Fairfield Coffee shop receives micro grant from town officials
Almost a year since opening its doors in the Sportsplex, Candlewood Market is planning to add some new gear to its shop with the help of some additional funding from the Town of Fairfield.
The family-run coffee shop at 85 Mill Plain became the latest recipient of a micro-enterprise grant from the town’s Department of Community & Economic Development. The grant will be covering the cost of new equipment that owner Tony Inzero plans to add to his family-owned and operated shop, which he opened in December 2017.
“We’re happy to be in Fairfield and with the welcome that we have received from the Town,” said owner Tony Inzero in a press release. “My family and I look forward to providing great coffee and exceptional service to the Fairfield community for many years to come.”
The Brookfield resident opened the cafe with his family last year, with the goal of offering resident coffee and tea lovers with an alternative to commercial cafes
With 12 years of experience in coffee roasting, starting in Colorado and branching into his hometown, Inzero and his family opted to open the coffee and tea emporium with an emphasis on offering fresh coffee and tea that would give competitors like Starbucks, which is less than a mile away, a run for their money.
Along with traditional coffee beverages, Candlewood Market is known for kombuchas as well as a Nitro Bar dispensing cold brew coffees and teas. It also features specialty “grab & go” prepared foods, bakery items and unique gifts.
The grant was awarded through the town’s Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program provides entrepreneurs with training, technical assistance and startup capital to create and sustain their businesses.
To be eligible candidates need to be a micro enterprise employ five to 10 employees among other stipulations.
“We try to assist all businesses that meet the criteria,” said Mark Barnhart, Director of the Department of Community & Economic Development. “We were thrilled to provide a grant to Candlewood Market, they were one of the latest businesses to open at the Sportsplex, they are an independently owned and operated coffee shop.”
With Inzero’s background in the coffee industry, Barnhart said the program committee was impressed with his track record of running businesses.
Candlewood is joining the ranks of local businesses that have been awarded the additional funding through the assistance program. Past recipients have been Alchemy, The Salon, Swim N Surf, and Ballroom DanceSport Center, which is also located in the Sportsplex.