Business owners in Sandy Hook are working to boost the town's economy in the wake of the tragedy last December.
Businesses in Newtown are working together in hopes of jump starting the town’s economy, which has been suffering as a result of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.
The third annual Passport to Sandy Hook is scheduled for tomorrow, and business owners are hoping the event, similar to a street fair, will give the town’s design district the boost that it needs.
“This is huge,” said Tamara Doherty, who owns the Wishing Well Gift Shop. “This is a very big event for us.”
Doherty said she’s lost a number of customers since Dec. 14.
The goal is to attract visitors from across the state and entice new businesses to move in.
“It’s going to give heightened awareness to the area and what a nice village it is,” said Chris Bruno, owner of the Foundry Kitchen and Tavern on Glen Road.
Local business owners said they hope the event will contribute to the community’s healing process.
“It’s important for us to stick together and have positive events down here so people can join the area here and come together again,” Doherty said.
A lot has changed in recent months: the village has added sidewalks and lights and improved accessibility to the downtown area.
Voters also overwhelmingly approved a referendum to rebuild Sandy Hook Elementary, good news for the town, which took a hit when students and faculty were moved to Monroe.
"Hopefully we'll increase our base so when the school does come back, we're even stronger and [more] vibrant than we ever were," said Michael Burton, president of the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.
Community members said this weekend is about coming together and making the village a better place.