Middletown celebrates small businesses

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86 Auto World celebration.

MIDDLETOWN – The City of Middletown, Downtown Business Improvement District, and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed two new businesses, a grand re-opening, and celebrated the 1-year anniversary of another during the month of October.

On October 12, representatives of the city and the chamber joined 86 Auto World in celebrating their first year in business with a ribbon-cutting. 86 Auto World is an auto repair shop located at 86 East Main Street in Downtown Middletown.  

Two days later city leaders welcomed new business 23 Marketing Group with a ribbon-cutting for the marketing and communications agency established in  2019. They are located at 203 Wickham Avenue in the city.  

On October 16, another new business opened in Middletown. The City of Middletown joined Double “R” Fish and Chips representatives in celebrating the grand opening of their restaurant with a ribbon-cutting. Located at 156 Dolson Avenue, Double R’s menu boasts chicken wings, shrimp, as well as fish and chips as their name implies.  

October 22nd was the ribbon-cutting for the grand re-opening of North Street  Laundromat located at 87 North Street. Representatives from the City of Middletown and the Downtown Business Improvement District were in attendance. The laundromat went through a complete renovation, including upgrading the washers, dryers, and creating a lounge area with a coffee bar for customers to wait in. North Street  Laundromat also offers Wash, Dry & Fold Services, Dry Cleaning, and tailoring services. 

“The City is thrilled to welcome new businesses, especially during a time when many small businesses have had to shut their doors,” said Mayor DeStefano. 

“We have a great community here in the City that supports small business,” said Maria  Bruni, Director of Economic Development for the city. “The community really rallied around our local mom and pop stores during this pandemic. We are thrilled that more  people want to locate their businesses in the City and will continue to support small  businesses whenever we can.”