Mystic Chamber Member Profiles

Get to know your neighbors in community and business.

Electric Boats LLC Duffy Boat Distributor

Robert & Angie Butler

(860) 980-3759

info@electricboatsct.com

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.




Jonathan Duncklee, Duncklee Cooling & Heating, Inc.

What do you do?

I’m a comfort specialist!

Duncklee Cooling & Heating’s award-winning team services and installs heating and cooling systems in homes and businesses in Southeastern Connecticut and the greater Westerly area.

Duncklee Cooling & Heating installs and services ductless mini-split heat pumps/cooling systems, ducted central air conditioning, gas and oil furnaces, gas and oil boilers, and replacement geothermal systems.

We offer Indoor air quality products, including UV-C bulbs, which are designed to kill viruses and bacteria. Electronic air cleaners, which are designed to reduce house dust, allergens, viruses and bacteria, are available, as well as central humidifiers to add moisture to your dry heated home or office.

Duncklee is known for promoting and installing super-efficient systems to save energy and is aligned with utility rebates and specialized financing rates as low as .99% with the Connecticut Green Bank and Energize CT.

How did you get into this business?

It is the family business. I worked part time here as a teenager to save for college.

What is your Business plan for 2021?

To continue to invest in my team of employees, offer energy-saving products, and assist customers to fund their projects through the CT Green Bank and Energize CT utility rebates. https://dunckleeinc.com/financing

Why did you choose Mystic for your business?

Duncklee Cooling and Heating was founded in our home by my father, Les Duncklee, with a white dial-phone on the kitchen counter! Then a small office in Pawcatuck, then to Mystic, on the corner of Route 1 and Masons Island Road for 30 years, (which is now the Taber Inn indoor pool!). Then in the fall of 1999 we relocated and expanded to 6400 square feet in Stonington located 1 mile from Route 95 exit 91.

Who are your target customers?

All residential and commercial customers that want to replace their energy- wasting, aging systems and want to reduce their energy footprint. Consider a new installation that saves energy and increases comfort.

What is one thing that no one knows about your business?

I personally introduced legislation in Hartford with the assistance of Nancy Wyman who was the Comptroller at the time, who I met at a Mystic Chamber health insurance talk. I told her about an unfair law to businesses under 50 employees. After two attempts with her and her team’s help, I changed the law!

What would you be doing if you were not doing this?

Protecting nature, wildlife and natural resources and teaching how to be an environmental steward

What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

The symbiotic relationship that business and nonprofit organizations have, making our community a spectacular place we call home !

What is your favorite Mystic business other than your own and why?

The Freedom Boat Club of mystic, because they allow me to easily get out on the ocean and it recharges my soul https://www.freedomboatclub.com/franchises/freedom-boat-club-of-eastern-connecticut/mystic.html

Marge Lineweber, owner of My Dog's Place, with five different dogs.

Marge Lineweber, My Dog's Place

What do you do?

I am the owner of My Dog’s Place, two dog-training and doggy daycare facilities in Stonington and East Lyme. What I do is wide ranging: I supervise daycare staff, interview new clients, help trainers with classes, manage both facilities. We have 5 instructors, Assistant Managers. I teach several nights of the week but not every night. A little of everything. Like any small business owner.

What got you into this business?

There’s a long history in my family of love of animals. I grew up with literally any animal, you name it: reptiles, fish, birds, we had it when I was a child. I majored in horticulture but after college I became a vet tech. I realized that the medical part of it was too difficult for me. At the time I had a Golden Setter and took her to My Dog’s Place for daycare and met Amy the former owner. When I saw what she did and how she did it, I thought this is something I could do.

So I educated myself and I learned from her and Amy and I grew the business together. We only use positive reinforcement to train. My dog wasn’t even trained in the beginning, because I had only ever learned correction methods, and I wouldn’t do that, and I didn’t know there was another way. Meeting Amy and working with the positive reinforcement method really opened my eyes to how this could be a career. We consider ourselves teachers and I never thought I’d say that about myself. We train dogs AND people. We help people to have better relationships with their pets and it changes lives I love that part of it, we thrive on it.

When did you realize you were successful?

When we moved our locations to larger facilities because of the demand. Clients wanted more services, diverse services. We can offer more now and are still growing. And when we were able to delegate and hire more instructors.

What made you choose Mystic?

I grew up in Ledyard, went to Ledyard High School.

What are your plans for 2021?

Part of our plan is to expand our new locations to allow more outdoor space. We want to grow our staff. We just rolled out our new program Day Training, which takes place during daycare. Our instructors will work separately with your dog during the daycare hours, so you can combine the services. We weren’t able to do this before and now we have the staff and the space. We also want to offer field trips.Hopefully, now that we're coming out the other side,we want to get back to our regular class schedule in person: agility, sports, basic manners.

What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

I like where we are now; it’s easily accessible, right off the highway. Mystic has lots of places we can take some of the classes, like Olde Mistick Village, Stonington Downtown. There’s great places along the shoreline, there’s parks and trails, it’s a diverse dog-friendly terrain.

What is your favorite Mystic business besides your own?

Duncklee Heating and Cooling. John has been a great support, business owner to business owner, and personally. He’s been fantastic with us opening new locations and taking care of our HVAC needs.

Do you have any advice for someone just starting out in business?

Do not be afraid to ask for help or ask questions. Seek out someone that seems to have the answer, get help. There are no dumb questions. If you don’t know how to do something, reach out, and maybe we can help each other.

Contact Info:

Taugwonk Business Park, Stonington, CT 06378
860-691-0078 | Mydogsplace.com | amydogsplace@aol.com

What do you do?

We run the Lamplighter Trading Company, a coffee and tea shop in Mystic. We also sell other goods - curated household items, handmade soaps, candies, snacks, jewelry, art, etc. - a lot like a general store but we focus on carrying well-made, hand-crafted goods. We steer clear of mass-produced items and always try to choose products from local makers who value ethically sourced and sustainable business practices.

How did you get into this business?

We heard the Green Marble was closing and we knew immediately that we had to keep it alive. We talked to Green Marble owner Lisa about it and she openly supported us in every way. James had been coming to The Marble for over 20+ years and it literally became a daily part of his life. The pandemic changed everyone's lives, and it was very difficult to start a business during this uncertain time but we knew Mystic needed The Green Marble. It was a no-brainer. Although it's different now, we strive to keep our business centered around our local community because, quite literally, without them, we would have never had this opportunity.

Why did you choose Mystic?

James was born and raised in Mystic. And I moved here shortly after meeting James in California. Originally we had plans to move to Nashville, but I fell in love with the beauty of Mystic, so here we are!

Is there something about your business that not a lot of people know?

We couldn't do any of this without our talented local business owners. We carry Mystic Coffee Roasters, the same delicious coffee Bruce and Lisa served at The Green Marble. We play vinyl records from our dear neighbor Dan Curland at Mystic Disc. James is a leather smith and stocks our shop with handmade leather goods. Nicole blends the teas we sell in house. Most of our products are handmade in our beautiful community. We're pretty proud of that!

What is your favorite thing about mystic?

We love our small town! Quarantine has definitely shown us how tight-knit and supportive we are of each other. Now is really the time to shop small and shop local and we've seen a lot of that during these difficult times.

What is your favorite business in Mystic (besides your own)?

This is a difficult question to answer. We obviously can't pick just one but we really love our neighbors, Michelle Gemma and the Mystic Army Navy crew, Dan Curland and the Mystic Disc crew, Amy Blumberg and the ever hardworking Argia crew. We also have to give a big shout out to Adam and Ebbie Young and the Sift/Young Buns staff. And last but not least, Mystic Salad Co. for keeping our bellies full!

What are your plans for 2021?

We plan to start carrying more dry goods, our inventory is always changing with new and exciting items, and that flow is important to us. Hopefully this will be the year we conquer COVID as we'd love to host acoustic shows and other exciting indoor events.

Contact Info:
lamplightertradingco@gmail.com | Lamplightertradingco.com | (860) 415-8476

Amy Wagner, Marjorie & Neal

What do you do?

I specialize in working with small businesses to help them streamline their day to day operations and grow their business. Operational and marketing assistance. I allow business owners to concentrate on their passion, while I handle the stuff they don’t have time or expertise to do. Social media, graphic arts, copy writing, data systems, email assistance.

How did you get into this business?

During the first half of the pandemic, I watched parents struggling to find child care without schools in session or summer camp options. With both my husband and I in industries where Summer is the busiest season, I began wondering just how I would be able to handle the balance between family and work a few years down the road. My son, Landry, is only 2 1/2 now, but what would happen in 5 years when we wanted to take family vacations, or he had Summer activities that I wanted to be able to attend.

Being a dedicated manager, I knew I was never going to be the type who let my team members give so much of themselves while I had to head out early to catch a soccer game. This was a big driver for me to make the transition to having my own business.

Why did you choose Mystic?

I’ve lived in Mystic since 2001. I have a soft spot for Mystic, and have always been involved in the Downtown Association and the Chamber of Commerce. I volunteer for the fundraising events a LOT. There’s not an event around here I haven’t been on the committee for.

Who are your target customers?

Any small business owner who feels overwhelmed or has parts of their business that they can’t manage successfully.

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

I was in hospitality and retail for 20 years, which is a service industry, like what I’m doing now, I’m helping and serving. So I would be doing the same thing but not on my own.

What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

The food! We are spoiled and we never go hungry or thirsty in Mystic!

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

Well, Whaler’s Inn of course, it was my home base for many years and will always be a part of my heart. Shopping wise: Hang the Moon, the owners are retail geniuses. (Jim and Stephanie Marshall also of Trove and Tidal River). I can’t say my favorite restaurants because there’ll be too many family and friends mad at me if I don’t mention them!

Contact Amy:

amy@marjorieandneal.com

860.961.0657

https://www.facebook.com/marjorieandneal | https://marjorieandneal.com

David Reagan, Reagan Homes

What do you do?

I am the founder and owner of Reagan Homes, southeastern CT's trusted design-build company backed with over 30 years of experience & relationships within our community. We intently listen to our clients' ideas and then help bring their desires to fruition. Our extensive team of expert designers, land surveyors, structural engineers, architects and distinguished craftsmen help our clients build efficiently to not only help save significant amounts of money, but most importantly, our cohesive team ensures our clients' wishes become a reality with expert guidance, every step of the way.

How did you get into this business?

I have always had a passion for helping people. I love helping people fulfill their dreams and create an amazing environment for them to build lasting memories with their friends, family and loved ones.

Why did you choose Mystic?

I have been in this area my entire life. I absolutely love downtown Mystic, it’s such a beautiful area. While we serve our clients all the way down the shoreline to as far as Madison. I truly love the scenery, shops, restaurants and most of all the people in the Mystic area.

One thing that no one knows about your business?

As I shared with you earlier, I truly love helping people and serving others. During the 30+ years of building custom homes and transforming existing homes through renovations, I have learned a ton. I share that knowledge with other builders and contractors. In addition to helping our custom home and remodeling clients locally, I currently coach and mentor hundreds of other contractors throughout the United States.

I also love to help motivate kids both locally and nationwide. As business leaders, it is important that we empower our youth to dream big and help guide them.

What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

The friendly people.

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

Well, my family and close friends know this…I’d be a songwriter! I love to play guitar and sing. I love to get everyone involved in karaoke. I simply love music. Music is great for the soul!

What is your favorite mystic business?

Obviously, I am biased towards Reagan Homes being my personal favorite Mystic business. I sincerely love helping people through what typically would be a complex process and making the building or remodeling process easy and rewarding. But the reality is, that is an unfair question, there are so many great businesses in our community. I couldn't choose just one.

What do you do?

DDM Metering Systems, Inc. works with building owners and managers to manage their utility costs through submetering. We install individual electric, gas and water meters in condos, apartments and commercial buildings, using smart meter technology to measure and invoice the usage. Our systems provide an accurate allocation of utility costs.

How did you get into this business?

Totally unintended! I was working for an electrical engineer in L.A., preparing an electric usage study for Cedars Sinai Hospital; my expertise was data and excel spreadsheets. After that job was complete, I was introduced to an electrical contractor who had clients requesting submetering, so I developed that division for him, and learned the business. After 2 years I decided it was time to leave and one of my clients said, “If you start your own business, we’ll come with you.” It was a 6 building office campus, so, a good start. From there it was referrals. Managers and chief engineers would move from building to building and use us every time. When I look back I can see all the connections, and relationships; how we got to today. On February 1st we celebrated our 25th Anniversary!

What is your business plan for 2021?

We are expanding into the Northeast, which is part of why I’m here now. I’m looking forward to seeing what the needs and opportunities are in this community.

Why did you choose Mystic?

I live in Stonington now - my family has been here since the 1940s. I came here for the first time when I was 5 years old; it’s always been home.

One thing that no one knows about your business?

What’s surprising to our customers are the results of the submetering. When tenants see what they’ve actually used, and what it costs, we see usage go down 20% overnight. We are literally changing people’s behavior. Also, because we collect data, we can document regional trends in electricity usage. For instance, during the pandemic, electricity in commercial buildings went way down, and residential went way up. It’s just starting to come back now.

What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

The views of Fishers Island Sound, sailing, small historic communities with charm. I get excited when I see stone walls. We’ve had such a sad year, so all these things are uplifting and bring me joy. I walk down the Main Streets, and it’s all small businesses: there’s usually an owner that is active in the community.

What is your favorite Mystic business and why?

Mystic Salad on Cottrell St. – I’ve got a fabulous beef stew and butternut squash soup in my fridge right now. If Andy did call-in pick-up, he would triple his sales. Also Rob Rivers Salon, they’re great, and in Stonington Borough, Indigo Bleu and La Maison Bleu - fabulous clothing and house furnishings.

Maria, Margo, & Peg @ Mason's Island

Meet Maria Cerino, Seniors Helping Seniors

What do you do?

We provide non medical services for seniors in their homes to help them stay independent. For example: companionship, light house keeping, serving meals and cooking meals, personal care. I do most of the office stuff these days - recruit and interview seniors to work for us, payroll and invoicing, making sure our client schedules are properly covered, and keeping up with the industry.

How did you get into this business?

A family member needed help and I realized how hard it was and thought, there’s got to be something we could do so other people could get this kind of help. This is back in ‘07 when I started this, there wasn’t as many home- help organizations back then. The demographics grew into it, and now the services are everywhere.

Why did you choose Mystic?

I love the seashore, love this part of the state. We moved here from Wallingford and Colchester, when I found Lord’s Point, and my dream was to work here, too. So, that worked out!

What is something no one knows about your business?

People are surprised we have care providers who are not seniors. We need a different demographic for some services – like staying with a client overnight.

What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

The people. It seems that if you live in a beautiful area, maybe you’re less anxious and maybe a little happier in general....the people in this community are nicer than most!!

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

I used to be in product development, I always enjoyed that so I'd probably be involved in developing and launching new products.

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

Mystic Salad (and Soup!) - Always something different and you know it's going to taste great.

Broadway Auto – They can fix anything

Gwenmor Marina and Marine Contracting - Great family business

Wehpittituck Farm on Cove Rd - Beautiful scenery AND grows food for the community

Sift Bake Shop - Great spot to sit and have a coffee. and a treat ! And it's right down the street from our office!

Olde Mistick Village - Great spot to take a walk and poke around the shops

Rochelle's - Beautiful things

If you want to be a senior Helping Seniors? Contact Marie or Peggy at 860-536-4767.

Anthony Caporale pours a drink over ice.

Meet Anthony Caporale, Lion's Cathedral Productions

What do you do?

I’m a theater producer, and a restaurant consultant. I produce "The Imbible" series of Off-Broadway series of musical comedies about the history of cocktails and spirits (https://imbible.com).

How did you get into this business?

I’ve been doing theater since I was very young, ran theater companies since my 20’s, and at the same time I was restaurant consulting; my talents came together 6 years ago in New York, when I was able to produce The Imbible Series. (https://imbible.com) It is educational musical theater, telling the story of cocktails and spirits throughout history. We call it “drink theater” instead of dinner theater, because you get to sample three drinks featured in the show.

Have you been able to work virtually?

We produced the Playbill Virtual Theater Festival shortly after we went into lockdown (https://vtf.live). We teamed up with Playbill to produce the first nationwide live-online theater festival for fully-produced shows with no pre-recorded elements. It ran over two evenings and featured 12 original productions chosen from nearly 150 submissions. On the third night we gave out a Judges' Choice Award and an Audience Choice Award, which provided each winner with $1,500 to help fund their work during the shutdown.

What is your business Plan for 2021?

I’m working on building relationships here in Mystic, and planning on taking The Imbible Series on a national tour. We can run these shows in restaurants, for fund raising events, and in small theaters, which are starting to open up and running now. Also we’re working on an outdoor version of the show “Rum and Pirates,” that we would love to produce in Mystic. It's the history of rum told by singing pirates, and we originally wrote it to perform on day cruises in New York Harbor so it's perfect for tourism season here.

Why did you choose Mystic for your business?

I absolutely love Mystic: it’s a beautiful, perfect mix of restaurants, arts, history, culture, and a robust tourism market which is critical for theater and performing arts. There’s a resident population that has a history of supporting the arts. The high end restaurant and bar scene; the location between Boston and New York. And the proximity to the water which is near to my heart. And the long agricultural tradition, the ethos that supports farm to table. Food here comes as much from the sea as it does from the land. Saltwater Vineyard is an amazing example of agriculture that grows right up to the water. All of the ingredients were here for me to mix together a life!

Who are your target customers?

Residents year round. It’s important to cultivate this audience and become a part of the community. Visitors as well, we want to contribute to the growth of tourism, become another attraction.

One thing that no one knows about your business:

People are always surprised how educational the shows are; they expect to be entertained but they learn; about history, about drinking as a pastime; also, the shows are acapella! We have return audiences because it inspires them to learn why we eat what we eat and drink.

What is your favorite Mystic business other than your own, and why?

The 85th Day Food Community (Oyster Club, Grass & Bone, Engine Room, Nana’s Pizza & Bakery, Stone Acres Farm); my girlfriend and I just love what they’re doing for the entire area. Also Sift and Shipwright’s Daughter. The Mystic beverage scene just consistently blows me away – Eventually I’d like to do a walking cocktail tour of Mystic…

What do you do?

I am an artist - oil painter - specializing in recreating historic yacht races and yachting scenes from American History.

How did you get into this business?

I’ve always made my living as an artist. At first, through newspaper and advertising agencies; but I always wanted to be a painter, I was always attracted to Marine art. But I didn’t start full time painting until I was in my early 40’s. In fact, I was inspired to start by my first trip to Mystic – I fell in love with it; all the wonderful Marine art and history represented, I decided I wanted to make a life for myself and my family here.

What is your business plan for 2021?

I’m really going to continue to do what I’m doing - which is unique - I think I found a niche. I would like to attract more foot traffic to my gallery.

What would you be doing if you were not doing this?

Sailing around the world counting my inheritance, which doesn’t exist!

What is your favorite thing about Mystic?

The family atmosphere; we raised our son Jack here; there’s a real spirit of community among the business owners; we just love it here. My wife volunteers – it’s easy to embed yourself in the community. Mystic retains its small town values while simultaneously appealing to big city tourists.

What is your favorite Mystic Business other than your own and why?

Finer Line Gallery, owned by Donna Williston for 36 years - she’s one of the hardest working people I know. She has two galleries in the building I’m in. She features regional artists, brings artists together; she deserves a spotlight more than me!

Visit Russ Kramer at the Russ Kramer Gallery in Downtown Mystic: 48 West Main Street, Mystic, 2nd Floor | (813) 748-6470 | www.russkramer.com

What do you do?
I sell insurance – life, auto, home, business. I am an independent agent so I don’t have to work behind a desk.

How did you get into this business?
I was a preschool teacher and was looking for something else. An insurance company head-hunted me and I thought I’d give it a try.

Why did you choose Mystic for your business?
I love Mystic, the community is great. Everywhere I walk into I know someone, I love that.

Who are your target customers?
Younger people, looking for the personal touch – the number you call is my cell phone and I take care of you.

One thing that no one knows about your business:
That it is always me on the other end of the phone call, not some random agent at a call center. Also, just about 75% of Mystic restaurants are insured with Swanson.

What would you be doing if you were not doing this?
Sailing!

What is your favorite thing about Mystic?
The people, the community!

What is your favorite Mystic business other than your own?
Angie’s Pizza – Where everybody knows your name! They’re like family. And they are insured with us!