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Southern Yankee–Giving Back to Celebrate 20 Years

Twenty years ago, in the corner of Jennifer Angerame‘s New York City apartment, SouthernYankee was born. Now, 20 years, three kids, two houses and one dog later, the vintage handmade fashion and gift business has grown substantially, even opening a brick and mortar shop here in Wilton (237 Danbury Rd.).

In celebration of an incredible 20 years, SouthernYankee has decided to give back to the town Angerame and her family now call home.

“There are many organizations in Wilton deserving our support. It is hard to choose just one. So, let’s choose together!” she wrote in an email to customers.

For the entire year of 2019, Angerame has invited customers who make a purchase in the shop to help figure out where she’ll donate. They’ll be given a token and  have the opportunity to place that token in a mason jar designated for several well-known and respected Wilton organizations:  Ambler Farm, the Norwalk River Valley Trail, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, A Better Chance (ABC) of Wilton, Trackside Teen Center, and the Wilton Community Assistance Fund. At the end of the year, Angerame will donate to each of these charities, based on where shoppers placed tokens:  $20 to the organization in 6th place, $40 for 5th place, $60 for 4th place, $80 for 3rd place, $100 for 2nd place, and the $200 grand prize to the organization with the most tokens.

What a great way to support a local business and great civic organizations. Happy Anniversary to a business that knows what local means!

Painted Cookie Cookie Offers Delicious Celebration of 6 Years

Congratulations to another homegrown, woman-owned Wilton business, The Painted Cookie. Owner Susan Schmitt opened her shop six years ago, and has expanded the shop multiple times and continued to create new offerings that are sweet, creative and nut-free.

She’s inviting everyone to the shop at 196 Danbury Rd. on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 12-4 p.m. to join her in marking the milestone. She’ll have some new bakery items to try and a chance to win a $100 gift card. Plus kids can color and decorate their own cookies in the party classroom.

Koellmer Named Vice President of Connecticut Realtors

Peg Koellmer, a realtor and broker-owner of Realty Seven in Wilton, has been elected as the 2019 vice president-at-large for medium firms for the Connecticut Realtors (CTR). She has been an active member of both CTR and the Mid-Fairfield County Association of Realtors (MFCAR) since 1990.

Koellmer is a CTR director and chair of the Grievance/ Professional Standards Committee. She is a CTR foundation trustee and serves on the Political Contact Network, Gates Scholarship and Strategic Planning Committees.

Koellmer served as President of MFCAR in 2016 and 2017 and was named the 2018 local Realtor of the Year. Koellmer resides in Wilton where she served as president of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and as Social Services commissioner.

Koellmer is also celebrating an anniversary–Realty Seven’s 40th year. Congrats on it all!