Why Small Businesses Matter
Shop small, do big things for your community
Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!
You're IT Amber Room Colonnade!
Four questions with Douglas Polistena, General Manager of Amber Room Colonnade.
Why did you start your business?
The Amber Room Colonnade was started in 1969 and has been serving our community ever since. We pride ourselves on providing an experience to remember and making our client’s vision a reality. The most fulfilling part of our job is that we play a part in some of the most important moments of our clients' lives and we help create memories that will last a lifetime.
There is no room for errors and consistency is extremely important.
What is your best-selling product/service?
We are in the hospitality business so by nature our best-selling product is our service and providing exceptional events. Our team is everything and our food is one of the most important selling points. A lot of the time when you go to venues, it is the same meal day in day out. Most people look at weddings or events as another rubber chicken meal.
We turn the concept around and provide our guests with a gourmet experience. Every item that is on your plate is handcrafted and made on-premise. This is one of the many things that sets the Amber Room apart as we customize the menus based on our client’s preferences.
How many local businesses do you use to support your business and can you name them?
We are firm believers in supporting our community by buying locally and doing so whenever possible. Whether that is purchasing food products from our local food purveyor, Dandy Foods, on a daily basis or using local repair companies like Testa Refrigeration, it is always a better overall experience when you are dealing with your neighbors.
Not only do we purchase as much as we can from our local partners but we also do our best to support our non-profit community with discounted rates and various sponsorships.
Have you “reimagined” your small business?
During the pandemic, the event industry was turned upside down. We were precluded from hosting in-person events and we, like most businesses, had to pivot as quickly as possible. During this time we made the decision that we were going to offer to-go meals and also partner with our non-profit community and foundations to feed as many people as possible.
We are proud to say that even as things are starting to return to some semblance of normal, we continue to move forward with this mission and to date have surpassed 50,000 meals since the beginning of the pandemic.
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!