EAST WINDSOR — This year has been a challenge in many ways, but East Windsor has had some successes, despite an oppressive pandemic.
The town negotiated an agreement with Gravel Pit Solar, which will welcome our new largest taxpayer to town once the project is completed. And the Silverman Group has begun the process of developing a large-scale distribution facility along the town’s economic corridor, adding significantly to our tax base.
Both of these are significant boosts to the town’s grand list that will have benefits for the community for years to come, and both projects have come to fruition in the midst of this yearlong COVID-19 pandemic.
Not all economic development is on a large scale, however.
Small-business growth is just as meaningful and help to cement the character of our community.
In early November, we welcomed the Scandinavian Gift Shop to town at the intersection of East Road and Rockville Road in the Windsorville section of town. The Scandinavian Gift Shop is a multigenerational business that has recently relocated to town from neighboring Ellington. At the ribbon cutting for the gift shop, the most touching moment was the founding grandmother turning over the reigns to her granddaughter to continue on the family business.
East Windsor is proud to be home to several multi-generational businesses in our community.
Southern Auto Auction has called East Windsor home for more than 75 years, and Geissler’s Supermarket is coming up on its 100th anniversary.
Legacy businesses are an important part of our business community. We are also proud to be home to new businesses that are just starting up, and to many more that are doing everything they can to stay in business during the pandemic.
As we head into the holiday season, the convergence of the limitations imposed by the pandemic and the urgency to support local businesses meet, and everyone has an opportunity to help.
This year, many opted to avoid the “Black Friday” events and instead support local businesses as much as possible, and will continue to do so as the holidays approach.
Many local businesses have had a difficult year and supporting them with our purchasing power will keep our community safer from COVID-19, and stronger by showing our support for small businesses locally.
I hope many citizens in our community will join me in emphasizing support for local businesses during this year’s holiday shopping season by buying local whenever we can.
I want to wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
As this year comes to an end, our best days are definitely ahead of us!