Mystic Chamber Member Profiles

Get to know your neighbors in community and business.

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