Middletown 2020: The Year In Business

Vincent Salzo

MIDDLETOWN, CT —2020 will certainly go down in the history books as one of the craziest, most unprecedented years in American history. The coronavirus pandemic changed everyone's daily lives, and had a particular effect on businesses, small and large.

There was a great deal of business news in Middletown in the past 12 months. Many of the stories were good, others not so much. Still others were inspirational, as residents pursued their dreams despite all the obstacles put in their way.

Here are the top business stories from Middletown in 2020.

Qawa Coffee Closing Indefinitely In Middletown

Frustrated by a lack of government aid amid the coronavirus pandemic, the owners said they felt “bullied into closing…”>>>Read More.

Eli Cannon's Closes, Lays Off Staff Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Owner Rocco LaMonica says laying off his entire staff, including his father, was the hardest day of his life – but vows they’ll be back.>>>Read More.

Popular Donut Shop Officially Coming To Middletown

Neil's Donuts in Wallingford has officially signed the lease to open a new location in Middletown.>>>Read More.

Photographer Opens New Studio In Historic Middletown Building

The award-winning portrait photographer specializes in beauty, glamour and branding photos for women entrepreneurs.>>>Read More.

Professional Dance Company Moves To Middletown

Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet, known in the Shoreline area for its annual Christmas production, celebrated its grand opening in Middletown.>>>Read More.

Middletown Restaurant Owner Makes A Difference 1 Pizza At A Time

Vinnie Scileppi, whose Illiano's Ristorante is a Middletown institution, is helping first responders and front-line workers in his own way.>>>Read More.

Middletown Salon Owner Doing Her Part To Help First Responders

Jessica Sassu has struggled since the coronavirus pandemic closed her hair salon, but she still wants to do her part in helping others.>>>Read More.

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This article originally appeared on the Middletown Patch