Boutique owners hope to make downtown Bethel a ‘destination’ in opening their next store

BETHEL — Immediately after opening their initial boutique in downtown New Milford fewer than a yr ago, the proprietors of Compass Rose Selection have their eyes set on a central area in Bethel.

Heather Streaman Amaral and Claudia Newmaker will be opening a 2nd retailer on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and P.T. Barnum Sq. on March 26.

The 515-sq.-foot cottage formerly occupied by Saltbox Antiques at 123 Greenwood Ave. was sold past spring, according to land records, and Streaman Amaral said get the job done has been underway to improve the house.

“The cottage was kind of tough to see prior to for the reason that of trees and things, but the landlord came in, gutted the constructing and took care of the landscaping and things,” she stated.


Streaman Amaral and Newmaker had been ready to do the job with the landlord to design the building’s interior in a way very similar to the aesthetic of their New Milford retail outlet.

“We required to form of capture the similar vibe that we have up right here in New Milford, and we had been definitely fortunate in that element,” Streaman Amaral claimed. “We have a beam here in New Milford with our chandelier hanging and we were capable to get a beam in (the Bethel retailer) so it will have that identical look and feel.”

When both locations will have exclusive gifts, which include all those from regional artisans and women-owned brand names, Streaman Amaral claimed the Bethel store will be a little bit various in that it will have apparel like specialty tops and dresses, as very well as some much more components.

“The New Milford shop is largely property decor,” she explained, noting candles from Newtown and knit hats from New Milford are some of the locally-made goods located at Compass Rose Selection. ”We also have a whole lot of very city pleasure items like glasses and mugs.”

When she and Newmaker opened their New Milford boutique previous June, Streaman Amaral claimed she never would have guessed that they’d open a next storefront significantly less than a year afterwards.

Katheleen Knopf

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