense of family here, a knowledge that everyone is working together on a single mission: to make Stamford better. Better to work, better to play, and better to live. As I reflect on my time at DSSD, I see that more than making my own boss proud, I have been made proud by the hardworking, diligent, opinionated, detail-oriented, caring people that work every day, not for their personal gain, but for the betterment of our city, our community.

So I thank every person working at DSSD for the opportunity they’ve given to me. I thank them for the knowledge they have bestowed, and their service to our lively downtown – a place where I meet with friends, where I enjoy a meal with my family, a place I call home.
Editors Note: Thank you Melanie!!! and to the Mayors Youth Employment Program for sending us two terrific summer interns -- they will be missed at our office, but we know they will go on to do great things. 



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Alive@Five, Thurs Aug 4 - Easton Corbin!

   http://stamford-downtown.com/events/alivefive-outdoor-concert-series/#.V5-c5PkrJD8 #stamforddowntown


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ONE more week till A Grand Summer Night! Register today!

Stamford Downtown's
A Grand Summer Night 2016
A Grand Summer Night Reimagined
Eat. Drink. Laugh.

Join the Friends of Stamford Downtown as we reimagine this wonderful summer event. Dine all evening at UConn’s Rich Concourse with non-stop extravagant, sumptuous gourmet tastings and specialty wine and liquor. Enjoy not one but 15 of your favorite restaurants for a sensational culinary feast as Stamford’s finest restaurants show off their specialty cuisine. Ample seating will be available.

And that’s not all! Following your dining experience, enter the theatre at UConn and laugh to the comedy of Andrea Mezvinsky as seen on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Then top the night off with an array of delicious desserts, more silent auction and the music of Felix and the Cats.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

RSVP Click here!

Plentiful Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails, Silent Auction and
Comedy Show starring Andrea Mezvinsky

University of Connecticut, Broad Street, Stamford

Tickets - $125 per person

Your event ticket includes 3 Door Prize tickets

Complimentary Parking


Your ticket cost of $125 includes 3 Door Prize tickets and 3 chances to win the following fabulous prizes*:

60” SONY LED Smart TV - Courtesy of County TV & Appliance of Stamford

Two $250 Stamford Town Center Gift Cards

*You need not be present to win.

Eat the night away with sumptuous Hors d’oeuvres provided on the UConn Concourse by the following wonderful restaurants: 

Acuario Restaurant
Prides itself in fresh, flavorful food which makes one's senses explode with the finest Peruvian cuisine!

Bar BQ
Here barbeque is a religion. All of the meats are fresh & smoked in house where the pig is sacred.
The beers are cold, the music is up and the joint is rockin'.

Bar Rosso
A stylish dining and gathering destination that celebrates the art of Italian food and wine with cuisine that satisfies all of the senses!

Bradford’s Grill & Tavern
Burgers, salads, pizza & more. Open for lunch & dinner until midnight, catering anytime.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
Over 20 years of legendary North Carolina, slow-smokin' barbeque, bringing down-home cooking, hospitality and merriment to Stamford Downtown.

California Pizza Kitchen
CPK is widely known for its innovative California Style cuisine with creative dishes, including signature California-style hearth-baked pizzas, creative salads, pastas, soups and sandwiches.

Cantina Southwest Grill
Blending traditional flavor and authenticity with a modern approach, CANTINA serves up contemporary southwestern cuisine, alongside a creative cocktail list.

The Capital Grille
Relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Enjoy juicy, tender dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and acclaimed wine list.

Columbus Park Trattoria
An exceptional selection of original, Italian home-style cooking with an upbeat New York style ambiance.

Del Frisco’s Grille
The Grille takes the classic America bar and grill concept to refreshing new heights, drawing inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients.

DiMare Pastry Shop
Has been in business since 1976 as a family owned and operated full service Italian bakery. DiMare's takes great pride in their fresh baked goods and use only top quality ingredients in everything they produce.

FIN II Japanese Restaurant
Specializes in fresh, imaginative sushi and authentic Japanese cuisine. The sushi, sashimi and hand rolls are presented with flair.

Fresh innovative seafood house offers the freshest fish and seafood in a lively open air restaurant and bar setting.

Franklin Street Works Café
A not-for-profit contemporary art space and cafe with a farm-to-table inspired menu and innovative exhibitions.

Hudson Grille
American and contemporary cuisine. Food prepared with the freshest ingredients, fine wine and excellent customer service.

A dramatic, glittery interior with food to match and an emphasis on Japanese cuisine. It's fun!. And, the very active bar scene gives Kashi another dimension.

Kona Grill
The menu features a diverse selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, chicken, seafood, steaks, pasta, and pizzas that incorporate over 40 signature sauces and dressings.

McFadden’s Stamford
Voted the Best Burgers in Fairfield County, boasting a lively lunch, happy hour, after work parties, dinner and of course late night parties.

Michele's Pies
Award winning Norwalk bakery specializing in handmade pies made with fresh ingredients.

napa & co.
Fresh food, locally driven and un-manipulated. Savor innovative wine-country cuisine made from organic, farm-fresh ingredients and artisan products. An award-winning wine program featuring a creative selection from all over the world.

NOIR Stamford
It takes menu cues from across the globe, with an undeniable and enjoyable nod to French cuisine. In keeping with its fresh approach to food, a seasonal and innovative cocktail program and a stellar wine list add to the dining experience.

Quattro Pazzi
Pasta made in-house, daily. Fresh seafood and meats served in generous portions. Outdoor seating and private rooms available.

Superbo Gelato
Superbo's gelato is made using the freshest ingredients and fruits. It has less air and a creamier texture with a more intense flavor than ice cream. Find the brand at local grocery stores all over the State.

Sweet Pistachio
Specializes in custom, hand crafted desserts and candies for events of all sizes.

Volta Gelateria Creperia
The Creperia tempts you with a delicious fusion of classic savory or sweet crepes, distinctive sandwiches, fresh salads, hearty soups and delicious gelato!

Many thanks to our generous sponsors:
Camarena Tequila
City of Stamford
County TV & Appliance of Stamford
Crystal Rock
95.9 The Fox
Friends of Stamford Downtown
Happyhaha Photography
Nagi Jewelers
New Amsterdam Vodka
Stamford Town Center
Star 99.9
Samuel Adams
University of Connecticut

Friends of Stamford Downtown:
Laurie Cingari
Karen Denker
Joan Fields
Lynne Fife
Ginny Fox
Linda Hampton
Eileen Heckerling
Elayne Jassey
Harriette Ketover
Nancy Kucera
Alice Lyons
Gail Malloy
Sandie Malloy
Rise Mattler
Lori Mercede
Kathy O'Neill
Maddy Shapiro
Karen Sheftell
Jami Sherwood
Claudia Silver
Camille Tomasello
Barbara Zichichi 



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Intern Corner: Queries of the week--What are you contributing at your new job? What surprises have you come across? How did you deal with it?

Intern Corner: Queries of the week by Melanie

What are you contributing at your new job? What surprises have you come across? How did you deal with it?

At DSSD, there's a lot that needs to be done all the time. It's a fast-paced environment with something always needing attention. I think a good portion of my job is to make it easier for others to do their job. If there are checks that need to be sent out, envelopes that need to be stuffed, or people that need to be contacted usually that is my job. So, I think I've contributed in that I've made others more able to do their job, and to do it right. But I've also worked a lot on the Stamford Downtown directory and the Stamford Tables Concierge Book which is sent out to 40 hotels and office buildings in the area.

One surprise I've had while working at DSSD is the amount of trust they have in me. With a recent task, I had to go around to several restaurants to ask for their membership fees. I felt like this was a large task because I was chosen to represent DSSD in front of several restaurant managers. I tried to approach the job with a professional tone, but also a friendly attitude. Most of the managers were pleasant in return and were willing to help.

  In what ways in this internship allowing you to pursue your unique interest passions and curiosities? How have your feelings towards your job changed since you were first assigned to it/first started it? Have your potential interests changed at all? If not, how come? 

I have always been interested in how our community operates, what it takes to put on an event, and how to develop a city. By working at DSSD I've seen all the "behind the scenes" operations that allow events like alive@five, restaurant weeks, and A Grand Summer Night. I have learned how much time, effort, work and money goes into these events in order to make Stamford better.

When I first started working at DSSD, I thought it would be fun and kind of an event planning firm where everyone had their seperate branches. But it it much more than that. They do more than events. They do retail development, beautification, economic development, and cleaning services. They work together and share their responsibilities. Every Monday morning, they have a staff meeting. Every staff member takes the time to volunteer at Wednesday Nite Live Concerts and Alive@five.

Before I started this internship, my focus was in journalism and media. I still feel the same way after having this experience. I have seen what events journalists cover and how those events are put on.

Editors note:  And we thank you for all your hard work Melanie and Shania!



Monday, August 1, 2016

Newly open !!! Pilar Artisinal Chocolates at 172 Bedford Street

Come on down and try a sample!
Pilar Artisanal Chocolate
 179 Bedford Street.   #stamforddowntown


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