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Blog: In Wallingford and Durham: Risk-takers and Voter Support

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Not far from Brothers Restaurant, a fixture in Wallingford for the past 25 years, are two new businesses making a go of it: Wallingford Lamp & Shade and Serenity Salon & Day Spa, both on Center Street.

The well-established Brothers Restaurant, which recently expanded , should be an inspiration for the Lamp & Shade store, recently opened by Barbara and John LeTourneau, who are "crossing their fingers" that they are going to succeed.

Another new business, Serenity Salon & Day Spa, just passed its three-year mark and is doing so well that its owners, Stacy Read and Theresa Cipriani, who are in their 20s, were just awarded the Connecticut Small Business Administration's Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The women said they met with skepticism three years ago when they talked about opening their own salon. With hard work, a little luck and the backing of a community lender, New Alliance Bank, they opened. The bank gave them another loan to later expand.

It's good to see a bank invest in its community. Part of my plan to put Connecticut back to work focuses on how we can make credit more available to small businesses.

I love being out on the trail and hearing from voters looking for something different. In Durham, wherever I went, I was greeted with support. At Cozy Corner Restaurant & Pizza, two women in a booth told me they loved my "Oh yeah," commercial.

A customer at Durham Dari Serve said goodbye with "See you on TV." Another customer with her daughters told me that I had her vote and the vote of her husband, who's a Democrat.

And electricians with the Coast Guard unit in New Haven, who were eating at Carmine's Restaurant, wished me well.


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