Merchant Mixer Brings Downtown Together

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By Renato Ghio

Did you know there is a comic book artist with a space in downtown Danbury? Did you know there’s a female fashion entrepreneur on Main Street? How about a book publisher? Yes. They are all here in the Hat City.

To be honest, we didn’t know either. Thankfully, they are just some of the amazing people we have connected with at the monthly Merchant Mixer events in downtown Danbury. Since last spring, CityCenter Danbury has spearheaded a Merchant Mixer on the first Thursday of every month. A different downtown business or downtown space serves as the host to businesspeople, entrepreneurs, creatives and more. The idea is not only to network but also to share ideas on how to make our downtown a great city to live, work, learn and play in. As we heard someone say, we are the “urban enthusiasts.” We are in different fields but we all share a love for our downtown.

What started out as a relatively small gathering of people has grown over the months. At this month’s mixer held at Ortega’s Diner on Ives Street, there were many new faces that braved the bad weather to come out and mingle. Over delicious Guatemalan food, we chatted with a WCSU professor, a financial planner, a realtor, a restaurateur, a music studio owner and others.

Here are a few of the upcoming dates and locations:

April 2 – Firehouse Court – 7 National Place

May 7 – Danbury Ice Arena

June 4 – Bardo Parking Garage – Danbury Parking Authority

We are all making a go of it in the Hat City. We can work together to make not only our individual businesses grow but also our sense of community. I hope to see even more new faces at the next Merchant Mixer. For more information and to get on the mailing list, you can email:

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