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6/15/2015 - Mayor Bill Finch Celebrates Grand Opening of New Business Downtown

“Downtown continues to grow. It is the home of many new restaurants, thriving businesses that are creating hundreds of jobs and hundreds of housing options. Job creators, investors and small business owners are seeing the progress in downtown and are choosing to open their businesses here.” –  Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Conn. (June 15, 2015) – Today, Mayor Bill Finch and the City of Bridgeport celebrate the grand opening of Sweet Treats, a new bakery located in Bridgeport’s improving downtown neighborhood.

“Downtown Bridgeport continues to grow. It is the home of many new restaurants, thriving businesses that are creating hundreds of jobs and hundreds of housing options,” said Mayor Finch. “Job creators, investors and small business owners are seeing the progress in downtown and are choosing to open

their businesses here. Sweet Treats Bakery and the many other businesses who have decided to open their doors in Bridgeport is just another sign that Bridgeport is getting better every day.”

The new business marks the second bakery to open its doors in Downtown Bridgeport. It was started by Moses Garcia and his brother-in-law, who have over 40 years of combined experience in baking.

“Our bakery is called Sweet Treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.  We just opened up our doors this past Friday,” said Garcia. “We looked at other places, but we saw downtown Bridgeport and the spirit is happy here, so we thought this was our best bet. We went to Fairfield and looked at some places over there, the rent was sky high. Trumbull, same thing, the rent was sky high. You can see that it is up and coming here. We hope we can make some business here and be a part of the community of Bridgeport. One of the reasons we chose Bridgeport is because there are apartments being built all over, so we thought it was the place to be.  Bridgeport is getting better and better.”

Sweet Treats, located at 960 Main Street, a historic building located at the corner of Main Street and John Street in downtown Bridgeport across from the historic Bridgeport City Trust Building. The grand opening comes only days after the announcement that construction has begun on the Security Building, at 1115 Main St., an eight-story building built in 1904 by the Security Building Company. It was designed by architect Lucius L. Bridge of Philadelphia in the Queen Anne/Colonial Revival style. The Security Building and two adjacent structures at 1103 and 1135 Main St. are being redeveloped by Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, LLC.

This will create more residential options for people to move to downtown Bridgeport (06604 zip code), which has the second highest concentration of residents in their 20s in Fairfield County, with 19.5 percent. And 06604 zip code is significantly younger than the nation as a whole, with 13.8 percent of Americans in their 20s.

Also, work is already underway in the a long-neglected block just a couple blocks down the street. The Jayson Building (179 Middle St.) and the Newfield Building (1184 Main St.) will be combined into one structure, the Jayson-Newfield Building. It will serve as home to 104 new apartments and 8,000  square feet of ground floor retail space.