Mystic Chamber Member Profiles

Get to know your neighbors in community and business.

Joshua Penfield

Edward Jones


What do you do?

I am a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones and my job is to find out what is most important to my clients. I do a lot of financial planning, retirement planning, estate planning, college savings planning, life insurance, 401k rollovers and so much more! My primary focus is estate planning so that my clients feel taken care of for the future and feel comfortable knowing that their money and assets will safely get sent down to their family and loved ones.

How did you get into this business?

I had a lot of people in my family not prepare for retirement and I saw how much stress it put on my family members. I grew up watching my mom work two jobs, raise and care for a family. Since then, I wanted to help prevent others from going through the stress that my Mom had back in the day. Simply put, I just want to help people.

What do you love about Mystic?

The people, the history and to be honest, I don't mind getting stuck in downtown Mystic traffic. I enjoy being able to stop and window shop while in my car. The stores are all so intricate and pausing for those 10-15 minutes while the bridge is up is actually quite nice and it’s kind of a nice time to window shop and soak in the downtown area. I love seeing all the people walking around and enjoying this beautiful town. The school systems are also a huge plus for me – they have done an amazing job. I just joined the PTO and it’s a nice time to meet teachers, other parents and overall community. I also enjoy the fundraising aspect of the PTO, this is truly a great community to be in.

What is something people don’t know about you?

I make my own sterling silver jewelry and I also have a farm stand where I give out free vegetables to the community. I started this farm stand during COVID when I saw how many people were scared to go to the grocery store or any any place, for that matter. So I dug up 1/3 of my backyard and started harvesting my own vegetables and gave them out to those who wanted some fresh, local produce! This has really turned into a nice way to give back to the community and to meet others!


What are your goals for Winter 2021?

I would like to help 50 people reach their retirement goals. Again, helping people is a passion of mine and I want people to feel independent and confident in myself and in their own life choices.

What Mystic businesses are your favorite?

I really like Trove! It's such a cool men's store and there aren’t many men stores here so it’s a nice change. I also love Karma Kitchen. I go there almost every morning for a Smoothie Bowl – they are fantastic! The best part is that everyone in Karma Kitchen knows me by name and I know theirs. Having these interactions is what makes Mystic so cool, people get to know each other on a first name basis and that's such a special community feel.


Contact Info:

Website: https://www.edwardjones.com/us-en/financial-advisor/joshua-penfield

Email: joshua.penfield@edwardjones.com

Phone: (860) 790-3192

Address: 34 Water Street, Unit 4, Mystic, CT 06355

Diana Pearson

MysticFit24, Inc.


What do you do?

I have been a resident of the Mystic community for over 20 years. I am a mom of two awesome

and active young women and one very adorable French bulldog named Blueberry. I have

always been fascinated in the foundations of living a balanced life, which includes eating

nutritious foods along with having a fun, energetic lifestyle.


Recently, I completed a B.S. in Nutrition Sciences from the University of St. Joseph and have

been consistent in strength training and spinning. My knowledge of nutrition and willingness to

be coached by my fitness trainers have allowed me to be fit and active in so many favorite

activities that Mystic has to offer. Balance in my life brings me peace and happiness!


How did you get into the business?

Getting into the fitness business came from a love of being active, and constantly striving to

become better each year. The opportunity arose when several close friends, who come from all

different backgrounds, shared the same compelling desire to keep moving for health and wellbeing.


What do you love about Mystic?

I love the outdoor lifestyle of our quaint historic town. Especially being able to walk down River

Road or stroll into town for dinner (during every season). This keeps me feeling centered with

my community and with nature as well. There are so many access points to the Mystic River, it

is wonderful to see so many visitors come and experience boating, kayaking, and paddle

boarding.

What is something people don’t know about your business?

MysticFit24 is owned by a newly formed group of fitness geeks looking to create a community based gym which is easy to access and fun to be a part of. Fitness training can be challenging, and we are striving to eliminate some of those obstacles so that everyone’s schedule and fitness needs can be accommodated.


What are your plans for Winter 2021?

Our plans are to simply meet the community, create an energetic, diverse member following, and present a variety of opportunities for our members to achieve their fitness goals. We will be offering open gym space, group training classes, spin classes and private training sessions. We continually are “shopping” for additional gym equipment! Our newest equipment must have will be a Stairmaster!!


What Mystic businesses are your favorite?

I most enjoy the small business culture of Mystic. Favorite businesses are the variety of yummy restaurants serving fresh, locally sourced food. I also appreciate all the marinas of Mystic and Noank that allow so many to experience our special community.


Contact Info:

Website: https://mysticfit24.com/

Email: train@mysticfit24.com

Phone: (860) 415-6505

Address: 14 Clara Drive # 4, Mystic, CT 06355

Felipe Puletini

AMA Dance Theatre


What do you do?

I’m the Founder/Director of AMA Dance Theatre, located here in Mystic. It is a specialized coaching program built to emphasize the individuality, artistry, and technique of each dancer. Students earn pre-professional certified training as well as pre-injury and health counseling classes, which help to build their confidence, technique, and dance repertoire. During our lessons, dancers are prepared for internationally recognized exams, auditions, and obtain stage experience participating in important performances, community outreaching, and ballet scholarship competitions.

AMA Dance Theatre’s excellence in teaching includes the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, the Nan Giordano Certificate Program® in jazz technique, and the International Dance Council - CID/UNESCO’s International Certification of Dance Studies, a validation of teaching applicable all over the world.


How did you get into the business?


I started to dance when I was about 8 years old, back in Brazil. Then the passion turned into a career, so I had the opportunity to dance in tv shows, backup dancer for singers and Broadway shows. When I was 24 I moved to CT to finish my studies in dance, and after worked with Central CT State University and many local dance studios, but I felt a need in the Mystic community to have a pre-professional level dance studio, and to have a space that would give opportunity to talent kids also have a career in dance, so I started coaching a few students privately and now we have our ADT family around.

What do you love about Mystic?


I love everything about Mystic, but I think what moves me the most is the atmosphere of a small town that allows you to really connect with people and share experiences, and of course the beautiful fall scene.


What is something people don’t know about your business?


We have a social project that allows families who are not able to register their kid(s) to dance a chance to take part in our studio. The En Avant project gives one full scholarship for every 5 paid students that we have registered. We also have an Open Division that is designed for adults who want to get back into or always dreamed in starting dance, it’s never too late to start dancing!


What are your plans for Winter 2021?


Our winter plans are to grow our divisions in the program. There are three divisions – children, pre-professional, open division. We have a big show coming up next May and are looking for children who would like to start learning so they can be a part of the show. It is a full-length ballet production which consists of all ages and showcasing all the students in the production. The show is 2 acts and it will be about 2 and half hours with an intermission. Location is yet to be determined but we are really focused on getting more students to get them prepared for the May show.


What is currently happening at AMA Dance Theatre?

Right now, kids are preparing for the year end exams. This is school affiliated with the American Ballet Theatre National Ballet Curriculum. This exam is a dance exam where students exhibit their techniques and are evaluated by an examiner on their precession and strengths at their specific level. This exam determines their pass into the next level.

Besides everything, AMA Dance Theatre is affiliated with the international Dance Counsel and students can get am international certification of dance studies which allows them dance anywhere in the world!


Contact Info:

Email: amadancetheatre@gmail.com

Phone: (860) 501-5898

Address: 3175 Gold Star Hwy, #F2 Mystic, CT

Victor Santana

Real Estate Agent at Realty3CT


What do you do?

I’m a real estate agent at Realty3CT servicing Mystic, Stonington and New London County. I’ve summered in the Mystic area for years so I am very familiar with the area and the housing industry. I enjoy constantly connecting people with their dream home and I’m currently helping many people relocate from the cities to the beautiful Mystic area. My slogan is Real Estate. Insurance. Integrity.


How did you get into the business?

I have a background in selling home owner and auto insurance. I wanted to add upon the services I offer and decided to get my real estate license so that I could better support my clients with their real estate transactions. I have done insurance for 5 years and real estate for 3 years. I love what I do - it’s all about making connections and helping families find their forever home.


What do you love about Mystic?

I love the overall vibe down here. The fishing, the restaurants, the energy here in the summer time, the people, the boating around here… it’s all so great! I really enjoy the small town, community feel here in mystic. It’s such a supportive environment where everyone seems to look out for one another and everyone wants to see you succeed.

Also, the seafood down here is unreal. I love to cook what I catch and Mystic allows me to do continue this hobby.

What is something people don't know about your business?

I put so much time in finding that perfect home and making sure each transaction goes as smoothly as possible. I strive for the greatest customer satisfaction!


What are your plans for 2021?

To make more connections, to grow, to have a continued presence in Mystic and New London County.


What Mystic businesses are your favorite?

So hard to say! There are so many great places here in Mystic. I really enjoy Red36, Costello’s, Noank Shipyard, Pizzetta and Friar Tucks.


Contact Info:

Email: vicsantana@realty3ct.com

Phone: (860) 977-2703

FaceBook: @vic.santana.56

Instagram: vicsantanarealtyct

Linda Kennedy

Kennedy Therapeutics Massage and Fitness


What do you do?

I am a holistic wellness professional in business for almost 30 years providing massage therapy,

fitness training and nutrition consulting. I believe proper nutrition is the foundation of everything

related to our physical and emotional health, and provide natural vs. synthetic alternatives and

holistic nutrition and weight loss plans. My style of deep tissue massage therapy is orthopedic

and corrective in nature but done slowly so that it is deeply relaxing, followed by strength

training. I work with many people with chronic issues, helping them to regain the freedom of

movement they once had to pursue the things they love.


How did you get into the business?

As a lifelong dancer and athlete, my own injuries led me to discover the incredible value of deep

tissue massage. I knew I had a gift when my training clients started asking me for massage

sessions! I grew up eating organic foods before it was popular and was drawn to learn more

about nutrition when I competed in Figure competitions in 2004, scoring a win and feeling better

than I did in my 20’s. I still do, and that experience motivated me to coach others how to

improve their diet and feel better.


What do you love about Mystic?

I grew up here and nothing compares to its charm and deep history. I have lived in some great

cities (Boston, NYC, San Diego) and it’s been fun coming back to my roots and reconnecting

with lifelong friends and the community, many of them business owners. Mystic truly is a New

England Gem full of wonderful folks that give it that small-town yet other-worldly feel.

What is something people don't know about your business?

This is my third time relocating and starting over in business. Despite doing so in the middle of a pandemic, I kept visualizing exactly where I wanted to open my practice. The universe conspired and led me to connect with a high school friend who told me about the studio available in the building right where I envisioned it at Health In Harmony where I am now and I’ve been pretty busy.


What are your plans for 2021?

I’m looking forward to meeting other business owners in the Mystic area and seeing how we can help each other thrive in the community. I just joined great group of tennis players at the COMO in Stonington, and am planning to get back to my favorite sport of rock climbing.


What Mystic businesses are your favorite?

I love Yoga Shala - the owner Dechen and I went to high school together and she’s done a great job. Also S&P Oyster Company (Katherine and Jeremy run a great business), Adventure Mystic, Pennywise Consignment Shop (best selection), The Treehouse Oyster Club, Taquerio and so many others.


Contact Info:

Email: lindafitpro@gmail.com

Phone: (860) 245-9790

FaceBook: @KennedyMassage

Instagram: lindakennedylmtcscs

Walter "Sonny" Glaser

Steamboat Inn


What is your business and what do you do?

I am the owner and operator of the Steamboat Inn, an 11-room boutique inn located in

downtown Mystic. It is the only inn directly on the water at the drawbridge. I am also the property

manager for over 50 apartments and a dozen store fronts in Downtown Mystic.


How did you get into the business?

I started doing apartment rentals back in the 90’s on the side of my full-time career an Elevator

Manufacturer (G.A.L. Mfg.). In my free time I found I really enjoyed renovating existing

structures…restoring their integrity while honoring their historic value and tradition.


What is your business plan for 2021?

I have been repairing and updating the Steamboat Inn including new fixtures, paint, new

carpeting and window treatments. We are about 90% complete and we could not be happier

with the positive response we have already received from our guests.

As for the apartments, when tenants move out, we update each unit with new bathrooms,

kitchens, stainless-steel appliances, fresh paint, new Edison lighting and any other necessary

improvements. Lastly, I am purchasing a boat for the Steamboat Inn. She will be available for private charter and for an extension of the Inn.

Why did you choose Mystic?

I choose Mystic for its rich history of boating and boat building. I spent summers on the water cruising through this area and decided to make it my home.


What’s one thing no one knows about you, or your business?

This is my retirement. Before finding my place here in Mystic and with The Steamboat Inn, my family and I owned and operated one the largest, privately owned elevator manufacturing companies in North America.


What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

I would be skiing in the winter and boating in the summer…more than I do now. Traveling is a passion of mine.


What are your favorite things about Mystic?

The people of Mystic are down to Earth , so many I am proud to now call my friends. The boating here is amazing. The Wooden and Classic boat parades are second to none.


What are some of your favorite businesses in Mystic (besides your own!) and why?

The restaurants & breweries are great. I love the Seaport anytime of the year, the holidays and events are always special. The shops are so unique in downtown Mystic. Here are a few of my favorites: The Argia Sailing, Trove Men’s Provisions, Mystic Disc, Catherine M Women’s clothing, The Lamplighter Trading Co, and the Army Navy Store.


Contact Info:

Email: info@steamboatinnmystic.com

Phone: (860) 536-8300

73 Steamboat Wharf

Mystic, CT 06355

Alexandra Basile

Bare Bones Aesthetics


What do you do?

I am a licensed aesthetician, owner of Bare Bones Aesthetics Skin Spa on Pearl Street.


How did you get into this?

I have struggled with skin issues since adolescence. It consumed a lot of my attention and time. So when it came time to go to school I thought why not get to know the ins and outs of skin care, and use what I learn to help others with similar struggles.


Why Mystic?

I used to live in California. I came here two winters ago to visit a friend and ended up falling in love with Mystic. I didn’t know what spring and summer were like here until I moved and is so quaint and cute! When I made the decision to move away from California, I knew it had to be Mystic. I felt like it would be a good place to call home.

What are your plans for 2021?

I’d like to be able to deliver some sort of normalcy to everyone. When I opened in March of 2020, all of a sudden we weren’t allowed to see clients, we couldn’t do anything! So now with things opening up, it’s been nice to get back into it.


What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

Besides the people, there’s such a great sense of community here. I love that everything we need is right here in town: coffee, shopping, clothing, and more. Pearl Street is our own little neighborhood, we’re an extension of Main Street, a locals hidden gem.


What are your favorite businesses in town?

Leslie at Authentic 1, of course! When I first moved here I introduced myself to all the other business owners and everyone was so great and friendly. I would buy something small to show my support. I love the food at Shipwright’s Daughter, all the things at Adore, bagels and coffee from Lamplighter Trading Co. I love Lamplighter's story, that it meant so much to James, as a local himself, to keep Green Marble.


Any advice for new businesses?

Don’t give up! Doubt yourself, sure. I doubted what it could be and so many days I thought “What am I doing?” But no matter what’s going on in your personal life or even in a pandemic, don't give up! Dare to be vulnerable and keep that vision in your heart, know people are interested in you, what you have to offer is unlike anyone else.


Contact Info:

Email: hello@barebonesaesthetics.com

Phone: (323) 449-1621

Jason Cerniglia, CFP®, CRPC®, CMFC®

Private Wealth Advisor | CEO

Coastal Wealth Management

A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC.


What do you do?

First, I consider myself a Mystic native. I’m the owner and CEO of Coastal Wealth Management here in Mystic, which is a franchise of Ameriprise Financial. I am also a Certified Financial Planner and act as fiduciary for my planning and investment management clients.

How did you get into this business?

I was a double major at University of Connecticut, and chased after a little dream of my own after college; I played and taught golf professionally. Obviously, I didn’t make it onto the PGA Tour or I’d still be doing it...I was playing a round with a Smith Barney branch manager, and he mentioned that if I didn’t end up on tour, I might want to consider doing this. Similar techniques, working with people, teaching. So I pretty much started then.

What is your Business Plan for 2021?

With everything that happened last year, our business plan first and foremost is to steward our clients through what we hope will be the last stages of this pandemic, and make sure that they know their long term plan. We are back working in our Glastonbury and Mystic offices, but we are working on building our staff so we can reach “full employment.”

Also, we are lucky enough to be in a position where our clients refer us frequently, so through education and referral events, we’ll be taking opportunities to meet new clients and increase our client base.

Did 2020 change your clients’ mind about their financial future?

It’s an interesting thing. From a health and economic perspective, it was not a good year, but from a market and investment perspective it was. From someone who makes decisions based on numbers, it was a good year. Clients had to spend less, and client portfolios grew quite significantly.

Why did you choose Mystic for your business?

I grew up here, and I was lucky enough to start my business serving the Fortune 500 companies that are right here in Connecticut.

Who are your target customers?

A vast majority of our clients are executives and colleagues of about 4 or 5 large companies here and in the Greater Hartford area, those are the core of the practice. But since we have become a nationally recognized practice, we’ve attracted some endowments, and have started to advise some higher net worth families. One clients called because she saw us in the New York Times (on the Barron’s Top 1200 Advisor list).

What is something that no one knows about your business?

I had a mentor when I first started, and he gave me a great piece of advice which has served me incredibly well for the last 20 years. He said “A truly great financial advisor must have the mind of a capitalist and heart of a social worker.” The most important thing people can learn about our practice is that it is as much about the emotional as it is about the math.


What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

So many things! I grew up here on the water, on the beaches; we have twin 9 year-old boys. We fish together. My son Ryan is into sailing, son Conner does therapeutic horse riding. There are so many diverse opportunities for families with kids to take advantage of. Mystic has become a bit - I’ll say it - “tony;” it’s become a cool place to go, with great restaurants. I think it started when the Kardashians came. It’s been written about so much as the “seaside community that no one knows about” that now it’s the seaside community that everyone knows about!

What is your favorite Mystic business besides your own and why?

There’s quite a few - Big Y is awesome for us, it’s right around the corner, and they do a great job from a ‘bigger business’ perspective. We love all the shops downtown, we try to shop local. Red 36 is great for us to go to, we love to go out and sit on the river for dinner. Our boys are growing so we are always at Tidal River Clothing Co., we’ve bought so much there and exchanged there, they’ve been great.

What’s ahead for Coastal Wealth Management?

OPEN HOUSE!

C’mon down to our new building in Mystic at 56 Williams Ave in Mystic, say hello. We’re having an open house on June 3rd from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, our roof deck will be open and we’ll be having an art show!

Coastal Wealth Management will also be hosting a Mystic Chamber Business After Hours on August 10th. Registration link to be sent out soon!


Jason's Achievements:

Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors 2018 - 2021

Barron’s Top 1200 Advisors State by State2017, 2018, 2020, 2021

Financial Times Top 400 Advisor 2018 - 2020

Chairman’s Advisory Council - Top 90 Advisors at Ameriprise, 2017 - 2021


Contact Info:

Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC.

56 Williams Ave., First Floor

Mystic, CT 06355

O: 860.245.0251 | F: 860.245.0252

Email: jason.x.cerniglia@ampf.com

628 Hebron Ave., Ste. 301

Glastonbury, CT 06033

O: 860.430.1780 | F: 860.430.1121

Betsy Barry

Betsy Barry Art & Design


What do you do?

I’m an illustrator and trained in botanical illustration with the Society of Botanical Artists, UK .

I work primarily in colored pencils. I am moved by beautiful things that are around me. I love to draw flowers, plants shells, sticks, rocks… things that we see every day and often overlook. My shop is on the second floor on West Main Street in downtown Mystic where I sell my original art, prints, notecards and some gifts. I also offer zoom classes that vary month to month.


How did you get into this?

I’ve always been creating art of some sort. I have worked in many different mediums, but always went back to drawing.


Why Mystic?

We’ve been coming to Mystic as a family for years. I remember there was a store that carried marbles and my son would have to come and get a new marble each time… and visit the bookstore. Mystic became a destination for us! We’ve previously lived in Texas and Old Saybrook and then settled back in Old Lyme. It’s great to be back!


What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

Maybe teaching art in a school...or gardening all the time!



What are your plans for 2021?

Well I’m in the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival and the Old Saybrook Arts and Crafts show which is a summer show that was moved to October.

I offer monthly classes via Zoom and will be starting some in-person classes outside for the summer. I announce them on my website and via my monthly newsletter

What do you like most about Mystic?

Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream and Red 36 make me so happy.

I also like being distracted by people watching or hearing snippets of conversation on the street from my second floor studio!

What is your favorite business besides your own?

Well of course, Donna Williston, downstairs at Finer Line Gallery...I love Fatface, and S&P Oyster Co. as it’s my very favorite spot to sit outside in Mystic.


Contact Info:

Phone: (281) 825-7828

Email: betsybarrydesigns@gmail.com

Electric Boats LLC Duffy Boat Distributor

Robert & Angie Butler

What do you do?

We are the founding members of Electric Boats of CT, LLC - Marine Sales, Service & Consulting. We are an authorized dealer of Duffy Electric Boats covering the entire state of Connecticut. Duffy manufactures 3 sizes of electric pleasure crafts: in 16, 18, and 22 foot versions. I’ll describe them as surrey-topped golf carts on the water. With a 3.5 horse power engine, they are a no-wake pleasure craft perfect for family and friends to gather and enjoy the Connecticut boating lifestyle. We just moved to Mystic from California and are so excited to be starting this business. Right now we are head cook and chief bottle washer!

How did you get into this business?

At the beginning of COVID we temporarily moved in our travel trailer to the East Coast from California to be closer to our daughters. We got to see and enjoy the area, and fell in love with Mystic and a house on River Road! After purchasing a house on the river we thought, “It would be great to have a boat.” We knew we were interested in an electric boat and went down and talked to Duffy. When we found out they did not have a distributor in CT, we took it as an omen! We just finished relocating from California — where the Duffy lifestyle is a popular one. There’s a lot of similarities between the two locations and lifestyles, and we know the residents of Connecticut will grow to love 5 MPH cruising just as much as the electric boat owners on the west coast.

What are your plans for 2021:

There are two components that put us in a very unique position. First, after the past year, everyone is planning their getaways and discoveries in a new way. It is not about traveling the farthest or the fastest, but about spending time with loved ones who are close by. Duffy boats allow you to entertain up to 12 people in a safe, open, and relaxing environment. Second, there is a growing desire to move toward zero emission boating so that we can reduce our carbon footprint — and Duffy offers just that! We are also looking for ways to expose our product to the local community! Besides boat shows and other obvious channels, we are offering interested real estate professionals to allow clients to view their potential homes from the water.

Why did you choose Mystic?

In my previous life, I was a helicopter pilot. I flew people to Avalon, a city on Santa Catalina Island in the California Channel Islands. It is a beautiful town with a small close knit community of locals situated on a beautiful coast. In the summer, there are so many opportunities for recreation and play and, in the winter, it is cozy, quiet, and serene. Mystic affords that same type of lifestyle and the moment we arrived in this small town, we knew we were home.

What is one thing no one knows about your business?

People are always surprised when we get in the boat and get under way for a demo — you can’t hear anything. The engine is electric and mighty! You can cruise along the inland waterways and adjacent shorelines of the Long Island sound with ease. It is always nice to see how relaxed everyone is when they come in from a demo ride. But the quiet is an eye-opener, and everyone is really able to relax and unwind while on board.

Favorite Mystic Business?

We’ve been fortunate in discovering Mystic Shipyard. They’ve given us incredible support. They really helped to actualize the connection between the idea and the reality of Electric Boats of Connecticut. There’s been so much advice and resources. We will always feel blessed to have this relationship. And like the people of Mystic, the local businesses are all so supportive of each other. It is also nice to see how the chamber is so involved — it’s definitely different than any chamber we've been involved with over the years.

What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

We’re impressed with how much everybody helps each other. As we connect with the business community here, we’ve never had a conversation with someone who didn’t offer to refer us to someone within the business community who could help us accomplish whatever we were setting out to do.


Contact Info:

Phone: (860) 980-3759

Email: info@electricboatsct.com