OEDC Newsletter - February, 2023




On December 8th, the OEDC held an information meeting for Orange businesses to attend a presentation provided by the Department of Transportation regarding the upcoming road reconstruction of the Boston Post Road. The goal of the project is to continue the center turn land and widen the Boston Post Road from Lambert Road to the Milford border. This was an in-person meeting and not recorded. The DOT held a separate meeting via Zoom for the public only on December 15th, which was recorded. VIEW THE PUBLIC MEETING HERE



The Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) is offering grants up to $10,000 to women-owned small businesses. Applications are being accepted from companies who have been in business for two or more years and have revenues between $25K and $2 million are eligible. THE APPLICATION DEADLNE IS 2/28  SEE THE APPLICATION & DETAILS HERE



There is a lot of business activity going on in Orange and we are happy to report the following:

The Vero at Orange, a new senior living facility that offers life-enhancing independent living, assisted living, and memory care services is marketing there new facility, which is located at 197 Indian River Road. Contact them for more information or to see the model unit. THE VERO AT ORANGE


  • Bubbakoo's Burritos - 116 Boston Post Road
  • Crazy Hot Deals - 200 Indian River Road
  • Ji Bei Chuan (Noodle Bar) - 519 Boston Post Road

Unfortunately, businesses we have lost over the last month are Prime 16 and Julia's Bakery. We are sad to see them go.

Bob's Discount Furniture will be moving from their current location in Orange to Orange Meadows Plaza taking the space that housed Julia's Bakery, Anytime Fitness, and Weight Watchers. The move will take place in the third quarter of 2023. Also in the same plaza, Ulta Beauty is planning to locate in the former Talbots.


Construction is moving along at Fireside Commons, located on Old Tavern Road. The new development will contain 72 apartments, with retail space below, in this new three-story building. A completion date is not confirmed, but the hope is to be completed by third quarter 2023.

We held a ground breaking ceremony for Racebrook Medical Center which will house Connecticut Orthopaedics and Hartford Healthcare. The new facility is located at 235 Boston Post Road and construction began on January 4th. READ THE ARTICLE HERE


 Picture courtesy of S. M. Cooper Photographic Artist




The 3rd Annual Orange Artisan Fest and Vendor Fair is scheduled on Thursday, 6/22/23, 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Exhibitors include a great mix of small businesses, artisans, makers, and farmers from the area. The all-outdoor event will feature 50+ vendors, food trucks and live music. Network with visitors/vendors and sell your products on site. MORE INFORMATION or REGISTER FOR YOUR BOOTH TODAY Sponsors are needed! BECOME A SPONSOR review the SPONSOR BENEFITS



Advertise in OrangeLife's spring issue. Advertising rates run from $225 - $1,600 Ad commitments are due by 3/20 with ads due by 4/1. Check out  ORANGELIFE MAGAZINE



Orange Community Farmers Market

Opening day is June 29th. We have begun to accept vendor applications. Farmers, artisans, and food trucks can apply at VENDOR APPLICATION INFORMATION

OEDC Golf Tournament

Save the date for September 12th! The tournament will begin at noon with lunch, a shotgun start at 1 pm, and the event concludes with a cocktail hour. Sponsors are needed. Call our office if interested (203) 891-1045. MORE INFORMATION.  Once again, we are partnering with the Orange Volunteer Fire Department and we will donate a portion of our proceeds to this organization. Golf registration will open in March.

Boston Post Road Banner Program

Advertise your business to the 25,000+ cars that travel the Boston Post Road. Banners are placed on the decorative light poles located at each of the major intersections along the Boston Post Road. MORE INFORMATION


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