Fairfield County is filled with some pretty amazing, business savvy, boss ladies and gentlemen. These peeps not only work hard, but they have businesses that are taking Fairfield County (and beyond) by storm! Here is a little information about their businesses and the hustlers behind the brands!
The Board Mama
This is a small local charcuterie business run by Stamford native Angela Colabella. Now, based out of Norwalk, this full-time working mom of two knew she wanted and needed to do something creative and delicious to serve to her community after entertaining friends and family with her huge charcuterie spreads. The Board Mama’s name came from Angela’s friends telling her how she always feels the need to take on more. She turned “bored” into “board” and has officially been in business since January 2020. Angela is adamant about filling her spreads with local goods. Each order will include products from farmers’ markets, deli’s, and other small local businesses. Bringing people together through an aesthetically pleasing and equally delicious food spread is what she aims for with every order.
Emerald and Peridot
Emerald and Peridot is a jewelry company started by Fairfield County native Jackie Mullins. Emerald and Peridot specialize in making beautifully designed bracelets (with earrings coming soon!) of which can be personalized to the tastes of the customer. Jackie started Emerald and Peridot during quarantine as something fun to do with her daughter, and it has since taken off with bracelets being sold to people all over the country.
Sweetness By Saba
Saba is the creative mind behind the amazing baked goods’ Sweetness by Saba,’ the maker of all things delicious and beautiful! Saba is a cake baker and decorator and recently started her small business. Originally born and raised in India, Saba is now living and raising her children in Fairfield County. Saba loves to experiment with different textures, mediums, and unconventional colors for her cakes. As Sweetness by Saba has grown, Saba has been able to work with amazing local moms, businesses, and other individuals, to bring their ideas to life on the baking sheet. At the top of her priority list is that her cakes are equally beautifully designed, as they are delicious! Sweetness by Saba only uses the best ingredients, never using fillers or artificial add ons, only real creams, butter, and chocolate. From an engagement ring inside a cake to money rolling out of another to multi-tiered wedding cakes, she has done it all and can bring all your ideas to life.
The Printed Society
The Printed Society is owned and operated by Sandra Brander, a modern calligrapher, and designer. Born and raised in Stamford, CT, Sandra began creating art for “The City That Works” and has since expanded to include clients both domestic and international. The Printed Society’s goal is to work directly with clients to create the perfect artwork for each event. Specializing in hand lettering and modern calligraphy, TPS creates personalized designs that give events that extra touch to make guests feel special and unique. She offers services for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, baptisms, birthday parties, and much more. Services include, but are not limited to, paper goods, personalized items for the home, holiday decor, and gifts.
The Dark & Stormy Drift Company
The Dark & Stormy Drift Co. was founded at the beginning of May 2020 by a father-son duo. Founder, Austin Foulds, and his father, David Foulds, started making wooden driftwood whales in Fairfield, CT. They find various pieces of driftwood from Fairfield Beach and Pine Creek and turn them into whales of all sizes and shapes. They currently sell their pieces out of their home located on Fairfield Beach. To date, they have created custom whales for clients from Cape Cod to as far as California. From custom names, house numbers, to town names, they do it all! The Dark & Stormy Drift Co. also sells nautical apparel with their whale’s tail logo on it. 10% of all proceeds are donated to Save The Sound. Currently, they take orders from either Instagram or Facebook. The Dark & Stormy Drift Co. is the perfect little piece of Coastal Connecticut and all it has to offer.
The Two Oh Three
The Two Oh Three is a home-grown start-up company launched by Tory and Roscoe Brown, a brother-sister duo from Fairfield County. They sell trendy Connecticut themed products to help customers rock their state pride! All of their products, which are all locally designed and printed here in Connecticut, embody the lifestyle of our active and vibrant community. As a brand, The Two Oh Three is passionate about shopping small, eating local, and embracing everything that our community has to offer. The brand comes to life through their social media platforms, where they work to foster the essence of a CT lifestyle visually.
Pearl Street Swim
Pearl Street Swim is a sustainable and playful children’s swim label created by Sophie Sikaitis, mama of two busy little toddlers and Fairfield Beach resident. Their thoughtful, coastal-inspired prints and discerning color edits speak to a parent’s desire for a beautiful beach, swim, and play moments. Designs are dreamt up here in seaside New England, and production for the USA-made label is in Brooklyn, NY. Families in the Pearl Street Swim community embrace a timeless, playful, and creative lifestyle by the water. When you shop Pearl Street, you’re embracing a responsible, sustainable, and locally-based brand and laying the groundwork for your little ones to do the same!
BNLD is a local unisex clothing brand created and designed by Stamford native, Brittany Longo. BNLD was started as a means of creative expression and has taken off, specifically the tie-dye line. While BNLD has mastered the art of tie-dye, don’t forget to check out the other items on her Etsy site and Instagram. BNLD’s merch is current, expressive, and always evolving. Brittany works hard to give your gear a personal touch that she creates herself in her home workshop. It’s her mission to deliver unique, one of a kind products that inspire your inner creativity and keep you coming back for more.
Wise Guys Sauces
Wise Guys Sauces is a local marinara sauce company based out of Norwalk, CT. WGS is an all-natural, gluten-free marinara sauce, with no preservatives or added sugar. Their sauce is made with the simplest of ingredients; fresh tomatoes on the vine, fresh garlic, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, as well as salt and pepper. Wise Guys Sauces are currently sold at your local CT Shop Rite’s / Grade A Markets (11 locations) as well as various delis and markets.
Two Roads Brewery
Located right in Fairfield County’s backyard, Two Roads Brewing Co. has been serving up the craft beer-loving community since 2012. Named the 47th largest independent craft beer brand in the country by the Brewer’s Association, Two Roads drew its name and philosophy from the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken.” It’s a mantra brought to life in the beers they create and how they create them. Expanding on its passion for the unique, Two Roads opened the doors to Area Two Experimental Brewing in the spring of 2019. The state-of-the-art facility is a sour, barrel-aging, and experimental brewery situated on their 10-acre campus and focuses on the wild and spontaneous side of brewing. However, it’s not just about brewing great beer at Two Roads, proving they have an offering for everyone, they recently launched H2ROADS Craft Hard Seltzer. This line of hard seltzers was created using 100% real fruit, instead of relying on extracts and artificial flavors. Two Roads distributes throughout the US, offers Beer-2-Go pick up 7-days a week at the Stratford brewery, and welcomes guests in their tasting room and Hop Yard every Thursday-Sunday (reservation required).